RIM drops co-CEOs’ but the outlook is just as grim.

Announcement :

Research In Motion Names Thorsten Heins President and CEO

  • Board Acts on Recommendation of Co-CEOs to Implement Succession Plan
  • Mike Lazaridis Named Vice Chair of the Board
  • Jim Balsillie Remains a Director
  • Barbara Stymiest Named Independent Board Chair
  • Prem Watsa Named Independent Director


Basically the players have been moved around the board, but the story is still the same. If RIM are going to be a even a slightly convincing third or fourth in the mobile arena, they need a Nokia style burning platform memo, and a talent transplant. They are fast losing ground and spending time on Tablets that have bombed. Get QNX working on a phone, and get BBM everywhere. The only thing RIM does well is BBM, and even that isn’t on the tablet(s) yet – it should be sending warning alarms off to everybody not least the management teams.

Anyone who assumes that a simple CEO swap is the answer to all of RIMs issues is woefully misinformed, or worse, just blinded by false hope.

via Editorial: RIMs new CEO isnt the shakeup it needed — Engadget.

Have No Self-Restraint? There’s a gadget for that.

Theres nothing like creating something for a problem that doesn’t exist.

Idea: Whenever your car is moving, we disable your phone. If you need to have a gadget to stop you doing something which is stupid in the first place, then you shouldn’t be in the car.

Scosche has a simple plug-and-play solution to help curb smartphone activities while driving.

via Plug-in gadget halts phone texting, apps while driving — Mobile Technology News.

And we need SOPA/PIPA because…

Megaupload, one of the internets largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US.

via BBC News – Megaupload file-sharing site shut down.

If there ever was an example of why SOPA/PIPA aren’t needed this would probably be it. That’s right, US rights holders have obtained and served warrants in far off lands and shutdown a website that operates from Hong Kong, all from their comfy seats in America.

Did anybody tell them Copyright is a Civil and NOT a Criminal Offence.

“It’s all bullshit folks and its bad for you” – George Carlin