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Did BlackBerry’s QNX Connected Car Miss A Cross-Platform Opportunity?

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YOU.i is a company that specializes in User Interface design and User Experience. The company has recently announced a cross-platform, connected car concept called The HIVE, that has some interesting implications for companies like QNX. YOU.i even calls BlackBerry out specifically, saying “companies like BlackBerry owned QNX missed a big opportunity at CES.” It’s an interesting point and BlackBerry could very well be going in this direction. BBM and BES 10 are both cross-platform, and QNX going cross-platform with infotainment is surely part of the plan.
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Task Management App “did u?” Gives You An Added Push To Finish Your To Do List

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Introducing did u? from Appsiders on Vimeo.

The “did u?” app is a very simple app that has one goal in mind: to help you finish your To Do list. While To Do lists can get long and cumbersome, the “did u?” app seeks to simplify the experience. With “did u?”, you simply add a List, fill it with items, and set a deadline. The app will then ask if you’ve completed those items, giving you an added push to get things done.

Read the full article over at Macgasm.net.

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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BlackBerry Missing From Wearables: 2014′s Hottest Consumer Tech Trend

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One of the biggest trends right now in consumer tech and mobile devices is wearables. Whether it’s The Quantified Self or a means of better interacting with your devices, wearables is one of the hottest items in consumer tech right now. But where does BlackBerry fit in? iOS and Android both have very crucial roles in wearables, as most of these devices are integrated into both platforms. BlackBerry seems to be going full enterprise, but one can’t help but notice there is a lot of opportunity for BlackBerry in wearables, but with nothing really going on.
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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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