Once the jewel of Canada’s technology sector, the Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry maker can’t seem to catch a break lately. Its stock is plunging downwards, its co-CEO team is under fire from company investors, and now the firm has announced 2,000 layoffs.
In a hotly competitive mobile environment, what was the cause of all this trouble? Many point to the disappointment surrounding the launch of the BlackBerry Playbook.
Why did Research in Motion’s new tablet get such a rough ride from reviewers? ComputerWorld Canada senior writer Rafael Ruffolo calls it “unfinished,” while editor Dave Webb defends its lack of native e-mail client.