Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Should BlackBerry Go Private? Recent R&D Layoffs Suggest It Might Be Time

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Recently, BlackBerry laid off 250 employees, some of which were located in the Research and Development department of the company. During a phase of the company when they should probably be investing more dollars in R&D in order to come up with the next generation of consumer electronics, the company is scaling back. One reason the company may be scaling back is a consequence of being a publicly traded corporation. Public companies are often at the behest of Wall Street to meet quarterly earnings expectations and this short term focus can reduce prioritization of longer-term departments such as R&D. Does this mean being a publicly traded corporation is not in BlackBerry’s best interests?
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Touring the Offices of Quirky in New York City

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Back in January, I visited the Quirky offices to check out what it’s like to work there and how products get pushed through the company. For those who aren’t familiar with Quirky, it’s a company focused on making the invention process easier. Users submit ideas, those ideas get voted on, and the community comes together to try and get the product to market. It’s a really cool process.

Read the full article over at Macgasm to see what it’s like at the Quirky offices.

Magmic Launches Roulette King Casino Game for BlackBerry 10

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Roulette King is the latest casino game from Magmic, the makers of the incredibly popular Texas Hold’em King Live poker game for BlackBerry 10. Roulette King features everything you would expect of a high quality roulette game including 18 different types of bets, daily rewards, and realistic graphics and physics.
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Thomson Reuters Eikon Launches Market Data App for BlackBerry 10

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Thomson Reuters has recently launched an app that gives users quick access to financial market data. The app takes advantage of full privacy and enterprise security features of the BlackBerry 10 platform. According to the press release, Thomson Reuters worked with BlackBerry on the release, which is interesting because it makes you wonder how many other partners BlackBerry is helping to launch apps with. Perhaps BlackBerry is doing a lot of the heavy lifting with their partners.
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What If Apple Simply Doesn’t Approve BBM for iOS?

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There’s been a lot of talk about BBM going cross-platform since it was announced at BlackBerry Live 2013, but the conversation has largely been centered around whether BBM going cross-platform is good for device sales. The real question people should be asking, especially employees of BlackBerry, is whether they’ll be able to get in the App Store in the first place. There are several App Store submission guidelines that BBM violates, as well as the ultimate guideline which is “whatever Apple wants.”
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LinkedIn for BlackBerry 10 Updated with Improved Search and New Content

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LinkedIn is a decent app and its been needing an update for some time. Recently, the app has been updated with improved search and new content in the homescreen, as well as it’s now BBM connected. Read on for more details.
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