Good news would be a sale of this company or at the very least a cleaning out of top mgt. ...Especially the CEO.....Hey Tose!!.....Where's that "Building of shareholder value" that was stated years ago????
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the only company that seems to sell more when it asks more dollars for its devices. But a tweak in the U.S. security device management could affect the iPhone maker’s balance sheet. The Pentagon is forcing government workers, more so in Army organizations, to abandon their iPhones and iPads and instead pick up the older version of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) smartphones. In this device migration, the Pentagon is favoring the BB9930 device.
That the Pentagon is pulling workers away from Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones and iPads has the potential of spelling doom for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The smartphone market is maturing very fast and becoming red-hot as well. While competition has been eating Apple Inc.’s international market, it has been surging in the U.S. and North America generally. It thus means that it will be losing a key market segment if Uncle Sam pushes ahead with the device migration.
Switching to BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)-powered smartphones adds an interesting twist to the smartphone market. BlackBerry Ltd has been seeing its fortunes dwindling as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics harvest its customers with their high-end smartphones. But being selected as the platform of choice for mobile communication in the U.S. military means that the company is not only gaining relevance among big purchasers, it is also coming back to life strongly.
You don’t clap when your rival is showing signs of eating your lunch and this is the situation that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is finding itself.
Reason for transition
Cost is a factor as to why the Pentagon is booting Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The defense organization is saying that it’s spending big to make the switch today, but tomorrow there will be substantial cost savings to move miltary personnel back to BlackBery Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).
It’s more than Apple Inc.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is another causality in the Pentagon switch. The company’s Android OS is the most popular smartphone platform. And together with iOS from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the Pentagon is forcing workers to abandon them en masse.
It now looks like this Christmas will be a sour one for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as it’s set to lose a big chunk of its important market. The company had stayed away from generous Thanksgiving offers for its best-selling devices to surprise competition in the Christmas sales, but this latest dent in its market may be significant. It remains to be seen how Apple Inc. reacts in the upcoming weeks.
FWIW...From an article relating to Blackberry... Let me give you an example of this. Did you know that recently BlackBerry gained market share in South Africa and even outpaced Samsung (GM:SSNLF)? Yes it's true. According to research done by World Wide Worx, in their 2014 Mobility report (via zdnet), BlackBerry has significantly increased its overall share of the South African handset market, both for feature-phones and smartphones.
Last year (according to the report), both BlackBerry and Samsung had about an 18% market share, but this year the figures show that BlackBerry's market share has increased to 23%, while Samsung climbed a notch to 19%, with market leader Nokia (NOK) falling from 50% to 44%.
Something else is also interesting. Again, according to World Wide Worx, the biggest increases in specific uses of data on the phone were seen in instant messaging services, with more than a fivefold increase in the proportion of BBM users in the past 18 months, from 3% to 17% of adult cellphone users living in cities and towns, while WhatsApp is used by a quarter of adult cellphone users.
So in other words, in many emerging markets, messaging usage is very important and from the looks of it, while there are other messaging services that are ahead of BBM, a fivefold increase in BBM usage in South Africa in one year is not a small figure.
And because messaging is becoming so important in many emerging markets, is probably the reason why BBM for Android has been preinstalled in Samsung devices in Sub-Sahara countries for some time now.
So is this a smart move on behalf of BlackBerry? Yes I think it is, and I think in due time it will make a difference, because at the very least, it keeps BlackBerry relevant in the social messaging space. And while it is still open to debate if BBM ever becomes big enough to be able to provide BlackBerry with any revenue on its own, at least it's a very good marketing tool for BlackBerry, that over time will impact devices sales, as in the case of South Africa.
Source: BlackBerry's Emerging Market Strategy Is Called BBM
Some examples of the services MNOs can deploy include:
* TCS’ Hosted or In-network LBS Solutions, which support the generation and distribution of location information for 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The application interface modules provide location information to requesting applications while maintaining critical privacy controls.
* Cloud Messaging Centre, TCS’ cloud-based web portal that allows carriers and enterprises to send large volumes of messages or data. Messages can be sent to phones, pagers, vehicles, and machines from a tablet, computer, or mobile phone. Because it is in the cloud, it provides operational efficiencies while assuring scalability and extensibility.
* A Friend & Family Finder, which allows subscribers to locate their loved ones anytime, anywhere, with directions sent either as text or a map. It works with all GSM handsets, from the basic models to the latest iPhones.
