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What’s Going On With ScoreLoop at BlackBerry?

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Here’s a simple feature suggestion for ScoreLoop: why don’t you just read whether someone is viewing a link from their mobile or desktop, and display the appropriate app store? When you get a ScoreLoop email and you click the link from your desktop, the ScoreLoop page says:
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QNX and Other Ottawa Technology Companies Making Headlines at CES 2014

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Ottawa’s technology companies are driving some of the most important headlines at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this year. Both large companies and small startups from Ottawa are disrupting industries and challenging incumbents from around the world. Here is a look at some of those companies that are putting Ottawa on the map at the world’s largest consumer technology conference.

Read the full article at the Ottawa Business Journal.

Does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Hurt BlackBerry’s Competitive Advantage?

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With BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen talking a lot about Enterprise and BlackBerry’s competitive advantage in this space, one can’t help but wonder if BES 10 is helping or hurting their position in the enterprise. In a sense, BlackBerry is sort of enabling enterprise to adopt iOS and Android with BES 10′s BYOD features. On the other hand, the market is going to shift regardless, and you can either sink or swim. It’s an interesting discussion and it seems BlackBerry has taken the stance that BES 10′s BYOD is a must have, because BYOD is the natural evolution of mobility in the enterprise.
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Group Polarization Explains Why Dedicated Blogs Are Great For Brands And Bad For Discussion

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David G. Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College and author of psychology textbooks and of The Pursuit of Happiness among other books. In a discussion on group polarization, he describes the simple theory that opinion segregation plus conversation equals polarization. It’s interesting to think of this theory in terms of tech blogs, as sites like BlackBerryCool are exactly that: opinion segregation. This theory explains why sites such as this are great for brands, but actually terrible places for meaningful discussion as it polarizes opinion.
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The LinkedIn Eye Test: Is LinkedIn Becoming Like Facebook?

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This is just a random thought, but has your LinkedIn stream started to look increasingly like Facebook? It seems that as the social network becomes more mainstream, more people are posting pictures, personal status updates and sometimes straight up spam. Take for example the above Eye Test that has been circulating LinkedIn. It has about 1,200 Likes and 15,000 comments. Do people actually think this has some meaning with regards to your career? As though seeing the word “TEAM” means you’re good at working in teams or something. It will be interesting to see if LinkedIn starts to crack down on this stuff or it’s just inevitable when a social network gets to a certain size. God help us if Quiz apps and Celeb Trivia ever comes to LinkedIn.

Beta Review: MockIt! for BlackBerry 10 by OSBB Code Labs (Download In The Beta Zone)

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The BlackBerry Beta Zone app for BlackBerry 10 has been updated and for the first time, we’re seeing third party developers leverage Beta Zone to test apps. The most recent addition to Beta Zone is MockIt! which can be downloaded and tested for free. The developer of the app, OSBB Code Labs founder Jeremy Duke, is a big contributor to the BlackBerry Dev community through OpenSourceBB.com as well as a prolific developer on BlackBerry World.
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