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  • BlackBerry Push In India Will Help Stop Smartphone Bleeding [View article]
    Good points, Randall. However I will quibble of the use of 'average income' numbers. That is not how to analyse a national market. There are many people in the right income category and there are many corporate entities that provide devices to employees. It is not about average income it is about the numbers in the right income bracket.

    One of the ways this is discussed is to divide households into brackets of living standards means (LSM). BBRY targets LSM1 and 2. That is their market. They realise the LSM3-5 homes are not going to buy one. So how many million LSM1 homes are there in India? A heck of a lot more than in Singapore, which has a much higher average income and 160% smartphone penetration.

    The launch place and the launch price are selected carefully. Fads (like iPhones) are considered, and marketing starts. It may be that the Leap was destined for the US market and they changed their mind after some testing or surveys.

    Let's watch.
    May 4, 2015. 12:33 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Not Your Mother's Device Company Any Longer [View article]
    Michael that is a fascinating look at the inside from a users perspective.

    These days people routinely expect to track their 'parcel' but do so in a publicly accessible manner.

    Running a secure system out of sight of competitors is a different story. The pallet by pallet story is typical of the future. The identifier is not a scan of where it was when last seen, it will have a tag that says where it is - quite a different approach.

    I agree about still making good quality hardware. I am typing this on a Passport which allows me to see the whole picture. How apropos!
    May 2, 2015. 09:55 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry And CEO John Chen Play Poker In China [View article]
    I agree it is a mini tablet with the power of a tablet. Mini tablets are popular in China. I see a lot of aircraft passengers with them.
    Apr 29, 2015. 03:25 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry And CEO John Chen Play Poker In China [View article]
    Nothing is forever.
    Apr 29, 2015. 03:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry And CEO John Chen Play Poker In China [View article]
    Because the other devices are wide open to government wire tapping, with ease. Anyone who says different is pulling your leg. No one complains about Windows phones or Apple phones being so secure the government requires special hardware to read the traffic.

    Five years ago a BB with a local SIM wouldn't work at all on data, on only roaming with a foreign SIM. Now they will work on a local SIM, but BBM is still an issue.

    There are lots of options regarding traffic. For example 'local traffic' could be treated differently from international traffic. WatchDox could be blocked from opening and editing (or not) because they are in the cloud and technically not in China. Regular BB traffic is available to the US NSA, with higher levels of security wrapped in another layer. There is another layer above that available. At least.

    Boeing's Blackphone will probably use the highest layer BBRY has available.
    Apr 29, 2015. 03:23 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry And CEO John Chen Play Poker In China [View article]
    Was it a letter between Q and P?
    Apr 29, 2015. 03:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry And CEO John Chen Play Poker In China [View article]
    David653

    I believe that related to BBM messages only. It seems government are not afraid of email. They are worried about something as hard to break as BBM, particularly where there are national security concerns over attacks coordinated using smartphones.

    I recall UAE was also making the same complaint. It is too difficult to crack BBM in real time. Interesting that the same governments make no complaint about the security systems for other devices. I wonder why?
    Apr 29, 2015. 03:15 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Government Hacks Highlight BlackBerry's Value [View article]
    BobM

    Well I didn't take advantage of it - too busy using my Passport. I bought the app that allows for split screen running to two apps side by side.
    Apr 29, 2015. 12:08 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Government Hacks Highlight BlackBerry's Value [View article]
    KAI we do not know who can or cannot compete with MSFT.

    http://bit.ly/1GFyYT7

    My hope is that everyone can create a properly restricted environment. My concern level would be different if. like the Chinese have been, the NSA spies would not use the information gleaned in massive surveillance for business reasons - helping US companies. BBRY is not a US company and will not benefit from government hacking. That the US government uses BB's is indicative of a complex relationship. The NSA would probably be more comfortable if BBRY were US-owned but that would scare off European users who have been targeted by the NSA.

    Who owns WatchDox now? The co-founders are Israelis, right? http://bloom.bg/1GFyZGS

    The company is US-based. All things considered, I expect BBRY to be pulling out some bits of software before launching it as a BB product.
    Apr 29, 2015. 12:06 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Government Hacks Highlight BlackBerry's Value [View article]
    KIA - I love it when you put so much thought into your contributions!
    Apr 29, 2015. 11:50 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry thinking of shutting down Swedish design ops [View news story]
    More consolidation. This is in line with the drop in revenue.

    If they are buying other companies, is the head count stable? Are the employees of subsidiaries counted as BBRY staff? Just wondering about the constituents of the metric.
    Apr 24, 2015. 05:56 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is A Combined BlackBerry And WatchDox A Threat To IBM? [View article]
    MOBL is missing a lot more than revenues. Hype it had, but it turns out people want revenue, eventually. How much has it lost so far, and how much do they have left?
    Apr 23, 2015. 03:54 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is A Combined BlackBerry And WatchDox A Threat To IBM? [View article]
    Well, BBRY does it again, pulling out another plum service that anyone else coulda/shoulda bought first.

    They also announced a method of certifying communications between IoT devices like cars, for example, to stop them being hijacked and held for ransom.

    http://cnb.cx/1K9A76B

    It just gets better and better.

    What is the reason for todays spike up? I see shares trading above 350,000 per minute at least three times so far.
    Apr 23, 2015. 01:18 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Worth $16 To $20: Analysts Have It Wrong [View article]
    David show me a company that 'only profits' by cutting costs and keeping them under control.

    How exactly would WhatsApp fit into BBRY's investment portfolio? I loaded it once. It spent so much time spying on me it killed the battery in six hours. It may soon have a billion users. Long may it prosper. I don't care.

    Author: I agree with you value range on a sum of parts basis. The acquisition this week adds value and is well-chosen.
    Apr 22, 2015. 08:52 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Health Initiatives Might Have Hit A Wall [View article]
    Attended a meeting yesterday in Kitchener with a police force rep. He was carrying a Passport. I couldn't see what the guy from police intelligence was holding. It seems the police need security too, remote wipe and so on.
    Apr 17, 2015. 10:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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