July 27, 2011
The VAR Guy
The VAR Guy shares his views on what RIM should do to stay afloat.
“RIM needs to shrink before it can grow again, The VAR Guy believes. There is a plethora of potential in QNX, the PlayBook’s operating system. RIM acquired the operating system company for a sizable sum. Now, it’s time for RIM to build a truly innovative product to somehow compete against the Google and Apple mobile duopoly. And unlike HP, where fledgling webOS products hardly dictate the financial outcome of the company, RIM must compete or die in its core smartphone and mobile markets.”
John Oates reports on developers’ rage at Google’s changes to the market’s search function.
“One developer said his app had been top of the list when searched for by name or by specific keywords. After the changes, he cannot find it when searching even by the app’s exact name. Searching by developer name, which a consumer is not likely to do, left his app way down the list behind apps with less than 50 downloads and no reviews.”
Rachel King writes about the board’s future direction.
“Formerly Intel’s chief financial officer and current chief administrative officer, Bryant has been appointed as the vice chairman of the board. Intel is gearing up to elect him as chairman next year once the current chairman, Jane Shaw, retires in May 2012.”