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Google's latest Android OS, Marshmallow, has been out for an entire month. You might think, then, that any device from this point forward to hit the market will feature it right out-of-the-gate. Of course, that's not the case. In an ideal world, that's how things would play out, but when so much effort is needed to prepare an OS for the launch of a new device, it's virtually impossible for a company to upgrade at the last minute to the latest hotness. The best they can do, then, is aim at getting an update out as soon as possible. That's BlackBerry's intent. The company has just launched its latest high-end smartphone, called PRIV, which ships with Lollipop 5.1.1. According to the company, there's... Read more...
We kicked the week off with an overdue reveal of BlackBerry's upcoming flagship smartphone, called PRIV. As the week went on, we learned all about what BlackBerry is doing to make PRIV the most secure Android device ever, and just yesterday, we got our first hint of what the phone might cost. Interestingly, when BlackBerry accidentally let the sale page for PRIV go live yesterday, it was priced at $749. Either the company made a last-minute tweak or that price was simply incorrect, because now that the page has gone live (once again), it's priced at $699. With the sale page live, we can pore over the list of officially official specs. From the top, PRIV is a 5.3-inch smartphone that implements... Read more...
It's been an exciting week for BlackBerry, its fans, and those who've been wanting to see the company score some big success with a new smartphone release. Kicking the week off, the company's PRIV smartphone was shown off in good detail, which included specs in addition to a close-up of the hardware design. Continuing that, we learned yesterday about what "PRIV" is all about: privacy, and security. That isn't just marketing; BlackBerry has gone to pretty impressive lengths to make sure that PRIV is indeed the world's most secure Android consumer phone. Being that PRIV sports high-end specs, a hardware keyboard, and a slew of BlackBerry enhancements, it was clear from the get-go that this was... Read more...
Here's the obvious: things aren't looking peachy for BlackBerry, and they haven't for a very long while. As the company bleeds market share at an alarming rate, most believe that we're well beyond the point of no return, and today's quarterly financials are going to leave the employees who are hanging on with a sullen holiday season. The company managed to pull in $1.2 billion in revenue for Q3, which was a substantial drop from the $1.6 billion it found last quarter. It also sold just 1.9 million smartphones in all of Q3, compared to 3.7 million in Q2. Charges are really hurting its bottom line, with a non-cash, pre-tax charge amount of $4.6 billion "associated with long-lived assets, inventory... Read more...
The days of BlackBerry could be coming to an end... or, at least the BlackBerry that we all know today. As the company begins to deal with the reality of its situation -- a reality that shows massive declines in sales, a lack of interest from consumers, and highly formidable opponents in the smartphone arena -- it has decided this week to sell itself to a consortium led by Fairfax Financial. We all knew it would eventually come to this, and BlackBerry itself stated that it was looking to finalize a deal of some sort by November. Shortly after announcing plans to cut 4,500 jobs and focus more on the enterprise, it appears that BlackBerry will be offering itself for $4.7 billion. It'll be a cash... Read more...
It's fair to say that BlackBerry's back is against the wall at this point. By most counts, it's been surpassed in market share by Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and the gap between it and iOS and/or Android is rather enormous. Rather than throw in the towel, however, BlackBerry opted to launch the Z30, it's biggest, fastest, and most advanced smartphone ever. The major selling point here is that the BlackBerry Z30 brings a 5-inch display to the mobile party. Whether you want to consider that a big-size smartphone or a phablet is up to you; either way it's a generously sized Super AMOLED display, though BlackBerry opted for a 1280x720 resolution (295 pixels per inch) rather than go Full HD... Read more...
It didn't take long for BlackBerry's newly appointed board director to make media headlines. In a recent interview in Stockhold, Nordberg talked in depth about BlackBerry's current situation, saying there are "subsets" within the company that can be sold off. But the thing he said that sticks out most is in regards to BlackBerry's ambition to be a major smartphone player and whether or not there's a different direction the company could go. "I think BlackBerry is able to survive as a niche company. But being a niche company means deciding to be a niche company," Nordbert told The Wall Street Journal. "Historically, BlackBerry has had larger ambitions. But battling giants like Apple, Google, and... Read more...
As BlackBerry enters a new age in the smartphone era, one that's decidedly dominated by Android and iOS (and/or Samsung and Apple, if you will), the Canadian firm decided a blast to the past was in order. Hence the launch of the company's new "super social" BlackBerry 9720 smartphone featuring an old school design reminiscent of earlier BlackBerry devices. "The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level... Read more...
First, the bad news: BlackBerry’s financial woes and failed turnaround efforts appear to have led the smartphone maker to consider putting itself up for sale. Blackberry is still in exploratory stages. This turn of events will likely come as a surprise for those who were reassured by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins’ apparent preference for licensing opportunities. Now for some interesting, and possibly good news: the BlackBerry A10 may have surfaced as the BlackBerry Z30 in a video by Vietnamese Cellphone S, according to Engadget. The phone has a sleek, slim body with AT&T and BlackBerry logos, and is rumored to have a 5-inch, 720p display and run BlackBerry 10.2. The video takes... Read more...
Google recently revealed the worst kept secret on the web by formally introducing its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS. It's thinner, faster, boasts a better display, and is supposed to be available to purchase July 30, 2013. Don't want to wait? You may not have to, depending on where you live. There have been reports that those who pre-ordered a new Nexus 7 from Best Buy have already received shipping notifications. Intrigued, we hit up Best Buy's website and sure enough, the electronics retailer is selling the updated Nexus 7 as if it's in stock (there's no mention of a pre-order). We checked with some local stores and found a handful listing the tablet as being in stock and available... Read more...
As BlackBerry continues to try and turn around its fortunes and regain relevance in the ultra competitive mobile market, more workers are falling by the wayside. Well, a more accurate way of putting it is that more workers are being pushed over the side of BlackBerry's wavering ship. In the latest round of job cuts, BlackBerry handed out pink slips to around 250 workers at its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. The company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) already parted ways with thousands of employees last year, and more recently, the Canadian handset maker hinted that more job cuts might be on the way. It's not clear if these 250 cuts are the last of them. BlackBerry's Z10 is one... Read more...
There's no better time to shop for a Mac than during the back-to-school shopping season. As we recently reported, Apple is offering college students up to $200 off select Mac systems plus a $100 App Store gift card, however you don't have to go through Apple to get a discount, nor do you need to be a student. Best Buy sent us a note letting us know it temporarily slashed the price of two MacBook Pro models by $200. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive is now $1,000, on sale from $1,200, and the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Core i7 processor clocked at 2.9GHz, 8GB RAM, and 750GB hard drive is now $1,300, down from $1,500. While the... Read more...
BlackBerry has big on security, but according to the findings of German site GeekHeim, the Canadian company has a big, nasty security flaw in its own ranks. Apparently, when you set up an email account using BlackBerry 10’s email client, you’re unwittingly sharing your login credentials with BlackBerry. “If you use one of the main functions of the phone, the email client for POP and IMAP, the complete account information including user name and password are sent to BlackBerry server without warning, without notice, without option to turn off this behavior,” said Frank Rieger of GeekHeim. Credit: Heuse Online Bear in mind that this is POP/IMAP email, not BlackBerry’s... Read more...
BlackBerry's Z10 handset came out of the gate strong, notching quick sales, including a single order of 1 million devices from an "established partner." The Z10 was also included in what BlackBerry deemed its largest ever corporate order of BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices (Q10 handsets were also included in that order). With all that being the case, it's a little curious that the Z10 keeps going down in price. At Best Buy, you can pick up a Z10 for as low as $50 with a new 2-year service agreement with Verizon Wireless. AT&T subscribers have it even better -- the device is free with a 2-year commitment. Off contract, the Z10 sells for $700. These are deeply discounted prices from when the Z10... Read more...
