BlackBerry 10 Launch Date Announced – But It’s Too Late

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts fredric paul Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#BlackBerry#RIM#smartphones What are you doing on January 30, 2013? I’m guessing you’re not waiting in line to get the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones.Research In Motion revealed the launch event date on Monday. Other than that, the company offered few specifics, saying only: “The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world, where details of the smartphones and their availability will be announced.”I can’t wait.No. Literally, I can’t wait.The Mobile World Has Already Moved OnAnd neither can anybody else. In fact, very few people have been willing to wait for the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. Instead they’ve been busy snapping up Apple iOS and Google Android devices as fast as they can. The preternaturally patient ones hung out for Windows Phone 8, and even they don’t have to wait any more.If BlackBerry 10 had been released on January 30, 2012, it still might have been too late. But by 2013, RIM’s window of opportunity seems slammed shut.It’s not that BlackBerry 10 will be worthless. Indications are that the new operating system has a number of interesting features (more on that later). It’s more that it no longer matters how good it is unless it’s massively better than what’s already out there.Just as good isn’t good enough. Heck, even quite-a-bit-better probably isn’t good enough. Don’t believe me? Ask the folks who worked on Palm’s webOS.Sure, big companies deeply invested in the BlackBerry ecosystem may hang around another generation or two. But most of them are already looking for a way out. I just heard of a big company I used to work with that’s replacing users’ BlackBerrys with the iPhone 4. Yup, not the 5 or even the 4S, the freakin’ 4. A two-generations-out-of-date iPhone was enough to keep them from waiting for BlackBerry 10.BlackBerry Isn’t Worthless, Just DoomedAll this doesn’t mean that there’s no value in BlackBerry 10, especially for enterprises. As ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinksi pointed out in September (Showing Off BlackBerry 10, RIM Aims To Both Fit In & Stand Out), new features includeBlackBerry Hub: an always-on inbox that stores emails, texts, calendar, events and BlackBerry Messenger.BlackBerry Balance: which customizes the user experience between personal and work interfaces.Predictive Text: which the company hopes will revolutionize typing on mobile devices.Active Frames: small, developer-customizable widgets that live on the device’s home screen – a cross between Android Widgets and Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles.Will all that be enough to RIM relevant again? Back in June, Research In Motion was ReadWrite’s first ever DeathWatch. Nothing that’s happened since has done anything to commute BlackBerry’s sentence. And nothing that happens on January 30th is likely to help either. One more thing: Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against BlackBerry. I was a user for years, and really liked my Curve – until those fancy iPhones and Androids made me envious. Back in April, I wrote A Requiem For RIM lauding some of the things that I loved about the BlackBerry. I still have a soft spot in my heart for the company and hope we are all wrong about its future. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

PVL, Pocari blast LVPI due to ITC woes

first_imgTeam manager Eric Ty said Krystal Rivers has been in town ready to take over Edina Selimovic, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. But with no ITC, Rivers could not suit up for the defending champions a game into the single round quarterfinal phase.“Our new import is here but to the person withholding access to our team’s FIVB account, please act with decency and register our import,” said Ty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingITC woes have also forced the league, which revived the once dormant sport in 2004, to play all Filipino majority of the elims.“I am really dismayed with LVPI and how it has been handling the ITC problems. The Premier Volleyball League has been encountering these problems the last three years. It just shows the weakness of the LVPI leadership,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Tabal wins half marathon in Canada Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes The Premier Volleyball League and Pocari Sweat Sunday blasted the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, for its failure to act on the Lady Warriors’ request for the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) of its replacement import.Pocari is fighting for one of the last two semifinal berths in the ongoing PVL Reinforced Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Creamline geared up for its keenly awaited face-off with Pocari Sweat with a 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 win over Perlas on Saturday, matching the Lady Warriors’ scrambling victory over Air Force at the start of the quarterfinal round of the Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez came through with back-to-back kills to shatter the 13-all count in the decider and save the day for the Cool Smashers, who blew a 12-8 lead on miscues and wobbly defense that enabled the Perlas Spikers to claw back and force a tie. Valdez finished with 21 points.Earlier, the defending champion Lady Warriors also rallied from 1-2 set down to repulse the Jet Spikers, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10, as the two fancied teams lined themselves up for crack at the last two semifinal berths in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.They will virtually dispute the third slot Tuesday at 4 p.m. with no team holding a distinct advantage after they split their meetings in the double-round eliminations via the same fashion. Pocari downed Creamline, 15-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19, last May 11 but the latter struck back with a 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 romp last May 20.It was a sorry setback for Perlas, which had appeared to have Creamline’s numbers by taking a 2-1 set lead but whose charge fizzled out in the face of the Cool Smashers strong finishing kick.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Perlas and Air Force also brace for a virtual knockout duel at 6:30 p.m. with the winner staying in the hunt for the last semis seat.BaliPure and the Power Smashers advanced to the semis outright by topping the elimination round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more