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  • BlackBerry: When A PRIV 'Sell Out' Isn't Actually A 'Sell Out'  [View article]
    How many stories about Blackberry (product-X) Sells out at Retailer (Y) do some people need to see, before they can perceive a pattern of PR-spin that's been going on for years now?

    "$700 dollar niche-phone sells out at (freakin) WALmart" should have been the first clue, that something doesn't smell right about this seriously over-valued story.

    " Uh honey...I'm just going shopping for cheap and shitty socks, and a new phone, be back in an hour with a new Priv!"

    Nope...Still doesn't make any sense...Does it.
    Dec 11, 2015. 07:02 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Chen Is Happy You Can't Buy A BlackBerry Passport, Covets China  [View article]
    Do you think the Canadian government remembers anything about the demise of Nortel (and rampant theft of IP), once Chinese business interests were inside the wall?

    Do you think any secured government devices would be allowed on BB networks, if Lenovo held any of the keys ?
    Oct 20, 2014. 04:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Chen Is Happy You Can't Buy A BlackBerry Passport, Covets China  [View article]
    You don't seem to appreciate network security issues...

    For one thing...BB would need to kiss US government and financial sector accounts goodbye if the keys to BB's BIS/BES network ever fell into the hands of Chinese business interests.
    Oct 20, 2014. 04:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Collapsing Ecosystem  [View article]
    "Sold Out" is an easily manipulated "metric"
    So I don't factor it in myself.

    You would need to know what the initial inventory level was for that statement to actually mean anything...Otherwise it just sounds like a propaganda tactic to me.
    Sep 30, 2014. 03:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Corporation: A Bullish Algorithmic Perspective  [View article]
    Hard to put much 'stock' in a Nokia article that doesn't even mention NSN
    Sep 7, 2014. 10:18 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Than 5 Major Weaknesses In MobileIron Prevent It From Being A BlackBerry Killer  [View article]
    lol...That's a great reference - so versatile also ;-)

    Not quite what I had in mind,
    but it'll do till someone can point out a better alternative to the Gartner stuff.
    Aug 29, 2014. 12:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More Than 5 Major Weaknesses In MobileIron Prevent It From Being A BlackBerry Killer  [View article]
    Does anyone see BB breaking out of the lower-left quadrant (niche/challenger, incomplete, non-visionary offering) of the famous "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management MDMgmt." - where it seems to have been stuck up till at least last Summer?

    If someone wants to get on AirWatch's mailing list the 2014 version is available here:

    Everyone in marketing knows the nature of Gartner research, but that doesn't change the fact that they are strong opinion-makers...So if there are any other well-regarded sources to throw into the mix, that would be great.

    TLDR: I suspect that AirWatch remains one of the top players to follow in this space, but I'm wondering if BB's offering is still being panned by "industry analysts".
    Aug 27, 2014. 12:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia unveils Android launcher app  [View news story]
    Nokia has always been able to "grow" it's own fresh talent...
    I see no reason why that should have changed

    They are now positioned to grow an ecosystem from the network layer, and on up.
    Jun 19, 2014. 12:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Could See $10 After Earnings  [View article]
    All the time?
    Didn't Thorstein fail to break down the units in his last QR?

    As for Chen's tenure...
    Is there a link to all the recent breakdowns somewhere?
    Jun 17, 2014. 02:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Stuck In No Man's Land?  [View article]

    Heartbleed isn't a vulnerablity that directly affects client devices (handsets, desktops, laptops, tablets etc) or any other client software. It is a server-side vulnerability that affects systems running open-source services that rely on SSL. BBRY BES/BIS and devices were just as capable of exchanging data with compromised servers as any other.

    You should realize that your argument would be just as valid for Microsoft or Apple products...or anything that doesn't rely on open-source SSL on the server side. Conversely, BBRY clients were just as capable of connecting to an OpenSSL server, and providing exposed data as any other. BES/BIS was not blocking relayed data from mail or web servers using OpenSSL authentication...So your ending argument is false in that respect.

    In some ways it discredits the quality of your overall position, and otherwise valid points to try and close by using Heartbleed as a scare tactic in this context, I'm afraid.
    Apr 15, 2014. 09:50 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QNX Will Not Save BlackBerry  [View article]
    He also couldn't identify (or even suggest) the number of non-BB devices using BES10 for MDM services...A serious blow to the credibility of this key feature for a platform in a BYOD market IMO.

    Certainly not a feature-set to base a turnaround story on it would seem.
    Mar 31, 2014. 02:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I'm A BlackBerry Buyer On Monday, No Questions Asked  [View article]

    Not providing an indication of non-BB devices is a MAJOR sign of poor adoption IMO.

    Traction for MDM (via BES10) is measured almost entirely with this metric, because it's possibly the MOST significant number to demonstrate the viability of the MDM component of BES10.

    There's no point in even discussing MDM on BES10 if you don't have any benchmarks on how many non-BB devices are using the services. MDM services without including data around non-BB devices is worse than moot, it's redundant BY THE DEFINITION of MDM!

    Not having this number in your back-pocket for a QR call might be like McDonald's not being able to say (even roughly) how many burgers they've sold in a quarter. Actually it's worse, because burger sales are not one of the primary pillars of a promised turnaround story for a beleaguered company.

    Seriously...Is MDM getting any traction at all on BES10?
    Without MDM, what else are we even talking about as a serious new sales drivers? Regurgitated BB7 devices and BBM promises, and... ?
    Mar 30, 2014. 05:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: White House testing BlackBerry rivals  [View news story]
    Obama already uses a General Dynamics device for top-classified communications.
    Mar 21, 2014. 04:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing designs self-destructing smartphone  [View news story]
    Will this really be Google's Android? Another fork in the Android OS (similar to Nokia's new Android), or an entirely new version of Android starting at the Linux kernel. Reporters aren't always terribly accurate in how they use the word "Android", adn we've seen enough examples of shoot first clarify later reports around BBRY (cough...Pentagon story...cough)

    Boeing is clearly not saying ANYTHING about the OS, other than using the word Android, and attributing it's trademark to Google Inc.

    Although I'm just a punter with an SA account, who's been following QNX since '97 and who quite appreciates BBRY's well-aged BES/BIS-network model for security...I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Boeing's enormous engineering expertise - especially if my only industry 'insight' was based around the (typically industry-wide) delays in developing cutting-edge aeronautics.

    Here's some info from the horse's mouth
    Feb 27, 2014. 12:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia/Microsoft deal stalled by Indian tax dispute  [View news story]
    You suggest that the headline "obviously references the deal's closing" rather than the original agreement - as though there's an implicit difference. Seems you're the one getting bogged down in semantics, rather than just writing an accurate headline.

    Anybody who reads that headline is going to simply read that the MS/Nokia deal is stalled.

    Since you now suggest that it's "the deal's closing" that is stalled (again, you're making a rather peculiar semantic distinction), let's reference some facts from the WSJ:

    "Nokia could close the deal without transferring the Chennai factory..."

    Make note: At no point have any party's indicated that this tax issue would "stall" the Nokia/MS deal. At best, you can factually state that the D&S deal with MS is "complicated" by the tax issue.

    "If Nokia is unable to resolve the issue, the company would be forced to remain as a contract manufacturer of mobile phones for Microsoft for a transitional period"

    You should simply strive for responsible accuracy, and avoid misleading ambiguity and engaging in "semantic" deflections. Sorry to have to point this out.
    Feb 12, 2014. 12:07 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment