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By Kevin Michaluk on 12 Jul 2012 11:44 am EDT
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I have sooo many articles to get written for CrackBerry right now I don't even know where to begin.

My second annual trip to Waterloo, Ontario -- the birthplace and hometown of BlackBerry -- was a whirlwind. From the time arrived to the time I left I was busy, Busy, BUSY. This is literally the first moment I've had to sit down and type something (other than during the AGM live blog of course).

Tuesday morning was Research In Motion's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. There are still a few things for us to talk about here, not the least of which is a story coming in the next couple of days about a certain attention whoring individual that I was able to observe in action for the first time (let's just say it took every bit of my will power to keep my fists in my pocket). The backstory on this guy needs to be told properly... and it will be.

That afternoon I finally had a chance to spend some quality time getting to know the new BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard on a Dev Alpha device. At BlackBerry World I *saw* it, but this was the first time I really got intimate with it. As a self-proclaimed aficionado of keyboards, this was time well spent and I even learned a few things. You'll want to stay tuned for my thoughts and to learn what's new here.

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to sit down in person with RIM's new Chief Marketing Officer, Frank Boulben. He's only four weeks into the new role, but I peppered him with questions and he handled them extremely well. Marketing is one of those areas where CrackBerry readers have often been critical of BlackBerry over the years, and I think Frank said a lot of things that are going to make us fans very happy. I'll be bringing the Q&A to the blogs just as fast as I can. 

Not on the schedule, I then received an awesome surprise. As I was finishing up my last question with Frank, RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins walked into the boardroom. He skipped lunch so he could say hello to CrackBerry. We talked about the AGM and BlackBerry 10 and its upcoming launch. I asked for clarification on the Q1 2013 launch time frame and... with both Thorsten and Frank in the room, gained some new insight into the BlackBerry 10 go to market plan.

Oh hey, I think I just figured out what my next story is going to be... Stay tuned!

97 comments

jamezalexander

Hell yeah! Keep up the good work Kevin!

QuIcKsIlV3r

Ok looking forward to some great articles Kevin

niss63

Waiting with bated breath ...

Thunderbuck

Me too. Bonus points for the correct use of "bated" :-)

Yasch22

My thought exactly!
Every time someone says he's waiting with "baited breath" I want to buy him some mouthwash.

Stewartj1

LOL,I always want to ask them why they eat worms.

z1nsane

Good to know you had an awesome time Kevin!
Sadly I didn't bump into you during your stay =(

menaknow

Can't wait.

@Kevin when will you post your thoughts from the Android phone world tour you recently did?

xtremez

WOW. this is gonna be exciting!

leafs123

That's what we call in the business, "A Tease".

itsyaboy

Was about to say the same thing. Totally salivating right now!

dhtoan

Thank you very much, Kevin! Waiting for your next posts... :-w

NateFulton2010

Hey Kevin!

Can you explain that picture choice? It looks like you are having an angry constipation attack, and choosing to do so on the Authorized Personnel Only BB Mystical Door.

Kevin Michaluk

No... that would be me running out of that room full speed with backpack full of #KEVINSECRETS

Berry-the-Black_Trollsbane

Still kinda looks like the door just kicked your ass... Just sayin'.

Also, #KevinSecrets sounds like a dirty adult novel. I'll take 10%

feldmen01

KevinSecrets would surely beat out 50 shades of grey!

advil_yum

LOL!
I thought it was you getting DENIED at the door... because the card reader is red and all... Funny pic, though.

axllebeer

I totally get what you are going for here, but it does kinda look like a mad-dash to the $hitter!lol

mnhockeycoach99

Kevin was in the process of taking a huge crap on the "new" iPad right in front of the door to the executive office suite.. :-)

Perjade

No, he just fund out that Samsung is buying RIM and they will ditch the BB10 ! :-)

sam_d

I think if Samsung every buys RIM, they will keep BB10 as they don't have and won't have a better Mobile OS to call their own ever :)

BruvvaPete

Don't pay attention to Perjade. The child trolls CB all the time. He's jobless and has no ambition so now his favourite thing to do is put down BB. Since no one wants to hire him I guess he has to hang out somewhere. Somewhere there's a village missing an idiot and Perjade doesn't realize he's lost.

mnhockeycoach99

If comedy was what you were after, don't quit your day job.

