Results tagged “rim”

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.

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.

I'm Tired Of Writing About Apple

By Michael Mulvey on November 27, 2011 7:37 PM

I'm not a sports guy.

I love going to live games in big stadiums but following football, baseball and basketball on a day-to-day basis is not my bag. My sports are technology and design and Apple is my team. I love when they win.

Apple wins when they create awesome products I love to use, products better than any other company can make.

Apple wins when they show the world that while consumer electronics products are impossible without the brilliance of enginners, you need designers to make them so fun and intuitive to use, you don't even a need a manual.

I won't lie, though. Apple also wins when they kick Microsoft's ass. It was a great, symbolic moment last year when it was announced that Apple was worth more than Microsoft in market capitalization. It also feels good to know how successful the iPhone has become, especially after Steve Ballmer laughed at it in 2007. Oh, Steve. You big, bald dummy. Hold on while I do my touchdown dance in your face.

Apple wins when they own a small fraction of the mobile market, but taking home two-thirds of the profits. It adds insult to injury when they take all this money in the face of all their competitors copying the smartphone paradigm they established with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Hey guys, you're copying my team and you're still losing (They still don't understand Design is not skin deep).

Speaking of shamelessly copying, it seems Samsung never bothered to make their own playbook, they decided to just copy Apple's.

But I have to be honest - I'm really tired of writing about Apple.

I want to write about other amazing competitors. It's fun when your team wins, but it's even better when they win against a worthy adversary. Would you rather watch your favorite football team score touchdown after touchdown, against a team with a horrible defense? Sure, the first few are fun, but it gets old. What's great is competition. Real competition.

What's great is when your team wins, but in the last 5 seconds of the game. Triple overtime. Sudden death. Winning against a rival who fights until the end and who you can look at and say, 'We might have beat you, but you played awesome.'

In the last few years, there have been very few moments where it looked as though a company besides Apple was going to start making consumer electronic devices people would love to use.

The first one I got excited about was the Palm Pre and webOS. Jon Rubenstein left Apple as senior VP of the iPod devision in 2007 to join Palm. When he unveiled the Palm Pre running webOS in 2009, the Apple DNA was obvious, but webOS was fresh brought a unique perspective to mobile operating systems. 'Yes,' I said to myself. 'Apple has some real competition.'

Then HP bought Palm in 2010 and things got bumpy. The Pre was a solid smartphone but when the time came for HP to create a tablet to compete with the iPad, it wasn't all it could have been. I wanted to love the TouchPad, but it was clear HP blew it. Then HP's CEO, Leo Apotheker, gets ousted by HP's board of directors Now it's not even clear if HP wants to play the mobile computing game anymore.

Then there was news RIM was launching a tablet called the Playbook. The preview videos made it look as though RIM had executed things well. Oh, but then they shipped it without an email client. Not to mention providing no good way to get content on to or off of the device.


Earlier this month, Amazon enveiled their new lineup of Kindles, including the top-of-the-line Kindle Fire. The Fire uses a custom build of Android, has a color, multi-touch screen and an integrated marketplace to buy applications and movies and books and music. And a web browser which caches frequently visited sites for faster loading. Yes! Now we're talking!

Then I got my hands on the Fire and was let down. Like the HP Touchpad, so close, but so very, very far from winning.

Now, most recently, John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD reports that Apple, with help from Sharp, is cooking up some Apple TVs -- actual televisions -- not what Apple TV is in it's current incarnation.

It's the logical next step for Apple's goal of a fully-integrated entertainment ecosystem. These plans are not surprising. The question really is, why wouldn't Apple redesign the television experience?

This is exciting news. Imagine a television experience that doesn't involve convoluted remote controls and overly complex on-screen menus.

What isn't exciting is this piece from Paczkowski's post (my emphasis):

But what form it will take remains a mystery -- one that the entire TV industry is evidently eager to solve. "Based on our discussions, interestingly other TV manufacturers have begun a scrambling search to identify what iTV will be and do," says Misek. "They hope to avoid the fate of other industries and manufacturers who were caught flat footed by Apple."

What would be great is if these other TV manufacturers weren't 'scrambling' to cobble together something half-assed, but had a clear vision for a fun and intuitive television experience. Something they personally would love to use in their own homes.

It brings to mind a great quote by Steve Jobs (in his biography by Walter Isaacson):

The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter. The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don't really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally loved music. We made the iPod for ourselves, and when you're doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you're not going to cheese out. If you don't love something, your not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.

History keeps repeating itself and it's getting annoying. Apple introduces a new product, the industry reacts, they copy, but by the time they turn their enormous ships in the right direction, it's too late.

Repeat ad infinitum.

It's getting old.

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?

It's poetic, really.

By Michael Mulvey on October 12, 2011 9:24 PM

RIM has worldwide outages the days leading up to and on the day Apple launches it's new mobile operating system and cloud-based backup service.

It's poetic, really.

Remember though, RIM has two, count them, TWO CEOs. I'm sure they have this under control.


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