The thrill and heartache of BlackBerry: employee perspectives

Whether Canadian mobile technology company BlackBerry has a viable future or not is still a big unknown. The company fell from grace during this year as sales of its smartphones plummeted in the face of competition from Apple and Android devices, plus a collapse in confidence in the company,  in the brand and in its leadership, and a knock-on effect on its lucrative software and services business. The cost was catastrophic. Calling BlackBerry “a company in crisis” would be an…

The changes that did for BlackBerry

Summarizing the tale of the rise and fall of mobile device and services maker BlackBerry as “changing too little and changing far too late” is probably as good as any way of succinctly capturing the sense of the huge fall from grace of Canada’s biggest technology company, originally known as Research in Motion or RIM. And a huge fall it is, from almost owning the mobile devices market a few years ago to becoming a bit player in the past…

RIP Blackberry

A great analysis in The New York Times magazine of RIM and brand destruction. This share price chart says it all. Story: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/07/how-the-blackberry-died.html Google+: View post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog. Created By Daniel Treadwell.

My Blackberry is (still) not working

I first posted this video satire about the Blackberry (and Apple) smartphone by comedians Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbett last December. In light of the continuing serious downtime issues with RIM’s Blackberry network, affecting users worldwide, it seems exceptionally apt to take another look. (If you don’t see the video embedded above, watch it at YouTube.) On a serious note, though, this ongoing outage presents Blackberry maker RIM with an alarming loss of reputation, never mind considering its position in…

It’s all about the apps, Part 3

I wrote last month that iPhone is all about the apps. It’s not really about the device itself, cool though it is – it’s much more about what you can do with it. I discovered a new one yesterday – Thomson Reuters News Pro, a free app that gives you access to a wealth of real-time news, information and other content including pictures, video, global financial data, corporate information, and interactive financial charting. I’ve used it a handful of times…

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