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BBM On iOS and Android Review: Basic Features With Big Implications



BlackBerry announced that BBM on iOS and Android hit the 10 million download mark and for a first day launch, that’s pretty incredible. The question, is whether BlackBerry can grow and keep those users engaged, in order to rival WhatsApp’s 350 monthly active users, and be a significant player in the industry. We’ve played around with BBM for iOS and Android, as well as asked some friends in the biz what they think.

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BBM Channels Beta Review: BlackBerry’s Monetization Strategy for BBM



BlackBerry is ramping up BlackBerry Channels and it looks like it’s going to be the monetization tool for BBM. While WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year, it seems BlackBerry is going to find an alternative monetization strategy by leveraging brands and possibly advertising in the BBM Channels network. Perhaps this has nothing to do with monetization, but that’s our best guess and we’re sticking to it. So what is it going to take for BBM Channels to be a successful cross-platform content network? Read on.
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BlackBerry Q5 Review: The Affordable, BlackBerry 10 QWERTY Smartphone



The BlackBerry Q5 was announced at BlackBerry World 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The smartphone bills itself as an affordable and modern QWERTY smartphone that has all the apps you expect on BlackBerry 10, coupled with the productivity and ease of messaging that BlackBerry is known for. So does it live up to expectations? Read on and see.
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“The App That Scares Me The Most is Evernote” #GTEC13



At GTEC 2013, Citrix’s Chief Security Strategist, held a session titled “MDM: How to Develop and Implement Policies to Manage and Secure Mobile Devices”. There was a lot of really interesting discussion around the changing pace of mobile adoption and how IT should handle common problems such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and CYOD (Choose Your Own Device).

One of the more interesting quotes from the session was: “the app that scares me the most is Evernote”. This quote came from a discussion around apps and how to protect data given the explosion of consumer apps and data storage fragmentation. Why does it scare IT so much? It’s actually a very pragmatic reason.
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BlackBerry At #GTEC13 Talking Enterprise Mobility


BlackBerry was at GTEC 2013 in Ottawa, talking to its most loyal customer: government. In terms of enterprise mobility topics, BlackBerry is focused on BES 10, Multi-Platform Enterprise Mobility Management, security and BlackBerry 10.
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5 Technologies That Will Disappear and 5 That Will Grow Exponentially #GTEC13



The Government Technology conference is in Ottawa this week and it’s interesting to see what the hot topics are. This year, the biggest issues are centered around apps, BYOD, cybersecurity and general mobility. It got me thinking about what technologies will disappear in the coming years, and which will be increasingly important. What will governments be concerned about 50 years from now? As a discussion point, here are 5 technologies that are disappearing and 5 that are going to become ubiquitous.
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