BlackBerry is saying goodbye to two of its top vice presidents.
Rick Costanzo, executive vice president for global sales, has resigned, while Chris Wormald, vice president for Strategic Alliances, has also decided to leave, a BlackBerry spokeswoman told CNET on Monday. The news follows a report published earlier in the day by the Wall Street Journal, which had cited information from "people familiar with the matter."
Both men have been with BlackBerry for much of their careers. Costanzo joined the company in 1999 as a vice president for commercial operations in Europe, while Wormald started as an intern … Read more
If you want to be told how it is, rather than how the hype tells you it is, it's as well to listen to the sober tones of Lewis Black.
True, he's less of an illusionist than a disillusionist.
But his despair is often one that so many feel inside, yet fear to express.
On "The Daily Show," Black bemoaned to the point of ululation technology's complete inability to keep its promises or even deliver him something useful.
Once, he explained, he was told that in Futureworld we would have cars that folded up into … Read more
Where were you when you first heard "Friday"?
Were you at the office, fiddling with a spreadsheet, when the divine autotones of Rebecca Black brightened up your day?
Were you at a party hoping, wishing that something would go right for once?
Or were you one of those menacing, envious souls who, the minute you heard it, decided to post some nasty comment online to show just how phenomenally big you are?
Black recorded the song when she was 13. Despite it being an iTunes hit, she was subjected to some of the vilest online abuse imaginable.
In … Read more
Time and cruelty have a wicked relationship.
I fancy they sit in a bar together most nights and look back to see what they both have wrought.
That's why tonight they might be having a beer, a giggle, and dance at news that has just emerged about the company formerly known as RIM.
Bloomberg Businessweek has been chatting to quite a few current and former employees of BlackBerry in order to understand what went right and what went less right.
While you might be fascinated with some of the technological debates surrounding this fascinating company, I was moved by … Read more
While President Obama uses Apple's iPad, he admitted Wednesday that unspecified security concerns prevent him from using an iPhone.
"I'm not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone," Obama said during a meeting promoting his health care law with young people Wednesday at the White House. However, he said his daughters, Sasha and Malia, spend a lot of time on their iPhones.
An enthusiastic e-mailer-in-chief, Obama fought hard to keep his BlackBerry after his inauguration in 2009. (By comparison, George W. Bush stopped using e-mail in 2001, and Bill Clinton sent only two e-mails during … Read more
Americans racked up their biggest online spending day in history on Cyber Monday, forking over $1.735 billion to Internet retailers, an 18 percent jump over a year ago.
And it wasn't just on Monday. According to ComScore, Americans spent $23.9 billion online during the first 32 days of the November-December holiday season, up 8 percent over last year.
Those big gains may have come at the expense of merchants who were hoping to cash in during Black Friday and the weekend following Thanksgiving. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent $1.7 billion less during that … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.
- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.
- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.
- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.
- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?
- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.
The wise will always tell you that the minute a new car drives off the lot, it's a used car. But that car has probably been driven around a little already during test drives anyway, so why worry about this "new" thing?
Does this apply to, say, a new iPad Air? It comes sealed in a beautifully designed box. So you wouldn't think it would have hundreds of someone else's pictures on it, would you?
Yet Robin Crowley, a policewomen from Cambridge, Ontario, had a surprise when she opened up her brand-new Black Friday bargain iPad Air that she purchased at Target. She said she found contact lists and pictures already on it.
No, it's not that Apple just knew she would choose this particular iPad Air and downloaded her private information from Facebook. These pictures and other information appeared to belong to someone who wasn't her.… Read more
Friend of the show Harold Goldberg drops by the studio today to talk to Jeff about his amazing profile of Sam Houser, the notoriously reclusive head of Rockstar Games and the man behind Grand Theft Auto V.
- Criminal Mind -- The Harold Goldberg interview with Sam Houser.