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BlackBerry makes a new play for business users

Phone maker announces new operating system, sweetens deal for app developers.

After years of rumors and false starts, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has pulled back the curtain on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, a mostly touch-based OS which is expected to work on smartphones and tablets. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company announced the system today here at the BlackBerry World 2012 event.

The question, of course, is whether BlackBerry 10 will offer something unique for business owners. From the touch-based keyboard to a dramatic new program for app developers, there are some interesting new features.

Here’s what we found live from the show floor at RIM’s annual developer conference, attended by more than 5,000 BlackBerry enthusiasts, system administrators, developers and small-business owners.

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