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  1. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    Dear lord, the comments in that CBC thread really shine light on the ignorance of the general populous.....

    CB10'n it....via da Z30
    Also typical cbc audience... dumb.....

    Posted via CB10
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    11-26-14 06:05 PM
  2. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    Kia is such a weenie.

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    Big time shorts player... believe nothing from this guy or that company...

    Posted via CB10
    11-26-14 06:06 PM
  3. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Anyone have the link to the article this is referring to?

    Posted via CB10
    Not sure but likely this one :

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    bbjdog, sidhuk and Superfly_FR like this.
    11-26-14 06:06 PM
  4. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    I've made Kia a technical indicator...whenever he says it's going down it rockets up...over 90% accuracy.

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    Mr BBRY, rarsen, ibpluto and 9 others like this.
    11-26-14 06:09 PM
  5. rarsen's Avatar
    OT from the Related Technologies and Security files:

    Microsoft hit with $140m tax bill in China? | ZDNet
    The Xinhua report cited by Reuters said the company M reported losses in China for more than six years whereas its peers had reported profits, leading to the conclusion by authorities that M's behaviour was unreasonable. Microsoft's main challenges in China have transformed fairly dramatically over the past year. Where once piracy was its chief concern in China, Microsoft, along with other US tech firms, has faced claims in China that they threaten national security.
    11-26-14 07:07 PM
  6. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Here ya go SF:

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    Corbu, sidhuk, Superfly_FR and 2 others like this.
    11-26-14 09:41 PM
  7. Superfly_FR's Avatar

    You know I would reply this, don't you ?
    9 minutes of uncompromised Funk !

    Posted via CB10
    11-27-14 02:16 AM
  8. Shanerredflag's Avatar

    You know I would reply this, don't you ?
    9 minutes of uncompromised Funk !

    Posted via CB10's kind of after hours because of Thanksgiving in The States. Glad you enjoyed.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all our US friends.

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    bungaboy, rarsen, Corbu and 4 others like this.
    11-27-14 07:44 AM
  9. Corbu's Avatar
    BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network ? The Register

    The NOC nobody wanted is actually quite useful

    Last year we invited you, as a thought experiment, to value BlackBerry as an oddball cluster of startups – and now it seems the company has taken our advice to heart. It forms the heart of its strategy: the once tightly coupled divisions are free to compete – even if it means taking business off each other.

    It also means playing down the "BlackBerry" brand, executives told us in briefings this week. But BlackBerry is reassembling the divisions in quite an interesting way – with its own private network in many cases providing something others can’t, and that translates into a lot of convenience.

    “BlackBerry customers were like a little lost platoon that’s been left out, and was running out of ammunition,” when the new management headed by turnaround artist John Chen, arrived a year ago, BlackBerry’s global enterprise chief John Sims told us.

    BlackBerry ploughed on, investing $1.5bn annually into R&D and ignoring the pundits who advised a rapid breakup of the company, which comprised a private secure network (the “NOC”, or Network Operation Centre), management server software, and a beleaguered devices unit. Analysts concluded that because mobile users fetched email directly rather than by a proxy, the NOC should be divested. In fact it has turned out be useful for new services in some subtle ways.

    The software house that BlackBerry R&D built

    At last this month, the R&D bore fruit. Eyebrows were raised, though, when along with the flood of announcements alongside the expected BES12 were a wide range of value-added services. BlackBerry now wants to raise $500m of revenue getting an enterprise software business off the ground (from $250m now) and bolt-on goodies including BBM Meetings, Blend, Secure VPN and a clever virtual SIM for enterprises.

    This means playing down the BlackBerry Brand, John Sims, global enterprise chief and former SAP executive told us.

    “It’s a work in process to rehabilitate the brand as a cross platform brand. We did that at the start of the year as something to work on.”

    So BES isn’t called “BlackBerry Enterprise Server” any more, just BES. Likewise BBM. All slides must demonstrate the cross-platform nature of the services and offerings.

    Treating divisions like startups meant they were free to strike their own deals – the most eye-catching being the Samsung Knox partnership. The result is that Samsung has the “most manageable” Android device offering – doing secure boot and app containers – while BlackBerry’s server does the management. Previously, the proposition was that for a secure work/personal partition you needed both a BB10 device and the BlackBerry server.

    Executives admit the first meetings with Samsung were “frosty” as the Korean giant viewed BlackBerry with suspicion.

    Similarly, the devices unit opened up the management APIs so that other MDM software, not just BlackBerry’s, could do the device management – benefiting rivals such as Mobile Iron or AirWatch.