* Mobile Panic Assist service, which enables subscribers to use a mobile phone as a panic button in an emergency. This voice-free alert service sends a distress SMS indicating the user’s location to their emergency contacts or response assist company, all at the press of a button on the cell phone.
* Mobile Workforce Locator, which enables employers to track their staff in real-time, and easily redirect employees and resources to improve customer response times. Workforce Location can be combined with combined panic and assist add-ons to help workers stay safe, wherever their jobs take them.
* Asset Management and Tracking solution, which allows companies to track nearly any asset type – such as cars, courier packages, containers, movable equipment, public payphones, point of sale devices and office automation machines.
Simply place a SIM card and modem in the asset and you’ll receive location information as raw data, such as latitude and longitude, or pre-plotted on a map, along with the date, time and accuracy of the location data.
Through a strategic partnership with MapIT a leading Geographical Information Systems company, Cellfind offers users accurate mapping for the whole African continent. These maps even provide points of interest, location relevant weather reports, traffic reports and routing, navigation and landmarking where physical address locations might be easier recognised by well-known landmarks.
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, and Cellfind, a subsidiary of the JSE listed Blue Label Telecom, are jointly providing solutions for mobile network operators (MNOs) in Africa to quickly and cost-effectively deploy location-based services (LBS) that drive new revenue streams and enhance subscriber loyalty.
The companies will be presenting the latest advances in LBS solutions at AfricaCom2013 – Booth #B10c from 12 to 14 November in Cape Town, South Africa.
TeleCommunication Systems brings its robust platform and global leadership in LBS infrastructure to the relationship, while Cellfind offers feature-rich mobile LBS applications for both the consumer and business markets. The combined hosted turnkey solution can fast-track MNOs into the LBS market without big upfront investments.
The two companies will be working together to take this joint offering to MNOs through sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on major mobile markets in East and West Africa, as well as the South African Development Community countries. Wireless operators will benefit from a comprehensive, end-to-end LBS solution that is cost-effective and can expand with the growth of their business.
Andy Minnaar, MD for Africa at TeleCommunication Systems says: “This arrangement combines TeleCommunication Systems’ strength in developing and implementing LBS technology with Cellfind’s strength in developing location applications, a joint effort ideally suited to the region.
“Together, we are able to help MNOs give value to their subscribers in the form of rich, relevant, here-and-now information that makes life easier and more convenient.”
“Working with TeleCommunication Systems, we are able to offer MNOs a hosted platform for LBS, together with market ready applications, so that they can offer true value-add to their customers, quickly, easily and with minimal risk,” says Victor Probert, head Of International sales at Cellfind.
“These services can be deployed within a short space of time, giving a quick and easy win to MNOs looking for ways to diversify revenue streams, create sustainable value-added services, and grow ARPU.”
The hosted LBS platforms and mobile applications cater to all handset types: from entry-level cell phones to feature phones and smartphones. They also comply with privacy laws and regulations worldwide and easily integrate with any MNO’s cellular network.
the largest maker of personal computers, said it will triple the number of markets in which it sells smartphones by focusing on emerging economies where Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone is seen as too costly.
We have seen the first wave of success in Asian countries,” Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said in an interview yesterday. “We provide affordable products for emerging markets. That’s very important. For those markets, the iPhone is probably not the best-selling product, Lenovo can be much more competitive.”
Lenovo, in the next few quarters, will start selling smartphones in at least 20 new markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, adding to the 10 where they are currently sold, Yang said. The global push comes after success in Indonesia, where Lenovo grabbed 13 percent market share in 12 months while achieving profit margins higher than in the home market of China, he said.
ANYONE KNOW IF TSYS/TOSE HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH LENOVO???
QNX has primarily been an embedded systems software company, creating the sort of programs that are used in factories, power plants, and routers. It is also in millions of dashboards supporting systems from the likes of OnStar and Delphi. Companies like Panasonic use QNX to power parts of their in-car systems around the world. Research and development departments from automakers like Mercedes-Benz are working with QNX on new telematics systems and controls. And QNX already has experience working with traffic management systems and navigation partners.
The automobile business is about to undergo a transformation so radical it will change the very nature of the transportation infrastructure. Every single major automaker is working on autonomous vehicles and semi-autonomous cars. Self-driving cars are already legal (for testing) in several states, and the potential advantages they offer are staggering, ranging from fuel savings to reducing traffic congestion to reaching the eventual goal of zero road fatalities.
