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Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Commented May 2, 2013 at 16:08:39 in Canada Business

“Not myopic, just a thought not given its full expression. His "vision" is that the smartphone itself can supply the CPU/OS to a 7" or 10" or laptop sized display, where you access files from the cloud. Amazon is working on a similar idea. The Padfone from Asus is a forerunner. The Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung are also heading in this direction. A problem for most of these companies developing this type of product is that it's hard to find good margins. Apple could probably do a great job on this, but why would they, when they've got so many dedicated fans willing to pay $700, $500, & $1200 for their phone, tablet, and laptop? Imagine a company like BlackBerry coming along with a $650 phone that you can bridge or dock with a CPU-free, very lightweight, and very cheap touchscreen display?”

Rober on May 3, 2013 at 02:44:51

“It is myopic because he sees a phone as the principal computing device. Docking a phone with a touch screen dedicates that screen to one user. Most households have more than one resident. Most schools don't want their students using phones in the classroom, but they do or soon will encourage the use of tablets. There is a place for tablets and a place for phones.”
Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 16:56:46 in Canada Business

“The main thing Heins is driving at is that a smartphone can supply the CPU for both an easily portable tablet-size display, and also for a shell laptop. Asus is the groundbreaker here with the Padfone, which came out a year ago. You dock you phone in the touchscreen display, and you can add a portable keyboard if you want. Why pay for all of the expensive duplication of, e.g., various sizes of Apple devices, when all you need to do is dock your phone to your 7" or 10" display? Phone costs $600, with a slot for different sizes of Micro SD cards (instead of paying an extra $200 to go from 16GB to 64GB). The display costs, say $100. You can still spend the whole day with your tablet.”

SoakerCity on May 1, 2013 at 16:24:09

“Good point but as long as tablets are pretty cheap anyways, nobody is going to want to have to dock their phone to a screen with a slot in the back that connects to one of hundreds of differently sized phones.”
Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 16:42:44 in Canada Business

“BlackBerry (formerly RIM) increased cash reserves from $2 to $3 billion in what was arguably their worst year in a decade. They had a profit in Q4 (ended March 2/13) of $94 million, getting over the hump in large part because of less than one month of Z10 sales in 10 countries. Z10 sales are good; Q10 sales will probably be great. BES10 will manage a variety of phones in a BYOD environment, and looks likely to become the industry standard for MDM/MAM. RIM/BB's crystal ball started working beautifully back in 2010, when they bought QNX. In 2007/2008, it wasn't working so good....”
BlackBerry Z10: Shares Fall After Analyst Says Company Reducing Production

BlackBerry Z10: Shares Fall After Analyst Says Company Reducing Production

Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 18:59:55 in Canada Business

“The Wedge story is a hack attack, but the most dumbfounding thing about this article is the fact that HuffPo quotes a Canaccord estimate of Z10 sales that was produced several weeks before Canaccord revised its own estimate and a month before the actual sales were announced. In a single month, Canaccord changed its estimates from 1.75m to 300,000 to 800,000. The actual reported numbers came in at 1 million shipped and 700,000 sold through, and that was for a single month's worth of sales in a small number of countries. A lot of analysts working for firms that have had long-term bearish outlooks on BlackBerry seem to come up with a new lowball estimate of BB10 sales every couple of weeks. Investor beware!”
RIM Shares Spike On Jeffries' Positive Sales Forecast

RIM Shares Spike On Jeffries' Positive Sales Forecast

Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 13:27:18 in Canada Business

“The information in the last slide, about Jaguar Financial being at one point one of the largest shareholders in RIM, is flat out false. Jaguar has been a penny stock for a long time (presently 3 cents), and hasn't had the assets to be a "major" shareholder. That info IMHO is part of a selling job done by its owner to get publicity for himself and his struggling company. He was recently suspended for 2 years and fined $750K by Canadian regulators. http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1287049--outspoken-rim-critic-suspended-fined-by-investment-regulators These kinds of comments were all part of a steady beat-down of RIM share prices that was out of proportion to the financial health of the company.”

