Although Mike Lazaridis has passed on the leadership role at BlackBerry Ltd. for more than a year, the entrepreneur/inventor has not been stagnant with his free time. In fact, BlackBerry, the company he co-founded, is hardly the only thing on his plate.
Ex-Apple Inc. chief John Sculley says he likes new BlackBerry chief John Chen’s open letter but may eye the Canadian firm again if Chen’s turnaround plan fails. Chen, who joined the struggling smartphone maker as interim chief executive officer and executive chairman a month ago after talks to sell the company collapsed, did with his letter “exactly what strong leaders are expected to do in a crisis,” Sculley told United Press International.
Earlier today, a former BlackBerry had started a thread on Reddit. The author responded with some interesting answers and insights on some of the most commonly asked questions today. It is certainly uplifting to see the former employee’s positive attitude towards the company despite being recently laid off. Also, judging from what the author had seen, John Chen has “been nothing but awesome so far” and “he’s doing a lot to make sure he’s transparent” which is always good for a new leader to get acquainted with his new team. Read More
Psych! While we fully intended to launch our latest #BlackBerryInitiative project for the community today Dec the 5th, in true BlackBerry fashion we will be postponing the launch while we ensure the experience is one of top quality for our users and followers. BlackBerry Initiative is out to set a new format for #TeamBlackBerry and their media consumption. I wanted to launch this project today December 5th as a birthday gift to myself and the BB Community, but they will have to settle for a Christmas gift as we guarantee the smooth launch of this new medium. Read More
BBM is a tough nut to crack, no one should ever doubt that. According to new data from Distimo, BBM is still growing in key markets like Asia, where iOS downloads put the BlackBerry Messenger again in the race against WeChat, Viber, Line and KakaoTalk.
Well well @KevCollazo has just sent in a very interesting backdoor inside BlackBerry Bridge. A PlayBook paired up to a BB10 with the latest BlackBerry bridge actually launches a bridge “Messages” app which emulates BlackBerry Hub onto the landscape PlayBook OS much like the current Bridge BBM app. Kev, and others will be able to access this nonfunctional backdoor and get a glimmer at what future Bridge functionality BlackBerry may be bringing to the PlayBook. All you have to do is hit the blue hyperlink of an email address from within BBM on the PlayBook. Read More