    Our secret weapon: a network

    We outlined the range of new goodies here – a long list – and it is striking how many use the unfashionable NOC in some small but important way. BBM Meetings simplifies the cumbersome steps required to set up or join a conference call (voice or video with screen-sharing) into one or two simple steps. This uses standard calendaring software on the client. The NOC allows "push" notifications to be sent to the participant and opens up the secure channel. It isn’t hard to imagine interest for this for execs visiting China – where eavesdropping is routine. BlackBerry is pricing it aggressively, at $12.50 per user per month.

    Similarly, the new BlackBerry VPN is much more power efficient than a keep-alive VPN, because it can use push from the NOC, so the phone itself is the token. It also uses the NOC for security, “as a bouncer at the front door”. And owning a network means the enterprise’s app catalogue can be pushed down. And thanks the NOC, authentication via the new VPN Authentication offering is a simple Yes or No choice for the user.

    It’s handy having your own network.

    The virtual SIM, acquired with Movirtu, is another useful and well-implemented feature. It separates voice and data traffic on single SIM devices into two virtual devices, each with their own bills. Switching between them is trivially easily on an Android device, via one tap on the Notifications shade. It operates at the switching level and is completely transparent to the user.

    But will the numbers add up?

    The question is whether enterprises will be lured by the offerings, which represent marginal income – a few dollars per user here and there, as add-ons to BES. (See the UK price list here).

    Sims is confident that with 70,000 accounts out there, some will, and BlackBerry has set the aggressive goal of doubling enterprise services revenue to $500m by FY2016.

    Currently the services side relies on legacy NOC service revenue from the era when carriers hooked consumers and business customers up to BIS, for around a fiver month, via the SAF or "Subscriber Activation Fee". It was a nice deal for both partners, but one that has been in sharp decline as punters moved away from BlackBerry. (There’s a decent analysis of this Tarzan rope-swing manoeuvre, here).

    One thing’s for sure: BlackBerry doesn’t expect revenue to come from MDM (Mobile Device Management) alone, as it thinks this has become commoditised.

    “MDM is a minor feature of what we do,” Jeff Holleran told us. “None of the MDM guys make money – Good pulled an IPO, Mobile Iron lose money, and Airwatch’s numbers are pretty ugly,” says Sims.

    Oh, and Microsoft’s coming.
    11-27-14 09:19 AM
  10. BenjaminTheDonkey's Avatar

    You're all out of touch (so am I).

    Posted via CB10
    11-27-14 09:38 AM
  11. Corbu's Avatar
    BlackBerry takes aim at the Internet of Things with BES 12 - IT News from

    BlackBerry is looking beyond smartphones and tablets to the Internet of Things (IoT) with the recently released BES 12 management platform, which has built-in flexibility to handle whatever networks and protocols connected devices may use in the future, the firm said.

    Jeff Holleran, BlackBerry's senior director for enterprise product management, said at an event in London attended by V3 that the firm had taken heed of changes in the enterprise market when it started developing what would become BES 12, which shipped earlier this month.

    "BES 12 wasn't something we just dreamed up overnight. What we saw a couple of years ago was an overall shift that started to take place with respect to enterprise mobility," Holleran said.

    "As we began to develop the platform, we started to understand that there were things we needed to prepare for; we didn't know what the next device is that somebody's going to want to manage and integrate with the enterprise, and we didn't know how that device was going to connect.

    "We needed to prepare for that, and therefore we needed to build a platform that was future proof and allowed us to move beyond just managing BlackBerry devices. That was the premise of BES 12."

    So while BES 12 has been designed to be adaptable enough to connect with any new mobile devices and platforms that may come to market in the future, BlackBerry realised that this flexibility could be harnessed to help enterprise customers manage other connected devices such as sensors.

    "While BES 12 was designed and taken to market to manage smartphones and tablets, with all the things an enterprise would expect when it comes to an enterprise-grade mobility management solution, it lays the groundwork to build out into new areas like connected objects and new services within a single cohesive environment for enterprise customers," Holleran said.

    "If we start to think about IoT devices that are going to be in the enterprise, they're not going to connect directly to the internet. A simple example of this is sensors in a building.

    "The sensors on a floor will report to something on that floor, the floors will report to the building, and the building will report back to a centralised system where you can actually do some management.

    "The communications protocols that those sensors use may or may not exist today, as new protocols optimised for low power and grid-type networking technologies come into play."

    BlackBerry had already identified the IoT as a target for the QNX real-time kernel that underpins the BlackBerry 10 operating system used in its smartphones. QNX is already widely used to power devices in the medical, automotive and telecoms industries.

    Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced the creation of a new business unit, the BlackBerry Technology Solutions division, as well as a series of initiatives under the codename Project Ion aimed at the IoT, including a secure application platform powered by QNX.
    11-27-14 09:40 AM
  12. Shanerredflag's Avatar

    You're all out of touch (so am I).

    Posted via CB10
    Rhymer Rigby is out of touch....poor soul.

    EDIT...walking the streets in skinny jeans, clutching her people still wear skinny jeans?

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    Last edited by Shanerredflag; 11-27-14 at 10:18 AM.
    11-27-14 09:40 AM
  13. Corbu's Avatar
    BlackBerry 'back on track' with BES 12 launch - IT Analysis from

    BlackBerry believes it has now turned the company around, and is focusing on becoming the leading provider of enterprise mobility services across multiple platforms with the launch of BES 12 and a new portfolio of services to improve productivity on mobile devices.

    The company announced the availability of BES 12 earlier this month, along with a strategic partnership with Samsung for its Knox security technology.

    Blackberry has also unveiled new enterprise services, including the BBM Meetings mobile conferencing tool; WorkLife, which offers separate personal and work numbers on a user device; voice encryption tools; and software to enable a smartphone to serve as a token for two-factor authentication.

    John Sims, president of global enterprise services at BlackBerry, said at an event in London attended by V3 that the firm's mission is now to deliver "serious mobility for serious business".

    "Everything we're doing is underpinned by BlackBerry's focus around two things, security first of all. No-one argues with the fact that we have the best security in the industry," he added.

    "And secondly, we've always had this focus on helping people get things done, so everything in BES 12 or the value-added services is focused on this."

    Sims also claimed that the company's future is much more secure than it was last year, when many openly questioned how long BlackBerry could survive.

    "We began transforming the company about a year ago, and in the following three months we burned through $1bn of cash. At that point, the most asked question was: 'Are you guys going to be around?'," Sims said.

    However, BlackBerry has substantially changed the situation in the quarter just finished, increasing its cash balance to the point where "questions about whether the company will be here in the long term are not ones we get asked any longer", he claimed.

    BlackBerry is now making a concerted cross-platform effort with its new portfolio to emphasise a desire to become the enterprise mobility leader.

    As part of this, the firm is naming the latest version of its mobile management platform simply BES 12 in a bid to avoid the perception that a product called BlackBerry Enterprise Service is only for managing BlackBerry devices.

    As if to illustrate this, BlackBerry has partnered with Samsung to manage devices operating the Knox security platform using BES 12.

    The combination delivers a comparable end-to-end solution to BlackBerry's Balance technology, which partitions a BlackBerry device into separate work and personal spaces, but running on Android.

    "In Knox-enabled devices, at the silicon level, [Samsung] enables a secure boot and a secure container, while we have the secure infrastructure and BES 12 as a secure management platform," Sims explained.

    Likewise, all of the value-add services BlackBerry announced are also cross-platform, typically running on Android and iOS devices as well as BlackBerry's own smartphones.

    These are targeting perceived enterprise requirements, such as the WorkLife tool which provides a separate work and personal phone number on a single iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphone to simplify billing.

    This 'virtual SIM' capability is delivered through BlackBerry's acquisition of Movirtu earlier this year.

    In the pipeline is VPN Authentication by BlackBerry, a tool that enables workers to use an iOS, Android or BlackBerry smartphone for two-factor authentication when signing into a corporate VPN on a laptop.

    This works by sending a secure message to the user's device asking them to confirm it is them requesting access, and is being supported by common VPNs such as Cisco AnyConnect.

    Also coming is Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry, which is designed to let BlackBerry customers take advantage of the platform's identity services to manage access to external cloud services using the same credentials, somewhat similar to Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service.

    At the same time as BES 12, BlackBerry launched the BBM Meetings service, a cross-platform video conferencing tool optimised for mobile workers with an iPhone, BlackBerry or Android phone, but which also supports Windows and Mac users.

    It enables companies to manage meetings with up to 25 participants at a price of $12.50 (8) per host per month.

    Meanwhile, BlackBerry's acquisition of German security firm Secusmart is still pending. Secusmart offers secure voice technology to defeat snooping on mobile phone calls.

    "The intent with Secusmart is for us to take it from a capability largely directed towards governments and bring it into the mainstream of the enterprise," Sims said.

    Organisations such as financial services companies have spent a lot of time and money securing data access, but are totally exposed when it comes to voice, he added.