BBlitzer on Nov 20, 2012 at 15:39:48

“Well RIM is one company that HuffPo never feels they need to fact check on as long as they get to point out bad news...”
Dad Takes Stand Against Rogers Over Texting Charges

Dad Takes Stand Against Rogers Over Texting Charges

Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 15:03:31 in Canada Business

“Le Chiffre -- you'd figure more people would add up a few figures before they sign into their two- or three-year enslavements (and frequent nasty surprises) with their carriers. French philosopher Rene Girard has written some of the best analyses of "competitive envy," where people wish to posses things that are not in their best personal interests. American and Canadian teenagers & college students all too often spend between $50 and $120 a month on iPhone tab plus data plans, and often end up paying even more in credit card or student loan interest.”
Dad Takes Stand Against Rogers Over Texting Charges

Dad Takes Stand Against Rogers Over Texting Charges

Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 13:33:09 in Canada Business

“All you boyfriends & girlfriends out there, maybe a Blackberry isn't so uncool after all? Free messaging with whatever plan you have. 90% of what you do on a phone is texting anyway. When you do use data (youtube, or messages to friends w/o BBM), it's compressed and cheaper than what you pay to the other guys. You pay your minimal per month and you have to download stuff like crazy to get to your limit.”

Lechiffre on Apr 16, 2012 at 16:07:23

“my teenage brother protested but we still gave him a blackburry instead of an iphone and he has top up 10 euros each month. he textes an awful lot and he's constantly sending emails. believe me we have never had any suprises.”
Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 13:47:44 in Canada Politics

“Hudak fully supports the HST. He's been quiet about it, but all of the party's economists and business supporters have told him to leave it in place. Also, on the Green Energy Act, he's facing a potential revolt from key elements of his own party. The solar manufacturers (inverters, panels, installations) especially have set up factories in Tory ridings. Rural Ontarians, including a lot of farmers, have put up groundmount or rooftop solar. Hudak wants to put the kibosh on this, and install more nuclear and natural gas power generation.”

ProgressiveCDN on Aug 3, 2011 at 15:46:44

“Interesting..

I hope the Liberals get their message out to those rural Ontarians, because I think alot of Canadians liked the Green Energy Act for promoting alternate energy.. I'm not sure why the Conservatives always tie themselves to dirty oil. I guess it may be that their federal leader owes all his success to wealthy oil companies in Alberta.
Also, what's with the surge of support for the NDP in Ontario?!? I swear, young progressives can be soo dumb!! (though, I am one) The Liberals are missing the boat with my generation. I really hope Justin Trudeau is the next leader.”
Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 13:37:16 in Canada Politics

“I keep wanting to vote Tory, but once again, I can't. Hudak seems to be a paid-off shill for the fossil fuel lobby (hates renewable energy) and the construction industry (wants billions for a new highway from Hamiltion to Windsor). His biggest idea to date? Putting prisoners to work on chain gangs to clear litter from highways. For all of McGuinty's flaws, he's done some very good things. The Green Belt. Fixed election dates every four years (Harper made a similar law, then broke it as soon as the polls looked good). The Green Energy Act -- which has won massive respect around the world (though apparently not much from Ontarians). The LHINs -- Local Health Integration Networks -- which have made health care delivery much more efficient, but which Hudak plans to scrap without having an alternative policy in place. Mike Harris at least had a full book of defined plans. Mike Harris Lite has a few half-notes scribbled on the back of his hand.”
Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Tim Hudak Still The Man To Beat In Upcoming Ontario Vote

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 13:14:37 in Canada Politics

“Yes, there are reasons. Aging infrastructure. Need for more grid capacity. The fact that we're still paying an $18 billion nuclear debt, and more billions per year for storage of nuclear waste (how about them subsidies?). Coal costs $3 billion in health damages. McGuinty took a risk in asking Ontarians to pay what it actually costs to generate electricity, instead of hiding those costs in deficit financing.”