blackberry · blackberry q10 · rim · sprint

BlackBerry Q10 Arrives on Sprint Aug 30 for $199

The BlackBerry Q10 keyboarded smartphone will be arriving on Sprint this weekend for $199 with a new two-year service agreement.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 26, 2013 – The first 4G LTE BlackBerry® 10 smartphone from Sprint, the BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone, will be available Friday, Aug. 30, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, for $199.99 (excludes taxes and surcharges) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. 

“Our customers have anxiously awaited the arrival of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its best-in-class physical keyboard, productivity features, enhanced security capabilities and apps make it easy to be productive at work and connected to friends and family after hours. With the Sprint Unlimited, My Way and My All-in rate plans, our customers will be able to use the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone as it was intended, without worrying about silly data caps or overages.”

If you are still rocking an old school BlackBerry running BlackBerry OS 7 or earlier this is the upgrade you have been waiting for.
For more details, see the Sprint website.
apple · ios

Rumor: iOS 7 To Arrive on Sept 10

The blogosphere went nuts yesterday heightening the silly season chatter around Apple’s major overhaul of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, when Owen Williams of posted what appears to be a leaked notice from Nuance that suggests that iOS 7 will be released the same day as Apple’s September 10 invitation only media event.

According to Apple, iOS 7 will be released “this fall” and is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina displays, and the iPad mini.

September 10th is just 14 days away.


microsoft · windows xp

Microsoft Will Continue to Make XP Security Patches

“Just because Microsoft doesn’t plan on giving Windows XP patches to the public after April 8, 2014, doesn’t mean it’s going to stop making those patches.

In fact, Microsoft will be creating security updates for Windows XP for months — years, even — after it halts their delivery to the general public.

Those patches will come from a program called “Custom Support,” an after-retirement contract designed for very large customers who have not, for whatever reason, moved on from an older OS.”

Are you kidding?!  Windows XP is still a “thing”?

Read the full article on the ComputerWorld website.


microsoft · steve ballmer

Analyst: Ballmer Forced Out Due to Surface RT Write Off

Patrick Moorhead, the principal analyst for Moor Insights & Strategy, said what we were all thinking about with Microsoft’s announcement that CEO Steve Ballmer was retiring sometime in the next 12 months.

“He was definitely pushed out by the board.  They either drove him out, or put him in a situation where he felt he had to leave to save face.”

Moorhead is clearly talking about Microsoft’s Board of Directors displeasure about the company’s recent $900 million dollar write off of Surface RT tablets collecting dust in Microsoft warehouses around the world.

I give Ballmer credit for attempting to turn Microsoft into a devices and services company.  In the long run, it’s probably the right thing to do.  But no one said it was going to be easy, or not without some serious risks, as I’m sure Steve is now well aware.



Steve Ballmer To Retire Within the Next 12 Months

 Big news coming out of Redmond this morning.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that he will be retiring sometime in the next 12 months.

In today’s press release, Microsoft indicated that the Board of Directors has put together a special committee to search for a new CEO.  The committee is being chaired by John Thompson.

REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

The Board of Directors has appointed a special committee to direct the process. This committee is chaired by John Thompson, the board’s lead independent director, and includes Chairman of the Board Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo. The special committee is working with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a leading executive recruiting firm, and will consider both external and internal candidates.

“The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company,” Thompson said. “As this work continues, we are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry.”

“As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO,” said Gates. “We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

The full Microsoft press release can be found on the Microsoft website.

apple · rumor

Rumor: Photo of the "Gold" iPhone 5S Shell Leaks

iPhone rumor silly season is in full swing, and to whet our appetites, a new leaked photo from a Japanese website leaves us clamoring for more.

Yesterday, the above photo of what appears to be the metal casing for a champagne colored iPhone made the rounds.  Flanking the gold assembly, is a current generation black and white iPhone 5.

I’m looking forward to upgrading my iPhone 4S to a new iPhone 5S.  The real question for me is what color should I get.  I am waffling between black and white.  For the last six years, I’ve had a black smartphone.  I’m thinking this time, I might opt for the white-but-sure-looks-grey-in-this-photo iPhone 5S.  The white model looks like it would match my MacBook Pro.  But I’m not sticking with anything until I click the “Confirm” button on the Apple online store website.


apple · iphone · iphone 5s · rumor

Rumor: New iPhones to Arrive in Japan on Sept 20

AppleInsider, via CNET, has discovered a news item on Japanese publication Nikkei that suggests that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in country on September 20.

Reported to be available from SoftBank (the new majority owners of Sprint here in the US) and KDDI at launch.

I think it’s a safe bet to say that here in the US, we will get one if not two new iPhone models no later than Sept 20.

It has previously been rumored that Apple is planning a media event scheduled for Sept 10, a mere 20 days from today, to unveil – and possibly launch – iOS 7 and the next generation of iPhones.