Articles by Chris Umiastowski

It’s unfortunate, but layoffs at BlackBerry are essential to their financial health

It’s unfortunate, but layoffs at BlackBerry are essential to their financial health

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Yesterday CBC posted a story confirming additional job cuts in Waterloo. In this most recent example, BlackBerry is eliminating 120 jobs from the company’s product development and wireless teams. BlackBerry claims these cuts are part of the broader 40% staff reduction announced last September. We have to keep in mind that it takes quite a while to implement major staff cuts, so it’s...

Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones and all cars?

Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones and all cars?

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Today Apple made CarPlay official. Automobile makers who support the technology will essentially be implementing a way for drivers to interact with their iPhone through the car's infotainment system, which includes the car's touch screen, microphone, buttons, etc. It's important to point out that the cars are not running iOS. Apple would probably never license iOS to anyone, so we're...

It’s a moon shot, but could eBBM ever lead to global IM dominance for BlackBerry?

It’s a moon shot, but could eBBM ever lead to global IM dominance for BlackBerry?

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BlackBerry is moving fast under the leadership of John Chen. I’ve never seen the company make as many changes as it has in the last few months. Not even close. I don’t think I’m alone in saying this has turned me into a big fan of Chen. One of these changes has been to place the BBM leadership in the hands of the enterprise team led by John Sims. Not even a week after I wrote an...

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging gold medal

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging gold medal

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The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last 5 years, quickly overtaking BBM and doing a darn good job of executing on a growth plan, I'm impressed with what they've done while I've been...

It’s clear to me that BlackBerry needs to become a premium device in the enterprise

It’s clear to me that BlackBerry needs to become a premium device in the enterprise

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Earlier this week Forbes published a story based on an interview with John Chen from about a month ago. The short version is this: Chen doesn’t think it’s all about volume. He gives the example of Porsche and Lamborghini in the automobile industry to illustrate that there are lots of successful niche players in various markets. BlackBerry will focus on markets that are regulated, and...

Why yesterday’s news about BlackBerry in the Pentagon matters so much

Why yesterday’s news about BlackBerry in the Pentagon matters so much

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BlackBerry’s stock price was up again yesterday, and it’s logical to assume this move was driven by the Pentagon’s announcement that it will deploy 80,000 new BlackBerry devices starting Jan 31st of this year. UPDATE: It looks like I was mistaken to use the word "new". While some deployments will certainly be new devices (people break/lose them, new ones are purchased), this doesn't...

BlackBerry’s new 'Jakarta' handset needs to compete with Nokia’s next low-end Lumia

BlackBerry’s new 'Jakarta' handset needs to compete with Nokia’s next low-end Lumia

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Last month BlackBerry announced a huge change in its hardware strategy by implementing a joint venture with FoxConn, the Taiwanese giant of the electronics manufacturing industry. John Chen disclosed that the two companies plan to build their first phone together for the Indonesian market, and it will be built in a new Indonesian factory.  Obviously there is no reason such a phone news...