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BBM Powerful, Interactive, and future potential.

November 29, 2010 2 comments

 

BBM Yonge Bloor mural

The other day Crackberry.com posted a question/poll to their readers regarding BBM.

BBM Flaunt It

CrackBerry Poll: Should RIM make BlackBerry Messenger available to non-BlackBerry smartphones?

Sure they meant well … but I suggest to think deeper. RIM, why not make BBM desktop compatible for multiple platforms: Windows XP/7, Mac OS X Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion, and also Linux compatible. Let users on the desktop communicate, share photos/videos [small], happy faces etc … taking desktop IM to a new level and making it mobile. Apple only concentrated on Video … I’ve suggested this almost a year ago in one of my posts on this blog yet I cannot recall where though.

Maybe, just maybe RIM should expand BBM within their ranks – NOT to other platforms – to include … wait for it … a mobile website/blog. Nokia had this in beta for over yrs but it didn’t take off amongst its users; yet it was immensely powerful and interactive and live. User if allowed by the mobile site owner [you] could snap pictures remotely of your device – even setting time ranges of this allowance.

BBM New York Style

PlayBook Vaja Cases?! Hmmm

November 26, 2010 Comments off

Just noticed new accessory posted both on RIM’s site for 9780 and also on the Leather guru tour de force outfit – Vaja Cases and there is this sweet leather tablet case with an imbedded case for your Bold 9700/9780 to go along with it.

We know the first edition of the PlayBook – which although will have a module recepticle – most likely for a 3G upgrade or possibly 4G upgrade down into late 2011 [the hardware definitely can support it; and RIM doesn’t nickle & dime like Apple], it does use your exising BlackBerry data connection over Bluetooth 2.0/2.1 EDR for 2.1Mbps data throughput (after overhead for load/network balancing for data transmission is factored in).

I really wish RIM used a WLAN solution for tethering since at 3G speeds reaching an easy 1000-1500Mbps average download on Rogers Wireless or HIGHER for other devices (1500 for BB’s on average) are easily attainale – Bluetooth reaches its maximum solution. Sure RIM are the masters for Bluetooth security since Red-M paved the way for BT Access Points in Europe for Sony Ericsson phones some 6yrs ago; but data throughput is restricted; not heavily yet still restricted non-the-less.

Check out cases here: http://www.vajacases.com/blackberry/ let the auto play show you what I’ve mentioned about a possible Bold & PlayBook leather case.

PlayBook – RIM in to WIN

November 25, 2010 Comments off

Ok boys & girls,

The popular BlackBerry fan sites are all a cheer posting one blogs rumored finding about pricing for this bad-bwoy; but that is just small fry-guy cooler talk. What you have failed to noticed is Apple’s news that Foxconn is reportedly ramping up production (2nd time this year – first was 2mths ago officially announced by Apple) of iPads to meet demand this holiday season. Sure there is demand for this dated tablet – but with huge competition from RIM, Acer, and other smaller OEMs just around the corner this news smells of late marketing put into overdrive for fear of loosing that 90% market share that Apple created in the consumer space since it debuted the iPad to douche-bag fanatics.

RIM is in this to win!

Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron mentioned the following recently regarding RIM and the PlayBook

  • RIM will sell 100,000 PlayBook units in the fiscal fourth quarter ending Feb.28.
  • For fiscal 2012—a year from February—RIM will have sold 3.2 million units at an average selling price of $540.
  • Add it up and you’ll have 3.3 million PlayBook units in the market.

If executed properly, the PlayBook could help RIM defend its enterprise leadership against intensifying competition from Apple, Android and WP7. With that said, much uncertainty remains and we’re not convinced RIM has successfully addressed its competitive smartphone gaps.

– said Kidron.

