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(Google)   Blackberry lost nearly $1 billion last quarter. CEO: We remain a financially strong company with $2.6 billion in cash and no debt. Translation: We're hosed in about seven months   (google.com) divider line 29
    More: Fail, global workforce, manganese, Thorsten Heins, letter of intents, Boston Consulting Group  
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2013-09-27 02:57:45 PM  
Some stick a fork in them, their done.
 
2013-09-27 03:09:32 PM  
Shut it down, give the market cap to the shareholders, and the rest to the employees.  It's gone, man.
 
2013-09-27 03:17:39 PM  
Maybe Microsoft will buy them to get their CEO's expertise in running a company into the dirt? Then again, just hiring Carly Fiona might be sufficient, and a lot cheaper.
 
2013-09-27 03:17:47 PM  
As someone with a Blackberry for work & a Galaxy 4S for myself I do not find this the least bit surprising. 
Even the new phones for work are iPhones. I just got unlucky & got one of the last batches of Blackberries. 

Worst part is sense they were originally designed as a work phone they are durable as hell. I've put metal shavings into mine to kill it. Farking thing won't die. 
The Sprint push-to-talk phones were bricks. You could beat a horse to death with that thing.
 
2013-09-27 03:17:49 PM  
 
2013-09-27 03:20:27 PM  
Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.
 
2013-09-27 03:24:14 PM  
I don't like anything they do, but I love the keyboard. If Android or iPhone had a blackberry keyboard, I'd be all over it. Touchscreen keyboards suck.
 
2013-09-27 03:27:59 PM  
They should merge with Radio Shack!
 
2013-09-27 03:35:30 PM  

Intrope: They should merge with Radio Shack!


BlackShack or RadioBerry?
 
2013-09-27 03:44:50 PM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


Ishkur: I don't like anything they do, but I love the keyboard. If Android or iPhone had a blackberry keyboard, I'd be all over it. Touchscreen keyboards suck.


They have stylus that work with touchscreen keyboards now.
 
2013-09-27 03:48:04 PM  
Blackberry is going to sink right down to Palm level in the tar pits of technology companies that stood still.  It's ok, they'll be standing on Egghead and Gateway.
 
2013-09-27 04:43:10 PM  

relaxitsjustme: Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.

Ishkur: I don't like anything they do, but I love the keyboard. If Android or iPhone had a blackberry keyboard, I'd be all over it. Touchscreen keyboards suck.

They have stylus that work with touchscreen keyboards now.


There are also a few Android phones with slide-out keyboards, although they are rarely top-of-the-line phones anymore.  I do quite a bit of typing on my Droid 4's slide-out keyboard.
 
2013-09-27 04:45:32 PM  

relaxitsjustme: Blackberry is going to sink right down to Palm level in the tar pits of technology companies that stood still.  It's ok, they'll be standing on Egghead and Gateway.


I'm holding out that one day my Palm Graffiti knowledge will come in handy.  Perhaps in 50 years, terrorists will attach a Palm device to a bomb, and only I will be able to save the city.
 
2013-09-27 04:47:28 PM  
Hey subby, they laid off a third of their workforce.  That'll buy them an extra 5 months.  With more layoffs and careful management, they might even be able to pay their CEO's golden parachute before they're finally bankrupt.
 
2013-09-27 05:55:03 PM  

NewWorldDan: Hey subby, they laid off a third of their workforce.  That'll buy them an extra 5 months.  With more layoffs and careful management, they might even be able to pay their CEO's golden parachute before they're finally bankrupt.


We can only hope.
 
2013-09-27 06:29:28 PM  

Rapmaster2000: relaxitsjustme: Blackberry is going to sink right down to Palm level in the tar pits of technology companies that stood still.  It's ok, they'll be standing on Egghead and Gateway.

I'm holding out that one day my Palm Graffiti knowledge will come in handy.  Perhaps in 50 years, terrorists will attach a Palm device to a bomb, and only I will be able to save the city.


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2013-09-27 07:27:12 PM  
A former RIM executive wrote an open letter to the management outlining how RIM could turn it around over 2.5 years ago. The management completely ignored it. Open letter to RIM Management
 
2013-09-27 07:32:27 PM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


Oddly enough Windows Phone has one of the better touch screen keyboards I have used. No fancy swiping that you have to learn, it is just really good at detecting your fingers and correcting mistakes. On the newer phones with the 4.5" screens, I can type pretty fast with 2 thumbs just like I could on my old Blackberries.
 
2013-09-27 08:49:12 PM  

So when Fairfax buys Blackberry for $4.7 billion and BB has $2.6 billion in cash, they get that money? It's really just $2.1 billion dollar sale then.

With a market value over $85 billion a few years ago, yeesh.

 
2013-09-27 09:11:29 PM  

dustman81: A former RIM executive wrote an open letter to the management outlining how RIM could turn it around over 2.5 years ago. The management completely ignored it. Open letter to RIM Management


Well yeah, what does an engineer know about running a business?
 
2013-09-27 10:14:34 PM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


Samsung has its Stratosphere II series (which is loosely based off of the GS3).  Motorola has the Droid 4.  There are also a couple of add-on keyboards that attach to the back of your phone and use Bluetooth to communicate to your handset (although the reviews are a bit iffy for many of them).

I've been eying the Stratosphere II myself, but it seems that Samsung isn't putting a lot of marketing effort into it.  I fear that it won't receive anymore software updates.  I've been keeping an eye on Cyanogenmod support for it, but it is mostly experimental at this point.
 
2013-09-27 10:20:07 PM  
They've been singing that "But we've got a brazillion dollars in the bank, so we don't worry about a bad quarter or two, three, four that they actually believed it.
 
2013-09-27 10:29:35 PM  
Does this mean they won't be sponsoring the Blue Jays next year?
 
2013-09-28 09:32:02 AM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


I have an LG phone that does. The battery life sucks though so I'm going to an iphone.
 
2013-09-28 10:15:12 AM  

rdu_voyager: Intrope: They should merge with Radio Shack!

BlackShack or RadioBerry?


definitely BlackShack.  They could get Samuel L Jackson as their spokesperson.  Free grape soda and cheetos with every untraceable, cash-only, burner phone.
 
2013-09-28 11:37:24 AM  
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2013-09-28 03:32:42 PM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


the droid pro is pretty much a blackberry that runs android.

unfortunately they only made one iteration, it runs gingerbread, and is slower than granny on the highway.

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2013-09-29 12:24:09 AM  

Fourstring: Is anyone else these days making smartphones with a physical keyboard?  It's the only thing keeping me on this dinosaur of a phone.


My wife has a Samsung Ace 1.  It has a keyboard and she loves it, but in all honesty it's a shiatty phone that is 2 generations behind in Android OS.

I hate typing on touchscreens, but I love Swiftkey.  It is very good at predicting what you type (you can have it analyze your typing style in a bunch of ways) and it allows you to type by swiping your finger across the keyboard.  It sounds a little awkward, but I can out type any iphone user with it and it is scary accurate.  Swype and the Samsung Keyboard in Galaxy phones do this as well, but I find they are not as accurate.
 
2013-09-29 12:29:04 AM  
Oh, and Swiftkey is an app you can get for Android phones.
 
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