Results tagged “blackberry”

Sounds Like Blackberry Has a Winner

By Michael Mulvey on September 24, 2014 9:51 AM

For all that BlackBerry has done to make the Passport a productivity tool, its design felt like it was fighting me more often than it was helping me. Between the awkward dimensions and odd keyboard layout, I never felt comfortable with the Passport in my hands and never felt comfortable getting work done on it. Being comfortable with your tools is essential for a Power Pro: it should get out of my way and just let me get done what I need to get done. Too often, the Passport didn't get out of my way.

—Dan Seifert, The Verge

The End of Tablets? Hardly.

By Michael Mulvey on July 30, 2014 9:42 AM

Was former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins actually right about tablets? While we laughed at Heins' prediction last year that tablets would be dead in just a few years, there's now some evidence to suggest that he might have been onto something. In an interview with Re/code, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that tablet sales at his stores have been absolutely plummeting this year while PC sales have actually experienced a rebound in the wake of Windows XP's demise.

"Tablets boomed and now are crashing," Joly tells Re/code. "The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it's becoming more versatile. So, with the two-in-ones, you have the opportunity to have both a tablet and laptop, and that's appealing to students in particular."

—Brad Reed, Former BlackBerry CEO's bold prediction might actually be coming true

The era of tablets is over? I say no fucking way. Especially for non-professionals who don't need all the extra complexity that comes with laptops.

Only time will tell.

Update: It always helps to read the source of the information you're reacting to.

So here's what Walt Mossberg at Re/Code asked Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly:

You said the tablet had "crashed." Do you believe it's going away?

Yeah, "crashed" is a strong word. So, the tablets have been an unbelievable phenomenon. I don't think there's a category that ever took off so quickly and so big in the history of tech.

The issue has then been that, once you have a tablet of a certain generation, it's not clear that you have to move on to the next generation.

This I agree with this 100%.

Last year I upgraded to an iPad 3 from an iPad 2, and despite the lower resolution screen, I was ok with my 2. I don't want to have to upgrade my iPad every year.

My iPhone? Now that's a different story. My iPhone is much more integral to my daily life than my iPad. I also don't expect as much from my iPad. I use it mostly for reading, watching videos/movies and surfing the Web.

One Good Turn...

By Michael Mulvey on October 10, 2013 7:08 PM

BlackBerry Co-Founders Lazaridis, Fregin Mulling Bid to Buy Back Company

BlackBerry co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is considering taking a run at his former company with fellow co-founder Doug Fregin.

According to a regulatory filing released Thursday, the pair are exploring a potential takeover bid for the struggling smartphone company, which is already entertaining a $4.7 billion offer from its largest shareholder Fairfax Financial.

Because, well, why not?

Why shouldn't he get the chance to run his company into the ground a second time?

It's the American way.

Wait, Blackberry is Canadian, right? Shit.

Must Be Nice

By Michael Mulvey on August 16, 2013 9:05 AM

Via BGR:

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has more than 55 million reasons to sell the company. Bloomberg reports that Heins will receive a pay package worth $55.6 million if he sells the company and if he's subsequently ousted as CEO.

Not a bad package for running a crumbling company.

Backwards world we live in.

Pot Calling the Kettle

By Michael Mulvey on March 18, 2013 8:00 PM

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins talks some shit about the iPhone:

The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.

I'm a little confused.

Below is the iPhone (left) and the Blackberry Z10 (right). Even when you factor in the interesting UI gestures how are they leapfrogging the iOS? (or Android for that matter)

iPhone vs Z10

*Z10 image via Ars Technica

The Response

By Michael Mulvey on February 14, 2012 2:37 PM

Last month marked 5 years since the iPhone was first introduced.

Research In Motion has had their research in motion for the last 5 years and they've finally responded to the smartphone challenge and the current leaders in this space, Google and Apple:

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You've had 5 fucking years and this is your response?

Looks lovely, but I hope they don't count on this saving their company.

Image via The Verge

Holdouts

By Michael Mulvey on February 8, 2012 1:53 PM

From Roberta Cowan at Reuters:

Next-generation software for BlackBerry's smartphones is "ready to compete", Research In Motion's new chief executive, Thorsten Heins, told more than 2,000 technical developers on Tuesday, expressing confidence in RIM's long-term future.

