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Samsung reportedly signs $100 million NBA deal to bring tablets & TVs courtside

October 28, 2013

“People familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal that the partnership will see Samsung become the “official provider” of NBA technology. As such, officials will get LCD monitors to review calls during a game while teams will apparently be presented with tablets to look at plays.

In return, the NBA will supposedly deliver custom content for Samsung’s collections of tablets and internet-connected Smart TVs.

The National Basketball Association– which has previously enjoyed partnerships with both Hewlett Packard and Chinese appliance maker Haier – is no stranger to tablets.  

As long ago as 2011, 10 NBA [...]

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Struggling BlackBerry lays off 100 staff

August 20, 2013

The Financial Post reports that the redundancies are for personnel based out of the firm’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, but doesn’t know if this move will effect some divisions worse than others.

In a statement, the PlayBook tablet maker said that it was in the ‘second phase of our transformation plan’.

This news less than a month after BlackBerry cut another 250 jobs at the company’s HQ. The firm recently established a special committee to look for a buyer.

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BlackBerry is now looking for a buyer

August 12, 2013

In a statement that was released today, the company confirmed that the special committee will enquire about possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or even the sale of the company, but stressed that  “there can be no assurance that this process will result in any transaction”.

Trading in BlackBerry shares was temporarily suspended but resumed trading at 8.30 a.m ET. Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial – the largest BlackBerry shareholder – has said that he will resign because of potential conflicts that could arrive during this process.

This news follows a report from Reuters which revealed that BlackBerry was [...]

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Blackberry’s struggles continue – 3 execs leaves, stock drops

August 7, 2013

The company's stock dropped 4% in after hours trading. 

The three now ex-BlackBerry execs are VP of corporate information technology operations Doug Kozak, Sr. VP of global manufacturing and supply chain Carmine Arabia, VP of service operations Graeme Whittington. 

A spokesperson for BlackBerry told VentureBeat in an email: 

"As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization – from top to bottom – to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing. We will be as transparent as [...]

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NFL playbook iPad app touches down with new funding

July 30, 2013

The PlayerLync iPad app is apparently used by 16 teams in the NFL – including Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens – with the firm charging these teams $20,000 to $50,000 each year to use the service.

The iPad app essentially replaces DVDs and printed scouting reports for learning about their opposition. Using the app, teams can automatically sync content across devices, view match recordings and even annotate footage, documents and playbooks.

PlayerLync started on iPad but is also now available for Windows 8 and is expected to come to Android in the near future.

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Executive in charge of BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet is leaving

July 24, 2013

David J. Smith, executive VP in charge of mobile computing, has resigned for personal reasons, a BlackBerry spokesman said. The move happened within the past few weeks, said a person familiar with the matter. The spokesman added that Mr. Smith “continues to come into work every day and is committed to working with BlackBerry through a proper transition.” 

The highly-touted PlayBook stumbled out of the gate due to what many analysts considered a lack of core features and never sold well. Last year BlackBerry wrote down nearly $500 million in unsold PlayBook inventory.

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BlackBerry confirms BB10 won’t come to PlayBook tablets after surprise loss

June 28, 2013

Announcing the results today, the company revealed that revenues increased from $2.8 billion a year ago to $3.1 billion but reported a GAAP (Generally accepted accounting principles) loss of $84 million.

This will come as a blow to the company, which renamed from Research in Motion at the start of the year.

The firm has made significant job cuts over the last year and had looked to have turned a corner when it reported a profit of $94 million just last quarter.

BlackBerry says that it shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones in Q1, which was up 13% on a quarter-on-quarter basis, and revealed that it also shipped 100,000 PlayBook tablets.

However, in a [...]

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BlackBerry chief thinks tablets do have a future after all

May 15, 2013

Heins told Bloomberg last month that he saw no future for the tablet, comments which seemed to rule out the prospect of a new PlayBook coming to market.  

But one month on and Heins now appears less convinced on the matter, as he offered up two contrasting views at the BlackBerry Live conference yesterday.

During a Q&A session with the media, Heins first appeared to promote the smartphone, and not the tablet, as the future of mobile computing. “We believe in a single element of mobile computing: one on your hip.”

But little more than 15 minutes later and the BlackBerry boss was singing an altogether different tune and hinted to CNET that a [...]

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Defense Dept. gives BlackBerry a fighting chance

May 3, 2013

Already a favorite of the Defense Dept. for its security features, the DoD has approved newer models, specifically the BlackBerry 10 smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, for use on DoD networks. 

Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal had reported the DoD plans to give similar approval to Apple’s iPhone and iPad as well as to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones later this month.  

If and when that happens, BlackBerry will face the most competition it’s had for the DoD’s mobile business. 

While not everyone is issued smartphones or tablets, the DoD employs [...]

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BlackBerry CEO finally clarifies tablet strategy – there is none

May 2, 2013

It’s very hard to be both, that’s why Jobs and Cook worked well as a team when the latter was focused strictly on operations.

So what to make of BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins who appears to have done a decent job of righting the sinking BlackBerry ship, but has a curious take on the future of mobility.

If you missed it, Heins predicted earlier this week that the market for tablets is headed for a fall:

“In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said at a conference covered by Bloomberg. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are [...]

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