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BB Finally Gets Game- in Last Minutes of Play

BB Finally Gets Game- in Last Minutes of Play

At Jam Asia, Hong Kong, a fairly full plate of BB10 leisure apps announced by BB. Some new, some available elsewhere/previously. All in all, for Blackberry a ‘critical mass’ of such content. Better late than never? Angry Birds (available on previous BB platforms) does give a not-so-serious twist to a very dry brand. Having lots of [...]

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Well, Duh…

Well, Duh…

Well Duh, if you have been reading this blog for the past couple years, or seeing my rather candid televised live interviews on CTV News starting in January 2012, you know I’ve long said this is inevitable. Blackberry is either going Private (to get out of the spotlight and EVENTUALLY sell out) or putting itself up for sale right now. [...]

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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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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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RIM CEO Realizes Words Cut Both Ways

RIM CEO Realizes Words Cut Both Ways

Thorsten Heins made an apparent misstep during the post-earnings announcement call this week when he blurted to analysts that RIM might rejig its service fees in some to-be-determined way. A big challenge of being a CEO is to understand the power of mere words. Mr Heins has now learned that the markets dislikes surprises 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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Apple Patent Ruling May Have Unexpected Ripples

Apple Patent Ruling May Have Unexpected Ripples

I considered writing right after the California court’s recent pro-Apple (anti-Samsung) patent ruling, but thought some readers may take my words as investing advice. Investing decisions must be monitored short term, and I don’t claim to keep you up to date minute-to-minute on when it’s time to buy, vs time to bail. This blog is [...]

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CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

Black Days for Blackberry. Here’s Jennifer Ward asking the tough questions: Of the many smart questions she asked, the most sage is: Will Consumers Wait (until 2013)? As a Blackberry user myself, I doubt that many of us will wait that long. There are just too many advantages to having an iphone or Android device [...]

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