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A Secret Strategy That Could Be Apple’s Fatal Self-Inflicted Blow

Both Intel and a bunch of professors connected to Apple and the FTC came out in support of the Judge Koh verdict against Qualcomm, even though it had been shown that the foundational evidence was manufactured contrary to the wishes of the DoJ, DoD and other agencies. That was well after Qualcomm was...

OPINION

Ballmer’s Vindication: Microsoft Launches 5 Apple-Killer Surface Products

One of the last major initiatives former CEO Steve Ballmer launched before he left Microsoft was its Surface effort. It was designed to address the concern that the iPod would take over the PC world. During the Surface launch last week, it wasn't hard to see that Ballmer was right conceptually. It j...

OPINION

What’s Wrong With Apple?

Apple held its huge product announcement event last week, and what once had people besides themselves with excitement has become a near pointless program of copied features and missed expectations. It is a shame to watch -- much like it was when Apple fired Steve Jobs. It appears that the firm has f...

OPINION

Could BlackBerry Displace Apple?

I spent a day with BlackBerry last week and it brought back memories of how Apple displaced the company around a decade ago. I, like a lot of folks at the time, thought what Apple was attempting was impossible. However, after the fact, it didn't even look difficult. BlackBerry largely has completed ...

At 10, the World-Changing iPhone Is Kind of the Same

Apple celebrated the 10th anniversary of its iconic iPhone on Thursday. Since former CEO Steve Jobs debuted the original device, the company has gone on to sell more than a billion handsets worldwide, and the iPhone has become one of the most successful product categories in the electronics industry...

BlackBerry KEYone’s Success Hinges on Physical Keyboard Longing

The first reviews of the new KEYone BlackBerry handset appeared this week, and the early consensus is that this device will appeal to BlackBerry fans who want its familiar physical QWERTY keyboard coupled with the functionality of Google's Android OS. This handset technically is not a true BlackBerr...

OPINION

What the Traditional Car Companies Don’t Seem to Get

Two interesting events took place this month. Tesla announced its Model 3, a relatively affordable electric car, and it attracted around 180K preorders on the same day. That was before the company actually revealed the car. There were more than 250K preorders in the first 36 hours. Oh, and the run r...

ANALYSIS

Forgetting Today’s Users May Be BlackBerry’s Folly

BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, is under a lot of scrutiny as it pursues its comeback strategy. An interesting question recently came up having to do with that effort: Is BlackBerry so busy focusing on growth and the future that it has forgotten about taking care of customer needs in the pr...

BlackBerry CEO on Apple: What We Have Here Is a Failure to Innovate

BlackBerry's new Z10 handset will be available in the U.S. later this week, and CEO Thorstein Heins believes it to be a quite the game changer. BlackBerry has seen its share of the smartphone market plummet in recent years, as Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems have taken the top two...

TECH TREK

Google Victorious in 6-Year Aussie Legal Battle

A court in Australia has ruled in favor of Google in its lengthy legal fight with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The case, which lasted six years, concerned search results from 2006-07. The Commission claimed that sponsored links publish...

BlackBerry Casts Off Wobbly RIM

Goodbye, Research In Motion -- BlackBerry came out of the smartphone hinterlands on Wednesday with a new name to go with a revamped OS and two new devices. The company formerly known as "Research In Motion" made its rebranding official during several global launch events. "RIM becomes BlackBerry," C...

RIM Releases BYOD-Friendly IT Management Software

Research In Motion released a new version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service mobile device management software on Wednesday. This comes just over a week before the official launch of the new BlackBerry 10 OS and compatible handsets, and just days after RIM CEO Thorsten Heins suggested the company ...

RIM May Scotch BlackBerry Hardware

CEO Thorsten Heins apparently has suggested that Research In Motion may one day license its BlackBerry operating system and stop producing handset hardware. Whether such a move would help put the embattled company back on track or be the final step in a march to oblivion -- much like the path Palm t...

BB10 Buzz: Brilliant Marketing or Boom Goes the Dynamite?

Just days away from Research In Motion's Jan. 30 launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform, which includes a new operating system and a fresh lineup of phones, the advertising machine has yet to churn into action. That doesn't mean RIM isn't busy building buzz, however. Several press releases have fueled...

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