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Can the iPad replace my laptop?

By on July 18, 2012

Has the Apple tablet grown enough to chuck your laptop?

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I often get asked if the iPad can be used as a replacement for a laptop. My answer is usually along the lines of another question: What do you mainly use your laptop for- to create or consume content? The blank stare that I generally get back tells me that I need to clarify my answer.

When Apple launched the iPad, it was mainly marketed as a content consumption device which meant that it was wonderful for playing games, watching videos, browsing the web and reading your books- things that involved a passive approach from the user’s side.

However, with updates to hardware and iOS, the iPad has also become fairly capable as a content creation device. For example, you can now edit photos on it, create documents and music, as well as do a bit of coding. In fact, I created the entire presentation for our previous Board meeting on the iPad including charts and tables. Granted it wasn’t as easy and intuitive as using my laptop but, it was still possible.

Coming back to the question of replacing your laptop with the iPad, my answer for most users is no. Because most people fall somewhere between creating and consuming content. For example, my mom might never be interested in creating a presentation or coding a game but she does like posting pictures on Facebook or sending an attachment over email. Neither of these activities is very intuitive on the iPad.

The iPad currently blocks the upload button on the browser (Safari) – although this is expected to change in iOS 6, It also has no way of attaching files from the mail application. Yes, there are ways around both these problems but the philosophy behind iPad is to make it an extremely simple device that anyone from a kid to an elderly can start using by just picking it up.

So to conclude, the iPad works wonderfully as a companion device to your computer and for many, it almost serves as a primary device. But it still needs to grow up and there will always be tasks that you will want to turn to your computer for. It will certainly get better with time- keep in mind that the iPad is still a very new device that is just a bit over two years old. But for now, a computer is still very much needed for many things that the iPad can’t do.


Antivirus for Smartphones: Should you be worried?

By on July 10, 2012

As platforms like iOS & Android become popular by the day, employees are no longer considering the standard company issued phones just to be a ‘communication’ device.

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Antivirus programs play a significant role on the desktop. The security issues that pop up are sometimes too scary to imagine, and having a trusted antivirus program surely makes it a lot easier – and safer of course. And if that wasn’t enough, we now have to worry about having antimalware apps for our smartphones too… The fear of compromising the data in your smartphone is a dodgy affair.

So it wasn’t much of a surprise that when antimalware apps started appearing for Android, we snapped them up. Well, you can’t blame us really. That’s what we have been fed ever since the antivirus companies came in to existence. Trojans… Spywares… Botnets…

Furthermore, corporate security is a vital issue. Most of the administrators and IT pros do not give the computer without completely securing it. In order to secure computers, antivirus companies provide extensive suites, with a centralized system. But the question that arises now is this: What about smartphones? The trend is changing. As platforms like iOS & Android become popular by the day, employees are no longer considering the standard company issued phones just to be a ‘communication’ device. From downloading documents, to reading email attachments, we even use VPNs inside the company firewall. These issues naturally raise concerns as to how the integrity of the data is being preserved.

Now one has to understand how the smartphone functions before answering the question, and how it is fundamentally different from the typical computer. A program has the ability to access all the system resources on a normal system, gaining entry to hard drive contents, the unprotected RAM and so on. Therefore, if a malicious software gains access to your computer, it has ability to scan the hard drive, read your keystrokes, and then send it back via your network.

On the other hand, current smartphones do not work that way. Each of the apps running is given their own work environment, sort of like each app running in its own virtual machine. This in itself is a very secure environment for the apps to run, where no malicious software can do much harm. Moreover, apps for platform like Android must be downloaded from their official store, like Play. Google revealed a security feature, called ‘Bouncer’, which is designed to automatically scan the entire Android market for malware.

Because the foul play is greatly reduced, you have to now think whether antivirus apps can do much. You know where this is going: any antivirus software that you install will not be able to access any other app, or the data that is used by it. Yes, if you Jailbreak your iPhone, or Root your Android, the scenario maybe different. But who does that? Some of us may think that we are intentionally opening up our devices so that they are more vulnerable to exploits due to ‘Rooting’ or ‘Jailbreaking.’

