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

“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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesOctober 28, 20130 comments

Struggling BlackBerry lays off 100 staff

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.
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 20, 20130 comments

BlackBerry is now looking for a buyer

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 12, 20130 comments

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

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 7, 20130 comments

NFL playbook iPad app touches down with new funding

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.
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 30, 20130 comments

Executive in charge of BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet is leaving

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. Source article
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 24, 20130 comments

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

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 28, 20130 comments
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