Been eying up one of those newer model Apple iPads with a Retina display? Don't fret if you're stuck with an older model, you have options at your disposal. You could always sell your old iPad on eBay or Craigslist, or you can march into a Best Buy store today or tomorrow and trade in your iPad 2 (or iPad 3) for a minimum $200 gift card. The two-day trade-in promotion starts today and helps customers upgrade to the latest and greatest version of the iPad without paying full price. A fourth generation 16GB Wi-Fi iPad with Retina display runs $500, or $300 after applying the $200 gift card, though you can use the gift card on other items as well (like an Android tablet). Depending on the condition... Read more...
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), may find itself a Guns 'N Roses fan, and in particular the song Patience. That's what BlackBerry's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thorsten Heins is asking from investors as the company continues to come up short of expectations during what's been deemed a "complex transition." "We are still in the midst of a major, complex transition of the this company, and like most of these transformations, progress can be volatile," Heins said during the company's annual meeting, according to USA Today. His words must have been somewhat inspiring to investors, who reacted by sending the company's share price up almost 1 percent on Tuesday,... Read more...
The company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) has some soul searching to do. After all the big talk, new platform and device launches, and even a name change to signify brighter days ahead, the company now known as BlackBerry notched an $84 million loss, or 13 cents per share, according to the firm's first quarter fiscal 2014 financial results. Stating the obvious, BlackBerry noted in its financial report the smartphone market "remains highly competitive," adding that it's therefore "difficult to estimate units, revenue, and levels of profitability." That might be true, or BlackBerry may be trying to mitigate the inevitable fallout from a disappointing quarter. If so, it didn't work.... Read more...
In the continuing effort to make BYOD work better in the enterprise, BlackBerry announced Secure Work Space for iOS and Android with the latest update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service v.10.1.1. Simply put, Secure Work Space is a tool that keeps your work life and personal life separated on a single device. For individual users, this allows them to keep their personal apps and data away from their work-related items and enjoy some privacy. For companies, this allows for much greater control over crucial aspects of management such as a security, as they don’t have to fuss with every employee’s personal miscellany getting in the way or causing problems. Users enjoy integrated, calendar,... Read more...
Small victories are victories nonetheless, and if Microsoft is in a celebratory mood, it can pop the top on a bottle of champagne and toast having jumped ahead of BlackBerry in smartphone platform penetration. According to newly published data by International Data Corporation (IDC), Windows Phone wiggled its way onto 7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, giving the platform a 3.2 percent share of the market. That doesn't sound like much, but it's enough to come in third behind Android and iOS. "Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide... Read more...
The feel-good moments for BlackBerry (or the company formerly known as Research In Motion, if you prefer) keep coming ever since the Canadian handset maker launched its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform along with new devices. One of those devices is the BlackBerry 10, the first BB10-based phone with a physical keyboard, and it's selling like gangbusters in the U.K. BlackBerry's Q10 device is only available at Selfridges in the U.K., which is a high-end department store chain. Selfridges said the Q10 was its fastest-selling consumer electronics product ever at its London, Birmingham, and Manchester stores, The Guardian reports. "Selfridges' initial stock of the BlackBerry Q10 sold out in stores within... Read more...
It was easy to kick BlackBerry when it was down, but now that it's risen from the ashes of Research In Motion (RIM) with a new name, a new flagship phone, and a new outlook on its mobile life, the spunky Canadian company is showing that it isn't afraid to engage in some verbal fisticuffs when necessary. Now apparently is one of those times. In a recent blog post, BlackBerry and wireless cohort Verizon called into question claims from research investment firm Detwiler Fenton that Z10 devices were being returned in unusually higher numbers. BlackBerry called the findings "absolutely false" and said the research outfit refused to share with the company its report to investors or its methodology.... Read more...
BlackBerry surprised Wall Street on Thursday by reporting a profit for its most recent quarter, posting a net gain of $94 million on revenue of $2.7 billion. Compare that to the previous quarter, during which time the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) lost $18 million. Indeed, a name change now seems entirely appropriate. It wasn't a new attitude that ultimately lifted BlackBerry out of the red, at least for a quarter. For its fiscal year, BlackBerry recorded loss of $646 million, so there's still plenty of ground to make up. However, this is no longer RIM we're dealing with, it's BlackBerry, and along with the name change came a new attitude, a new platform, and a new product... Read more...
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