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  • BlackBerry Soon To Leave $10 Behind [View article]
    Google Ford transmission... and you'll see more complaints for those (Focus) than Sync.

    ps. Anyone who works with many MS products probably rolled their eyes when they heard about Ford's Sync problems... a Deja-Vue roll.

    But to be fair, Ford is also responsible for that mess... they laid the foundation (shaky) and then called MS for help. I hope QNX doesn't fall in that trap.
    Feb 25 10:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Soon To Leave $10 Behind [View article]
    Last year, the longs were in denial... BB wasn't forthcoming with sales data, but they tried to make sales predictions on the scarce numbers available to crunch. The cheerleaders cheered, and dismissed anyone who didn't believe... even if by early summer it was getting clearer BB10 was not selling.

    I think this year is different. BlackBerry is not the same company anymore, even if Watsa is still involved. Chen fired all the VP's and managers who over promised and under delivered, and since then all roll-outs have been on time and suffered no failures... this is an amazing feat for BlackBerry: On Time and NO glitches. I hope this is a permanent change of culture: to make management and employees accountable for their failures and replace them promptly.

    I think it would be a mistake to get emotional about this stock based on last year's performance. So far, Chen has been executing flawlessly. He has a lot of damage to fix and success is not guaranteed... but I feel much better about my investment now... I bought in a year ago and have been hanging on ever since. Glad I didn't sell when it was low... But I have no stomach to add more for now. I put it on Black and am still watching the roulette spin... I got a good feeling about Black!
    Feb 25 03:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BBM Is Worth More To BlackBerry Integrated Than On A Standalone Basis [View article]
    Strange bedfellows: Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows

    "Unnamed sources are reporting that Microsoft is considering allowing Android apps to run on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Sources told The Verge that some inside Microsoft actually like the idea of enabling Android apps inside both stores. After all, if BlackBerry can run Android apps, why can't Windows Phone? "

    Samsung’s Tizen Will Hit the Ground Running with Android Apps

    If BlackBerry does it it's a hack... But if Samsung and Microsoft and BB do it then, that's the way it's going to be. Android will be the de facto cross platform app ecosystem. This will allow each phone manufacturer to choose and run any OS, and build their own native app stores. This.... changes... e v e r y t h i n g....
    Think about it.
    Feb 24 10:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BBM Is Worth More To BlackBerry Integrated Than On A Standalone Basis [View article]
    Hi! Billy Mays here for the messaging specialist, BB10, powered by the air you breathe, activated by the water that you and I drink. It’s Mother Nature-approved and it’s safe on your colored fabrics.
    Feb 24 12:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter To John Chen [View article]
    From BGR:

    BlackBerry’s Top Secret Phone Revealed

    "For starters, the phone is much wider than any other BlackBerry, and there are some reasons why. The keyboard is not just a regular BlackBerry keyboard — it features three rows of keys instead of the traditional four and all of the keys are touch sensitive. Think of the keyboard app Swype on Android to get an idea of what we mean and how you can use this keyboard."
    Feb 20 04:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter To John Chen [View article]
    Thanks Mr. Knowitall,

    but an 8 core would definitely shut up the college kids on the Verge and BGR and other tech sites... they look at stuff like screen resolution and pixel density. It would definitely help if these sites were pleased for a change.
    Feb 20 04:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Newfound $2.5-Billion Baby [View article]
    BlackBerry needs great marketing. I wish Billy Mays was still around... He'd wake you up in the middle of the night with his shouting if the TV was still on. You'd need a convincing loud mouth like that to talk over all the BS about BB.
    Feb 20 04:17 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Newfound $2.5-Billion Baby [View article]
    so? Facebook already has iMessage and still bought another messaging app.
    Not that I think that BBM would be a good fit with Google's reputation concerning privacy and security issues.
    Feb 20 04:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter To John Chen [View article]
    Mr. Knowitall,

    you'd keep BBM?


    About ecosystems, Samsung and Microsoft announced that they're both working on enabling Android apps to run on Tizen and WP8 phones. This is a solution that pleases app developers and phone makers.

    Cell phone makers would like to go back to the days when customers did not care what OS was on their phones, just as long as they had competitive features. I bought a Motorola Razr 10 years ago for the design, not the OS it ran. If Android apps can run on any mobile OS, then Apple should be worried about their own shrinking ecosystem.

    With the ecosystem issue out of the way, for good, BB can focus on meeting the Enterprise's needs. I'm counting on Chen to deliver a "must have" business device (and ecosystem) that makes life so much easier for the end user and IT department that using any other phone would result in a measurable loss of productivity. There are rumors of an Octa-core phone code named Ontario that will go on sale this fall. This will be Chen's first device with his name on it, not Thorsten's or Foxconn's. The octa core processor tells me gone are the days of BlackBerry devices always being short on specs compared to the competition (last years tech). I am optimistic... but if he doesn't deliver this phone, I'm out.
    Feb 20 03:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter To John Chen [View article]
    Mr. Knowitall said: "and hiring all his crony friends from SAP."

    Crony friends?? am I detecting a tad of frustration here?

    You don't buy it... we know already.
    But what would YOU tell Chen in an open letter? break up BB? make secure Android phones? ditch the keyboard? change BES? make an acquisition? what needs to happen for you to say "BUY BB"?

