Connect with us

iPhone is outdated: BlackBerry CEO

Published

on

iPhone is outdated: BlackBerry CEO

rim-ceo-thorsten-heins-interview

Toronto – Apple’s iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry.

Thorsten Heins made the comment on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry on Friday, more than six weeks after the company launched the devices elsewhere.Heins also told The Associated Press that a new keyboard version of the BlackBerry won’t be released in the US until two or three months from now. He previously said it would be eight to 10 weeks, but now he’s saying it could be delayed an additional two weeks.

Both the touchscreen and keyboard models are part of BlackBerry’s attempt at a comeback after the pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple’s 2007 release of the iPhone.

Heins said a lack of innovation at Apple has left iPhone’s user interface outdated. He noted iPhone users have to go in and out of applications and the device doesn’t allow for multitasking like the new BlackBerry Z10 does.

“It’s still the same,” Heins said of the iPhone. “It is a sequential way to work and that’s not what people want today anymore. They want multitasking.”

BlackBerry’s new software allows users to have multiple applications open like on a desktop, he said, noting that with BlackBerry you don’t have to close an application to check an email.

“We’re changing it for the better because we’re allowing people to peak in the hub,” Heins said.

Heins said the iPhone was revolutionary five years ago, but he said it’s now “just kind of sitting there.”

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris declined comment.

But the delay in selling the new keypad BlackBerry, called the Q10, complicates company’s efforts to hang on to customers tempted by the iPhone and a range of devices running Google’s Android operating system. Even as the BlackBerry has fallen behind rivals in recent years, many BlackBerry users have stayed loyal because they prefer a physical keyboard over the touch screen found on the iPhone and most Android devices. But the temptations to switch grow with each additional delay, despite favorable reviews for new system.

Heins said the Q10 keyboard version BlackBerry is just not ready yet and said part of the reason is out of his control.

“It’s our job to deliver the right software package and the right software quality to the carriers,” he said. “Then it is on the carriers to decide how intense they want their testing cycle to be and that really can range from a few weeks to three months.”

US carriers reportedly haven’t made testing a priority because BlackBerry, which is based in Based in Waterloo, Ontario, has dramatically lost market share. The US has been one market in which BlackBerry has been particularly hurting, even as the company is doing well overseas. According to research firm IDC, shipments of BlackBerry phones plummeted from 46 per cent of the US market in 2008 to 2 per cent in 2012.

The iPhone and Android now dominate.

Heins said the company has to regain market share in the US for BlackBerry to be successful.

“You got to win here to win everywhere else,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. We’ve lost market share quite a bit, to put it mildly, and we absolutely need BlackBerry 10 to turn us around.”

Heins said initial sales in other countries are encouraging, but he could not release numbers ahead of BlackBerry’s earnings report.

“I get more and more excited every day,” he said. “I really have to make sure I stay grounded and I don’t lose my sense for reality. But for the whole company this is so important to finally be here, and to see people buying it, after we were told 30 months ago when we started that two quarters down the road we would be bankrupt, we would be out of business.” -AP

Himachal Watcher is Himachal Pradesh's most credible online English magazine and news portal

Misc News/Press Release

HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

Published

on

HP Govt Jan Manch Programme

Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

Continue Reading

Misc News/Press Release

Himachal’s Dr Vivek Bindal performs India’s first robotic surgery on 14-year-old

Published

on

India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s, Dr Vivek Bindal, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, performed robotic surgery on a 14-year-old child and removed a large tumor from his left adrenal gland thus saving his life.

Dr Vivek Bindal hails from Solan and is the son of the five-time legislator and current Deputy Speaker of the HP Legislative Assembly. He is currently serving as a consultant and coordinator (Robotic Surgery), Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric, The information was also released through an official press note issued from the Speaker’s Office.

Dr. Vivek Bindal son of Rajiv Bindal

According to doctors, the procedure lasted for two hours and the child was kept in hospital for four days and discharged thereafter, without any blood pressure medication. Before surgery, he was taking three different tablets for blood pressure in high doses. It is believed that he is the most experienced Robotic and Bariatric Surgeon in South East Asia. He has published many research papers and book chapters in this field in reputed journals.

