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|A toaster charger for your smartphones?
Kickstarter is definitely the place for interesting ideas, but this one takes the cake. How would you feel about charging your smartphone in a toaster? That's right, a toaster. The foaster is the smartphone charger that looks like a toaster. I guess it's supposed to clean up the clutter of your iPhone cabl....more
|BlackBerry ahead of Samsung in South African market share
Much has been written about BlackBerry's downfall, but the company still has a few strongholds in the world. According to recently released market data, BlackBerry has overtaken Samsung in South African market share. Dashboard and World Wide Worx released new statistics claiming BlackBerry users in South Af....more
|Chen gets $88 million package from BlackBerry
BlackBerry's interim CEO is getting a pretty sweet deal from BlackBerry. Chen will attempt to turn the company around, and he has a big incentive to do it. According to Bloomberb, Chen will receive $1 million in salary with a possible $2 million performance bonus. He will also get 13 million shares that wi....more
|Now what BlackBerry?
BlackBerry dropped plans for a private sale to Fairfax Financial, and opted instead for a $1 billion infusion of cash. Thorsten Heins is out as CEO in favor of ex-Sybase CEO John Chen. But now what? Has anything really changed? BlackBerry still suffers from a customer base that has cratered, and a form fa....more
|BlackBerry fires CEO Thorsten Heins, raises $1 billion in cash
BlackBerry has removed its CEO, Thorsten Heins, and replaced him with John S Chen, former CEO of Sybase. Mr. Chen will be interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement for Heins. BlackBerry was in the midst of a deal with Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion. That deal has collaps....more
|Inside the fall of BlackBerry
If you want to know everything there is to know about how BlackBerry fell from the top smartphone maker in the world to the brink of collapse, The Globe and Mail has a detail must read article. It is well known now that BlackBerry simply failed to adapt to the changing smartphone market, but this article spe....more
|BlackBerry reports brutal quarterly loss, will layoff 4500 workers
BlackBerry has announced it will layoff 4500 employees, or 40% or its workforce after a nearly $1 billion quarterly loss. The company also braced investors for more bad news as the company generated only $1.6 billion in sales in the quarter when Wall Street was expecting of $3.06 billion. Things are very bad....more
|BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get Department of Defense approval
We finally have some good news for BlackBerry. The US Department of Defense has given the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 security approval to be used on the DoD network. BlackBerry is the first mobile device to gain this approval. According to BB's press release, the Defense Information System Agency is ....more
|Gmail for iOS updated
Google is on a tear with their iOS offerings lately. Gmail for iOS is the latest Google app on iOS to be updated, and the latest update brings a couple of nice improvements. First up, are new notifications options Get notified for all messages, only important messages, or none at all, on a pe....more
|Skype for BlackBerry Q10 now available
Skype has announced the availability of its BlackBerry 10 app. Oddly, the app only works with the Q10 right now, but the Q10 isn't out yet. Skype is quick to point out that this is a preview version (beta) and not finalized yet.
Keep in mind that this release is still in preview state w....more
|Can BlackBerry regain its momentum?
No matter what happens in the future, BlackBerry as a company has turned around. The company managed to extend its life by cranking out a new BB10 OS, and new devices. The once dominant smartphone maker went through a brutal few years of losses in both the marketplace and stock market. While Apple and And....more
|Largest BlackBerry investor still believes in company
The largest holder of BlackBerry stock says he still believes in the company. Prem Watsa owns 10 per cent of the company and is not planning to sell. He first became associated with BlackBerry through a friendship with founder Mike Lazaridis. Now that Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry one might assume that Wa....more
|Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I
Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I It's been eighteen months since Steve Jobs passed away and the company he founded misses him dearly. Have they said so? Not really, but its obvious. In fact, its so obvious it hurts. Remember the days when we couldn't wait to see what Apple had up their....more
|iMessage encryption too good for the Feds to crack
Apple's iMessage encryption is apparently preventing the DEA from intercepting messages, according to CNET. The agency said messages sent an iMessage are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant. That's great news for every citizen who believes in privacy, but a real frustration for Federal authoritie....more
|Another RIM founder leaves BlackBerry
RIM founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry in May. Fifteen months after stepping down as co-CEO, Mr. Lazaridis feels the time is right to leave the company he co-founded. The company announced the news as part of the earning's report.
“With the launch of BlackB....more
|Son racks up £3,700 bill on iPad games, police officer father reports him for fraud
A U.K. Police Officer has reported his 13 year old son for fraud after the teen ran up a £3,700 bill on his iPad. The officer asked Apple for a refund claiming his son did not know that he was being charged, but when Apple refused the request and the officer reported his son for fraud in hopes of recovering ....more
|Incredimail for iPad is like Flipboard for email
Incredimail is a new email application for the iPad that takes a new look on email. Aren't you tired of apps promising a better email experience, only to find out that they have one or two features that you don't need, and the rest of it is just the same old email that you've been using for years? Me too. ....more
|Mumbai government taking over BlackBerry servers to monitor messages
Remember when RIM claimed the BlackBerry was so secure, even they could not read your messages. It looks like that might be a big of a stretch. According to Business Standard, the Government of Mumbai plans to take over the BlackBerry servers in their country in order to test the solution for "legal interce....more
|BlackBerry patches BES security vulnerability
BlackBerry has issued a security advisory about a vulnerability that could allow malware on its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES). The vulnerability has been rated "high severity" and has to do with how BES handles TIFF images on webpages, in emails, and in instant messages.
|Former RIM CEO Balsillie dumped all BlackBerry shares
Former co-CEO of Research in Motion, Jim Balsillie, has apparently dumped all of his shares in BlackBerry. That means he will have nothing to gain if BlackBerry 10 revives the company's fortunes. According to The New York Times, regulatory filings show that Mr. Balsillie previously owned 33% of the company ....more
|Another World Anniversary Edition now available on BlackBerry 10
games publisher Dotemu has released a version of the Anniversary Edition of Another World for the BlackBerry 10 OS. Now users can play Another World on the BlackBerry Z10, or Playbook. You can pick up your copy for $4.99 in the BlackBerry World at the link below.
Also known as Out Of Th....more
|The iPad is not a laptop replacement, yet
I've read a lot of blog posts lately about people who use their iPad as their main computer. Most of them make it sound so appealing to drop the heavy laptop in favor of the 1.5 lbs device that can do everything you need to do. It has built in wireless and cellular, is light weight, has long battery life, a....more
|BlackBerry stock jumps 12% after Bernstein Research upgrade
Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 12% today after Berstein Research changed their outlook on the stock to "outperform." Bernstein had not had an outperform on BlackBerry (or Research in Motion) for over 3 years. Bernstein now pegs their target price for BlackBerry at $22 as they have much more confidence ....more
|RIM rebrands to BlackBerry
At the launch event for BlackBerry 10, RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins, announced the company was changing its name. No longer would a company called Research in Motion make the BlackBerry smartphone. Mr. Heins wants to reboot the company and have one brand, one name. RIM's ticker symbol will now change ....more
|BlackBerry 10 officially launched
Research in Motion officially launched BlackBerry 10 today in New York City. Many people have been anxiously awaiting this day for a long time. Did RIM live up to the hype? Maybe, not really. The BlackBerry 10 OS looks really different, and really nice, although there is a learning curve to mak....more
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