    When SAP kicked the tires on BB, they were interested but couldn't make a deal without breaking BB up into parts. Is it a coincidence Chen became CEO soon after? Maybe his "cronies" were brought in to transform BlackBerry into a smaller, but profitable business focused on enterprise clients and make it possible to integrate BBM, BES, BB10 with SAP's own business model.
    If Facebook is willing to pay $16 billion for Whatsapp then how much is BBM worth? Facebook's move may cause other players to do respond with similar acquisitions... Maybe Chen could sell all of Blackberry (BBM/BB10/BES/QNX) for $16 billion... a better deal than Whatsapp in my opinion.
    Feb 20 12:18 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Betting Big On BlackBerry [View article]
    I like Blair's articles usually, I interpreted his decision to short as a knee-jerk reaction. Many SA contributors who supported and believed in BB were pretty rattled by the debacle of 2013. Last summer, Heins and co. were in hiding and withholding information... I was getting pretty nervous by that time and didn't believe in the "No News is Good News" saying... because, recently in Canada, no news, is usually bad news (like Bombardier and the CSeries). So I don't fault Blair for being more cautious this time around when writing for SA, even if Chen has a plan and appears more forthcoming compared to his predecessors. I didn't agree with that article, but I know his position can/will change if more promising news comes out.

    As for stock mercenary... maybe a wrong choice of words. But I think smart investors are not the loyal kind, they follow the money... whether they have to jump ship or switch sides.

    P.S Chen is a smart man, and probably has a plan B and C already in place.
    Feb 17 01:13 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Betting Big On BlackBerry [View article]
    Ziff, you know BB has already plugged many other big holes with each update. The last fix allows you to install Android App stores on BB10 phones and download any Android app. So you can bet BlackBerry will have a desktop version very soon.

    But there is already a way to run BBM on your desktop. BlueStacks is a free Android emulator... you download it from . After installing it, you click on the search button and the Google Play store appears; look for, and install BBM.... login and voila, you have BBM on your desktop. Obviously, you'll be running the Android version.
    Feb 16 11:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Betting Big On BlackBerry [View article]

    I don't know if Blair is shorting BB because he's still mad at them for last years performance, when he was long. Is his decision to short BB calculated and rational, or emotional? If I can't tell, then I discount the opinion and the writer entirely and move on to another source.

    This doesn't mean I ignore other writers who don't believe BB will succeed, I actually read them very carefully. Except for Marcap... because, again, I can't tell if he's thinking rationally, or if he's still mad at all the BB cheerleaders who insulted him and attacked his opinion last year. I can predict what Marcap will say whenever BlackBerry is mentioned... and his position never changes. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Those SA readers who listened to him missed a chance to make some money back on the rebound from $6 to $10.

    I trust the opinion of "stock mercenaries" who love money more than brands or products (people like Quoth and Redrut for example)... as opposed to fan-boys... or writers with grudges.
    Feb 16 08:31 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Other Phone Is A BlackBerry [View article]
    "(...)these apps are not optimized for the BBRY experience.". That is certainly true for the keyboard phones with the smaller square screens; most popular apps work well on the Z30/Z10, but not all. Android and iOS and app developers have started copying some of BB's various swiping motions to navigate/open menus, and other features like the hub, so sooner than later the optimization issue will be a moot point.
    The local/regional apps you mentioned are important so I hope they can be found and installed via the Snap APK down-loader (Google Play) or Amazon's store.
    What I'm waiting to see from BBRY is 10.3.
    The recent update to 10.2.1 was only incremental but it almost replaced the entire OS... so I'm expecting a major upgrade with 10.3. I've heard of more than one Bold user who returned their Q10's to go back to their old phones. So I hope John Chen is working to fix this ASAP. Can an OS upgrade fix this? or does he need an all new Qwerty phone? Will he bring back the trackpad? can he?
    But, will 10.3 matter if the sales rep at Best Buy laughs out loud whenever a potential customer asks about a Blackberry?
    I've read a comment on a tech site where someone claiming to be a sales rep at BestBuy said that "every day at least one person inquires about BlackBerry phones and I laugh each time... my boss told me to stop doing that lol." I don't know if this is true... but I do believe most sales reps are not trying to sell BB phones.
    Feb 3 10:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Other Phone Is A BlackBerry [View article]
    To: Redrut
    You said: "Plenty of UK based banking apps/ stock broking apps, househunting apps, taxi hailing apps, hotel booking apps, flight ticket apps, sat nav apps that I actually use for my day to day"
    If you already own an Android device, you could install an app such as “App Backup and Restore” then export your APK files to your cloud storage such as Dropbox. You can then use your BlackBerry device to open your Dropbox account and simply click on the saved APK file to install.
    Other ways to get Android apps into your device include
    Amazon App Store
    1mobile Market
    APK Train (website)
    Snap APK Downloader
    How to get Android apps on BlackBerry from the Amazon Appstore in 3 quick steps:
    1- Download and install the Amazon Appstore: Open browser and go to and tap "Download Amazon Appstore"
    2- Run and log in to the Amazon Appstore.
    3- Download and install Android apps.
    That's it!
    Redrut, I'd be curious to know which essential app that you regularly use could not be EASILY installed via the methods I listed above.
    Jan 29 12:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment