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BlackBerry CEO Chen Net Neutrality

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

By on January 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: I think John Chen is a very smart guy who has done a terrific job leading BlackBerry out of a very bad situation so far. But on Tuesday afternoon, he penned a blog post on net neutrality that might be the single most boneheaded take on the debate I’ve ever read. More →

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Reuters: Samsung has approached BlackBerry about a possible takeover

By on January 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM.

Reuters: Samsung has approached BlackBerry about a possible takeover

Although BlackBerry has officially been off the market for more than a year now, that apparently hasn’t stopped it from getting interested suitors. Reuters‘ Jennifer Ablan is reporting that Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry about the possibility of a takeover. Specifically, Ablan reports that Samsung is willing to buy BlackBerry “for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio.” More →

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Sony Hack BlackBerry Devices

A surprising winner emerges from the Sony hack: BlackBerry

By on December 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

A surprising winner emerges from the Sony hack: BlackBerry

There aren’t many winners in the Sony hack but one of them might be BlackBerry. The New York Times reports that once Sony realized the massive scope of the hack, it was forced to dig up “a handful of old BlackBerrys, located in a storage room in the Thalberg basement” and give them to key executives. The reason Sony did this is because BlackBerry still has an unmatched reputation for security and their devices were the only way Sony could be sure their high-level executives’ communications remained confidential. More →

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iPhone Vs BlackBerry

iPhone lover explains what it’s like to switch back to a BlackBerry

iPhone lover explains what it’s like to switch back to a BlackBerry

By on December 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

BlackBerry had quite an interesting year in 2014. The company’s stock is up more than 45% on the year as investors find hope in several BlackBerry businesses. Meanwhile, smartphones have taken a backseat, with BlackBerry’s global market share plummeting to less than 1% by some counts. At the same time, Apple has had a phenomenal year, having enjoyed the biggest smartphone launch of all time as it continued to hold the title of the most valuable technology company in the world.

Interestingly, BlackBerry decided to go back to the basics in the fourth quarter this year, and it recently launched a phone it calls the “BlackBerry Classic.” While the phone does include a touchscreen and somewhat modern specs, it’s a spitting image of BlackBerry phones from before the fall.

But is a throwback to the days when physical keyboards were dominant enough to pull business away from the competition? One high-profile iPhone user made the switch, and he explained what it was like in a recent review. More →

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BlackBerry Z20 Leaked Pictures

Leaked pics reveal BlackBerry’s next big smartphone

By on December 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Leaked pics reveal BlackBerry’s next big smartphone

When it comes to high-end and mid-range phones this year, BlackBerry has mostly focused on releasing devices with full QWERTY keyboards such as the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. That doesn’t mean BlackBerry has given up on touchscreen-only devices, however, because N4BB has just posted some leaked pictures of a device called the BlackBerry Z20 that will be BlackBerry’s first major touchscreen-only device since the BlackBerry Z30 phablet the company released in 2013. More →

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John Chen Vs. Tim Cook

BlackBerry’s CEO just missed being named CNN’s CEO of the Year

By on December 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO just missed being named CNN’s CEO of the Year

It’s still too early to say BlackBerry is in great shape but the company is clearly much better off than it was a year ago when it looked like it was in its last throes. A lot of credit for this turnaround goes to CEO John Chen, who has helped the company stabilize its finances while also moving it away from relying on mobile device sales and more toward making money from enterprise software and services. More →

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BlackBerry Boeing Black Phone

BlackBerry is working on a top-secret phone that does something unheard of

By on December 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

BlackBerry is working on a top-secret phone that does something unheard of

We first heard about Boeing’s top-secret new smartphone called the Boeing Black earlier this year but this is the first time we’ve heard of BlackBerry’s involvement in the project. Reuters reports that BlackBerry CEO John Chen said late last week that he was “pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform.” Chen added that this was literally all he was allowed to say about the project, so we shouldn’t expect to learn anymore details about it from him in the near future. More →

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BlackBerry Classic Hands On Businessweek

Businessweek trolls BlackBerry in the most brutal way imaginable

By on December 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM.

Businessweek trolls BlackBerry in the most brutal way imaginable

The BlackBerry Classic is definitely something of a throwback to old BlackBerry Bold models, although it definitely features much better specs and software than those smartphone relics. However, Bloomberg Businessweek has just posted a “hands on” article about the Classic that brutally trolls the device by showing it being held by a pair of bony skeletal hands, as you can see in the picture above. The message is clear: The Classic feels ancient and dead. More →

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BlackBerry Q3 2015 Earnings

The Waterloo miracle? BlackBerry ekes out tiny profit in Q3 2015

By on December 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM.

The Waterloo miracle? BlackBerry ekes out tiny profit in Q3 2015

One year ago, BlackBerry was in truly retched shape. Now, though, it looks like the company has stopped the bleeding. BlackBerry on Friday reported its fiscal Q3 2015 earnings and the company posted a profit of $0.01 per share, which significantly beat the consensus estimate of a loss of $0.16 per share and was a vast improvement over the disastrous loss of $0.67 per share that the company posted a year ago. More →

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BlackBerry Classic Best Features

Here’s why I love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic

By on December 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Here’s why I love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic

I tease BlackBerry a lot but I’m actually hoping the company is successful. Why? Because I think it serves an important niche and its devices make customers within that niche very happy. And under CEO John Chen, the company has embraced its role as a niche player and has stopped trying to desperately keep up with Apple and Google, which is a fight that it was destined to lose pretty much from the start. More →

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Everything old is new again: BlackBerry unveils the Classic

By on December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM.

Everything old is new again: BlackBerry unveils the Classic

BlackBerry is through trying to mimic Apple and Google, which is why it’s decided to kick things old school this year and release devices that emphasize its iconic physical QWERTY keyboards. And now the company has just unveiled its biggest throwback device yet that not only features a physical keyboard but also brings back function keys, trackpads and other old-timey BlackBerry staples. Yes, we’re talking about the BlackBerry Classic. More →

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