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BlackBerry 10 to be tested by US government agency

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, will test out the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. 

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Research in Motion Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins holds up a prototype of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone at the BlackBerry World event in May. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will soon test a version of BB10.

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Back in October, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, announced it was dropping the use of RIM BlackBerry devices, which could "no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency," in favor of the Apple iPhone. But now, ICE has apparently reneged on its decision – according to Reuters, beginning in January, the agency will test out a range of forthcoming BlackBerry 10 handsets. 

As even casual watchers of the tech world know, RIM has not had a particularly good go of things in recent months. The Canadian company has weathered widespread layoffs, plummeting revenue, executive-level shake-ups – out goes one CEO and in comes another – and the failure of forgettable products such as the PlayBook, the now-moribund tablet computer. RIM desperately needs a hit. 

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