iPhone Launch

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

By on May 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve Jobs’ mind, BlackBerry devices were absolutely killing it in the marketplace. Even Microsoft, which tends to get laughed at for missing important trends in the tech space, had been working on various Windows Mobile devices going all the way back to 2000.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Compensation $3.4 Million

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

By on May 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

Let’s hope BlackBerry CEO John Chen hasn’t already blown through the massive $85.8 million compensation package he received in fiscal 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Chen’s compensation for fiscal 2015 has fallen to “only” $3.4 million, although the Journal notes that all but $1 million of last year’s compensation “was from restricted shares that vest over five years starting from Mr. Chen’s hiring in November 2013.”

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BlackBerry Vs iPhone

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

By on May 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

BGR was one of the first sites to call BlackBerry’s coming downfall, and we gave the world an unprecedented inside look at the company’s decline. At one point, we even became an outlet for executives at the company to anonymously plead with the company’s top brass in an effort to turn things around. Of course, those pleas fell on deaf ears and the company came crashing down around them.

BlackBerry is now a shell of its former self, and the company continues to struggle to find its place in the industry. Adding insult to injury, BlackBerry has to relive its toppling yet again thanks to the upcoming release of a new book that pulls back the curtain to give us a new inside look at BlackBerry’s epic decline. More →

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iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM.

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview Phone Sales

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

By on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

One reason that BlackBerry is lucky to have John Chen at the helm is that, unlike his predecessors, he’s very much grounded in reality about the state of the company. So while former CEO Thorsten Heins was known for making delusional statements about there being nothing wrong with the company even though it was in a downward spiral at the time, Chen has helped stabilize things and has forced BlackBerry to focus more on its core strengths. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Classic Sale Announced

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

Remember when T-Mobile was trying to convert BlackBerry users to the iPhone and BlackBerry decided to end its licensing agreement with the “Un-carrier?” Well, it seems the two have patched things up because the two announced on Thursday “a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier’s Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.” More →

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iPhone vs BlackBerry

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

By on April 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM.

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

British politician Ed Miliband was recently looking for a way to spend less time with his head buried in his iPhone. And seeing as how the Apple Watch isn’t out yet, Miliband did the next best thing — he dropped the iPhone altogether and bought a BlackBerry.

During a recent interview with Absolute Radio, Miliband said he opted for a BlackBerry because, well, it has “limited functionality” relative to the iPhone.

Ouch.

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BlackBerry Q4 2015 Earnings

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

By on March 27, 2015 at 7:24 AM.

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. More →

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BlackBerry Leap Release Date

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

By on March 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

BlackBerry has mostly been concentrating on releasing phones with physical keyboards over the last year but now the company is trying to get back into the market for touch-only devices with its new BlackBerry Leap. More →

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Blackphone 2 Vs. BlackBerry Passport

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

By on March 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

How hard is is to “dominate” a company whose mobile platform has an estimated 0.4% of the market? Probably more difficult than Silent Circle, the company behind the security-centric Blackphone, thinks. As Gizmodo reports, Silent Circle security specialist Mike Janke was positively beating his chest at Mobile World Congress this week talking about the new Blackphone 2, which he implied spells the end of BlackBerry once and for all. More →

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BlackBerry 50 Shades Of Grey

This may be the best celebrity endorsement BlackBerry has ever received

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

This may be the best celebrity endorsement BlackBerry has ever received

Forget about Kim Kardashian and definitely, definitely forget about Alicia Keys. BlackBerry has received a ringing endorsement from author E.L. James, who wrote a good chunk of her smash hit 50 Shades of Grey on a BlackBerry phone. More →

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Why BlackBerry Is Not Dead

Where BlackBerry is still king

By on January 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

Where BlackBerry is still king

We’ve argued in the past that BlackBerry has an important opportunity to reestablish itself as a status symbol for corporate executives and government officials who absolutely need to have top-notch security. Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports that that having a BlackBerry is still a big deal for many people in Davos this week, where he’s noticed that “a lot of people here are conspicuously carrying two phones: an iPhone and a Blackberry.” More →

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