Research In Motion has had problems lately — a plummeting stock price, high-profile executive exits and another delay of its next-generation smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10. But it has a plan. An alleged leaked document purports to show the company’s roadmap for BB10, and it has a couple of surprises.

The enthusiast site posted the document, provided by an “anonymous source.” Among other things, it shows RIM will launch BlackBerry 10 in Europe in early January 2013, with the U.S. getting the new OS and devices three to four weeks afterward, around the first week of February.

That makes a great deal of sense, since overseas markets have been generally more receptive to RIM’s devices, with better market share in place like the U.K. than America.

The BlackBerry 10 launch will include the touchscreen phone we’ve heard through various rumors, the “London,” as well as “Nevada,” a BB10 phone with a keyboard, something CEO Thorsten Heins promised at BlackBerry World in May. The names are likely just codenames, and two others are on the document: “Nashville” and “Naples.” The roadmap shows spring/summer and summer/fall launches for those, respectively, though there are no other details on those devices.

The document also says RIM will release a 10-inch tablet sometime in 2013, most likely summer. Codenamed “Blackforest,” this will likely be the rumored 10-inch PlayBook, a larger version of RIM’s current tablet, but running BlackBerry 10 software. The number “128” is visible next to the device’s name, which could be a reference to the device’s capacity, 128GB, but that’s highly speculative.

Until BlackBerry 10 launches, the only new device RIM appears to have planned is the PlayBook 4G, an LTE version of the current tablet, due in fall 2012. That device will get upgraded to BlackBerry 10, along with the current PlayBook, after BB10 launches next year.

RIM didn’t respond to a request for comment about the document, but the roadmap lines up with many of the rumors that have been circulating for months. However, even if it is legit, plans can change at anytime, as RIM’s most recent delay of BlackBerry 10 has shown.

What do you think of RIM’s alleged plans for BlackBerry 10? Sound off in the comments.

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Amazon has released a new version of its Kindle app for Macs, bringing support for Lion‘s multi-touch gestures, such as panning and swiping.

Version 1.10.3 also brings support for Kindle Format 8 books (which means richer formatting) and larger libraries, as well as the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

The update should be welcome news for those reading ebooks with a large number of notes and highlights, as those will load and react much more quickly than in the previous version.

Also new in this version, native support for Japanese-language content.

Download the app over in Apple’s Mac App Store and tell us how you like it in the comments.

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Chlo Grace Moretz was one of many people who spoke out after Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter.

The 19-year-old actress – and self-proclaimed “feminist from birth” – criticised Kim for being a bad role model to young girls:

While a lot of people agreed with Chloe, Kim gained a fair few supporters when she responded to criticismwith an impassioned open letter. In it, she explained:

“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.”

Chloe was forced to clarify that she wasn’t “slut-shaming” Kim…

…And she has now given an interview, justifying her response. Speaking to Elle Magazine, she explained:

“All I’ll say is that I think a lot of things can be misconstrued in a lot of ways. And I think if people open their minds more, and they try to look deeper into something than just something that is a very big, hot, fiery buttonto hide behind…I think if peoplelooked into something bigger that I was trying to speak upon, they wouldn’t be so easy to fire back silly, miscellaneous things.”

She also expressed that she personally turns down roles in which woman are “overtly sexualized in a masculine, stereotypical [context]”, because for her, “it’s just aboutmaking choices [so that]I can have a young woman look at the movie and not be negatively influenced”.

When asked what she would say toa young woman, trying to negotiate the minefield that can be social media, she had some stellar advice:

“Depict yourself adequately as what you want to be seen as. Don’t front, don’t put something out there that you feel isn’t realistic and doesn’t portray who you are. Just be yourself, be you, and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.”

Your move, Kim..

H/T Elle Magazine

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For a recent TV documentary, a panel of experts came together to re-examine the case of JonBent Ramsey – the six-year-old “child beauty queen” who wasfound murderedin her family’s basement on Boxing Day, 1996.

Initially, suspicion had fallen on her parents. HoursbeforeJonBent’s body was discovered, her mother had called the police, reporting her daughter missing and explaining that she had found a ransom note, asking for $118,000, on the staircase of thefamily’s home. Not only was this almost exactly the amount thatJonBent’s fatherhad received in a recent bonus from work, but it was later discovered that the note was written using pen and paper from the Ramsey’s house.

Later on in the day, a detective asked the Ramseys if they could search their house, to determine thatJonBent definitely wasn’t there. John Ramsey, looking in the basement with two of his friends, found his daughter’s body -covered with her favourite white blanket – with a cord around her neck, duct tape over her mouth, and her wrists tied above her head.

While investigators initially thought that one ofJonBent’s parents was guilty of her murder, upon re-examining the evidence, experts have concluded that it was her brother – the then nine-year-old Burke – who killed her.

Their hypothesis – among other things – took into account the fact thatJonBent’s autopsy revealed that she had eaten pineapple shortly before her death, and police investigating the crime scene found a bowl with pineapple in it, covered in Burke’s fingerprints – in the kitchen.

They believe that JonBent had come down in the night, and tried to steal some of her brother’s food. This had enraged him, and he had lashed out, hitting – and accidentally killing – his sister with a nearby torch. (It wouldn’t be the first time he had been violent towards her; he had hit her with a golf club, leaving her with a scar on her face, just the year before).

To protect their son, John and Patsy Ramseydecided to cover up this accident, and stage the ransom note and basement murder.

The documentary presented plenty of evidence to support this theory: using new technology, they uncovered an extra six seconds of audio from the 911 call that Patsy Ramsey made upon apparently discovering that her daughter was missing. After she thought that she’d hung up,JonBent’s mother can be heard saying, “what did you do? Help me, Jesus“, while her father says “we’re not speaking to you“.

While it wasclaimed that Burke was asleep in bed the whole time, he can be heard asking his parents, “what did you find?“.

Avideo of Burke being interviewed by a child psychologistabout his sister’s murder was also deemed suspicious: the nine-year-old didn’t seem at all concerned at the suggestion that his sister’s killer might come back, saying, “I’m basically just going on with my life, you know?”.

While he refused to participate in the making of CBS’ documentary,Burke Ramsey – now 29 – has given Dr. Phil an exclusive interview, in which he vehemently denied having any involvement in his sister’s death:

“You wont find any evidence because thats not what happened.Theres been a few people who said thats not even physically possible for a nine-year-old to do that.”

When asked who he thought was responsible for JonBenet’s murder, Burke suggested that it might be someone who had seen her compete in a child beauty pageant:

“I kinda always thought it was a paedophile who saw her in one of the pageants and snuck in [to our house], who knows.”

While nothing has been proven, however, it seems that evidence is pointing towards Burke being the guilty party. As Dr. Werner Spitz told CBS Detroit:

“If you really, really use your free time to think about this case, you cannot come to a different conclusion.

Its the boy who did it, whether he was jealous, or mentally unfit or something I dont know the why, Im not a psychiatrist, but what I am sure about is what I know about him, that is what happened here. And the parents changed the scene to make it look like something it wasnt.”

H/T Rolling Stone / / Daily Mail

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