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BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

Was interviewed by CTV News the evening of Sept 21st on Blackberry’s fate. Time to take a look back. The ‘crackberry’ was a groundbreaker launched by Waterloo-based Research In Motion in 1999. The amazing ingenuity lasted nearly forever, in ‘tech years’. 14 years of success in the fast-shifting tech world is worth saluting. Especially for a small [...]

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Irony and Karma

Irony and Karma

It has been a summer of irony and karma. Karma:  Canada’s wireless carriers, infamous for awful customer service & premium prices, are running ads quoting dubious research saying some wireless rates on some data plans in some USA regions exceed those offered by Canada’s carriers. The CWTA  ads evoke laughter from folks who travel to the USA. The [...]

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Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

For folks asking by email or in person (you can also Comment via blog post; it’s private) I’ll answer your Blackberry themed questions all in one spot: 1. How did I know this quarter’s results BB would disappoint? I didn’t ”know”; I merely predicted, based on classic market behavioural factors(see #6 below). 2. What’s next for [...]

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Threesome Spells Conflict

Threesome Spells Conflict

Is trouble brewing on the Enterprise? Not the Star Trek Enterprise, the Enterprise I.T. market. Threesomes present BIG potential for conflict. Feelings of betrayal, exploitation. Microsoft makes a deal with Oracle on Clouds. Okay. Then Oracle cozies up to salesforce.com- presumably to enhance their future BigData access & B2B ties.  That potentially put Oracle between Microsoft and the customer (the [...]

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BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

Kudos to Thorsten Heins for adding focus at Blackberry. Kudos to his firm for courting app developers & urging current users to be patient until the next device. Blackberry now has a renewed life with BB10. No frivolous tablet launches. No recent crucial system downtime. No compromise to launch fast; instead, launching when ready. Turning [...]

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Quarterlies? Why Not Invest on the Long View?

Quarterlies? Why Not Invest on the Long View?

Awaiting apple’s earnings results is almost as anticipated as the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. I was asked to be interviewed on my prognosis today. No thanks. My understanding of the minutiae that moves day-to-day stock prices is weak; though I assure you I watch Apple closely; it’s a fine example of Good and [...]

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Is Windows Missing a Window?

Is Windows Missing a Window?

I visited various Toronto area retail outlets last weekend- Telus, Rogers, Bell. These carriers could display merchandising material for Android or iOS or BB ecosystems and their salespeople could recommend any device-Motorola, LG, Samsung, apple, Blackberry, Nokia, Sony. And which products did they pitch, to a user of an old Blackberry looking for a new [...]

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RIM Bets It All on BB10′S Jan 30 Release

RIM Bets It All on BB10′S Jan 30 Release

CTV News Team spoke to me Nov 18th about RIM; Scott Laurie asked about the critical upcoming BB10 launch Why announce a launch date of Jan 30? Because that’s the date Thorsten Heins says it’ll be ready! A respected tech icon once said: “Detail matter; it’s worth waiting to get it right” (any guesses who [...]

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Tablets & Debts Cloud Canuck Retail Future

Tablets & Debts Cloud Canuck Retail Future

The gift-giving season nears. These days a $200 to $500 item is a gift candidate in an upscale society when the Economy is doing well. Though the Microsoft Surface is priced at $499, I expect many gift-givers will stretch beyond the $500 ceiling and spring for an Android or MS tablet. Now that the Apple [...]

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Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

GRAMS. Universal units of measurement. And a memory-tool summarizing key smartphone players- easier to create once Nokia basically fell out of serious contention. I had expected it possible that this Fall I’d need to revise GRAMS [Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung], after the iPhone 5 intro. I thought it might seal the fate of RIM, [...]

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