Blackberry stops making phones

blackberryBlackberry, the pioneer of modern smart phones, has announced that it would no longer manufacture handsets. It would now concentrate on its core business – applications, security and software.

The cessation comes in the wake of tumbling profits.

BlackBerry, which used to dominate the market with 80% user base, has slipped from USD 80 million revenue to USD 19. The loss arises from competition with Apple and Samsung products which have more innovative features and app stores.

With the release of their flagship product in the late 1990s, BlackBerry was the first company to invent a phone with full QWERTY keyboard and email services. These capabilities made it popular with businesses and even leaders like Barack Obama.

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Despite its growth profitability and popularity, BlackBerry failed to invest in innovation. Eventually, Apple and Samsung took over the market.

The company will now outsource its phone manufacturing sector to Asian companies and revert to its core business of software development.

 

 

Enyo Kumahor speaks to Levers in Heels

Enyo Kumahor,  the Managing Partner of The Cobalt Partners, and a Women in Technology Advocate, recently granted an interview to Levers in Heels, a platform that inspires Women Technology Leaders.

During the conversation, Enyo reflected on the tech opportunities that abound in Africa, reminisced on her school days and described whats its like to work in multi-cultural environments.

Please read full transcript of the interview here.

FBI iPhone crack ruffles Apple’s SE release

The FBI has cracked an Apple iPhone in pursuit of solving a crime. Apple protested the reverse engineering efforts of the FBI but lost the case.  The  manipulation hurts Apple in no small way because it would adversely affect the Company’s reputation as a secure device manufacturer.

The action by the Government ruffles Apple’s celebration of the iPhone SE release which touts exceptional security. With this development, Apple will now first have to identity which vulnerability in their software allowed the crack, and secondly appease its customers who have always deemed the iPhone as beyond compromise.

Max of Nigeria makes it to Crunch Disrupt London 2015 finalists

Metro Africa Xpress – MAX –  of Nigeria was a finalist at the just ended Crunch Disrupt London 2015.  The event recognizes and rewards innovative tech start ups. Max was selected for their innovative courier service that charges on basis of distance rater than weight.  The start up company won the coveted tech award for their innovation in leveraging mobile technology for on-demand local delivery to urban Africa. The application affords merchants super fast delivery to their client and customers.  The service  alerts a MAX courier closest to the requesting merchant, thus allowing companies to deliver goods to customers within minutes.

We hope to see another African company make it to the next year.

CES 2015 highlights

CES is one big event for tech people. At this gathering, you meet the top players in the electronic industry and get the chance to see many products debuts.

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