Dave Foley plays a frustated BlackBerry’s last employee in a Funny Or Die parody video, watch the video and try picturing him as BlackBerry’s ex-CEO Thorsten Heins instead.
That’s where I find the video really funny, because that’s probably how Heins tried to convince the BlackBerry’s boards to approve BBM apps for iPhone and Android back then.
There’s an interesting thread at Quora which is filled with stories from people who randomly met Steve Jobs (hats-off to Jim Edwards), although the stories might not be true still they’re fun to read. And here’s my favorite, written by Michell Smith:
I wrote an impassioned email to Steve at Pixar, pleading with him to find something else to do with his time. “Please,” I implored him, “don’t come back to Apple, you’ll ruin it.”
Shortly thereafter, Steve emailed me. He explained what he was trying to do, and that he was trying to save Apple.
And then he wrote the words I’ll never forget:
“You may be right. But if I succeed, remember to look in the mirror and call yourself an asshole for me.”
Consider it done, Steve. I could not have been more mistaken.
Dima Aryeh writes:
Yes, something as simple as changing the color of the battery percentage eluded Google engineers and requires modification of SystemUI.apk to achieve. The number is white, so if your battery is above 30 percent, it will cover the numbers. We’ll never understand Google.
Bloomberg spitting rumors about the next iPhones:
Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.
That’s hilarious, what is curved display going to achieve besides for show-off? And sensors that can tell if we touch it heavy or light, that’s resistive touchscreen existed in old smartphones. It’s unimaginable for Apple to ditch inferior technology and design over the ones they already perfected, it’s just going to end as gimmicks.
Bloomberg just got punk’d.
Kevin Michaluk asked the upcoming interim CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen in a quick interview on the future of BlackBerry phones:
People are asking me about handsets — “are you going to get out of the handset business” — and that’s really ridiculous of them to say that. I don’t even know what that means and on top of that, the majority of all our revenue and our customer interaction is with handsets, so I’m not quite sure why anybody would say that on account of a “big picture” thing.
I have to say this Kevin, and you know this very well… what is BlackBerry without the device? The question is, can we do more in that? It’s not about let’s not do this and do that. Sometimes it’s not business sensible to make those statements.
Glad to see that John knows what BlackBerry’s real strenght is; it’s the combination of the OS 10, BBM, secure email and the phone itself.
If you need to know which tablet is the best out there, just ask kids. Kids don’t lie.
The Globe And Mail reporting:
Ottawa made it clear in high-level discussions with BlackBerry that it would not approve a Chinese company buying a company deeply tied into Canada’s telecom infrastructure, sources said. The government made its position known over the last one to two months.
Sources said Lenovo was very interested and would likely have been willing to buy BlackBerry. But the Canadian firm could ill afford to spend months tied up with a security review that could potentially derail a transaction.
One of BlackBerry’s key concerns in looking for a buyer was speed and certainty. Any transaction with significant risk of falling through was a problem because BlackBerry might not have had time to execute a Plan B with the way its business has been declining.
Since the Canadian government interfered just a month before the deal, BlackBerry was left hanging and saved with a billion investment instead. If the Canadian government always interfere, who can buy the company then? Samsung? Google? HTC? Not likely, they’ll say they never approve foreign companies controlling Canada’s assets. What they really want is a Canadian company, but unfortunately not even Fairfax has enough money to buy BlackBerry. This is a really sad state of BlackBerry…