Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

Yet Another Re-launch, Truthfully

This is probably the third re-launch of my personal blog.  Each re-launch came with its own story and maybe I’ll be sharing that with you nice folks one day.  This re-launch, however, is focused on the truth. If you’ve been following my blog, I’ve talked about honesty and the truth in the past.  I think it’s the key to all success in personal and business aspects of life.  Being truthful to yourself, being truthful with your partners and being truthful with your colleagues.  Without truth, there can be no ‘good faith’ and without ‘good faith’ there is no trust, and without trust, […]

iMessage and FaceTime working fine on Beta 3

Seems like iOS7 Beta 3 has a lot of stability fixes. The OS overall feels snappier and more stable. It also fixes the iMessage and FaceTime registration issues that caused lots of problems for people. Apple seemed to have fixed some Application Compatibility issues since a lot of apps appear to be working more smoothly. Beta 3 so far looks like a huge improvement in stability.

iOS7 Beta 1 App Compatibility

I’ve compiled a list of Apps and their compatibility with iOS7 Beta 1. I will update this over time. Let me know if your experience is different than mine in the comments. Also, feel free to send me requests to test apps that you’re interested in either in the comments or to my twitter account @BayanQ. Compatibility Levels Works Fine – No issues identified Somewhat Works – Some issues identified Doesn’t work – Always crashes Application List Netflix – Somewhat Works Has weird issues where you can’t click on some areas of the screen after search. Vine – Somewhat Works […]

How to get iMessage working on iOS 7 Beta1

If you’re on iOS 7, then you probably know about the iMessage issues. After my own investigations, I determined that the likely cause for this is that your mobile number is not being properly registered with the iMessage service. I was able to get my iPhone to send iMessages using my email addresses to confirm this. The iMore blog has a proposed solution to this problem here. This didn’t work for me. However, I tried my own variation on the iMore solution and it seems to work. So I’m going to publish it here. Basically, the iMore solution is to […]

What are some good reasons to buy the BlackBerry 10 over Android phones?

I wrote this answer on Quora and thought it may be useful to share with you faithful blog readers. Answer by Bayan Qandil: I haven’t used the final BB10 for me to make a proper statement here.  I did use very early versions of it and I’m very familiar with the typical BlackBerry Value Prop. So here goes… Number 1 – Keyboard Everybody mentions this and I will too.  BlackBerry’s hardware keyboards are the best in the business… second to none. And with BB10, they build an impressive looking (again, haven’t tried it) looking and innovative virtual keyboard. Number 2 […]

I Love My iPhone but… I Miss My BlackBerry

Almost 3 months ago, I switched from my BlackBerry 9960 to an iPhone 4S.  Prior to that I have been using a BlackBerry for 8 years.  Some of you know I also worked for RIM during that period for 3.5 years.  But in early June this year, I got fed up with my 3 week old, brand new BlackBerry.  It was constantly giving me the hourglass wait icon, intermittently worked with my car’s bluetooth and was giving me a lot of grief in getting things done.  The last time it happened with me, I happen to be strolling by a […]

Should RIM have chosen Android rather than QNX?

This question has been circling the internet for months and is still being asked today on numerous blogs and websites. Should RIM have chosen Android and not acquired QNX for their next generation operating system? Why would RIM build from scratch rather than use a proven and popular platform? Did RIM make the wrong decision making it unsuccessful today?

Site Design and Branding Reset

A couple of years ago, I rebranded & redesigned my blog in an attempt to change it’s image and provide it it’s own brand, separate from mine. My personal and career goals have changed since then and I’ve decided that I want to utilize this blog to showcase my insights directly. As such, it makes more sense to have it setup with a simpler blog format and brand it with my own name. So, that’s what I’ve done.