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+Evernote   With the launch of Android Wear, the one feature that would make Evernote & Android Wear killer together would be geofenced reminders!
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Jon: I love Evernote. I think you were the one to tell me about it. :-)
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Hey +Evernote I randomly saw that post-it support was in the Android version... finally! Your blog is in my RSS feeds and I never saw it announced. Don't let such a big announcement be on one platform for so long next time. Thank you.
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I'll be sure to share your sentiments
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I cut the cord years ago!
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I can't wait until we can get anything over the internet easily and legally
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This is pretty awesome.  With the functionality shown in the video, I'd want Google Glass today!
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Me too!
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I agree!
 
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First of all, congratulations to the BlackBerry (previously known as Research In Motion) development team on releasing BlackBerry 10 (#BlackBerry10)!

I don't think BlackBerry having their own OS for their phones is going to win battles in the world where Android and iOS are so dominant. Even with BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry does not have any single feature which is so appealing, that someone who owns an Android or iPhone is going to switch. If BlackBerry's objective is to appeal to a niche market, then they might stay alive but won't be massively profitable. The difference between BlackBerry 10 release and the release of the original iPhone was that it was revolutionary in many respects. There was no other phone like it at the time. That enticed people to buy it. Looking at BlackBerry 10, it's a release that brings BlackBerry on par with the major functionality of current mobile operating systems.

If I were BlackBerry, I would create your apps for the major platforms which use your services. Get people hooked into your services without requiring them to buy your phone with your OS on it. Google has done it and now people who buy an Apple product, start using Google products over the Apple version of the software. Gmail app over Mail, Chrome over Safari, Google Maps over Apple Maps, etc.

I'll take it one step further, instead of competing against giants like Samsung, Apple, and Google directly; you should use their gains to your advantage. Go to Samsung and have them create a version of their top selling Android phones with BlackBerry apps installed by default over the competing ones. Don't only sell your own hardware, offer Android phones with BlackBerry apps pre-installed everywhere BlackBerry is sold.

Put BlackBerry applications in the respective stores for each platform for free. Give new users the ability to try it out for free for 30 days before having to start paying for your service. Make it easy for them to have the BlackBerry service fee added to their phone bill or charged to a credit card of choice.

The BlackBerry service is the best product you offer, so offer it to as many people as possible. Instead of the service fees making up 39% of your revenue, it should be making up most of your revenue and profit. If users find your services the most useful and their due for a phone upgrade, they might see a dedicated BlackBerry device as an option.

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+Adobe  shame on you!  I give a unique email address to each online service.  Today I received SPAM in my email address designated for Adobe!  Shame on you for either A) sharing my email address with a third party OR B) Email addresses have been compromised from your servers.
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It was a MASSIVE breach and even made it to mainstream media last year. So, now you know how your address got out there :)
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So ever since I upgraded to OS X Mavericks, my Macbook Pro had been running really slowly. I looked into it a bit and Mavericks alone takes up like 1.5GB of memory and my laptop had only 2GB. This past week I ordered the max amount of ram I could for the laptop. This evening I installed the new 8GB of ram which makes the machine feels like new again!

This is the exact reason I will not buy a computer which are glued together (which prevents memory/hard drive upgrades). While 2GB of ram was OK back in 2009, it is no longer good for 2014. If my computer had been glued together, I would be looking at a new laptop instead of a $113 upgrade.

Thanks to my wife for helping deal with the tiny screws and tight fit areas that my big fingers couldn't manage.
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Corporate taxes in USA needs to be redone! This makes you sick when you read it and think about how much money is taken out in taxes every paycheck and around April 15th.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/20/how-to-make-30-billion-and-pay-no-corporate-income-tax-the-apple-way/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-21/google-2-4-rate-shows-how-60-billion-u-s-revenue-lost-to-tax-loopholes.html
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I just found a cool tip online, where everything you write into +Google+  ends up in +Evernote.  It's one of the 15 tips in the linked to article.
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To all those criticizing +Marissa Mayer for her no more telecommute decision.  Having worked at a company which required workers to be in the office or on sick/vacation helped the productivity of the teams in mu opinion.  At another job having been in a situation where the person you need to talk to is out of reach is annoying and counter-productive.

I'm betting once Yahoo rebuilds itself to be more successful, this no telecommute mandate will soften.
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+Google +Google+  - I have an idea for you. Merge a users' Reader into Google+, so that when I am looking at my Google+ feed, my RSS feed data is intertwined with it (ordered appropriately by date/time).  My folders in Reader should become new circles in Google+.  

If and when you have done that, please make Google+ content available through the existing Google Reader API.  This would allow reading of Google+ content in existing Google Reader enabled applications. Similar to folders becoming circles...when using Google Reader API, the folders should be referencing circles instead.

Thanks.
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