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anonymous:
What is the point of posting this kind of shit?

What was the alternative? What should BB execs have said?

"Man, we sure are fucked! Apple has handed us our asses, and we should pack up and go home!"

Yes, we get it, they failed! Some people saw it coming in advance! Guess what? BB execs probably did too!

Who the fuck cares!
9:43 pm — Friday, 30 September 2016
To Be Fair:
Gruber just wants to milk his glory days for all the gloating he can get. Because he's not likely to get anything like that fall in his lap ever again.

Today he's left talking about Jet Black, or how the iPhone camera is slightly better than the competition.
9:50 pm — Friday, 30 September 2016
Alex:
BB was not killed (starved to death) by iPhone, but by Android.

Well, maybe in a world with Android alone BB could survive as a closed-source alternative, filling the niche of Apple? But even this, unlikely.
7:14 am — Saturday, 1 October 2016
Sebby:
> Smaller tablets? Apple came out with the iPad Mini in 2012.

So, not everything, then.

Flash died because Jobs wanted revenge. Understandable, and thank goodness for it. But the fact remains that it's still in use, which is why browsers keep making exceptions for it on the desktop.

But yes, Blackberry were ultimately stupid not to see where technology was going. Stupid Blackberry. Like Nokia, they just didn't move nearly fast enough.
4:38 pm — Saturday, 1 October 2016
anonymous:
Oh, some spokesperson had a vested interested in maintaining other people with vested interest in a bubble of distorted reality. what a scoop.
8:39 am — Sunday, 2 October 2016
Bumface:
> Smaller tablets? Apple came out with the iPad Mini in 2012

Then isn't this something that Balsillie was right about and Jobs was wrong about?
3:18 pm — Sunday, 2 October 2016
Vagina Monologue:
> Then isn't this something that Balsillie was right about and Jobs was wrong about?

Fat lot of good it did him.
2:01 pm — Monday, 3 October 2016
Hateful BB-8:
"BB was not killed (starved to death) by iPhone, but by Android."

Not really. Apple's iPhone ushered in the modern era of mobile phone platforms, not Android. It was this new paradigm Apple had created that caught RIM off-guard, not a specific product. It's more accurate to say iPhone killed the Blackberry if only because it showed the way to everyone else.
11:25 pm — Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Hateful BB-8:
"Smaller tablets? Apple came out with the iPad Mini in 2012

Then isn't this something that Balsillie was right about and Jobs was wrong about?"

It's always in the execution. While Balsillie was making public slams against Apple for products they thought Apple wasn't interested in, Apple was hard at work actually making one that the public would want. Talk is cheap.
11:26 pm — Tuesday, 4 October 2016
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