Articles by Chris Umiastowski

What’s this about extending the deadline on BlackBerry convertibles?

What’s this about extending the deadline on BlackBerry convertibles?

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Yesterday BlackBerry put out a little press release about its convertible debenture offering. We posted a quick blurb about it, however in reading through the comments, I can tell many of you want a simple explanation of what’s going on. No prob --  that’s why I’m here.  Financial stuff can get a bit boring sometimes, and the people who write these releases sound like lawyers most of...

Leveraging Google to finally fix the BlackBerry app gap - Will it happen?

Leveraging Google to finally fix the BlackBerry app gap - Will it happen?

Chris Umiastowski 219

On Friday of last week, a bunch of us at CrackBerry sat down for podcast to discuss all the changes going on inside of the company right now. For a good chunk of time we discussed the possibility of BlackBerry gaining full access to all of the apps in the Google Play store. Since that podcast we’ve seen several bits of news, so it seems like a good topic to dive into a bit deeper. One...

Prem Watsa couldn't buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion, so he bought it for $1 billion instead

Prem Watsa couldn't buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion, so he bought it for $1 billion instead

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In a surprise twist this morning, BlackBerry is going to stay public. What I’ll do in this quick editorial is explain what’s happening in plain language, along with my thoughts.  The financing: Fairfax wasn’t able to raise the entire $4.7 billion required to go firm on its original $9/share take-private bid. That much had been anticipated, and was heavily reported in the media this...

Four things that have me longing for my BlackBerry after using the Galaxy S4

Four things that have me longing for my BlackBerry after using the Galaxy S4

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Almost two weeks ago I ventured out during Toronto weekend shopping traffic to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4. My plan was to swap over to this Android phone for a while since I’d never really spend any time with the mobile OS that has more market share than any other. It has been a glaring hole in my knowledge base, and needed to be corrected. Since I’m not even two weeks into this little...