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March 29, 2014

Signs Blackberry is getting desperate: They’re suing people

  • victory A while back, you may have heard of this device, funded by Ryan Seacrest, that puts a keyboard on your iPhone. The Typo earned a little press early on, but then Blackberry sued. The mobile also-ran won its lawsuit this week, proving that they don’t like Ryan Seacrest or something.
  • threats The victory came on the heels of an announcement by the company’s CEO earlier this week that it would take action against people leaking early details about its products. “[W]hen curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action,” CEO John Chen wrote. “We will always take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening and in some cases this means prosecuting individuals — internally or externally — who leak confidential information.” So in other words, Blackberry doesn’t understand the tech industry runs on leaks.
13:48 // 6 months ago
September 28, 2013
It’s really hurting me. I can’t imagine what the employees must be thinking. Everyone is talking about the most likely scenario being that it will be broken up and sold off for parts. What will happen to the Waterloo region, or Canada? What company will take its place?
BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis • Discussing the fate of the company he helped build from scratch nearly three decades ago (as Research in Motion—it only picked up the BlackBerry name earlier this year). The company, which announced a massive financial loss this week, is in the midst of being sold. It’s quite likely that the company may drop out of the devices businesses for good. The Globe and Mail has a lengthy piece on the demise of one of Canada’s most-important tech companies.
15:44 // 1 year ago
September 3, 2013

the60sproject says: I think your Nokia post—particularly the theverge re-blog part—ignores the real thrust of this story as it focuses on the end of the "Nokia smartphone." While the company is certainly an iconic name in the mobile universe, Nokia's problems stem from the fact that it (like RIM) never really evolved into the smartphone era. In fact, almost all the phones shown in your post are simple old-style cellphones, not smartphones. How the un-innovative Microsoft will get a win from this is beyond me.

» SFB says: One thing worth keeping in mind is that a “smartphone” in 2001 isn’t the same as a smartphone in 2013. For one thing, I don’t think RIM BlackBerry was anything other than a smartphone company. Meanwhile, Nokia’s use of Symbian software, while hopelessly outdated now, was foundational in building out the space worldwide—they got the fundamentals down so everyone else could focus on next steps. Even if the company itself merely created the template that other companies followed, they proved it could happen. I think that both companies failed to adapt to the touchscreen era, but the fact that we equate touchscreen with smartphone these days only proves how far iconic companies like RIM BlackBerry and Nokia have fallen behind.

But that said, in regards to your point on Microsoft, check out what Farhad Manjoo wrote today—he suggests the move is an implicit admission that the OEM model doesn’t work for the company anymore. That’s a big deal. — Ernie @ SFB

20:01 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013
BlackBerry’s new global creative director, Alicia Keys, tweeting from her device of choice three days ago. Two weeks ago Last year, she said she was an “iPhone junky.” (ht @samradford)

BlackBerry’s new global creative director, Alicia Keys, tweeting from her device of choice three days ago. Two weeks ago Last year, she said she was an “iPhone junky.” (ht @samradford)

11:29 // 1 year ago


RIM just officially changed its name to BlackBerry, so it’s probably a good time to re-up this bit of comedy gold.

Disappointed that we can no longer use the phrase “RIM job” to describe the company. (Not really.) Read up on the launch over this way.

11:08 // 1 year ago
July 10, 2012
BlackBerrys were in fact considered in the survey but given very few respondents reported being a BlackBerry user, their numbers were not statistically relevant. Of those considering themselves smartphone owners, only 9 percent reported being BlackBerry users.
Tucked away in this Obvious Survey is Obvious post over at POLITICO, which shows President Barack Obama has a commanding 49-31 percent lead over Mitt Romney among iPhone/Android users, is one of the saddest statistics about Research in Motion we’ve ever come across (via hypervocal)

Alternate headline: “Research argues against motion.”

(via hypervocal)

10:15 // 2 years ago
January 23, 2012
In the U.S. we were very, very successful coming from the core enterprise business, and in the public opinion this is still where we’re skewed to. We need to be more marketing-driven. We need to be more consumer-oriented because this is where a lot of our growth is coming from. That is essential in the U.S.
Research in Motion’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins • Discussing the difficult issues the company faces as it tries to compete with Apple and Google in a field that they popularized with the BlackBerry: Smartphones. Heins, the former Chief Operating Officer, replaced the company’s two co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, who stepped down over the weekend. It has not exactly been the best year for RIM — to call the company’s tablet, the PlayBook, a flop would be putting it lightly, as its failure cost the company nearly half a billion dollars last year. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of their problems. source (viafollow)
10:31 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2012
15:37 // 2 years ago
December 2, 2011

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is in total flop, hurt-the-bottom-line mode

  • 150,000 tablets number of BlackBerry PlayBooks RIM sold in the third quarter; to compare, RIM sold 14.1 million smartphones
  • $450 million size of the financial hit RIM took in the third quarter, partly as a result of lackluster PlayBook sales source

» Why is the PlayBook flopping? If you asked RIM, you’d get an answer that sounds pretty jargon-y: “Recent shifts in the competitive dynamics of the tablet market and a delay in the release of the PlayBook OS 2.0 software.” Here’s the English version of that answer: “The iPad, the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire.” But that’s just us talking. Meanwhile, RIM has been trimming the price of the PlayBook from an absurd $500 to as low as $199 — in part to clear inventory for the next version of the device, though we’re guessing the fact that other seven-inch tablets are selling for roughly that price doesn’t help.

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12:55 // 2 years ago
November 28, 2011
Heavily-discounted BlackBerry Playbook disappears from online listings, orders cancelled: Sounds like RIM didn’t learn a lesson from the whole HP Touchpad debacle.

Heavily-discounted BlackBerry Playbook disappears from online listings, orders cancelled: Sounds like RIM didn’t learn a lesson from the whole HP Touchpad debacle.

10:40 // 2 years ago