During this uphill task, Prof. Satish Aggarwal was also present. Experts claim that the surgery is first of its kind in India. Robotic surgery is rarely used on children because of the small size of the abdomen, especially for adrenal tumors, which are deep-seated and adjacent to big blood vessels.

The adrenal gland is a deep-seated gland in the human abdominal cavity above the kidney, adjacent to biggest blood vessels and important organs of our body.

India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

“Pheochromocytoma” is a rare functional tumor of the adrenal gland which leads to very high blood pressure and other medical problems. It is usually removed by open surgery, which entails a big cut and long recovery,  the doctors said.

The child had symptoms like sweating, palpitations, breathlessness and high blood pressure. On investigations, he was found to have a large 8 cm tumor in the left adrenal gland, along with high catecholamine (hormone) levels, suggestive of pheochromocytoma,

said Prof. Satish Aggarwal, department of pediatric surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The child was planned for excision of the tumor by robotic surgery, rather than open surgery.

The location and size of the tumor, its proximity to vital organs like pancreas and major blood vessels, coupled with a small abdominal cavity in a child made it a very challenging and robotic platform was chosen to overcome these problems. The additional benefits of small incisions, minimal blood loss and faster recovery in a child made us proceed with robotics,

said Dr Vivek Bindal.

Experts said the challenge was to maintain blood pressure before, during and after the surgery. According to doctors even minimal manipulation of the adrenal tumor during surgery can shoot the blood pressure to alarming levels, while it falls precipitously immediately after removal of the tumor.

The child underwent a successful removal of the left adrenal tumor, which turned out to be 8 cm tumor, stuck to kidney, pancreas, spleen and large intestine, Keyhole robotic surgery was performed and the structures were dissected one by one safely.

The tumor was very vascular and had multiple bold vessels supplying it, arising from renal vessels and aorta. They were isolated and divided in between clips. The tumor was removed in totality without any significant blood loss,

said Dr Bindal.

More About Dr Vivek Bindal

Dr Vivek Bindal is working as Consultant Robotic, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He has a keen interest in Robotic Bariatric (Weight loss) Surgery and has worked and published extensively in this field. He is among the pioneer surgeons in South East Asia to bring Robotic Surgery in the field of Obesity surgery.

Dr Bindal completed his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Thereafter, he did 2-year super speciality Fellowship of National Board (FNB) in Minimal Access Surgery from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Following this degree, Dr Bindal did an advanced fellowship in Robotic Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He also worked as a faculty member in Division of Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, USA.

He has also been trained in Robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery at centres of excellence around the world including IRCAD (Strasburg, France), International Robotic Training School (Grosseto, Italy), Celebration Health Florida Hospital (Florida, USA) etc.

He has been invited to speak on Laparoscopic, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery in various international and national conferences. He is actively involved in research in Bariatric surgery and is co-PI of many projects involving basic science research.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

Campus Interviews at Nauni University: 13 MBA students offered placement by Policy Bazaar

Published

on

Campus placement at UHF nauni Varsity

Solan: The Department of Business Management at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry organize the first round of campus interviews at the university premises this month. The students of the Masters in Business Management (MBA) appeared for the interview.

The reputed insurance company PolicyBazar selected thirteen students. 13 students were given offer letters by the recruiting company with the initial package of Rs 2.64 lakh per annum, informed Dr KK Raina, Head, Department of Business Administration

Quality education is the core theme of the MBA programme at UHF and the department believes in the generation of quality manpower rich in academics, industrial exposures and moral values,

he said.

The recruiters were also highly impressed with the quality of MBA students.

 We are very pleased with the quality, confidence as well as the job attitude of the MBA students of this university,

Urvashi Sharma, a representative of the hiring company said

The company has also offered summer training for the first year students and showed immense interest in visiting the campus for recruitment of management professionals in the future as well. Dr Modgil, Assistant Director Placement and Dr Nisha Kumari coordinated the placements.

Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice Chancellor congratulated the selected students and appreciated the efforts of the Department.

The varsity had organized its ninth Convocation on May 21, 2018, which was presided over by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

Apart from the gold medals, degrees were also awarded to 462 students of B Sc, M Sc in Horticulture, Forestry and Biotech programmes from the College of Horticulture, College of Forestry and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, MBA and PhD programmes

Continue Reading

Trending