So now, back to the question: Should you be worried? There haven’t been any major malware outbreaks on modern smartphones. The threat, however, is different. Rogue apps have been known to infiltrate the Android Market, and siphon data off of users’ phones. But so far, there haven’t been any malware that would manage to access the data from other apps. But who is to say that they will not evolve? We always have to take security issues with a pinch of salt…

There are many other functions that security apps provide besides ‘scanning for malware.’ There’s remote access: the ability to track and remotely erase devices. Next, the most basic of them all: having a passcode that erases the device if there are unsuccessful attempts to gain access. These are some of the features that are available in the modern smartphones nowadays, and are also being implemented by IT administrators.

I believe the security apps are barely affective. It uses system resources, & battery life. I wouldn’t be worried about the issue so much as of now. But yes, due diligence is important. Download apps from the official stores, and do not use confidential data if there is no dire need to. Backup the phone data on a daily basis so that a crisis like losing it can be averted. Use password protection on SD cards if you have one. And more importantly, enjoy your smartphone.


RIM & Windows Phone?

By on July 3, 2012

It’s time for RIM to do something radical

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The ground is shifting below RIM’s feet. The Canadian phone maker is struggling to survive in the industry where rivals are leaving very little room for it to breathe. A lot has taken place in Waterloo in the last few days. Bearish sentiments… Impending job cuts… Bad quarter forecasts… Even the most anticipated BlackBerry 10 has been now delayed till 2013.

 

Amidst all the new generation smartphones, BlackBerry has somehow started to look ancient. But then there are some like me, who still prefer the good old ‘QUERTY keyboard’ way of doing things. Yes, it is one of its key strengths. But the lack of rich apps makes it look very dull. BlackBerry has to somehow bridge the gap between its strengths and the current consumer trends.

It’s time, I think, for RIM to do something radical. It ought to preserve itself for the future by adapting itself to other mobile operating systems. It is already too late – and by the way things look, 2013 will be a disaster. There are of course two choices – Microsoft’s Windows, or Google’s Android. Now if RIM was to join the Android bandwagon, things would not look that great either. Android, the most popular smartphone platform in the world, has issues of its own – most importantly, the fragmentation issue. The platform is everywhere – it has become the choice for every low-end phone manufacturer, stripping it away from providing its true mobile experience. One has to invest in a high-end device to truly experience the Android platform. But that is not the whole point. RIM will have to be unique in its offering of the Android platform. It is likely that if they don’t, they will surely be lost in the big crowd. Now, let us take a look at Microsoft’s Windows Phone. It is struggling to make its mark, with its future still uncertain. However, the upcoming update to the platform looks promising. Windows Phone 8, also known as Apollo, has a lot of features to offer. Yes, Windows Phone has the issue with the availability of popular apps that most of us have grown used to while using an iDevice or an Android. But there are good apps available too – most of us will find the Windows app store sufficient for our needs. The platform lets you get your work done, is easier to use, and is more beautiful to look at. Compared to Android, RIM has better chances of standing apart from the crowd with Windows Phone. Moreover, there’s Nokia. If RIM were to choose Windows Phone, together with the fact that Nokia is already with it too, it would surely catch people’s attention. There’s brand loyalty at the end of the day. Some of us might want to give them a chance if they manage to turn this to the right direction. When the synergy among them sparks, I am sure it will create an interest in the Windows Phone platform from both the consumer and the developer end.

Let us hope the company survives long enough to even consider all these. It is unlikely that the company will run into bankruptcy anytime soon. It has $2 billion in cash, and it is Canada’s most valuable technology company. Something tells me that they will bounce right back up. Well that is what a BlackBerry loyalist like me can hope for, at the least…


Tech’s influence on the future of shopping

By on June 27, 2012

Expect an amazing ride into the future.

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Cisco invited me to a Q&A session following some research they had done in the future of the retail segment and how technology helps with it. They started the presentation with a video that I think you should also have a look at before we talk more on the subject

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The Virtual Mirror that you looked at above is quite simply brilliant and shows you how technology will empower every facet of our live. No longer will you need to run back to the isle grab another size or color of the apparel you want to purchase. Simply check yourself out with all the choices the store has to offer and pick the correct size and color and you should be good to go. I can easily see the Virtual Mirror moving out of the stores and possibly as a display at your home connected to the various apparel outlets. Swipe, tap, purchase and wait for the delivery. Extremely convenient.