Perjade

He also fund out that Mr " there is nothing wrong with RIM " Heins is actually using a Samsung Galaxy S111 ! ( from www.blackberryos.com ) :)

BruvvaPete

Um... He uses multiple devices to keep up with what's going on with the competition. Good to see you're dealing with your mental defect decently. That rubber helmet should be coming off soon, huh.

crumbonthefloor

Stop teasing us and post something already hahaha =)
Looking forward to read those articles!

Yoox_II

Is there a way to get an email when a new thread is posted by you or another one of the higher ups on crackberry??

DagmarSchneitz6424@yahoo.com

I also love and and admire Kevin's work. I look forward to his insights. But the picture on this page tells ten thousand words. Wonder what was going on here. http://www.geekchoice.com

jrohland

Was Jean-Claude Gassée there? I remember a cockroach of that name hanging around Apple looking for crumbs when AAPL was on the ropes.

I also wonder if a certain Bumbling Goofy Reporter (BGR) was there?

Nothing like to perceived smell of rot to bring out the bottom fishers.

mnhockeycoach99

LOLZ +10000

I'm sure Geller was at home shining his new iProducts and marveling at how "great" they are.... (cue eyeroll here)

BruvvaPete

They were hanging out with Alboner.

Yasch22

A.k.a. "Four Cent Alboini."
The guy owns two companies, both at 4 cents a share, and he's the expert the world runs to for advice on RIM. I think Thorsten should start showing up at the AGMs for Jaguar and Northern, demanding a shake-up of top management.

BruvvaPete

lmao! Four Cent Alboini. I like it!

dantesinclair11

Kevin, with you and your barber having a troubled relationship at this time, I'm not sure you should be making a face like that.

joski

Kevin, are you talking about that twat Vic from Jaguar?!

kcdist

Kevin,

Although I'm sure your have already been commended, I watched your BNN interview live from Mexico and I was very impressed. Too bad you didn't have a longer time to talk.

If the attention whore is that douche from Jaguar Financial......Both barrels on rapid fire please.

Incredible that this insignificant punk has duped the main steam media into believing that he has something credible and substantial to offer to the debate. He is doing nothing but providing ill-informed negative comment, and then, using the attention that he's receiving from a media obsessed with negative RIM stories to further publicize his pathetic excuse for a company.

His company, from which the CFO just resigned in disgust, is trading at $0.035, a drop of over 80% in the past three years, and has a market cap of an astounding $3.8 Million Dollars.....or about what RIM pays in gas for one of their corporate jets in a year. Jaguar has been struggling to maintain a listing on the TSE since 2008 when they were almost given the boot. He is desparate for anyone to give him relevency. The guy is a cockroach, and the main stream media should be ashamed for giving this guy a free platform.

aornoe785

Man I cannot wait. That dick makes way too many headlines here in Waterloo.

The general news I read before/after/during the AGM was 'Vic Alboini is outside yelling about change being needed!' 'During the meeting, Vic Alboini was silent.' 'The day after the AGM, Vic Alboini is yelling about change being needed!'

'Activist shareholder' my ass.

br14

The crazy part of the Jaguar story is that the negativity he's generated has actually damaged his own balance sheet.

If he wanted to make a point about splitting off assets his questions and suggestions should have been directed quietly off the record to RIM investor relations.

There are a number of investors that have lost millions on RIM, but you don't see them whining to the press and hurting themselves even more.