Such a transformation will take years and require a supporting communications infrastructure that allows cars to recognize and talk to each other in real time (so-called vehicle-to-vehicle or V2V communications). It will mean that cars will warn each other of hazards over hill and dale, automatically preventing accidents and re-routing vehicles to avoid everything from black ice to traffic tie-ups. In a few years, generations will look back at us driving our own cars and think, how stupid was that?
Blackberry's got $1 billion dollars in new investment coming in from several firms now. Hopefully they won't waste it on another tablet or phone and end up like Palm. In the automotive world, there is no de facto software standard, no firm leader in the connected car and autonomous car space -- which means it's ready for the next digital gold rush.
What Blackberry needs to do is stake its claim to the car -- before Google or Apple comes along and corners the market again.
What's going on in Canada, eh?
Toronto is being run by a wild man -- Mayor Rob Ford just admitted to smoking crack during a “drunken stupor" -- and one of the country's leading technology lights has got not just a black eye, but a black berry (yes, I went there). No longer hooked on the Crackberry, the world has moved on to iPhones and Android handsets.
The 1990's CEOs of Blackberry are gone, and their 2012 successor, Thorsten Heins, has just stepped down after the company once valued at over $67 billion couldn't find a buyer for less than $5 billion. So what the heck should they do now, call in the Mounties?
Fortunately, Blackberry has a secret weapon -- if only they realize it.
The smartphone revolution is already over. While the market isn't yet fully saturated, most companies are competing to sell handsets to the bottom half of the market, which means smartphones are becoming a commodity with little differentiation and narrowing margins. But Blackberry has a significant play in the next major technological revolution: the automobile.
Back in 2010, Blackberry purchased a little known Ottawa-based company called QNX Software Systems (Canadians are so modest). Ostensibly, the idea was to use QNX's operating system software to power a growing panoply of Blackberry devices, including a tablet computer (we all know how that went). But QNX's real strength, indeed what it's famous for in the tech world, is what's in the car.
Emergency responders in Pitkin County can now receive text messages from people in distress or reporting crimes.
The “Text to 911” service, launched this week, is the first of its kind in Colorado.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo. “I think it’s a significant step.”
The new service was launched by Verizon Wireless and TeleCommunication Systems, and texts to 911 will initially only work on Verizon mobile phones The four leading wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — voluntarily committed to a request from the Federal Communication Commission to enable texting to 911 by May of 2014.
While Verizon was first locally, the other carriers are expected to follow in the coming months. The new service comes at no additional cost to the county and taxpayers.
•The recently issued Cellular Augmented Radar/Laser Detection Using Local Mobile Network Within Cellular Network patent (U.S. Patent 8,515,414) describes methods for transmitting an alert to vehicles using cellular augmented radar/laser detectors when the vehicle enters an area where a radar/laser has been detected. This patent builds on four issued patents in this portfolio that describe techniques to display and share the locations of radar/laser detection sites with other vehicles within a social network, including on a smartphone's real-time mapping and navigation application. In an effort to directly defend the use of this invention, TCS filed enforcement actions in the third quarter of 2013 against multiple companies where evidence shows that the companies need a license to these patents.
COURTLAND—If you are a Verizon wireless customer in Southampton County, you can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call.
This is available to any Verizon customer within range of a Southampton County cell phone tower.
“The safety of residents and visitors in Southampton County is our number-one concern,” said Southampton County Sheriff Jack Stutts said in a release. “Text to 911 could be a life-saver, especially for people who might otherwise not be able to make a voice call. I congratulate my staff members for their work in establishing this service and for setting an example for other public safety professionals.”
Southampton County is the second public safety answering point in Virginia to accept Text-to-911.
“Verizon Wireless and TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. have been at the forefront of working with public safety stakeholders to bring text to 911 to our customers,” said Richard Craig, director of engineering for Verizon Wireless, in a release. “The SMS911 National Gateway enables us to bring reliable emergency communications to public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the country. We were proud to work alongside the team in Southampton County and TCS, to deploy this new solution.”
"It is forecasted the DHS will spend less on research and development for security technologies. Instead, the department will turn to commercial off-the-shelf products that have a strong history of proven success and can integrate easily with technologies already in place." ......................................................................................................That last paragraph sounds like a plus for our little "pos"...........Stock price has been in a holding pattern here for a while....accumulation or distribution?? Guess we'll find out soon.....I'm leaning towards accumulation....but what do I know....glta
Sentiment: Strong Buy