    "Companies that have their executives travel into China know that their calls are being listened to. They want to protect their information, and we want to help them with that," he explained.

    In fact, security appears to be the attribute BlackBerry is counting on to bring the company back from the brink.

    As mobility has been rolled out across the enterprise, organisations have unwittingly become exposed to threats through trends such as bring your own device, Sims claimed.

    "There have been some pretty high-profile breaches involving mobile technology recently, so awareness of the business risks has gone up significantly," he said.

    Only a third of companies think they have all the risks from mobile technology covered, he claimed. "That gap is the opportunity that Blackberry is targeted at," he said.
    11-27-14 09:43 AM
  14. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    And in 2-5 years (or even sooner) ...
    "BlackBerry tricked them all with controlled IoT over their NOC"
    "BlackBerry to license NOC acces for third party ..."

    (below some fun)

    J. Chen : "Selling BlackBerry?Well,if you give me $300/share,we might discuss it - err, no: I'm kidding !"
    11-27-14 09:45 AM
  15. lcjr's Avatar
    Good morning gang! I hope everyone has a safe and pleasant Holiday, and for those who don't celebrate Thanksgiving I hope the day is productive. Be safe out there in this weather some of you are having.

    Rocking my Q10!
    Corbu, Superfly_FR, bbjdog and 8 others like this.
    11-27-14 09:47 AM
  16. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    and for those who don't celebrate Thanksgiving I hope the day is productive
    lol now I know why - despite hammering my KB - Nasdaq quote was sitting on yesterday's AH ...
    11-27-14 09:52 AM
  17. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Great posts as usual Corbu...thank you.

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    11-27-14 09:53 AM
  18. Corbu's Avatar
    Great posts as usual Corbu...thank you.
    Thanks, Shane!
    11-27-14 10:23 AM
  19. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Was the Sony Pictures hack posted yet? If not here ya go:

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    11-27-14 10:26 AM
  20. morganplus8's Avatar
    Are any of you watching the collapse in oil today? We are down 4% so far and that move could take gold with it. Interesting day, looks like the world is against Putin, lower prices spells terrible times for Russia. Now, back to sports and turkey! LOL
    11-27-14 10:41 AM
  21. sidhuk's Avatar
    Was the Sony Pictures hack posted yet? If not here ya go:

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    Soooo. Is it Safe to say that, sony is "shafted"? Wonder how this would have been protected if this would. Only be on some dead company's secure network? Of course in near future. LoL

    Some network experts are welcome to weigh in.

    Posted using BlackBerry passport.
    11-27-14 10:45 AM
  22. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Are any of you watching the collapse in oil today? We are down 4% so far and that move could take gold with it. Interesting day, looks like the world is against Putin, lower prices spells terrible times for Russia. Now, back to sports and turkey! LOL
    Indeed, any bets when Putin will crater, or...get cratered?

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
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    11-27-14 10:47 AM
  23. morganplus8's Avatar
    Indeed, any bets when Putin will crater, or...get cratered?

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    I personally would pay good money to see Rhonda Roussey take on that 135 lb jerk. Trouble is, he would probably enjoy the beating. LOL
    11-27-14 11:00 AM
  24. Shanerredflag's Avatar

    Passport'n stuff all day long.
    11-27-14 11:02 AM
  25. Corbu's Avatar
    'Warren Buffet of Canada' Prem Watsa to invest $1 billion in India - Economic Times


    The S&P BSE Sensex has surged as much as 35% in the year to date, and over 17% since mid-May, when the national election results were announced and the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party swept to victory. Watsa, who usually keeps a low profile, got the spotlight thrown on him after a $4.7 billion bid late last year to buy ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. as part of a consortium.

    Though the deal fell through, Fairfax, as part of the consortium, infused funds into the company through debt and is still among its biggest stakeholders with a holding of 10%, making Watsa a lead director. He doesn't regret investing in what many warned would be a dead end.

    "That company may not have survived if (BlackBerry CEO) John Chen had not joined the company - just an outstanding performance," he said. "The company is on its way, and the only question is how successful would it be? Can it attain the success that they did in the past?" He said that BlackBerry's move under Chen to bring the focus back on corporate customers is paying off.

    He added that the iconic Canadian company - which had struggled to compete against the Apples and Samsungs of the world - wouldn't get out of the handset business, as underlined by its new successful launches such as Passport, but "he (Chen) has no intention of selling it to 20-year-olds. He is selling it to the corporates."
    11-27-14 12:48 PM
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