The research dived deep on many facts and figures and came up with the following findings:

1) Shoppers prefer online sources to “real people” in making buying decisions. In the 2010 survey, 60 percent of respondents identified “friends and family” as one of the top three sources of information for making buying decisions, with 21 percent of respondents naming in-store employees as a top-three source. In the 2011 survey, 41 percent of respondents named friends and family, and only 13 percent chose in-store employees as their top-three source of information for making buying decisions.

2) Different digital content influences different buying triggers. The latest survey found that digital content and capabilities frequently compel consumers to buy. One in two shoppers said that digital content influenced purchase decisions via the “find,” “dealseeking,” and “discover” triggers. One in five respondents felt that digital content influenced he “inspire” trigger.

3) In-store digital content is an important buying influencer. There is growing interest in using digital and highly visual content in the store to help make buying decisions. Roughly one in two U.S. respondents now uses or wants to use an in-store kiosk for self-service or for accessing web-based content.

4) Cross-channel shopping behavior is prevalent and desired—even inside store walls. It was no surprise that researching products online, then purchasing them in a store, was the most popular form of cross-channel shopping, with nearly three-fourths of respondents doing it now or indicating an interest in doing so.

Cisco’s findings show us that the consumer of today is so much involved in using technology as a tool for buying decision. But there is a scary side to the story as well and that is the amount of data being collected on you. People love to put their pictures on Facebook left and right and have no issues checking in on foursqaure and posting that on twitter. We’re already living in a world where Google probably knows better than me on what my wife wants for her birthday. And that is not necessarily a good thing.


The Facebook IPO Dilemma

By on June 24, 2012

Something went wrong with Facebook’s recent IPO

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There has been a lot of talk lately regarding Facebook going public… And rightly so. The company’s share has fluctuated enough for everyone to understand that share prices may not always be priced right. Is it too over-priced or is it giving the investors a run for their money by selling for too less?

Honestly, I didn’t think it would be so complicated, especially when you have Morgan Stanly running the books. But then again, as it turned out, the investment banks shared information with selected few that they didn’t do with the public. They say that such communication falls within their legal rights. And then I am reminded as to why fundamental analysis in trading is significant to understand that securities are not always priced right. A little prudence is not too much to ask I suppose.

And now Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in the picture. Something went wrong with Facebook’s recent IPO. As with any underwriter, it is always desirable to keep the prices steady when an initial offering takes place. And they did so. The shares went public for $38 last month, and as of now, it is trading at around $33. What does this tell you? Was the stock priced too high at its start?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a U.S. House of Representatives committee chairman has voiced his concerns (on behalf of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) by writing to the SEC. “The investment banks were given almost 80 years to enjoy this flawed law, fraught with conflicts of interest and incentives to misprice shares. Among other things, I ask that you take advantage of the vast improvements in communications technology to protect investors while unleashing capital formation to strengthen our economy.” said Issa.

Specifically, he asks to reconsider the Securities Act of 1933. The act provides a structure on how all the IPOs are managed. The act facilitates underwriters & issuers to “exercise substantial discretion” in instituting the IPO price. When you have discretion over information that may well be valuable, and at the same time share ‘privileged’ information to selected few, it does raise caution. It’s an unfair advantage over individual investors.

Now that the offering has already taken place (and done with), I hope Facebook keeps acquiring companies that will contribute to its growth. Judging from the past, it has not been hesitant in making acquisitions. And the kind of companies they acquire show what types of services they plan to change or update. Instagram. Lightbox. Hot Potato. Rel8tion. And recently, Face.com. These and hopefully more in the coming days will be essential to understand the future of the company – and of course, the investors’ faith.


My thoughts on WWDC 2012

By on June 12, 2012

Apple revealed most things it was expected to.

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Apple wrapped up their Worldwide Developer’s Conference last night announcing major upgrades to their operating systems as well as a hardware refresh for some of their products. Let me take you quickly to what was revealed and what I think of it.

The event started with a refresh for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro bringing them up to speed with Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs and HD Graphics 4000. The laptops also received a USB3 upgrade but other than that, there were no surprises for the current line up. What was a surprise was the introduction of the new MacBook Pro. Apple has only introduced a 15.4” version for the time being but it is a beast of a machine along with being a beauty.

