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  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    Randall:

    "And it is made... by Foxconn."

    I would like confirmation about where it is made. Rumour is it is in Cambridge, but that might be only some of them. Small runs. If it is made in Taiwan, that might be OK, but not so confident about Mainland China. Getting a straight answer might be a problem.
    Jul 25 04:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    I assure no one in the biz security sector will touch a BB product that has a Chinese partner. It is just not going to happen. The Z3 will remain out of the business market. High security devices such as the Passport are made in Cambridge, just south of Waterloo.
    Jul 25 04:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    MPF:
    I am in Waterloo for another few weeks, watching the layoffs continue in this wonderful upstart company. It is sad to see so much talent leaving. Fortunately there are more than 300 start-ups in Waterloo's development zone.

    The Chinese has been very upfront about their intentions. They have asked government departments not to buy Office, but it is still on the legal-to-order list. They have been giving Apple stick for years, mostly about spying if you look closely, and now they are kicking IBM out. Expect more of the same. I can't see anything emerging from the US being accepted in the near future. Why would they? It is for the same reason that Lenovo's are not allowed in US government service, and iPads are forbidden in meetings with foreigners. It is so blatant Cisco is publicly asking the NSA to stop putting hardware in Cisco servers headed out of the country! That is not even 'spying', that is 'monitoring'.

    So the Chinese 'Office' is available and working but not up to par yet, and they continue to develop it. I don't think they will stop. Concerns at both ends are legitimate. Both are using spyware for corporate advantage. Both deny it. Same old, same old.
    Jul 25 04:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    MPF
    " Or perhaps not so huge unless Apple is already aware of mass commitments for phone purchases (or as we've learned, pressure on service providers to buy and promote "or else")"

    This is something that is a bit of a wild card. Verizon among others signed a contract to push a fixed number of iPhones onto the US public and did a pretty good job of it considering there was a recession going on at the time. The problem is the contract specified huge penalties for not selling 'enough' and the carriers are upset about the bullying. Not to mention the cost. This time around the carriers may present a more united front to Apple refusing to sign anything for 'exclusive' anything and refusing to promise to sell any fixed number against a threat of huge penalties. Those agreements were still in place when the Z10 was launched and stores were so fearful of not selling enough iPhones they told people BB was not available, the company was bankrupt and so on in order to induce the customer into buying an iPhone, not for the margin, but to avoid the penalty.

    This time there may be a very different landscape and we will not hear of the change in advance. We ill have to infer from behavior. This is going to be an interesting year.
    Jul 25 04:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    Randal, have you been watching the White House aiming at that pool of money Apple refuses to bring home to avoid taxes? The hit, if the new regulation works, will be about $50 billion. Little things like being forced to pay taxes and still fumbling around for an OS that isn't pre-hacked by Homeland Security, or one that is but where it is hard to see, will hammer the bottom line. The general plan seems to be to have an open back door that is hard to find. This sort of news is not going to go down well in many places where they can avoid it by just 'buying something else'.

    You can equally bet that any Android device has the same issues: inherent insecurity in service of one country's major companies. It doesn't take much in a fickle market for opinion to shift swiftly. Does anyone remember Bill Gates reminding everyone that MSFT is not immune to rapid changes in the market? He said that before he left.

    What do you think is the future of Malaysian Airlines? It doesn't take much to shake a giant.
    Jul 25 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    @Z10

    "I remember the news reports trending during this time as saying that Jobs had left quite a few outstanding product ideas in various stages of completion. "

    They may in fact have been outstanding in the eyes of Mr Jobs and not too many others. If you change 'completion' to 'disarray' it is closer to the way that company selected projects to punt. We can expect the new iOS to be full of holes. We can expect the new iPhone to have a larger screen, only 4 years late. We can expect the same background software that reports what you do and say to (who is that again?) and we can expect it will be modestly manufactured and pricey-sold. It is a money making machine, is Apple. No doubt about it. Good for them. PT Barnum foretold of such customers.

