BlackBerry Confirms Loss of 200 Jobs – Reduction Comes With More Focus on Software

BlackBerry’s workforce is being reduced in a bid to find further efficiencies within the company.

blackberry-logo_1The company has confirmed it is cutting 200 jobs in Florida and Ontario, Canada. It’s a move that ties in with the company’s bid to place less focus on creating smartphones and devices and more attention on software.

“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,” the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The company had made no official statement on its website or issued a press release. Without official information it remains unknown what the cuts do to the company’s overall number of employees, but as of paperwork roughly one year ago BlackBerry employed roughly 6,220 individuals.

The company did confirm one employee who is leaving BlackBerry is one who has been with the company the longest, Gary Klassen. Klassen was instrumental in the creation of blackBerry’s messaging service, BBM.

BlackBerry’s last round of cuts, made in September, had the same number of employees slashed.


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Potential Twitter Change Creates Uproar – Messages May Not Appear in Standard, Chronological Order

Twitter, in a way it likely would prefer not, became one of the hottest topics on, well, Twitter, this weekend.

Jack TweetA hashtag – #RIPTwitter – was everywhere this past weekend as users claimed the social media network will kill itself if reports of a change to how tweets are displayed is true. The report, which has neither been denied nor confirmed by Twitter officials, states Twitter is rejigging how users see tweets.

Currently, Twitter users see tweets from all the people they follow in a chronological order. As people tweet, the 140-character messages appear in the feeds of followers.

Yet, as Reuters reported, plans to change that to a display of what tweets Twitter believes a user will find more interesting are not being met favourably.

“Dear Twitter, don’t try to be like Facebook, we don’t like Facebook #RIPTwitter,” one user, @dearcalumthood, tweeted Saturday.

The uproar prompted Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey entered the fray with his own series of tweets including one explaining “I *love* real-time. We love the live stream. It’s us. And we’re going to continue to refine it to make Twitter feel more, not less, live!”

However, Dorsey did not shed much light on whether a change will take place. He did, though, tweet the company was not planning to “reorder timelines next week.”

Details, obviously, have not been forthcoming from Twitter, but The Verge shared images of what the new timeline may look like. While tweets are displayed in a fluid manner there is evidence – if the image is correct – messages won’t necessarily be in the standard chronological order users have come to expect, and appreciate, from Twitter.


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Cortana Facing Her Share of Sexual Harassment – AI Assistant Often Questioned About Sex Life

Sexism and inappropriate comments know no boundaries, even when it comes to women who are artificial.

Microsoft-logoCortana, Microsoft’s artificial intelligence personal assistant, has a female voice and is represented by a female avatar, has often been asked about her sex life. It’s no joke and one the team behind the assistant is addressing as it continues to make Cortana smarter and, apparently, able to manage such inappropriate comments and questions.

Deborah Harrison, an editorial writer in the Cortana division of Microsoft, recently told CNN when Cortana was first launched a large portion of questions posed to her focused on her sex life. So, if people are going to treat their assistant in such a manner they’ll get the appropriate responses.

“If you say things that are particularly a**holeish to Cortana, she will get mad,” Harrison was quoted as saying by Digital Trends. “That’s not the kind of interaction we want to encourage.”

Microsoft is hoping to change the way users interact with Cortana. The company has tasked a team of seven writers to determine how Cortana will respond to inappropriate comments and questions. Cortana, like other AI assistants, does get smarter and learns to adapt to users the more often they are utilized so incorporating such responses is an interesting social experiment.

As Hot Hardware reported, the important thing to remember is users should treat their AI assiatant the same way they’d treat an actual person.


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