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For FSCK sake, Barak Obama is not going to be using a Blackberry.

By Andrew Pollack on 01/24/2009 at 11:23 AM EST

The press has been jabbering on for days about how President Barak Obama will keep his beloved Blackberry. It's not true. He will not be keeping the device he loves, he'll be allowed to use a PDA created by General Dynamics -- or should I say bastardized by General Dynamics -- which is based on Windows CE. It's a competitor to Blackberry, not a Blackberry at all. I suppose RIM is allowing the news people to proliferate this mistake because it's good press for them when people hear how much he likes their product.

President Obama will used a hybrid device created by General Dynamics which operates as a semi-secured PDA allowed to access websites (or at least some websites) and allowed to email a very small subset of people who have been carefully checked out in advance. The device also has a "Secure" mode which allows it to communicate with "some other things" -- presumably some kind of military or intelligence based network which is more carefully hardened.

In any case, stop calling it a Blackberry.

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re: For FSCK sake, Barak Obama is not going to be using a Blackberry. By John Dillon on 01/24/2009 at 01:40 PM EST
Just as with Frigidaire, Kleenex, and Fiberglas, I suspect that "Blackberry" is
about to become a generic term rather than a specific product or vendor.

The Levi Strauss Co constantly battles to protect the name "Levis" from other
denim clothing brands.

I agree with you that RIM has its own best interest at heart when they refuse
to comment on the president's PDA.

Speaking of which, remember when "PDA" was a bad thing? It meant "Public
Display of Affection." Now it's a good thing, in either context.
re: For FSCK sake, Barak Obama is not going to be using a Blackberry. By Craig Wiseman on 01/24/2009 at 03:03 PM EST
What's unclear? desktop email is "outlook", PDAs are "blackberries", search is

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