Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Who’s in worse shape: RIM or Nokia ?


To RIM and Nokia...
I got bad news and I got badder news.....
From BGR, Who’s in worse shape: RIM or Nokia ?
"Trying to decide whether RIM (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK) gets the title of “most troubled mobile device manufacturer” is a daunting exercise in a lot of ways, much like trying to decide whether someone is better off losing their kidneys or their liver."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Being ashamed of your BlackBerry

From The NY Times, The BlackBerry as Black Sheep
“I’m ashamed of it,” said Ms. Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences.  In meetings, she says she hides her BlackBerry beneath her iPad for fear clients will see it and judge her."
Woooooooow.  Now THAT'S bad !!!  But.... I understand....

They have fallen so far.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Half of U.S. adults now own a tablet or smartphone

Why mobile is HUGE !!!

From Network World, Half of U.S. adults now own a tablet or smartphone, Pew study finds.
"Americans are apparently spending a consistently lengthy amount of time on them per day -- an average of 90 minutes. Tablet users are also more likely than smartphone users to read longer news articles on their devices, with 73% saying they did so at least some of the time."
I'm doing that RIGHT NOW !!!!  :-D

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Developers !!! We don-need no stinking deeevelopers - RIM circles the wagons

"It's cold and quiet at the San Jose Convention Center on the second day of the BlackBerry Jam Americas conference."
...(crickets chirping)...

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says that the company has a "clear shot at number three" in the smartphone market.....
.....Can you say......  Wake up and smell the coffee.  and  He's drinkin' the Kool-Aid... at the same time ?

.....Too.... many..... metaphors..... (Malfunction.... Malfunction...)

From The Verge, RIM circles the wagons, but the BlackBerry 10 caravan needs to get moving.
"It's cold and quiet at the San Jose Convention Center on the second day of the BlackBerry Jam Americas conference. It's as if the AC is keyed in to accommodate a larger crowd — RIM says that 1,500 developers registered for the event, but on day two it certainly doesn't look like the majority of them are here."

RIM reports loss of $235 million, 7.4 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2013

"On the bright side, losses were less than last quarter — when the company lost over half a billion dollars"
.....Ah Ha Aaaaa... Oooo... Crap !!  Really!! ? .....Bright side ? .... Just kill yourself now RIM....

From The Verge, RIM reports loss of $235 million, 7.4 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2013.
"RIM just released its Q2 2013 financial report, claiming a loss of $235 million on revenues of $2.9 billion. The troubled smartphone maker shipped 7.4 million smartphones in the quarter and approximately 130,000 PlayBook tablets. On the bright side, losses were less than last quarter — when the company lost over half a billion dollars — and revenues were slightly up as well. Year over year, revenues were down 31 percent. Unlike last quarter, RIM did not announce plans to cut more jobs, which may provide some consolation to the remaining staffers there."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

RIM refutes reports of subscriber losses, says people are still buying BlackBerry phones

...... Yeah, and those die hard Crackberry people are called sleep....

From BGR, RIM refutes reports of subscriber losses, says people are still buying BlackBerry phones.
"Struggling Canadian smartphone vendor Research In Motion (RIM) is widely expected to post its third consecutive quarterly loss on Thursday after the market closes. Following the company’s dismal first fiscal quarter report in which it said it lost $0.37 per share and announced plans to lay off 5,000 workers, RIM is expected to post a wider loss of $0.45 per share for the second quarter. As the company struggles to survive until next year when it will finally release its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, a pleasant surprise emerged during Tuesday’s BlackBerry Jam conference: RIM isn’t losing subscribers."

Monday, September 24, 2012

BlackBerry user growth grinds to a halt

What goes up.........

......Expect the fall of RIM to be crazy fast !!!!  Like defy gravity fast.  See Palm and HP.  Not to mention how few phone makers are making any profit against Apple.  Including the IP copycat thieves at Samsung.

From BGR, BlackBerry user growth grinds to a halt.
"Throughout the past few years, no matter how bad things had gotten for RIM (RIMM), the company could at least claim that it was still adding BlackBerry users to its ranks. But a new report from the Globe and Mail suggests RIM might not even be able to do that anymore, noting that some analysts have projected that RIM’s customer base may actually start shrinking over the next couple of quarters."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iPhone now matches BlackBerry in enterprise security

Actually this has probably been true since iOS 5 shipped a year ago.  They are just getting around to acknowledging it now.  And iOS 6 drops tomorrow.

Don't expect anyone to say the same about Android.  It's so open that malware and virus hackers find it very warm and cozy.  That's way too open for consumer devices and enterprise use.

Speaking of... I just got a cheap Android mini tablet so I can ramp my skills up on Android.  The business model for apps on Android blows right now, but with so many devices out there it's bound to improve soon.

It's a Google sold and supported Nexus 7 with the latest tech and OS for just $199.  It's cheap but a good investment for skills development.  If you're in the mobile app biz, you need to be in iOS and Android.

