Results tagged “rim”

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.

"Creative Director"

By Michael Mulvey on February 11, 2013 5:23 PM

The Verge: BlackBerry Creative Director Alicia Keys tweets from iPhone, pins blame on hackers

Haha. What bullshit.

I wonder how much money is really enough for celebrities like Keys. It's not enough to be a multi-millionaire-dollar-making musician. You have to get more money being a puppet "creative director" for a mobile phone company that's circling the drain.

While on this topic, Justin Timberlake was just named creative director of Bud Light Platinum. Really? Bud Light? You're seriously proud of being creative director of Bud-friggin-Light? If you're not going for a delicious microbrew, at least go for Samuel Adams or something European like Stella Artois or Heineken.

And isn't "Bud Light Platnium" an oxymoron?

It's like saying "Premium Cow Manure".

Update: In related news, Bryan just informed me Beyonce was just named Head Receptionist at Pepsico, and I got an anonymous tip Cheech Marin was named Head of Quality Assurance for Marijuana at Corona.

Entertainment on Blackberries?

By Michael Mulvey on January 28, 2013 7:31 PM

BGR on RIM's new Blackberry World:

Not only will Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry World include more than 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps, the storefront will also offer "one of the most robust music and video catalogs in mobile today."

"Blackberry World"? It doesn't say entertainment to me.

Product branding and how the public perceives it are extremely important to success.

Associating the business-related Blackberry brand with consumer-related music and movies just doesn't sound like a winning recipe.

RIM holding on to the Blackberry brand, regardless of context, feels a lot like Microsoft holding onto the Windows brand, regardless of how many (or little) actual windows exist in their newest operating system*.

*In his review of Windows 8, Jakob Neilsen comments that they should have renamed it Microsoft Window given "the main UI restricts users to a single window".


By Michael Mulvey on December 12, 2012 2:18 PM

It's great to see RIM validating Apple's product design strategy.

Influencer: iPhone 5, launched September 2012


Influenced: BlackBerry 10 L-Series, leaked December 2012


Too Late For RIM?

By Michael Mulvey on October 15, 2012 1:19 PM

I have to say, this demo of the Blackberry 10 OS is pretty hot.

But is it too late?

Blackberry 10 is coming 6 years after the iPhone was launched.

Six years.

Up To Speed

By Michael Mulvey on May 1, 2012 12:02 PM

It's now over 5 years since the introduction of the original iPhone and this is what RIM's response is?

Multitouch smartphone with on-screen keyboard. An email program that resembles something like those found in iOS and webOS and to round out the 'sneak peek' - the ability to stream video content from your phone to your TV. Like Apple TV.

My favorite Darwin quote comes to mind:

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

A 5-year response time is not being adaptable enough, RIM.

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:


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


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

Grenade Whistle

By Michael Mulvey on December 20, 2011 10:41 PM

WSJ: Microsoft, Nokia Flirted With RIM:

Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. in recent months flirted with the idea of making a joint bid for Research In Motion Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.

Really? Microsoft and Nokia flirted with RIM? This RIM?

Like the way Vinny, Pauly and the Situation flirt with grenades to bring home at the end of the night?

I think we need a grenade whistle any time a company gets close to RIM.

Do Microsoft and Nokia have technology beer goggles on that make RIM appear like a valuable acquisition?

Insult to Injury

By Michael Mulvey on November 30, 2011 1:30 PM

It's bad enough your email application-less tablet is selling so poorly you have to give it multiple price slashes, but then developers jailbreak it and call it Dingleberry.


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