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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... Read more...
When people think about Internet security, they still think of the various bugs, flaws, and malware that pervade the online world as a Windows problem. Macs have long enjoyed special status thanks to limited market share, while smartphones aren't generally considered to be an attack vector, no matter which OS you... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
Arguably, BlackBerry should've opened up its BBM platform to everyone years ago, as it could've leapfrogged Hangouts, iMessage, Snapchat, and some of the other chat tools ahead of where we are now. At this point, the BBM userbase is so small, that it arriving on iOS and Android a while back has had little impact on... Read more...
The virtual keyboard on Apple's iPhone line works pretty well, though if you're old school, you might still prefer a physical plank. Ryan Seacrest tried to rectify the situation by funding Typo, a keyboard case for the iPhone, but the end result looked a little too much like BlackBerry's iconic design. BlackBerry... Read more...
BlackBerry's bread and butter has always been the enterprise sector, and in a bid to make sure it retains that market, the Canadian handset maker went out and acquired Secusmart, a major player in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises, and... Read more...
Uh oh, BlackBerry -- with some help from IBM, it looks like Apple is making a play for the enterprise market with its mobile devices. Starting this fall, IBM is planning to partner exclusively with Apple to sell iPhone and iPad devices pre-loaded with native applications developed from the ground up specifically for... Read more...
As part of BlackBerry's attempted comeback tour, the Canadian handset maker today officially unveiled its new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition smartphone during a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. As the model name implies, this budget friendly device is being built exclusively for Indonesia, though the other notable... Read more...
Some new smartphone sales numbers are available via Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, and they point to Android’s continued dominance, particularly in the U.S.; however, iOS is making up ground in a few areas. Blackberry is tanking almost across the board, and Windows Phone continues to flounder in many countries. From January through March... Read more...
Evidently BlackBerry is still miffed at T-Mobile for encouraging users to trade in their BlackBerry handsets for iPhone devices. As a result, the Canadian handset maker has decided to terminate its relationship with the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. by opting not to renew T-Mobile's license to sell BlackBerry... Read more...
A keyboard accessory funded by Ryan Seacrest and intended for iPhone 5 and 5S devices hit a bit of a legal snag that leaves the project's future up in the air. According to multiple reports, BlackBerry won a court order barring Typo Products from selling its $99 Typo Keyboard Case after the Canadian handset maker... Read more...
BlackBerry is a shell of itself, but CEO John Chen has plans to bring the company back to prominence even as BlackBerry’s latest financials were released today showing losses for the year. BlackBerry eschewed its iconic physical keyboard for all-touchscreen devices with its Z10 and Z30 handsets, but after that... Read more...
Android is dominating the mobile market, but Google is still looking at new realms to conquer, and next on the horizon may be the enterprise. According to The Information’s two sources, (behind a paywall), Google is making a concerted effort to claim the enterprise ground that BlackBerry once held and preventing... Read more...
The White House and its most important denizen have never exactly been bastions of hot new technology, but this current president has always at least appeared to live in the 21st century. President Obama famously refused to give up his BlackBerry when he took office, but now the White House may be ditching BlackBerry... Read more...
Facebook surprised a lot of people when Mark Zuckerberg announced his social network was acquiring WhatsApp, an instant messaging application for smartphones, for $19 billion, representing the company's biggest acquisition to date. When asked about the valuation, BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, said he would take $19... Read more...
Down but not out, BlackBerry will attempt to pick itself back up and once again become a legitimate contender in the smartphone space by returning to its roots. Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry said its new Q20 smartphone will feature a full QWERTY keyboard with the familiar and classic... Read more...
With friends like T-Mobile, who needs enemies? That pretty much sums up how BlackBerry felt after T-Mobile sent an email to customers encouraging them to switch to Apple's iPhone 5S. What really set the Canadian handset maker off, however, was T-Mobile calling its $0 down promotion on iPhone 5S smartphones a "great... Read more...
There’s a lot of news out there, but there’s also a lot of “news”--that link bait stuff with sensational headlines and other detritus that just clogs up the Internet. Jason Calacanis is seeking to offer a tidier way of curating the news with a mobile app called Inside.com. The goal is to... Read more...
It was a questionable partnership from the start, but after a rocky year, it's coming to a close. During desperate times, RIM hitched its creative wagon to Alicia Keys, bestowing upon her the role of Global Creative Director. Pundits were quick to point out that Keys frequently used an iPhone, and questioned her ability to truly make a dent... Read more...
For every great, long-lasting startup that goes on to revolutionize the world, there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- that never make it beyond the drawing board. In today's world, however, simply "making it" once isn't good enough. Particularly in the rough-and-tumble technology sector, companies have to continue proving themselves time... Read more...
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