Friday, March 5, 2010

Rod McQueen Blackberry Book Panned

Montreal Gazette Review by Roberto Rocha:

"BlackBerry could be easily mistaken for a long brochure for RIM investors, or a ghostwritten autobiography of the company’s iconic co-chiefs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Despite the book’s impressive research and detailed accounts of key events in the BlackBerry ascent, McQueen sounds like the best man delivering a wedding speech, not someone providing a critical look at the little device that is revolutionizing business and human relations."......

"Yet the way he describes everything, it seems RIM and its bosses could do no wrong. Every decision they made is brilliant, their characters are beyond messianic. Bad moves are glossed over, given just a nominal mention."

"For a more critical look at the device, BlackBerry Planet by Alastair Sweeny is a far better work."

Monday, February 22, 2010

RIM Finally Gets a Decent BlackBerry Browser

RIM unveiled its new BlackBerry browser at Barcelona this weekend.  It runs on WebKit, the rendering engine behind Apple's Safari and Google's Android browsers.

Once derided as "a Pinto in an era of Priuses," the BlackBerry browser has been lagging behind competitors, but Research In Motion bought browser-design firm Torch Mobile to clean up the mess.

The BlackBerry browser now scores 100 percent in the Web-rendering Acid 3 test, and can handle AJAX, CSS and HTML5, which means less Flash and longer battery life.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Great BlackBerry Planet Review

"Star Trek-inspired BlackBerry took the world by storm"

by Maclean Kay at Troy Media.

The Blessing of the BlackBerrys

An Anglican church in London, England has done what e-mail addicts and workaholics have been doing for years - invoking God's blessing on their high-tech gadgets. Rev. David Parrott blessed laptops and smart phones on the altar of the 17th-century St. Lawrence Jewry church yesterday. Canon Parrott said the blessing ceremony was an update of a traditional back-to-work event known as Plow Monday, in which villagers gathered to bless a symbolic farm implement dragged to the church's door. He said that ceremony didn't have much relevance for his church, which is "nowhere near a field in the middle of London."

SOURCE: Globe and Mail

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CBC Archives My BlackBerry Planet Interview

Lang & O'Leary Exchange HERE.

BlackBerry Planet Interview in Lang & O'Leary Archives

If you miss my BlackBerry Planet discussion on Lang & O'Leary Exchange, you can catch it on the CBC video archives.

On Lang & O'Leary Exchange Today

I'm talking about BlackBerry Planet on the Lang & O'Leary Exchange (LOX) today at 4:30 Eastern.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Business News Network (BNN) Interview

I'm talking about BlackBerry Planet on Squeezeplay, with Kim Pardee and Rudyard Griffiths

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Rise of the TeleBrain

Isn't it cool how James T. Kirk's Star Trek Communicator looks suspiciously like the BlackBerry Bold?

Chapter 6 of BlackBerry Planet is called The Rise of the TeleBrain. Click HERE for images related to the chapter.

Footnotes in the book are hotlinked from HERE.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

BlackBerry Planet Book Well Reviewed

Here's a great review by Gary Woodill, a pioneering BlackBerry user

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