 

Here is what I think:

Regardless of the recent news of Apple poaching RIM’s enterprise sales staff, whom are incredibly talented and work hard – if not just overlea greedy (they are in sales after-all an commission is king); Apple has ALWAYS relied on Microsoft solutions for proper PIM and corporate email handling. Their Mail application in OS X – iOS mirrors this limited construct – is a functional joke if any Apple user takes management of their email for running their business seriously – get Office suite (2011 is incredible). Apple has relied on Microsoft since the dawn of the Macintosh back in 1984 (I was 11/12 back then and I own/use and typing this article on my Alu_MB 2009 edition right this moment). Without Open Directory implementation with Active Directory (for MS Exchange/AD infrastructure) implemented for large corporations, and using Microsoft Exchange, no amount of marketing “SPIN” or salesmanship Jobs puts on will put a dent in how a large corporation manages email & infrastructure. Without a complete overhaul all these reps being hired for top-dollar won’t do much.

Now ad to this that this PlayBook will be the first of 3 devices to ship that can handle Symmetric Multi-Processing (just like your full blown laptop/desktop/server has been able to for over a decade) in 32-bit along with full HD Video Conferencing (rear & front!!) that works seamlessly in existing BES infrastructure … along with consumer uptake this device will be HUGE.

Just take a look at all the corporate sites that use FLASH for huge content presentation & consumption: HMV, Beatport, Sears, et cetera et cetera – the applications in the corporate & consumer market abound BEYOND what we’ve seen promised by the iPad. Applications are already being made and highlighted to embrace this and its not SHIPPING yet!! WOAH!

With all this to consider, I believe RIM can sell – with proper non-aggressive marketing – 500, 000 PlayBook 1 devices by 2QTR debut (6months) into the retail market. Sun Life Financial has some 40K employees nationally, some 40% will get those, a few hospitals in the USA are seriously eyeballing these, and we’ll continue to see more news on this.

Yes RIM is in this to win it!!

 

Apple and Oracle Announce Plans for OpenJDK Java Implementation

November 13, 2010 Comments off

This is HUGE news. Oracle has the support of IBM and now Apple. This plays a significant role for Java Developers of all levels and those wishing to learn that proper and fluid development tools for multiple platforms will continue and this time unfetted. Most importantly to BlackBerry developers – now that development tools have been released for Mac OS X Snow Leopard their existing desktop OS of choice will not be left out in the cold, force to boot into Windows.

Oracle OpenJDK Project

REDWOOD SHORES and CUPERTINO, California–November 12, 2010–Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.

“We are excited to welcome Apple as a significant contributor in the growing OpenJDK community,” said Hasan Rizvi, Oracle’s senior vice president of Development. “The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month’s announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software.”

“We’re delighted to be working with Oracle to insure that there continues to be a great version of Java on the Mac,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “The best way for our users to always have the most up to date and secure version of Java will be to get it directly from Oracle.”

Apple also confirmed that Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard® and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

some other notes:

This announcement is the result of a discussion between Oracle and Apple that has been going on for some time. I understand that the uncertainty since Apple’s widely circulated “deprecation” of Java has been frustrating, but due to the nature of these things we have neither wanted to or been able to communicate before. That is as it is, I’m afraid.

For the sake of all Java developers out there, I am very happy that the future of Java on OSX is now assured. I’m sure you have tons of questions, so let me start with a few:

Q: When will JDK 7 be available for OSX?

A: My expectation is that we will release on current supported platforms first, and that OSX support will follow later. The JDK 7 schedule can not easily accomodate large changes like the addition of a new platform.

Q: How much later? What about subsequent releases, will they be simultaneuous with other platforms?

A: Too early to say, sorry.

Q: I love Java and OSX! How can I be part of this?

A: Join OpenJDK as a contributor. Or apply for a position with Oracle (examplesmore examples), we’re hiring!

More information will follow over the coming weeks and months. Until then, safe coding!

OpenJDK Java

 

RIM addresses Dell’s plan to ditch BlackBerry

November 6, 2010 Comments off

Dell, are you THAT desperate to get free publicity – in the face of consumers eyes and pull in a few more investors?

