Google’s Eric Schmidt Loves BlackBerry Ltd

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Loves BlackBerry Ltd
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Canadian tech company BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has received a lot of flack in the past few years for not being able to compete with the likes of of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google’s Android. However, there is still a small handful of people who actually like BlackBerry and one of those individuals happens to be Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Eric Schmidt.

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Schmidt opens up about BlackBerry

Eric Schmidt recently pair a visit to Canada where he officially announced a $1.5 million grant as an effort to support educational charity Acuta. He also talked about the new book “How Google Works” written by Jonathan Rosenberg, who also happens to be Page’s advisor. In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, he also talked about his appreciation for BlackBerry phones.

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When asked about why he switched from BlackBerry to Motorola Razr X, he explained, “Well, I need to carry this. I still like BlackBerrys but I’m afraid they missed a set of transitions that were very important and the new CEO is trying very hard to recover. But the fact of the matter is that Android and iPhone are driving the market now. I have always liked the BlackBerry keyboard.”

A possible turnaround for the company

Despite BlackBerry’s main downfall, the company is still trying to find success. The tech giant aims to do that with it’s latest device BlackBerry Passport. This new device was specifically designed for enterprise and government agencies. The new device was designed with a wider body which gives it an edge against competitors. Perhaps BlackBerry is on to something considering the new device garnered 200,000 orders since the launch.

A recent earnings report for the company offers a suggestion more wiggle room is needed. BlackBerry lost $11 million or $0.02 per share. Analysts were actually expecting a larger loss of $0.16 share. This means the bleeding has stopped and now BlackBerry has some room to grow a little.

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  1. So you think Chen is in the position to shut the door on the majority?? Because that is what the design of the Passport did.

  2. They really are. Their phones bend, have a poor battery life. iOS 8 is really screwed up. Poor Actress and Actors that had their naked picture hacked from their iPhones. Its all down hill now.

  3. Thats why the American economy is in the dump for the last 5 years. Its because everyone at work uses their iPhone and Android to play games.

  4. Re: Specifically designed for enterprise and government agencies. Sorry big mistake, BlackBerry must present their products with all in mind. Work and pleasure go hand in hand, who is going to carry that phone around while at play? Playing is more important than work, as the only reason for work is to be able to play. So because of this enterprise users and government people are going to opt for a more versatile type design that can do both. If people do buy the Passport chances are they will have two phones, and if work is able to be conducted on the play phone, guess what’s going to happen?

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    Sep 25, 2014 15:27 By Mikey Smith
    The first bot apparently designed to exploit the Shellshock bash bug has been discovered, and many more are expected to follow

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    The first malware apparently designed to exploit the devastating Shellshockvulnerability has been discovered online, and experts think it’s the tip of the iceberg.

    Shellshock is a 25-year-old, but newly discovered flaw in software run on many Linux and Apple Mac computers.

    The US government has rated the security flaw 10/10 for severity, and given it a complexity rating of ‘low’ – meaning it’s very easy to exploit.

    The bug affects Bash, a program that runs on Apple Mac and Linux computers – and can run in the background without a user’s knowledge. The vulnerability lets hackers piggyback malicious code on otherwise benign commands.

    The new exploit, known as a “bot”, infiltrates a vulnerable machine via the Shellshock bug, before setting up a series of malicious code.

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    Another part looks for other routers on the network, and tries commonly used administrator logins to try and hijack them too.

    A third section connects to a remote server in what appears to be a “Command and Control” function, allowing the remotely control the hijacked machine at a later date.

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