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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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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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Download This Battery Saving Wallpaper For Your BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Q10

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The BlackBerry Z30 and Q10 have a Super AMOLED screen in common and this presents some interesting wallpaper options. Black pixels don’t actually use battery power so if you change your wallpaper to pure black, you’ll have some battery life savings. Another great aspect of AMOLED black pixels is the contrast. According to Wikipedia: “Because the black pixels actually turn off, AMOLED also has contrast ratios that are significantly better than LCD.”
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Win A $4,500 Trip To New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Toronto With BBM

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BlackBerry is running a fun promotion right now where you win an amazing $4,500 weekend that you’d help plan as well as giving you weekly chances to win tickets, gift cards and more. The trip could take you to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Toronto and all you have to do is share your BBM Pin. Details below.
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