In an interview published Friday, Dell CFO Brian Gladden stated that the company would be ditching its cache of approximately 25,000 BlackBerry handsets and replacing them with Dell smartphones. The news comes ahead of Dell’s Venue Pro launch, which is scheduled to take place later this month in the U.S. Following Gladden’s comments that Dell would likely save 25% on communication costs by dumping BlackBerry smartphones and servers, RIM has issued a response. “We find it highly unlikely that they will actually save any money with this move and far more likely they were looking for a little free publicity,” RIM’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing Mark Guibert told Dow Jones Newswires in an email. The company’s response is short and to the point, though it doesn’t really address the fact that BlackBerry devices often require more expensive data plans than other smartphones. Businesses that use BlackBerry handsets also incur additional costs associated with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers.

Source: The Wall Street Journalfull subscription to read transcript.

In the quote above, more expensive data plans – is a FALSEHOOD – regarding BlackBerry’s. It may affect the corporate users but not the consumers, as consumers have actually spent less for data in many countries around the world with various providers in each.

So … in order for Dell’s WM7 phone to work in a corporate sense, you’ll need a data plan [relying on wlan alone is senseless], a Windows Server 2003/2008 behind the firewall, and what many FAIL to realize is the requirement for Windows Mobile System Center Server 2008 [MSCS]in order to “manage” these devices; which still needs an update for WM7 Phone’s to be fully implimented and realized. Applications are going to be required for access to specific and unique server setups. The Windows MSCS 2008 is an added cost for any business – just like the full BES server is – and like that there is a license for the amount of users and also for the level of first party support from Microsoft. Keep in mind that BOTH servers require SQL server in order to communicate with Microsoft Exchange, and RIM’s BES has the added benefit to work with Lotus Domino and Groupwise – yes those are still quite competitive options out there.

FACTS:

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Service Pack 1 Pricing and Licensing

License Offering Net Price (Open NL level)
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 (MDM 2008)
MDM 2008 Server License $2149
MDM 2008 User Client Access License (CAL) $57
MDM 2008 Device Client Access License (CAL) $57
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 with SQL Server 2005 Technology (MDM 2008 with SQL)
MDM 2008 with SQL Server License $3041
MDM 2008 with SQL User Client Access License (CAL) $57
MDM 2008 with SQL Device Client Access License (CAL) $57

Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Frequently Asked Questions

RIM doesn’t post direct pricing quotes for BES license due to the various scalable user models – so its not a  price fits all and I’m very sure Microsoft has this as well – yet only prices the base set.

So please do NOT let these business decisions for marketing attempts FOOL you into thinking BB is dying. Sure we all know that applications will be more powerful on WM7, and I’m all for healthy competition – just not the wool being pulled over the eyes of the masses. Just remember that RIM won users hearts over with a less powerful API/code set than WM6/6.5 the world over when that mobile os was in its hey-day. We’ll surely see RIM’s smartphone os market-share continue to drop in the worldwide sense [more drastically in the USA market in the short term], but RIM is working on a new OS with much more power and integration for servers … its called QNX and its very powerful and scalable.

PS: System Center Essentials 2010 is also being released. Let’s NOT forget for small business’ there is always BES Express – which just got a shot in the arm for those on Lotus Domino – BOTH are FREEE. RIM Announces Free BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Express Software for IBM Lotus Domino.

Wirelessly Synchronizes BlackBerry Smartphones with Lotus Email, Calendar, Contacts and More; Works with Business and Personal Data Plans

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM) announced today BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express for IBM Lotus Domino – free server software that wirelessly synchronizes email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks between BlackBerry® smartphones and IBM Lotus Domino without compromising security. The software is available today at www.blackberry.com/besexpress.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express uses the same robust security architecture of the market-leading, premium BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, and includes more than 75 of the over 500 smartphone controls and IT security policies available with the premium version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server software. It supports BlackBerry smartphones on business data plans as well as most personal data plans*.

“BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is a free download that is designed for businesses of all sizes. It provides an easy way for businesses to get started using BlackBerry smartphones with IBM Lotus Domino and it’s also an ideal no-cost software solution for businesses that want to allow their employees to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work email,” said Jeff McDowell, Senior Vice President, Enterprise and Platform Marketing at Research In Motion.

“There’s tremendous growth in work force mobility, from small businesses through to major corporations, and there is clear evidence that shows how smartphones can increase organizational responsiveness, improve productivity and help employees make the most of their time,” said Ed Brill, Director, Messaging and Collaboration, IBM Software Group. “BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is a great opportunity for businesses to cost-effectively extend Lotus Domino to more employees on BlackBerry smartphones.”

With BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express connected to IBM Lotus Domino, BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to:

  • Wirelessly synchronize email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks
  • Manage email folders and search email on the mail server from their smartphones
  • Book meetings and appointments, accept meeting requests, check availability and forward calendar attachments
  • Set an out-of-office reply
  • Access files stored on the company network
  • Use mobile applications to access business systems behind the firewall

For IT administrators, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express includes:

  • A Web-based interface that allows remote administration and makes it easy to deploy applications over the air, connect and manage BlackBerry smartphones, and apply usage policies
  • Over 75 IT controls and policies, including the ability to remotely wipe a smartphone and enforce and reset passwords
  • Employee self-service tools for securing a lost or stolen device

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express works with Domino Enterprise Server and Domino Messaging Server. It can support multiple Lotus Domino domain environments from a single Web-based administration interface and can be run in parallel with the premium BlackBerry Enterprise Server software for the same instance of IBM Lotus Domino.

The premium version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for IBM Lotus Domino provides more extensive mobile device management capabilities, over 500 smartphone controls and IT security policies for more granular control, and is required for add-on solutions such as BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System, Chalk™ Pushcast™ Software, the BlackBerry® Clients for IBM Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, and Lotus Quickr, and other enterprise-grade systems. The premium BlackBerry Enterprise Server is ideal for managing company-issued BlackBerry smartphones, whereas the free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is an ideal option for securely connecting employee-owned BlackBerry smartphones to the corporate network without adding software licensing costs to the company.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Lotus Domino is available today in seven languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

More information is available at www.blackberry.com/besexpress.

* Supports BlackBerry smartphones on business data plans as well as personal data plans that include Internet access.


BB6 – Leaked for 9700 – It’s all good

November 2, 2010 Comments off

Stop the worrying. This thing is SMOOOTH and its worth it. Get your Webkit Engine groove on; its NOT a theme so trust it. Remember its a leak – so its something RIM already created and its .326 so its stable enough. I’m running it on the corporate 9700 and I can tell you its holding up pretty good. I’m enjoying this better than the Torch.
There STILL needs to be some refinements: LARGE scrolling lists when selecting drop down menu’s – i.e. craigslist – when in the for sale section, changing from Cellphones to say furniture … when you click that drop-down list it takes up 90 percent of the screen. Transitions are quick as is the pop-up contextual menu’s.

DOH I forget to check the Social Feeds.

 

Webkit is all there – refinement when using more than tabs is required, but its efficient and fast. Battery life is not a concern for this one.

PS: If you have already downloaded it and looking to upgrade your device – BE PATIENT during the “waiting for device” stage, as it takes the better part of almost 40mins – but I tell yeah its worth the sugar rush.

To be honest I wonder if this was a CLOSED pre-internal authorized leak … something to gauge the feedback from users “BOLD” enough – pun intended to go full out and play with it. Something for RIM to refine for quick bug fixes while leaving MAJOR improvements for the imminent 9780.

Alas this is a sugar pang fill … not a substitute for the 9780 as THAT is going to be bliss.

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