This reminds of those Japanese holdouts who continued to fight even after World War II ended.

via The Loop

Perspective

By Michael Mulvey on December 19, 2011 1:13 PM

Brian S Hall tells us Blackberry ($RIMM) is worth less than the Apple App Store. Just the App Store.

Not iPhone.

Not iPad.

Not Mac.

Not iTunes.

Just the App Store.

Related: John Gruber called it back in 2008.

Influencer/Influenced

By Jory Kruspe on November 28, 2011 5:09 PM

Influencer: Square

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Influenced: Kudos Payments

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Cheap Poop

By Michael Mulvey on October 28, 2011 9:41 AM

Electronista says the price-slashing of the Blackberry Playbook in the UK is still not helping sales.

I'm confused.

Does poop not sell, even at a cheaper price?

Black-eyed Berry

By Michael Mulvey on October 12, 2011 8:18 AM

BlackBerry users revolt against RIM as disruption spreads

Smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIM) is facing a user revolt after tens of millions of users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa suffered a second day without services such as BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), as the company struggled with problems at its hub in Slough, Berkshire.

The company also revealed that the areas affected now include South America, with users in Brazil, Chile and Argentina suffering loss of service.

Horace Dediu points out RIM is currently losing half a million users per month, and with only 16 million left in the US, they could all be gone by the end of the year.

While this outage didn't specifically affect the US, it's not going to help stop this downward spiral either.

UPDATE: Scratch that last sentence.

One Blackberry Is More Than Enough

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2011 7:53 AM

BusinessInsider tells us the real reason there was no email on the Blackberry Playbook:

Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can't support two devices with one person's account, according to a source.

Here's how our source explains it: "The Blackberry email system is the BES -- which is the source/focus of all the famous BB security. The BES email server has the concept of one user = one device (or they call it PIN)."

Sorry, that's hilarious. It reminds me of the Y2K scare where much the software running the nation's essential systems used two digits for the year instead of four when they were created in the 60's and 70's.

The difference is the date stamp 'shortcut' of the Y2K scare was the result of technological and budgetary limits of the time (remember, computers used paper punch cards and saving two digits for memory was a big deal), while RIM's lack of support for multiple devices for an email account is both extremely lazy and shortsighted.

The more I read about RIM, the more dire their future looks.

Research In Motion, In Perspective

By Michael Mulvey on April 28, 2011 5:11 PM

I've read articles in the tech news about RIM has a long history of creating great business software and devices - specifically the famous Blackberry messaging devices and smartphones.

The thing is, these last few years for RIM haven't been good and they've just slashed their outlook for Q1 2011.

I'm not sure why RIM doing poorly should be the slightest bit surprising. From a user interface perspective there hasn't been any breakthoughs. I've used my wife's Blackberry enough to know how stiff and devoid elegance it really is. Yes, the home screen has some unique iconography, but once you get into the email program - the Blackberry's bread and butter - it's like taking a time warp back to the 90's.

Just to put it in perspective, when RIM was *winning*, this was the smartphone competition:

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Just sayin'.

"It must be skating season in hell"

By Michael Mulvey on April 14, 2011 9:49 AM

David Pogue breaks down the realities of the new Blackberry PlayBook tablet:

Remember, the primary competition is an iPad -- the same price, but much thinner, much bigger screen and a library of 300,000 apps. In that light, does it make sense to buy a fledgling tablet with no built-in e-mail or calendar, no cellular connection, no videochat, Skype, no Notes app, no GPS app, no videochat, no Pandora radio and no Angry Birds?

You should also know that even now, only days before the PlayBook goes on sale April 19, the software is buggy and still undergoing feverish daily revision. And the all-important BlackBerry Bridge feature is still in beta testing. It's missing important features, like the ability to view e-mail file attachments or click a link in an e-mail.

And:

But -- are you sitting down? -- at the moment, BlackBerry Bridge is the only way to do e-mail, calendar, address book and BlackBerry Messenger on the PlayBook. The PlayBook does not have e-mail, calendar or address book apps of its own. You read that right. R.I.M. has just shipped a BlackBerry product that cannot do e-mail. It must be skating season in hell. (R.I.M. says that those missing apps will come this summer.)

This reminds of grade school - when you realize your book report is due the day of, and you hastily cobble it together with lightly reworded chunks from the encyclopedia.

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