Starting off, the retina display comes to Apple laptops with the 15” panel featuring an unheard of 2880×1800 resolution screen. Needless to say, everything from text to images will look super crisp on this display. Helping power up such a power-packed display is the NVIDIA GeForce 650M Kepler GPU and a quad core Intel i5 or i7 processor along with 8GB RAM and up to 768GB SSD. Apple has also cut the fat and the optical drive out of the MacBook Pro reducing it to 0.71” in thickness. If you currently own a 15” MacBook Pro then this is an upgrade designed for you.

For me, a 15” laptop is too big- I currently carry an 11” MacBook Air and am very happy with it. I might have thought about upgrading had the new MBP been available in a 13” screen but I just cannot see myself going back to lugging a 15” laptop. I am pretty sure that the 13” MBP will see an upgrade to the retina display sooner than later. Sadly no updates to iMac whereas the Mac Pro received a minor bump. What is awesome is that these new models are already available in the UAE.

Next up was Mountain Lion and it’s going to be available as a $19.99 upgrade for not only Lion users but also Snow Leopard users which is a good thing. Integration with iOS devices is pretty tight and you’ll be able to play in Game Center with someone on an iOS device. Apple has updated many of the built-in apps to support retina display on Mountain Lion.

Last but certainly not the least, Apple formally introduced iOS 6 that should be making it’s way to iPhones, iPads and iPods later in the year. Sadly 1st gen iPad owners are left in the cold but anyone with an iPhone 3GS or later as well as the 4th gen iPod Touch should be able to apply the update.

News things in iOS include Maps with turn-by-turn navigation and Apple has ditched Google Maps for their own solution and whether Middle East maps are on it is not completely known. Other than maps, Siri has been updated to launch apps as well as work with sports and movies queries. Apple has also added some phone features to silence it during certain times or send an SMS/reminder when ignoring a call. A new app called PassBook has been added that lets you add your passes such as an airline boarding pass or Starbucks pass to pay for coffee.

Overall, I’ll say that it was a satisfying WWDC for Apple fans- good new hardware, decent software updates. Now we have to wait until launch details for the new iPhones is announced later in the year.


Bloatware on laptops

By on June 6, 2012

Don’t you hate it?

Every time I get a new laptop for review, the first thing I notice is how slow it is. Unless it’s an ultrabook, which are designed for fast boot times and therefore have minimal programs loading at startup, literally every laptop starts up coughing and sputtering.

There’s this fascination that laptop manufacturers have with pre-loading their own branded software onto laptops, which would eventually mean that regular consumers will be tied up using their services for a long time. I understand that getting consumer information for their database, no doubt to target advertisements in the future, is regular business practice, but there’s a fine line between getting marketing info and ruining the end-user experience.

The software ranges from casual (often flash-based) games, to video recording programs (via the built-in webcam) to some obscure picture editing software to media management suites. At the end of the day not only is all of this unnecessary, but also eats up precious hard drive space, especially in case of SSDs which already come in small capacities. Hence the term ‘bloatware’.

Now every time Windows starts up, there are a host of background services that also startup as well. Under normal circumstances these would basic Windows 7 services (to ensure smooth operations), your Antivirus program and maybe a few other services like iTunes helper or Adobe updater, etc. These are services that are often required to run the full on software you may run later on, like iTunes.

Now there are certain programs, like Utorrent or Steam, that ask you whether you’d like them to startup when Windows boots up. However, most programs don’t give you this option, and in the case of pre-loaded software on laptops, this is almost never the case. The result is that your laptop boots in 40 to 50 seconds, to over a minute, instead of 20 to 30 seconds (depending on your CPU and hard drive).

My first instinct is to simply re-install Windows 7, with nothing except the required drivers. Indeed I do this when friends or family give me their brand new laptops, but I don’t have this luxury for review units, or indeed pre-production samples. However, what about the consumer who’s not aware of bloatware? They certainly live with all the unwanted software, and can never, in fact, realize the full potential of their brand new machine because the experience is hampered by the manufacturers themselves!

And then there’s this new silly habit where the laptop needs to be configured the first time you start it up, whereby you register the machine and complete multiple steps for not only Windows, but also the other silly programs to load up. I’m not exaggerating when I say that often times on brand new laptops, from pushing the Power button to seeing the Windows desktop for the first time takes nearly 15 minutes!

No bloatware.

So a simple plea from me, to all laptop manufacturers, that you shouldn’t bundle all these unnecessary programs on your laptops. Give the consumers a simple and fast experience, from the first boot onwards.