    Have you noticed that when Chen talks of partnerships, it is later described by Shorts as defect in strategy? Sharing apps for example. But when Apple talks about partnership it is suddenly the killer dynamite.

    But...the handset market is a very fickle thing. Fashions come and go. Less so corporate security. Let's watch the corporate MDM space and see who's eaten who come the end of the year.
    Jul 25 04:13 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    Apple and IBM may come up with something useful for enterprises to use instead of Office. There is a Chinese company working to create a home-grown alternative and it is favoured by government though they still use Office. Office is not trusted and assumed to be filled with back doors. They want something 'as good' without the bleed-ware.
    Jul 24 01:51 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallies after Chen talks partnership efforts [View news story]
    Apple is fearful of Office 365 and on-line computing. It doesn't get mentioned because MSFT is not in the MDM space but there is a revolution going on in business software and Apple was caught flatfooted. It is not complicated.
    Jul 24 01:36 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Apple And IBM Really Going To Take BlackBerry To The Cleaners? [View article]
    iOS has at least three background services providing a back door that evades the locking function, the encryption and the fingerprint. You should read more widely before sounding off. Hacking, hijacking and ransoming an iPhone is common enough to make the news.

    BES has firewalls. iOS has smokewalls.
    Jul 23 08:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Apple And IBM Really Going To Take BlackBerry To The Cleaners? [View article]
    Z3 is actually made in Taiwan. iPhones are made in China.
    Jul 23 08:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Apple And IBM Really Going To Take BlackBerry To The Cleaners? [View article]
    "Blindly believing it is still a leader and everyone else is looking at it with fear and trepidation is exactly what caused its demise in the first place."

    Are you referring to Steve Jobs?
    Jul 23 08:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Apple And IBM Really Going To Take BlackBerry To The Cleaners? [View article]
    Steftheref
    "Reality is that Apple's carefully crafted iOS security model is layered from the actual chip itself, where device unique crypto keys are permanently burned in in such a way that not even Apple can deconstruct them, right up through the firmware and software layers, into the application APIs and out into iCloud."

    Stef did you see the article where the iOS analyst demonstrates unequivocally that everyone device is running multiple services that have no function other than to provide back doors for continuous monitoring by spy agencies? It was this week that I saw it. He names the files.

    IPhones are eminently hackable because they can't be shut off and even when 'locked' they remain unencrypted to those background services.

    The security you describe is hot air. The hacking is built right into the OS for heaven's sake. Do you remember the cookie that unlocked the list of coders in Windows 95? These systems are fundamentally compromised.
    Jul 23 08:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry hires ex-Sybase exec to be COO [View news story]
    This gives a hint as to what is coming to cloud computing from mobile-centric employees.
    Jul 21 09:42 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Dips: What Happens Next? [View article]
    Charles: "Developing enterprise solutions and apps has been the lifeblood of IBM since its birth with absolutely no peers."

    IBM was one of the most monopolistic, dreadful anti-competitive companies on the planet from its birth. My former manager said there is a special place in hell for their leaders earned by their behavior in the 1960's market (predatory practices and intimidation of competitors). They have never consider software to be a top priority and always left a few scraps on the table for it. It is a hardware company. The details of how they became big are too gory for this polite company.

    What on earth they are going to develop with Apple is anyone's guess. It is certainly not going to involve an OS that also runs on a phone.
    Jul 17 06:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Dips: What Happens Next? [View article]
    David653
    "...but nevertheless I wont lie."

    Exactly how will iOS work with IBM if the IBM PC's are using an MSFT OS??

    You are forecasting disaster. Does IBM make PC's? What OS do IBM corporate servers run on? Did you know they are 128 bit? They are going to develop corporate app, maybe to sell at the iStore - dunno. They are trying to react to MSFT, not get into bed with it. Oh, but MSFT owns part of Apple. My this gets complicated.
    Jul 17 06:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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