A quick entry this week to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day long weekend. The weather in the Edmonton (#yeg) area is going to be fantastic as summer has finally arrived. I love the heat and cannot wait to be outside the family and friends this weekend.
Now this is a IT/Tech blog so I should at least say something from a technology stand point. As luck would have it a great yet sad story from a Canadian tech company that just isn’t having any luck emerged. The results are in and BlackBerry’s shares are down 27% on the TSX. OUCH! Not surprised as holdouts for the Blackberry device are slowly dwindling and converting to Android, Apple and Windows Phone. Windows Phone recently replaced Blackberry as the third form factor and has been showing some pretty steady growth. Now that Blackberry has a back seat in 4th place and with dismal 2nd-quarter results, it’s only a matter of time before more and more companies abandon this platform in favour for much more innovative devices. Lets also not forget BlackBerry plans to scrap the PlayBook which in all honestly was a weak attempt to get into the tablet marketplace. What’s sad is I’m all for supporting Canadian companies, however this one has just run out of innovative steam.
For those looking for events in the Edmonton area for Canada day, check out http://www.edmontonceleberatecanada.ca/ or the City of Edmonton’s website http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/festivals_events/celebrate-canada-day-in-edmonton.aspx
Stay safe this long weekend!