Failing that, everyone should simply re-install Windows after buying their laptop; the serial key is on the back of your laptop. But, of course, do download the drivers from the laptop manufacturer’s website first!


Diddly Deal of the Day

By on May 10, 2012

How to fool your potential customers.

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Souq.com has a daily deals section that sends out a newsletter to it’s subscribers every morning highlighting some of the deals they have going on their website. At times, there are some pretty good deals that are almost impossible to secure due to limited availability of stock which I can live with. But it’s when they try and fool their potential customer is what ticks me off. Here is the screenshot for the email that was sent out today.

As you can see, they are selling the new iPad at a pretty decent price of AED 1,969. However, look at the retail price and discount level on that deal. As per souq.com, the retail price is AED 2,999 and you’re saving a whopping 35% making it a really good deal.

Now head over to http://www.apple.com/ae/ipad/, the site of a company called Apple that actually MAKES these tablets. And look the pricing on their website TODAY. It clearly states AED 1,999. Considering that Apple is the manufacturer of the iPad, I believe they are pretty much the authority when deciding what the the retail price of their product should be and they have chosen to list it at AED 1,999 and not 2,999 that souq.com is claiming to be the retail price. So although souq.com has a lower price, it is definitely NOT saving you 35% off the retail price. It’s actually less than 2% savings.

While I have highlighted souq.com in this particular example, sadly this is the state of many retailers across the UAE. They assume their customer is an idiot and try and take advantage of it. IMHO, that is definitely not the best way of growing a business. Folks, try and be honest- mention the fact that you are selling a product below the retail price and passing savings off to your customer. But don’t blatantly lie on what a fantastic deal you are offering.


Digital Cameras vs Mobile Phones

By on May 6, 2012

Is your phone good enough for your holiday photos?

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Ok, so you’re all packed and about to go for a holiday. Comfortable shoes? Check. iPod? Check. Sun glasses? Check. Trusted Blackberry and charger? Check. Camera? Wait…isn’t your phone good enough to capture your precious memories? I think not. Let me tell you why you need a digital camera and why the camera on the back of your phone is just not good enough.

But firstly, what is a digital camera? It’s a device that captures or records still or moving subjects and stores the memories for later viewing on a digital medium such as a memory card. So wouldn’t you be happy if the memories are captured in higher quality so that when you play back your photos or videos, you can truly relive the moment?

The best picture quality comes from the best combination of lens, engine, and sensor. These three elements are crucial to any digital camera and in capturing the best possible image. So why do you need that camera, again?

Well, firstly the sensor in your still camera is around nine times larger than the sensor on your mobile, which means much more light falls onto the sensor. Generally speaking, the larger the sensor, the better the likely hood of getting clearer stills and videos, even in low light conditions.

What about the lens? The lens on a mobile phone is way too small and does not have the aspherical coating to give you distortion-free images. Sounds a bit technical, but again the better the lens, the better the image, which means straight lines appear straight and the color reproduction is faithful to the actual color of the object. And with features like image stabilization, you can ensure you get blur free images and sharp, bounce-free videos, even if shot while you were walking.

When it comes to expressing your creativity these days, mobile phones – particularly the smartphones – are equipped with quite a few art filters or apps so that photos of objects can be made to look interesting. However, you still cannot beat the clarity and the capability of your still camera. Shoot a photo in RAW format, and you have complete flexibility to change the image to your liking, which you just can’t do with an image shot by a mobile phone. What’s more is that if you are traveling and you want to capture photos or videos of distant objects, your mobile phone with limited digital zoom capabilities will be beaten hands down by your friend’s camera with an optical zoom lens. These days very compact cameras offer extremely high zoom ratios so you are never too far from the subject you want to shoot.

Ok, so let’s say you are still not convinced. The main reason to have your phone with you is to get in touch with people and communicate, right? So imagine you are out in the wilderness with your phone battery flat out and no way to capture the scenic sunset. Wouldn’t you be better off had you carried your camera with you? I don’t want to say it, but it sounds like an ‘I told you so’ moment. Or what about when you see your favorite celebrity, the burst shooting mode on your camera will allow you to show off your professional side by capturing multiple images in a short period of time, ensuring that there is at least one image that captured the moment in all its glory. But because your phone can’t shoot in burst mode (with the exception of very new models) you may end up not being able to take the photo in time. Once again, your digital camera comes out on top.

For picture quality, clarity and detail, the digital camera is your best friend for your holiday – the tiny camera at the back of your mobile phone may be good, but it’s just not good enough.

Happy Holidays!


BlackBerry World: It’s all about BlackBerry 10

By on May 3, 2012

Is RIM on the right track with what they showed?

The message was clear to all attendees of BlackBerry World 2012- RIM’s annual gathering of employees, partners, developers and media. BlackBerry 10 will deliver all that it’s promised to deliver and on time, this time around, which is set for the later part of this year. RIM’s recent CEO Thorsten Heins took stage and showed us a tiny glimpse of what is expected out of the new OS and I must say that I walked away impressed by what little he showed.

Just a few days back, I had written an article on what RIM needs to show us with the BlackBerry 10 platform so lets find out how well RIM did. Let’s start with the official video clip posted by RIM on their YouTube channel that shows some of the features of the BlackBerry 10.

[youtube video=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPYYo0-gfc&w=600]

Impressive right? Now let’s tackle the questions I had put forth and find out what was answered.

Gorgeous UI that is different

I’ll give RIM a thumbs up on this one. The UI is extremely stylish and from what little I saw, different that iOS and Android. The task switching pane reminds me of Meego found on Nokia’s N9 whereas swipes and rounded-corners for applications take a page out of Palm’s WebOS. We still don’t know what the main/home screen will look like but I certainly like the flow of applications.

Smooth and Snappy

One of the things that Thorsten mentioned in an interview session with the press is the thing he was most excited about was how smooth and snappy BlackBerry 10 is shaping up to be- no more hourglasses or lags. The video and the live demonstration of the unit showed it to be fairly capable and with the rest of the year left to optimize, I am going to give RIM a thumbs up on this as well.

Social Integration

The start of the video shows the Universal Inbox that BlackBerry is famous for and the Accounts tab selected at the bottom so expect the same Social integration that is part of PlayBook and hopefully some more. With Gist as a part of RIM now, I think this will be a no-brainer so another thumbs up for RIM

Great Camera

While the quality/specs of the camera were not revealed, what was revealed was the application that looked very much like what we saw from Scalado at Qualcomm’s iQ event. Here is a video of Scalado demonstrating exactly what we saw at the keynote

[youtube video=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frblSEBpT9k&w=600]

RIM confirmed that they have indeed licensed the technology from Scalado in a statement posted at TechCruch.

RIM has been working with Scalado on camera technology and has licensed some of the Scalado technology for the BlackBerry 10 platform. As shown during the BlackBerry World Keynote, RIM is planning a unique implementation of the technology on BlackBerry 10 to provide an incredible user experience, allowing for more customization by the user and enabling them to easily capture and share their perfect moments.

This means good things, and I’m pretty sure that RIM will pair the incredible software with the hardware it deserves. So another thumbs up.

Apps, Apps and More Apps

There were close to five thousand people that attended BlackBerry World 2012 and a good number of them were developers- each of whom is going home with a BlackBerry 10 Alpha Dev device. This will certainly give RIM a lot of traction by the time their OS is released and allow for a fairly featured App World at launch.

However, we did not hear about any partnerships with big companies like Skype/Microsoft or Amazon/Kindle. For RIM to succeed with BlackBerry 10, they need to get the heavy-weights behind them as no matter how good of a platform they build, Apps are what matters to end-users and the lack of popular apps will make the general user turn away.

The Keyboard

In closing, I mentioned that RIM will not abandon a hardware keyboard as that is one of their primary strengths and Thorsten confirmed that they will launch a BlackBerry 10 device with a hardware keyboard. That being said, the innovation that RIM is bringing to soft-keyboards was one of the highlights of the videos you saw above and probably the feature that impressed me the most about BlackBerry 10. Swiping up to complete works and back to delete them makes using a soft keyboard with one-hand extremely impressive.

In closing, Thorsten mentioned that there are plenty of surprises that RIM has yet to show with BlackBerry 10 and considering that the devices are still a good quarter or two away, I can understand that he did not want to give the competition any more ideas by showcasing what else they have.

Of course the biggest challenge for RIM is making sure they survive the next few months by the time BlackBerry 10 is released. While things are looking good for them in the Middle East, other parts of Asia and South America, they are losing share in the US market which tends to produces the most vocal critics.


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