From BGR, Experts: iPhone now matches BlackBerry in enterprise security.
"This is probably not what RIM executives wanted to read with their coffee this morning, but TechRepublic reports that both analysts and CIOs say that Apple’s iPhone has now matched RIM’s BlackBerry devices when it comes to enterprise security."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cloud + Open = Career opportunity

From TechCrunch, The State Of Linux — How Even Apple Is Going Open Source.
"Big business is calling – and they want to talk about Linux.  Linux is evolving now that the cloud is here and much of it is built on open source. Big business gets that and they want to get on the train. Even Apple is adapting."

Monday, August 27, 2012

iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history

Here's why mobile is changing everything.
"Smartphones and tablets are being adopted at a rate 10 times faster than PCs from the 1980s, two times faster than the Internet in the 1990s, and three times faster than the current social networking boom."
From BGR, iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history.
"According to analytics firm Flurry, the adoption rate of iOS and Android devices has now surpassed all other consumer technologies in history. Smartphones and tablets are being adopted at a rate 10 times faster than PCs from the 1980s, two times faster than the Internet in the 1990s, and three times faster than the current social networking boom."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RIM: No buyers in sight

Can you saaaaaaay...... Fire sale ?

Tick tock..... That's the sound of RIM's remaining moments of life ticking away.

From BGR, RIM: No buyers in sight.
"Research In Motion has repeatedly stated that it will explore all opportunities as it looks to reverse its current slump. CEO Thorsten Heins regularly points to licensing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform as an option, though no potential licensees have emerged at this point. RIM has already begun to identify non-essential businesses it might sell in an effort to raise cash, but larger divisions could end up on the block and RIM may even explore an outright sale."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Speaking of former mobile phone leaders getting crashed by iPhone........

Another lesson in what happens when someone is totally clueless or falls asleep at the wheel.

From All Thing D, Sony Mobile to Cut 1,000 Jobs.
"Sony Corp. said Thursday it plans to cut some 15 percent of its mobile phone business’s workforce, or about 1,000 jobs, to reduce costs and accelerate its push into the growing smartphone market."

Nearly one in five Android users plan to switch to iPhone

If this were an election poll it'd be a landslide for iPhone.

But.......so sad.....
"just 2% of BlackBerry users said they were planning to purchase another BlackBerry smartphone."
From BGR, Nearly one in five Android users plan to switch to iPhone.
"Android may be the best-selling mobile operating system in the world, but it still doesn’t inspire the same level of loyalty from its users as Apple’s iPhone does."

Saving BlackBerry: RIM CMO Frank Boulben talks

All I can say about "Saving Blackberry" is........ Good luck with that ;-)

From BGR, The BGR Show – Saving BlackBerry: RIM CMO Frank Boulben talks BlackBerry 10 and company strategy.
"With Apple and Samsung dominating the smartphone market, the future of the BlackBerry brand rides on whether or not RIM can succeed in stirring up excitement over its upcoming new BlackBerry 10 smartphones."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RIM to cease BES development

Not a good idea to screw you only good customers...

From BGR, Current BlackBerry Enterprise Servers incompatible with BlackBerry 10 devices; RIM to cease development.
"Research In Motion has had an incredibly difficult time getting QNX-based devices to work with the company’s existing systems."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crushed by iPhone - Part 2

More mobile phone companies that lost their edge.  This one has a chance of getting it back.

From The NY Times, Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It.
"Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide." 
"The cuts are the first step in Google’s plan to reinvent Motorola, which has fallen far behind its biggest competitors, Apple and Samsung, and to shore up its Android mobile business and expand beyond search and software into the manufacture of hardware."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Never a good sign when........ RIM digs for cash

From BGR, RIM assets up for grabs as company digs for cash.
"Struggling smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIMM) is looking to offload some of its other “minor assets” in an effort to scrounge up cash, Reuters reports."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time to get an iPhone, you Crackberry die hards

"Once again, RIM might be just too late to the game.".....
...... It's time to get an iPhone.

From Tech Crunch, GASP! RIM CEO Details Potential Options For Licensing BB10.
"However, since RIM delayed BB10 until 2013, and given its track record and dire financial status, it’s not unreasonable to expect the system to be delayed again. With that thought, it’s hard to see any phone maker throwing major resources into making a killer BB10 device. Once again, RIM might be just too late to the game."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Looking deeper into what's driving the mobile market now


While everyone mostly talks about market share in the mobile space and how Android has significantly passed Apple in phones, they miss the much more important driver.  Profits !!!   Businesses and products die or get killed without profits.

Sadly for you, I have to tell ya' - RIM is dying fast.  The only news about RIM in the last year, was bad news.  RIM is now on death watch.

Oh yeah, and Apple OWNS tablets.  And the market share pundits further miss the point by often not including all iOS devices in the share numbers (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch).