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For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to... Read more...
If you want to boggle your brain, try figuring out if BlackBerry is up for sale, and if so, whether or not Samsung is a potential suitor. Be warned, coming to a conclusion requires navigating a field of 'he said, she said, they said, my mother's uncle's best friend's neighbor said', only to arrive in a field of denials. But for what it's worth, there is evidence to suggest that Samsung is indeed pursuing BlackBerry in a buyout. The rumor first popped up a week ago in which it was reported that Samsung was in talks to acquire the struggling Canadian company for $7.5... Read more...
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) were up nearly thirty percent as the closing bell sounded this afternoon. What could possibly be behind this sudden spike in interest in shares of a smartphone company whose glory days faded years ago? Well, it turns out that BlackBerry may be ripe for the picking, and according to Reuters, Samsung is ready to make an offer that John Chen and BlackBerry’s board may be reluctant to refuse. According to the Reuters report, Samsung is willing to pay roughly $7.5 billion for BlackBerry's assets (including its patent portfolio). Samsung’s sudden interest to “make... Read more...
The BlackBerry Passport is one odd device. On the one hand, its hardware is fitting for a 2014-era flagship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (3GB RAM), 32GB of internal storage, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, a 13MP rear camera with OIS, and a massive 3450 mAh battery. On the other hand, the device has an odd 4.5” 1440x1440 square display and squared off edges which doesn’t exactly make it very ergonomic. While the Passport officially launched back in late September, it is just now arriving on AT&T’s network. And wouldn’t you know it, AT&T is already cutting corners… really. AT&T... Read more...
After Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's spying behavior last summer, it took little time for companies the world over to capitalize on it, offering either software or hardware with the promise of enhancing our security and privacy. Admittedly, I'm always more drawn towards the hardware side, and it was Geeksphone's Blackphone that first caught my eye. With a promise of keeping your communications as locked-down as possible, the company was definitely catering to the privacy nut - a term that seems a lot more sane today than it did prior to Snowden's leaks. Mere days after we talked about the Blackphone,... Read more...
BlackBerry took Wall Street by surprise this morning by posting an adjusted third-quarter operating profit, a sign that its comeback strategy and restructuring efforts might be on the right track. However, BlackBerry's revenue tumbled 34 percent year-over-year to $793 million, highlighting the uphill battle that stands ahead of the Canadian handset maker.For the period ended November 29, 2014, BlackBerry reported a net loss of $148 million, or 28 cents a share. That's much better than the $4.4 billion loss, or $8.37 per share, that it reported a year ago. These figures also come just ahead of BlackBerry's... Read more...
If you’re ready to party like it’s 2008, BlackBerry has a smartphone that is right up your alley. We already brought you news earlier this week that pre-orders for the Classic went though the roof, with the initial North American allotment selling out, but BlackBerry today is officially launching the device. If the Passport was a whacky, unorthodox take on the modern smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic is simply a time machine to the past. “BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communications tool that many BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for,” said BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “It’s... Read more...
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), if you prefer, is banking on its BlackBerry Classic handset being a hit as the Canadian company looks to regain solid footing in the mobile space. So far, so good -- the blast-from-the-past smartphone is winning favor among BlackBerry users, both new and old, who have collectively depleted the company of its pre-order stock. If you head over to the BlackBerry Classic's product page, it still shows the pre-order button, but clicking it in hopes of scoring one in time for Christmas is a surefire way of being disappointed.... Read more...
Ford has been circling the drains in quality rankings by customers in recent years, mainly due to issues with its MyFord Touch in-car infotainment system. The touchscreen-based interface has drawn the ire of many drivers and automobile reviewers alike, and the auto manufacturer has done much of the past few years to address lingering performance and usability issues. Drivers have experienced frequent system reboots, frozen screens, and poorly-responding haptic controls — not something that driver wants to experience while the vehicle is in motion. Ford has rolled out a slew of updates to address... Read more...
Not only is BlackBerry getting back to its roots by releasing a Passport device that harkens back to the company's glory days, it's also willing to get in the trenches and fight aggressively to win back customers, especially those who may have flocked to Apple while it was busy experimenting with a name change and other questionable strategies. Heading in to the holiday season, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) has rolled out a trade-up program in which current iPhone users can receive up to $550 for switching to a Passport. The incentive includes up to $400 (USD or CAD) in... Read more...
For many years, one thing in particular worked well for BlackBerry: building phones with physical keyboards and fantastic battery life. It's a very different mobile world these days, with BlackBerry trailing almost everyone else in terms of both mind and market share, but that's not stopping the slimmed-down outfit from producing yet another product that harkens back to its glory days. The BlackBerry Classic is exactly what you'd expect: a phone that doesn't provide any outlandish new design cues, but instead relies on the formula that made it so important to business travelers the world over.... Read more...
Someone at BlackBerry's been watching Matthew McConaughey's goofy Lincoln commercials, and specifically the one that states, "Sometimes you've got to go back to actually move forward." Not to reminisce or chase ghosts, mind you, but to see where you came from, as McConaughey advises. What the flip that has to do with Lincoln, we're not really sure, but in BlackBerry's case, the Canadian handset maker is pinning its hopes on the aptly named BlackBerry Classic. The BlackBerry Classic represents a return to what once made BlackBerry devices popular to begin with -- the well designed physical keyboard... Read more...
On one hand, we have to give credit to BlackBerry for attempting to think outside the box as it struggles to find relevance in a crowded mobile market. However, we're not sure the Canadian handset maker's new Passport device with its large square screen and touch-sensitive tactile keyboard is the answer to the company's problems. BlackBerry certainly thinks fondly of the Passport. The company dedicated a blog post complete with sketches, rough schematics, and a video to the Passport's design. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, the device was inspired by (and named after) actual passports.... Read more...
In an internal memo to employees, BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially told the company's remaining workers that they can exhale, the worst is behind them, including layoffs. Not only that, but Chen said he plans to hire workers in specific areas, which is somewhat surprising after BlackBerry just finished shrinking its workforce by around 60 percent over the past three years. "We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us," Chen stated in the memo. It's been a long and rough road for BlackBerry, the company formerly... Read more...
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