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Some Thoughts About The Fairfax Financial Purchase of BlackBerry

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BlackBerry has received a Letter of Intent to purchase from Fairfax Financial, a financial holding company based in Toronto, Ontario, which is engaged in property, casualty, and life insurance and reinsurance, investment management, and insurance claims management. If and when the purchase goes through, it should provide BlackBerry the ability to restructure and position itself better in the market, without having to fend off short term concerns of quarterly financials or shareholder demands.
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BlackBerry Z30 Hands-On Impressions: Better Performance and a Huge Screen

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EDITOR NOTE: The following is sent in by a friend of mine that has early access to devices as he works in IT. I’m reposting this under my name because he’s obviously under NDA. Personally, I’ve played around with the Z30 a little, but not enough to write an impressions post.

I was a bit skeptical when I started hearing about a big touch screen BlackBerry. I’m not too keen on the notion that powerful has to be big but when I actually felt the Z30 in my hands, it felt familiar. I had played with the Galaxy line up to the latest version and I always found the format bulky in the hand. I was a big fan of the PlayBook for its size, and after many manufacturers followed without admitting that when BlackBerry referred to the book/novel size as perfect, they were actually right.
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How BlackBerry Could Increase Market Share: Boobs

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Alison Pill went on Conan to talk about how she accidentally tweeted a photo of her boobs on Twitter, which any BlackBerry user knows is incredibly easy. Why is that share button placed on every single screen on the phone? That’s like when they put a facebook share button on your porn. Nobody uses it. It’s only going to get someone in trouble. During the course of the interview, Conan suggested they preload BlackBerrys with pics of Alison’s boobs. And that’s why he makes the big bucks.
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What Happened? Only 500 Women Applied to Alicia Keys’ BlackBerry Scholars Program

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The BlackBerry Scholars Program is an incredible opportunity for women to get involved in industries that are typically male dominated such as maths and sciences. The program offered a four-year scholarship program for outstanding women around the world that are entering their first year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university. The potential applicant pool is enormous, so when I heard that only 500+ women actually applied to the program, I was baffled.

Here’s a thought: if you’re looking to attract intelligent, technology-minded women to a scholarship fund for maths and sciences, maybe Alicia Keys wasn’t the most representative leader.
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TacoQuest is DinDin Kitchen Inc’s Foray Into A Micro-Search Platform

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Three BlackBerry employees: Alex Kinsella, Derek Alldritt and Chad Tetreault have launched an app called TacoQuest and a startup called DinDin Kitchen. According to LinkedIn, DinDin Kitchen “specializes in brining innovative apps to mobile platforms.” The first app, TacoQuest, is an interesting concept that, powered by foursquare, aims to be a “micro-search platform”.
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Pocket Ninjas Now Available for BlackBerry Q10 and Q5

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Pocket Ninjas is a fun game by Cocky Culture, the same people known for their BlackBerry themes some years ago (and technically still today). The game is sort of like Fruit Ninja, except you’re a ninja that’s slicing and dicing other ninjas in a pretty guesome blood bath. Pocket Ninjas now includes Q10 and Q5 support, along with PlayBook and Z10 support.
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