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  • Lazaridis Cuts BlackBerry Stake - Company To Transition Back To The Black? [View article]
    He's only been there a matter of weeks and it's gonna take a lot more than his own personal high credibility in tech to turn around the good ship BB.

    The biggest reason, in my opinion as a BB customer, that they can't move enough devices, is because they don't have enough relevant apps to choose from and don't have the apps that all your friends take for granted.

    If BB waves the white flag on the consumer market, it'll be giving up a big part of it's identity, not to mention a global market in the hundreds of millions of potential customers. BB should get it's costs down and stay in the consumer market AND identify the top 100 apps and start adapting them in-house to make them native to BB devices AND start paying more attention to PB users by aggressively updating the o/s. Forget about chasing developers.

    Anything made available in the BB app store MUST be 100% pure QNX with no chance of any random messages that show traces of them being originally android programs that were ported over.

    I'd love to stay with BB and I love the versatility of QNX, but the ball is BB's court and it's gonna have to win me, to keep my business away from some very formidable products out there. It's much easier (and cost effective) to keep customers with good service and products than it is to have to go out and win new customers to replace the ones you just lost.

    Happy New Year everyone and good luck to BB.
    Dec 31 07:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Shareholders Must Feel Like A Punching Bag [View article]
    Businesses go out of business all the time because they can't sell enough product.

    There's nothing inherently wrong with debt. Companies need debt to grow. Question is whether they can service the debt on the terms they accepted.

    I'd like to know why BB wasn't actually taking on some debt when it was strong, highly liquid and was in a position to command the terms.
    Nov 5 09:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Execs Costing Investors Billions [View article]
    "Without the playbook, I think that the BB10 platform would have been out 1-2 years earlier."

    How do you figure that? Both systems are based on QNX. BB marketed the PB as 'being based on QNX'. Many of the same apps work on both the new phones and the PB.

    The PB should have been the springboard for the introduction of BB10. I'm still perplexed at how BB did not leverage the amazing PB operating system as a teaser for the full BB10. The patches and updates to the PB o/s should have come fast and furious- like clockwork, every month to give customers a taste of what was in store with the new phones.
    Nov 4 06:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Microsoft Should Not Consider Buying BlackBerry [View article]
    Msft is well on its way to staking a claim in the mobile space, it doesn't need anything that BB's got. Others do, but not Msft.
    Oct 7 12:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernstein whipsawed; cuts BlackBerry to Sell [View news story]
    There's nothing magic about analysts and their opinions. Analysts would be the first ones to tell that.

    Every time some one goes long, some one else is going short.
    Oct 3 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry reveals even more doom [View news story]
    As it turns out, expectations have actually been too high. So why would it be different now?
    Oct 2 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter To BlackBerry Management And Directors [View article]
    I've used other tablets and they get their clocks cleaned compared to to the PB. QNX is the 70's muscle car engine of operating systems- just brute power, but with 21st century economy on resources.

    Why BB hasn't made regular patches to the system the way Windows has for so many years is a big mystery to me. All the heavy lifting is done, they only need to build on the foundation.

    As well, BB should have id'ed the top 25 apps and just reworked them into a native form in-house instead of chasing developers. That would have sent a clear and aggressive message out to the market.
    Oct 1 10:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry EPS in-line, misses on revenues [View news story]
    I think you make a good point about cash resources.

    I've never bought into the storyline about 3bil cash and no debt. Comparatively speaking, it just isn't all that much. As well, I was always taught that leveraging a manage-able amount of debt is how companies grow and these low rates are soon to be history.
    Sep 27 01:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry EPS in-line, misses on revenues [View news story]
    Okay, so what to with the inventory?

    BB may have to sign up a third party to provide customer service and I don't think it'll come cheap after clearing all those handsets.
    Sep 27 12:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Death Before Dishonor: 5 Reasons I'm Not Backing The BlackBerry Buyout Anymore [View article]
    Now that $9 is on the table and the bad news is out in advance, IMO the stock won't move too far from that benchmark without significant new information.

    Also keep in mind that Fairfax is the still the biggest shareholder and there's nothing to gain from the stock being driven lower, and it turns out, for whatever reason, it can't nail down a deal. At that point, Fairfax is back to where it was.
    Sep 24 11:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Far From Dead. Right Sized, It Will Have A Profitable Future [View article]
    Michael, all the negative attention is actually a backhanded compliment to BB. BB can't be compared to the others you mentioned.

    BB became part of the cultural landscape of the tech world, in many cases, THEE status symbol of busy professionals. I'm a BB lover, but the way it hasn't been executing on the field when it really counts is driving me batty.

    The way BB exited the PB, an astounding device and O/S, without really patching or updating it, when it's now become routine for major platforms to update like every month or two, was not helpful. I mean, all the heavy lifting is done. All BB has to do is slowly but consistently build on it.
    Sep 20 05:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Far From Dead. Right Sized, It Will Have A Profitable Future [View article]
    Yeah, but the American population (and the Canadian population) actually has the bread to buy things and never quibble about price.

    Long story short, you gotta make it in North America. There's no such thing as a world famous actor who's never made it Hollywood.
    Sep 20 05:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Far From Dead. Right Sized, It Will Have A Profitable Future [View article]
    In my opinion, 'slimming down' is way, way overrated. It doesn't put points on the board and that's the issue for public companies.

    I just hope BB isn't taking meat off the bone and cutting loose talent and experience.
    Sep 20 12:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches latest smartphone [View news story]
    The 10 customers would be thrilled with that...I hope you're wrong...BB has a ways to go to patch up with loyal customers feeling all dressed up with no place to go.
    Sep 18 01:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches latest smartphone [View news story]
    ...NSA knows what you had for supper last night and whether or not you tip the pizza guy...
    Sep 18 01:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment