The real news here is that it will be bundled in their 10.3 OS. The ability to use it has been around ever since the last OS update (10.2.1). With that version, users can load APK files through their browser. Getting and using the Amazon Appstore is already as easy as searching for "amazon app store download" and installing it straight from Amazon. Then you use it just like you would on Android, when you choose and app it downloads and the OS takes over installing the APK file. Reference: http://crackberry.com/how-get-....
Another *box user here. Fluxbox on Gentoo.
LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, created when some core developers were worried with Oracle's lack of attention to the project. Some time after that fork, Oracle donated OpenOffice.org code and trademarks to the Apache Software Foundation to continue the project.
There is also Kodu Game Lab (http://www.kodugamelab.com/). Which is far more interesting for younger kids and also free from Microsoft.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong here but the way I see it is Netflix already pays an ISP for its access to upload and download data and the end users already pay their ISP access to upload and download data. Both ends of the connection are already paid for, charging anything on top of this is basically charging for the same service twice. Netflix and the ISP's share the same customers, charging Netflix more means they'll pass the charges on to their customers this basically amounts to the ISP's increasing their prices/revenue by artificially restricting the supply.
For example if the ISP made a deal with Netflix that they can utilize X bandwidth at a rate of $Y/GB then Netflix is already paying for the data it sends. Putting another condition on that data and saying that you have to pay $Y+Z/GB if the data is providing something to customers is just a BS way of raising the price for businesses when it's not costing the ISP a dime more than any other data.
There are a lot of people who still prefer real keyboards. I've used several different BlackBerry's (including a new Q10) as well as several Android devices (Xperia X10, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4). Even with all the neat third party keyboards available on Android, I haven't yet found one that let's me type as fast as my Q10. This is why the Torch owners seem to like their devices so much.
Licensing ActiveSync didn't completely undermine the enterprise need for BlackBerry. Ask a CIO what his biggest headaches are, I bet that managing BYOD is at or near the top of the list. And this is years after ActiveSync, according to you, solved all the enterprise issues of iOS. I agree that getting ActiveSync support opened the door for the iPhone to enter the enterprise but it was far from a silver bullet.
They can but that also locks down your personal experience later. Do you really want to relinquish control of your personal device? At least with Balance you can do whatever you want and load whichever spyware fart app you want and the business will still be able to protect their data.
You may think it's fine but I bet your corporate security group has other feelings on the matter.
The world doesn't wait for or revolve around the USA. If the UK carriers can launch tomorrow and Canadian carriers can launch in just a few days then there is no one to blame but the US carriers themselves.
I'm mostly in agreement with Omnifarious. I've seen developers who are actually incapable of following the same instructions provided to customers to install the software they work on. Developers should definitely be put in the end Admin's seat once in a while, I don't think it should be a permanent thing though. It should be seen as a learning experience for the developer in UE.
What about Siri? Or MobileMe/iCloud? Even Gmail has unexpected outages. With RIM's move on the PlayBook OS to use ActiveSync and standard web protocols for accessing email you're ending up with RIM's infrastructure being used only for added features, which even Apple and Google can't claim 100% uptime for. On PlayBook/BB10 if RIM's network goes down your ActiveSync, POP/IMAP email will still work. Going forward, you really have no more impact from an outage of a service than you would with any of the big vendors.
On the topic of control by governments, don't worry about that, the telcos are all in the various governments pockets already (Bush proved that with his wiretapping).
RIM is already using ActiveSync in the PlayBook OS, which is what will become BB 10. Microsoft won't be able to lock out certain vendors devices overtly, that would open them up to an investigation for anti-competitive practices. I'm sure they would like to be able to but it just won't happen. Do you really think Google or RIM would just throw up the white flag and let Microsoft lock their OS's out of ActiveSync (or whatever new protocol they create to replace it)?
I've been working in IT for about a decade actually. Just because you're not used to hearing it like that doesn't mean it's wrong, just unconventional perhaps. I did go on to better explain it in my next post, since it evidently needed some clarification. And saying "Dude...lol...and stfu" is not calling me out on it, that comment didn't add anything to the discussion or counter my viewpoint. It was meant only to start a pointless war like this. If the phrase needed more definition or context there are better ways to say it. I don't believe that he/she was at work and couldn't log in with their real account, if his/her Nexus phones work so great, just log in through one of them.
I do support BB's on BES and it's not nearly as difficult as you make it out to be and really if good security was easy, everyone would do it. Security and usability require striking a balance, which I believe RIM has done a reasonable job with.