Welcome to #CESlive! The live streaming action begins today

Tune into #CESlive at crackberry.com/CESlive

By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Jan 2014 11:48 am EST

In just a few hours the #CESlive streaming action will kick off. In case you missed it, be sure to check out the overview we posted of all the contests, coverage and cool tech you can expect throughout the week.

The live stream begins at 3pm ET / 12 noon PT and you can watch and join in the chat room at crackberry.com/CESlive. Before the action starts though, be sure to watch the welcome video posted above, hosted by our friends John P and Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.TV. You'll of course find lots of familiar Mobile Nations faces in it and get a glance at our awesome stage setup!

Get ready for a great week! We hope you enjoy it!!



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Welcome to #CESlive! The live streaming action begins today


I know I ask too much ... but in the schedule, some international time would be great ;)
Don't want to miss anything here, even by night !!! :)
Enjoy !

Notice pop culture media is silent on all good QNX news. They can not bash it so silence instead. WSJ where are you with all your BS articles?

Maybe that's not a bad thing for now. First let them find out how awesome QNX is, and then let them discover, "Oh, QNX is from BlackBerry?" "Yeah, mate, I got it on my phone, and you can have it too.."

Instead of: "Blackberry? Can't be good then, ..." [walks off]

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Wow, sound pretty exciting to me! I hope BlackBerry shows a cool future smartphone. BlackBerry needs to get out their smart watch with BB10 operating system. BlackBerry, don't forget smart watch as computer processor. Walk into the office wirelessly connect to computer monitor with a welcome back message. Uses smart watch as CPU and use cloud as a storage. Make sure the smart watch feature has got to have Video Share Screen for one on one meeting.

You certainly need an underground connection to Chen. Good ideas I must say.

Swiping & tapping on my amazing ZeeTen

I think the days of BlackBerry innovating in the consumer sphere ended with the Board's decision to hire John Chen. Chen is the personification of all our past frustrations with BlackBerry as an "enterprise" company. You remember: "Enterprise doesn't want a camera in phones and certainly not a good camera" or "Enterprise doesn't care about color displays." All too often, a focus on "enterprise" and government is an excuse, it's a rationale around competing to make devices and products that people actually want to use. Chen may return BlackBerry to profitability, but it'll never be a great company again with Chen at the lead...

If I were you, I would not expect BlackBerry to announce a new phone or new smart watch or anything new that will compete in first world countries. Chen is busy trying to sell companies and governments a secure email system, even though those companies and governments should know by now that that email is inherently insecure. BlackBerry fans should be more interested in what Mike Lazaridis is up to these days -- a lot more innovative and a lot more consistent with the spirit of what made us love BlackBerry in the first place.

Ahhh, not sure where you're getting your information from. Did you sit down with Mr. Chen last night?
From where I sit, Mr. Chen has every intention of at least getting BlackBerry back on track. Way too early for any kind of judgment on his performance and what he will and won't do.
As far as BlackBerry not innovating or bringing out new products, that is completely false . Watch bloomberg interview with Mr. Chen yesterday.

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I'm not sure where you are sitting, but the last time I checked Chen was working out of LA and retaining his position with Silver Lake. He'll return BlackBerry to profitability, but his vision is retreat to enterprise markets that will be dominated by winners of the consumer game in a few years. I suspect, but have no proof, that he's dangled a sale to Silver Lake as a potential backup to BlackBerry's sadly non-tech-savvy and aging Board. At any rate, Chen is the end of the line for me. I saw nothing in the interview that gave me any reason to believe Chen wants to compete as a major platform...

Don't get me wrong, at some point you have to admit you've lost the race, but BlackBerry's struggles in first world countries had much to do with sales infrastructure and it seems foolish to fold without trying to address that. Rather than build that sales infrastructure through direct sales funnels and an army of reps working with carriers, Chen is focusing on selling more to BlackBerry's existing customers in enterprise's smaller less competitive marketplace. That's a good short term strategy for mild growth and survival, but if BlackBerry doesn't build and invest now to compete as a major platform -- as Thor planned -- well, we're giving up the opportunity forever. Maybe we just lost, but I don't need a subpar executive and his team of outsiders with even less success in mobile to tell me when BlackBerry is done.

Just my two cents, obviously. I hope I'm wrong, and it's not like everything is bad news. The stock market has responded positively to Steve Zipperstein's saber-rattling. Steve was a very good hire, one of Thor's best. We'll see whether Chen will keep him around.

Very interesting but different view. My understanding was a bit different in that he would not only work on the govt/security strengths but the hardware side of things too. The hiring of this past executive of Sony Ericsson seem to be the evidence to counter what you highlighted. I do hope he doesn't damage that side of things too because the Z30 is a really cool device.

Swiping & tapping on my amazing ZeeTen

Yes, in the recent interview John Chen mentioned he doesn’t know too much about "a cool phone", but the new guy does, and that's why he hired him.

John knows what he's doing, and I guess he certainly wants to use "a cool phone" himself.

I WANT A NEW "COOL PHONE" this year. Bring it on!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

I actually can't think of a success from Sony Ericsson worth emulating. They just adopted Android and then failed to compete despite the power of Sony's brand and distribution. I wonder if Chen was just trying to cement his relationship with the board member who used to run Ericsson.

I just know I'm not going to judge Chen for a long time. Especially when I've only seen him interviewed a few times and have no idea of his full intentions. I made that mistake with Heins. (No offense to him. Well sort of. )
Time will tell, but I don't see anything that's negative so far. At least he is honest enough to state thst he has no idea how to make a cool phone. Not many CEO's would be that candid.

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Why contrast Chen with Thor? You had John Sculley of Pepsi and Apple who seemed to want the job, as well. Chen's turnaround at Sybase resulted in a company nowhere near BlackBerry's value or potential for greatness. Chen will make BlackBerry profitable, again, but only by forsaking the potential for greatness that Mike L., Jim B., and Thor worked tirelessly to build. Chen's just never had success to warrant his heading a company like BB.

I don't know anything about A/V, but is the sound supposed to be like that? I had John P's voice in my right speaker and Cali's voice in my left. Shouldn't they be coming through both speakers?

That said, impressive looking stage and serious production value! I normally would never pay attention to CES but will definitely check it out this year with all the great access provided.

More behind the scenes videos please!

Hmm ... so why is James and Kevin wearing the same outfit? And why didn't they tell Adam to wear the same thing? Adam, ask your boys what's going on. :) :D

He's told us, we're getting "a cool phone", I want "a cool tablet as well" !

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Hey, your stereo sound is screwed up. He (left side stage) is cued to right side stereo. Did you plan to do it that way? It feels unnatural and confusing!

Okay, after watching the entire video, I realize this may be a stage management issue. Managing stereo sound with moving characters could be difficult. All the best!

I would say that with byod if BlackBerry wants to success in enterprise,it should give both cool devices and perfect/secure software.Managers want everything together,so I think innovation will be together with Chen...

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