Articles by Chris Umiastowski

Does this April Fools joke mean we’re never getting a PlayBook Plex client?

Does this April Fools joke mean we’re never getting a PlayBook Plex client?

Chris Umiastowski 50

Outside of my Netflix subscription, Plex is how my whole family watches movies.  For those of you unfamiliar with Plex, it's a media utility consisting of a server and a client.  The server runs on any computer, and the clients run on computers, mobile devices, or even the Apple TV (if jailbroken). I run the Plex server on my iMac.  I keep all our content on an Apple Time Capsule.  I...

Another analyst expecting RIM to miss Q3 numbers:  A crazy guess or RIM breaking from tradition?

Another analyst expecting RIM to miss Q3 numbers: A crazy guess or RIM breaking from tradition?

Chris Umiastowski 41

Reading through the news this morning I noticed this story from the Globe and Mail. The summary version of the story is that Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu thinks RIM will miss its Q3 financial guidance. Remember that RIM, like many other public companies, issues quarterly guidance when they report financial results. So along with Q3 results they issued expectations for Q4. When...

TAT = Teasers Are Torture. RIM's Teasers Show Off Innovative Thinking on PlayBook, But When Will We See Product?

TAT = Teasers Are Torture. RIM's Teasers Show Off Innovative Thinking on PlayBook, But When Will We See Product?

Chris Umiastowski 59

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Yesterday in Barcelona, Simon Sage posted a video (watch it above) showing off a very slick demo of a multi-user application called Confetti. Involving local file sharing over PlayBook devices and a webcam-driven spatial referencing system that ties in with Cascades, it creates a social group sharing experience we've never seen before on any...

Halliburton and NOAA say "Goodbye to BlackBerry." Can RIM Maintain its Strength in the Enterprise?

Halliburton and NOAA say "Goodbye to BlackBerry." Can RIM Maintain its Strength in the Enterprise?

Chris Umiastowski 124

In the last week we've seen two significant stories that further suggest RIM is losing what was once its iron-clad grip on corporate IT departments. The giant energy company Halliburton, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are both said to be giving up BlackBerry deployments in favor of Apple's iPhone and iPad. In fact, in the case of NOAA, an official...

That Little or That Much?! Mobile Devices Now Account for 8.5% of Internet Traffic

That Little or That Much?! Mobile Devices Now Account for 8.5% of Internet Traffic

Chris Umiastowski 23

Earlier this week, as I was doing my usual reading of mobile industry news, I came across this article from PaidContent.org, talking about how much traffic on the Internet comes from mobile devices. It turns out that, according to StatCounter, mobile devices are responsible for 8.5% of all website visits as of January 2012. The PaidContent article opens by basically saying that...