Android Market for QNX

omg, thanks for the story Kevin. Can't wait for further details. What with the face? You look like you just walked out of a prison shower. Keep us updated with the story, good work Kev!

playpen007

Kevin, why don't you rent a place near their headquarter so you can spy on them. We needed positive news feed from RIM everyday until its release BB10.

BerryRipe

Is it too late to nickname you "CrackNinja Kevin"?

Seriously great work Kevin, looking forward to your future posts.

tjseaman

Can't wait to read the dirt on the dirt bag from Jaguar...don't even want to say his name cause it make me sick! Oh, and all the other good stuff too!!! I'm already rooting for BB so that's just nice stuff to hear...the stuff on this other jacka$$ has me excited. I've been waiting for someone to finally write an article about this douche bag.

monsky1956

You folk and Thorsten "there's nothing wrong with RIM" should look up the definitions of denial and delusional in the dictionary.

aornoe785

Oh hi, nice of you to join the party. Are you an 'Apple will always be the best' fan? Because pot, meet kettle.

monsky1956

Actually, I've been a loyal BlackBerry user and fan for years, despite the mindless insults of users of other devices (similar to one thrown by you, who obviously believes RIM will always be the best despite the reality of the past few years). And that's what gives me the right to opine. RIM has long since lost credibility in the markets and loyalty from its users. To each his own.

aornoe785

Amazing that you were able to discern my "obvious" opinion of RIM/BlackBerry from a post where none was expressed. What I was actually indicating is that as some people believe RIM will have a resurgence to relevancy, still others who are waving the Apple flag will be sorely disappointed when their tech inevitably falls from grace at some point in the future.

Also interesting is your definition of 'insult', as I merely replied to your generalized comment that actually had no real bearing on ANY of the discussions taking place in this comment space.

You have every right to 'opine' (as you did here) that RIM is no longer relevant - that doesn't give you the right to state that everyone here is delusional for not sharing that opinion.

mnhockeycoach99

So what is your purpose here then, Mr. Truth Teller?

Superfly_FR

Quote it right, you forget the word "now".
Too much cider makes reality distorted.

BruvvaPete

I guess the negative peanut gallery had to sound off some time. Thanks for bringing reality to us delusional folk. We appreciate it. Now go opine on non BB fan sites and leave us alone to be stupid and blind. Bye now.

mnhockeycoach99

Another one of the "truth tellers" on CrackBerry... You guys are almost worse than the armchair CEOs that are out here.

Perjade

"It takes one to know one " !

mnhockeycoach99

That makes no sense!!!

Ps. Are you 5 years old?

Perjade

"The pot calling the kettle black" !

BruvvaPete

Still here huh. Hate BB's so much you keep coming back to CB. You and the other crackHead enjoy your view from the peanut gallery and stop interfering in grown folk business.

Perjade

" It takes a thief to catch a thief " meaning " no one is better at finding a wrongdoer than another wrongdoer ." :)

mnhockeycoach99

You make no f_cking sense moron.....on the other hand, my posts make perfect sense....so I'm not sure how your "pot calling the kettle black" really applies here.

walabe16

Did anyone play you George Thorogood - "Get a Haircut" ?

Superfly_FR

??? WTF are you reading the comments Kevin ??? ;-)
WRITE THE FULL STORY !
(and someone please give me a Kleenex, I'm slaving for the JagStard story ...) :D

ddlax22

Can I guess the attention whoring person!?
Ok. Geller

mnhockeycoach99

Don't make any negative comments about Geller out here.....he'll go whining and crying to Bla1ze and Adam....and he'll probably end up throwing a big tantrum like when he didn't get a dev alpha device.

BruvvaPete

+1. That guy is a class "A" turd.

greatwiseone

Awesome! looking forward to these articles...

1magine

DId TH say anything about TS7?

imcurved

Awesome-des! I want to read about NOW NOW NOW.

