Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins Fired

Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins reportedly ousted from yet another company

By on February 29, 2016 at 9:10 PM.

Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins reportedly ousted from yet another company

Given the utterly dire state in which he left BlackBerry, I was curious to see if former CEO Thorsten Heins would have better luck in his post-BlackBerry business endeavors. As it turns out, he has notRe/code notices that Heins is apparently being ousted from his current position as the CEO of wireless charging company Powermat as part of a settlement with some members of its board of directors. More →

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Apple Vs FBI Fox News

Fox News host rips Apple for FBI fight, vows to go back to BlackBerry

By on February 18, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

Fox News host rips Apple for FBI fight, vows to go back to BlackBerry

You may think you love America, but Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle loves it enough to make the ultimate sacrifice: Switching back to BlackBerry. During a discussion of Apple’s decision to defy a court order asking it to help the FBI disable the passcode security protocols on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, Guilfoyle ripped into Apple and said that the company shouldn’t put up this much of a fuss about helping the FBI break into one specific iPhone. More →

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BlackBerry Switch To Android

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

By on February 1, 2016 at 9:50 PM.

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

Yes, it’s really time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10. In an interview with India’s The Economic Times, BlackBerry exec Damian Tay explained that “the future is really Android” and said that the company may completely ditch its own BlackBerry 10 operating system if it can make Android secure enough to get security certifications from governments that still rely on BlackBerry devices for secure communications. Should that happen, we should expect BlackBerry to become an Android-only smartphone vendor. More →

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BlackBerry Only Releasing Android 2016

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

By on January 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM.

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

We all knew this day would come but now it seems it’s finally here. Per Engadget, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said at CES 2016 this week that his company is going to release at least one new Android phone in 2016 while also saying that it doesn’t plan to release any phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system this year. Chen did say he would still like to release a BlackBerry 10-based handset in the future but he wouldn’t commit to anything — rather, he’s waiting to see whether the company’s Android phones can make its smartphone hardware business profitable again. More →

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BlackBerry Q3 2016 Earnings Analysis

Are things actually looking up for BlackBerry?

By on December 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Are things actually looking up for BlackBerry?

I’ll admit it: Two years ago, I did not think BlackBerry would have still been in business by this time. It seems that I was wrong, however, because BlackBerry shares were up more than 10% in the wake of its third-quarter earnings report that it released on Friday. What was so good about this earnings report, you ask? Not only did BlackBerry’s sales and EPS beat the consensus estimate but it also pointed a way forward for the beleaguered smartphone pioneer. More →

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BlackBerry Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

By on December 17, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

BlackBerry, a company whose smartphones most people haven’t bought for years, posted an unusual missive on user privacy and security earlier this week penned by CEO John Chen. What’s particularly strange about Chen’s message is that it seems like he’s both slamming and supporting Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption. More →

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Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins Powermat Lawsuit

BlackBerry’s former CEO is being sued for allegedly wrecking yet another company

By on December 11, 2015 at 2:21 PM.

BlackBerry’s former CEO is being sued for allegedly wrecking yet another company

To say former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins left BlackBerry in a precarious state would be an understatement. He left BlackBerry in 2013 after overseeing the failed commercial launch of BlackBerry 10 and then the failed attempt to take the company private. Given the completely dismal state of BlackBerry in those dark days, it’s impressive that current CEO John Chen has been able to stabilize it as much as he has. Despite his not-so-spectacular track record, however, another company decided to name Heins as its CEO after his departure from BlackBerry, and he’s been the center of some significant controversy. More →

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BlackBerry Vienna Android Leaked Photos

BlackBerry’s second Android phone revealed in leaked photos

By on November 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

BlackBerry’s second Android phone revealed in leaked photos

Making Android phones isn’t going to be a one-and-done deal for BlackBerry. Even though the BlackBerry Priv just came out last week, we’ve already gotten a look at BlackBerry’s second Android phone thanks to leaked photos posted on CrackBerry. More →

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BlackBerry Priv Reviews

BlackBerry Priv review roundup: Some love it, some hate it, but ‘too little too late’

By on November 6, 2015 at 12:43 PM.

BlackBerry Priv review roundup: Some love it, some hate it, but ‘too little too late’

For years now, BlackBerry has been struggling to maintain some semblance of relevancy in a smartphone market that seemingly passed them by in an instant. BlackBerry, a brand which once ruled the smartphone market with an iron fast, is now almost an afterthought in a market dominated by the iPhone and an assortment of Android devices from a variety of manufacturers.

Down but not out, BlackBerry is going for broke in a last-ditch effort to keep its handset business alive. And the product BlackBerry CEO John Chen is betting the farm on is the BlackBerry Priv. Available today in select markets, Chen recently said that BlackBerry might exit the handset business altogether if the Priv can’t move 5 million units a year. Clearly, the pressure for the Priv to perform is immense.

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BlackBerry Priv Release November 6th

Will the Priv be BlackBerry’s last phone?

By on November 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Will the Priv be BlackBerry’s last phone?

To say things have gone poorly for BlackBerry’s hardware business over the past several years would be a grave understatement. The company last quarter recognized hardware revenue on just 800,000 smartphones sold with an average selling price of $240 each. That is horrendously bad and it goes a long way toward explaining why it’s now trying its luck releasing an Android phone called the BlackBerry Priv that will be available on AT&T on November 6th for $250 on contract. More →

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BlackBerry Priv Photos Pricing

BlackBerry Priv pricing information and photos revealed in new leaks

By on October 12, 2015 at 7:31 AM.

BlackBerry Priv pricing information and photos revealed in new leaks

BlackBerry’s first foray into the world of Android devices comes in the form of the upcoming BlackBerry Priv. Originally introduced in September, the lure of the device will reportedly be a melding of Android with traditional BlackBerry security and productivity features. Now whether or not users will care is another question entirely, but that’s the strategy that BlackBerry has opted to go all-in with.

Now we’ve already seen some official shots of the BlackBerry Priv surface over the past few weeks (see above), but derStandard over the weekend published new photos which provide our closest look yet at the hardware BlackBerry is hoping might keep it from abandoning the smartphone market altogether.

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