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  • Nokia Lumia 1020: Much Ado About Nothing [View article]
    This unsupported drivel reads like blind hate from an Apple-bot

    Pureview isn't just about industry-leading resolution...it's about providing a clear solution to the utterly horrific zoom capabilities of every other camera phone out there....for the vast majority of people who don't walk around with a decent camera every where they go, at every moment of the day.

    Add to that, the very best audio recording quality on the market, and you've established the critically important hardware/head-end for collecting/sharing in a truely functional Personal Media production and distribution eco-system. One that Apple can only hope to buy into someday, and then rename it with their faltering iBrand.

    Dream on Apple-bots...
    Your aging empire is closed, insecure, and crumbling.
    Jul 24 05:37 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia/Microsoft deal stalled by Indian tax dispute [View news story]
    Eric
    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 12:07 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia/Microsoft deal stalled by Indian tax dispute [View news story]
    Dear Eds.
    That headline is factually incorrect (insomuch as the D&S acquisition deal is NOT stalled by this issue), and moreover it's highly misleading.
    Feb 12 11:18 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Stuck In No Man's Land? [View article]
    POINT of ORDER

    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 09:50 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stick A Fork In RIM, They Are Done [View article]
    Why would RIM bankrupt themselves?
    They have significant book value and zero debt.
    Sep 18 10:56 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Apple's iPhone 5C Kill Nokia? [View article]
    Just off the top of my head (without getting into mapping, cameras, etc) I've got three little words to dispel your illusions about "nothing special"

    N F C

    etc...
    Aug 1 07:56 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analyze And Dump The BlackBerry REIT [View article]
    Obama uses a General Dynamics mobile device for high security applications.
    His BB device is for low/non-classified communications.
    The DoD's new DISA system will be using MDM from Fixmo, and allow BB, iOS and Android devices. No BES network is required.
    Feb 1 01:11 AM | 3 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 02:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry falls; DoD states no new phone orders placed [View news story]
    Bloomberg seemed to carefully avoid clarifying that the 80,000 BBRY devices did not include any BB10 devices (though the article pictured a Q10).

    http://bloom.bg/1jk5Ib5

    Nor did they specify the makers of the DoD's new system (Fixmo) offered their own MDM solution...Therefore even BES10's MDM wasn't a primary factor in the security of DISA's new system.

    IMO: That whole story sounded very 'crafted' and limited to pumping BBRY

    In the interim we all still wait to see what the other 218,000 devices will ACTUALLY be on the DoD's newly provisioned capabilities for 300,000 devices.
    Jan 23 02:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VMware's Purchase Of Airwatch May Be Bullish For BlackBerry [View article]
    This news about VMWare acquiring AirWartch begs a question about MDM...
    Is it really the 'holy grail' of mobile computing?
    Or is it just an interim patch as a bigger/better ecosystem is developed?

    BES10's MDM isn't really revolutionizing the market segment, but it works adequately to not force enterprise (for the most part?) to look elsewhere if they're already running BES and have plans for BB10 devices. Fair enough.

    However, when it comes to productivity, there's alot more to the equation than simply safely accessing a file system, or using email on a device that has been properly secured against data-loss/theft.

    Enterprise is moving towards virtual desktops (VDI) to allow full and secure access to apps as well as data. My first curiosity is do BB10 devices run Office365 and current remote desktop apps well enough to compete on an even footing with other giants who are gearing up with their own MDM features as well?

    Will BB10 devices be able to keep up with the innovations and evolving remote-access feature sets of those big providers who make filesystem security and Virtual servers/desktops/access their stock-in-trade?

    Curious as Ever
    Jan 22 02:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Up On No News, Is Good News [View article]
    That article makes no mention of BES
    (which runs on servers not "devices")
    Can you cite any clear indications that this DoD project will be running on BES networks?

    Although it does clearly state that:
    "About 80,000 BlackBerrys and 1,800 Defense-owned Apple and Android-based phones and tablets will begin being hooked up to the new management system on Jan. 31, officials announced on Friday."

    " Popular devices expected to go online include the iPad 3 and 4, iPhone 4S and 5, Samsung 10.1 tablets and Samsung 3S, and Motorola RAZR devices.
    Jan 19 12:06 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 05:58 PM | 1 Like 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
    http://bit.ly/1hlOg3S
    Feb 27 12:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies; AT&T offers support, company to focus on keyboard phones [View news story]
    Good alt-perspective.
    Hope you're right ;-)
    Jan 7 11:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies; AT&T offers support, company to focus on keyboard phones [View news story]
    A few thoughts about focusing on physical keyboards...
    and why this plants tiny seeds of personal doubt about BB's ability to innovate.

    The predictive text capabilities in BB10 is an under-promoted feature, that has yet to achieve the full impact of both its technical and market potential. There's so much more room to grow with a soft keyboard when it comes to innovating the user experience.

    IMO: Using predictive text with a hard keyboard is a kludge that actually requires additional long movements, and slows down the natural typing process.
    The user decides if it's a worthwhile tradeoff, of course.

    Physical keyboards force the learning of ALT- key sequences to add more functions to permanently labeled/printed buttons...a Display simply shows direct access to new/future functions.

    The device "real-estate" taken up by an array of (rather inflexible) dedicated switches severely limits the amount of (infinitely flexible) screen space. It also limits the screen size/aspect ratio into a range that doesn't properly support standard (and future) video formats.

    The physical keyboard's only advantage is familiarity and tactic feedback. The tactile aspect can be alieved with some haptic feedback (quick/sharp vibrations, sound and visuals). This doesn't come close to outweighing the benefits of a display keyboard....IMO

    I think that BB is losing a key differentiator by not improving it's already industry leading display keys, in favour of sticking with its traditional array of hard switches.

    Why not just put a qwerty on a slider and leave the screenspace alone!?!
    Jan 7 08:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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