TMO_9000_32GB_PB

19cbb

Keep sniffing blackberry powder...

mnhockeycoach99

Speaking of sniffing... with your head so far up your troll a_s, I bet it is hard to breathe.

19cbb

@mnhockeycoach99: Keep on sniffing but... contribute. LMAO

mnhockeycoach99

I've figured it out.. you are the douche Vic "4 Cent" Alblowme.....

ps. LMAO.. you and your boyfriend Birdbrain are SOOO funny.

BruvvaPete

Didn't realize you could sniff crack but you just proved it is possible. Sit in the peanut gallery and be quiet. Grownups are having a discussion.

mrtheend

Well done Kevin! That's the way to represent the crackberry nation !

Hopefully RIM will make us as proud someday soon, too !

#TeamBlackBerry

dagerlach

Get to work Kevin. We need some good legit info! Heck, you might even turn the stock price around :)

QuIcKsIlV3r

Hahahaha Did anyone read the tweets from Geller to Crackberry and B1aze and Adam practically ignored them? LOL Apparently someone said something about Geller is going to die or be killed...

Geller is such a tool!

These articles from Kevin should be great

mnhockeycoach99

I made earlier in the week about RIM needing to shut Geller up.. well, some dude made a comment about putting a bullet in Gellers head. While I think Geller is a douche, I'm wasn't thinking that extreme.. just maybe shutting down his sh_tty site.

Camfella

LOL!! Yeah, your posts make perfect sense!

apengue1

Damn Kevin what a break. All sounds interesting.

playpen007

Kevin asked Heins if BB10 will be released in January 2013 and Heins relied waiting to be surprised. Kevin asked again surprise in the bad way or the good way and Heins said the latter.

Knightcrawler

Damn Kevin, you're on a roll. Great work man, cant wait to read what you've got.

As for Thor skipping lunch to meet with you. All i can say is WOW. For the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company to take time out of his busy day to address the concerns of a fansite, it really shows that his focus is on getting the product right and winning back the BB faithful.

I absolutely love the fact that he cares enough to come see you and make sure that his customer base know's that the plans are and that they haven't been forgotten.

SlcCorrado

I'm ready to do some readin' :D

the_game969

For Christ's sake cut your hair CrackBerry Kevin!

mrmartis

My friends and I had a long talk about RIM's marketing as we all are business students at Schulich, York University. What we came up with is that in order for RIM to make a successful comeback they can't target everyone but have one clear message. For doers and movers is a decent message but its not that great.

What they need to recognize is that the richest and most powerful people in the world aka the 1% use blackberry. They need to market the blackberry brand as a sign of prestige and success. They need to have a commercial showing blackberry users from CEO's of the top companies in the world to Presidents and Prime Ministers. Then they tagline at the end should be someone famous, rich, and successful saying. "Blackberry phones aren't like the others, they weren't meant for everyone, they were built for those special few who aspire to take over the free world"
"Join the blackberry club and get one step closer to joining the billionaires club"
Commercial tagline Blackberry, the Billionaires toy.

BruvvaPete

Sorry man. You need to pay more attention in class. That's a disasterous idea. Exclusivity won't appeal to the masses, which is who Apple and Samsung has in their palms right now.

mrmartis

no, its not about exclusivity. It's about targeting one group. Its a clever marketing trick called showboating where you portray your users as a group and everyone else wants to be that group. So indirectly you are actually targeting the masses who want to be the group you are targeting. Many people have said when they are in a city and they see a guy with a blackberry they know he/she must be working for a big company or is a lawyer, they want to be that guy. As do I lol.

salexs11

Anyone else read this in Kevin's voice?

Rootbrian

FUCK yes!!!!! I can't wait to read up on all this!! :)

EchuOkan1

Thank you Kevin. Can't wait to read your new story! =0)

lewis71980

Did you ask where is the Playbook Mini Keyboard? Need to get one before all the nexus 7 kids buy them all up!!!! Infact is the delay to make a new revision that supports the Playbook 4G?