Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

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 […]

How To: Getting Remote TV Manager for Rogers to work on BlackBerry

If you’re a Rogers customer up here in Canada, then you may be familiar with Rogers Remote TV Manager service. Rogers has built smartphone applications for iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS to allow you to utilize the service through your smartphone. If you’re an avid BlackBerry user however, then you have likely run across the “Service Not Available” issue that seems to plague many BlackBerry devices. If so, read on for a fix.

How To: Adding iCal or CSV calendars to your BlackBerry without Outlook

I’ve recently been asked, numerous times, how to add an iCal calendar (ics extension) or CSV calendars to a BlackBerry calendar. If you’re on an enterprise activated BlackBerry or use Outlook to sync calendar items to your BlackBerry, then it’s quiet easy. However, if you’re one of the many people who don’t sync their calendars, what can you do? I’ll give the general solution and then give a specific example of how to do it for Toronto Raptor fans who want the season schedule in their calendars.

Smartphone Market – App Driven or Content Driven?

Can the Smartphone market sustain all the different platforms that currently exist or will the platforms be forced to converge? The most common view is that the platforms with the most applications will survive. Although, I tend to agree with that view, I think there will be another factor.

Kodak Sues Apple and RIM over Patent Infringement

So Kodak has sued Apple and RIM over IP infingment.  Kodak states that it’s been talking with both Apple and RIM for some time to resolve this amicably but since that didn’t work, they decided to sue. The patent in question is related to a method of previewing images in a mode that enables quick preview while acquiring the actual picture taken in a different mode that has higher quality.  This patent was filed in 1997 and issues in the US in 2001, so it sounds like a legitimate patent infringement case.  According to Kodak, other SmartPhone manufacturers such as […]

RIM Plans To Speed Up Network Browsing With An On-Device Proxy

A new RIM patent application suggests that by placing a proxy server on the device it could compress and transcode all network requests on the device thereby increasing speeds.  This would obviously also have the added benefits by reducing the bandwidth usage per device which is useful to both RIM and Carriers.  This would put RIM at an advantage compared to other SmartPhone manufacturers (namely the iPhone) as carriers have been trying to figure out how to deal with their exorbitant data usage.

RIM Files Patent Application for Locale-Aware Features

In a patent filing, RIM is trying to patent the concept of location-aware features.  An example of this would be selecting an appropriate ringtone profile based on your location (i.e. loud when at home, but silent when in the office).  This patent was filed in 2005, so it’s been in the works for a while. The real value of this patent will be in the features that utilize the location awareness.  An example would be the security settings of your device.  When at home these can be very relaxed, perhaps with longer timeouts between password entries, but as soon as […]

Deliver Presentations From Your BlackBerry

RIM announced it’s BlackBerry Presenter today which allows for delivering presentations from your BlackBerry directly via bluetooth.  You basically connect the Presenter to the projector and instruct the accompanied BlackBerry App to present and off you go.  No transcoding necessary.  The Presenter apparently works with other bluetooth-enabled SmartPhones as well.  It’s going for $199.99 USD on ShopBlackBerry.com. As for competition, Impatica currently has an offering named ShowMate that allows you to do the same thing. The differences according to RIM are: (1) no transcoding is necessary using BlackBerry Presenter and (2) BlackBerry presenter can project at a resolution of 1024×768, […]

Nexus One Enterprise Edition?

In a sit-down with All Things Digital, Google VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin mentioned that Google is working on an enterprise version of the Nexus One.  Although it seems very early on and the information is vague, it seems that the idea would be to have something with a physical keyboard, exchange support and possibly a world phone. While the Nexus One may have been considered a competitor of BlackBerry’s Storm2 device, this enterprise version may very well be a real BlackBerry competitor.

Apple Acquires Quattro Wireless

Well, it’s now official.  Apple has acquired Quattro Wireless.  The news confirmed by Quattro ex-CEO now an Apple VP of Mobile Advertising.  Let’s not forget that RIM also announced an Advertising Service back in November as well. Basically, the strategy for these companies is to provide advertising capabilities to developers for their platforms.  The real hope is to drive more developers to develop for their platforms resulting in more value-added applications for their respective devices in a hopes to drive further sales of those devices. The real question is, when will these services be available to developers. What I personally would like […]