[blindza] Fw: RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

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----- Original Message ----- press release
May 7, 2012, 10:02 a.m. EDT
RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, May 07, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Research In Motion (RIM) /quotes/zigman/18534/quotes/nls/rimm RIMM -1.58% /quotes/zigman/18555 CA:RIM -1.76% today launched BlackBerry(R) Screen Reader, a free software application that helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry(R) smartphone. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone. "We are excited to introduce BlackBerry Screen Reader as part of our suite of accessibility solutions for BlackBerry smartphones," said Greg Fields, Senior Product Manager. "BlackBerry Screen Reader helps customers with visual impairments stay connected with the people and information that matter most to them, and is representative of RIM's continuing commitment to support customers with
disabilities."

Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:
-- Support for core applications - Users can easily access core BlackBerry
           applications including email, calendar, phone calls and more.
-- Speech settings - users can customize the text-to-speech settings
           (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation,
           verbosity and password security.
-- Keyboard shortcuts - Users can set speech and audio preferences quickly
           and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts
-- Accessible documentation - User Guide available in accessible HTML
           through a desktop web browser.

       BlackBerry Screen Reader is available now as a free download from
www.blackberry.com/screenreader for the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. For information about BlackBerry accessibility solutions for customers with disabilities, visit
www.blackberry.com/accessibility .
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market /quotes/zigman/18534/quotes/nls/rimm RIMM -1.58% and the Toronto Stock Exchange /quotes/zigman/18555 CA:RIM -1.76% . For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com . Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause RIM's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov ). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM's forward-looking statements. RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise,
except as required by law.
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.


       Contacts:
       Media Contact:
       Krista Seggewiss
       Research In Motion
       519-597-0348
       kseggewiss@xxxxxxx

       Investor Contact:
       RIM Investor Relations
       519-888-7465
       investor_relations@xxxxxxx

       SOURCE: Research In Motion

       mailto:kseggewiss@xxxxxxx
       mailto:investor_relations@xxxxxxx

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