BlackBerry NantHealth Startup Investment

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

It’s way too early to declare BlackBerry on the comeback trail, but Wired nonetheless finds a lot to like in the company’s recent investment in health tech startup NantHealth, a move that the publication calls BlackBerry’s “first good idea in years.” Why is this particular investment such a good idea? As Wired explains, it’s a sign that BlackBerry has really and truly thrown in the towel trying to compete with Apple and Google and is instead focussing on niche markets where its core strengths are actually valued. More →

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Top 10 Highest Paid Wireless CEOs

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

It pays to be an executive in one of the hottest industries on the planet. Very well, in fact. Fierce Wireless has compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireless industry in 2013, featuring many familiar faces, but leaving out some of the biggest names in the wireless world. As for notable omissions, Tim Cook didn’t rank among the top 10 for the first time in several years, and Stephen Elop disappeared as well. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also absent from the list, but T-Mobile has yet to announce executive compensation for last year. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Heartbleed Patch

Not even BlackBerry can escape the Heartbleed bug

By on April 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Not even BlackBerry can escape the Heartbleed bug

Here’s how you know that Heartbleed is a serious and widespread problem: Even BlackBerry is scrambling to push out patches for it. Although BlackBerry prides itself with being the world’s leader in mobile security, Reuters reports that it was caught flat-footed by the Heartbleed bug just like everyone else and is now planning “to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs” exposed by the massive new security flaw.

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Future BlackBerry Phones 2014

CEO Chen denies BlackBerry is planning to dump handsets

By on April 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

CEO Chen denies BlackBerry is planning to dump handsets

BlackBerry CEO John Chen didn’t get his reputation as a turnaround specialist by losing money for his companies. That’s why, in an interview with Reuters, Chen said that BlackBerry will not continue to make handsets if it can’t make money from them. More →

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BlackBerry T-Mobile Special Offer

Here’s one way for BlackBerry diehards to stick it to T-Mobile

By on April 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM.

Here’s one way for BlackBerry diehards to stick it to T-Mobile

If there’s one thing BlackBerry diehards hate more than Ryan Seacrest these days, it’s T-Mobile. The reason for this hatred stems T-Mobile’s ill-considered decision to send BlackBerry fans targeted promotions that encouraged them to switch to Apple’s iPhone, which obviously didn’t sit well with the remaining BlackBerry faithful. Although T-Mobile tried to make it up to them with new promotions on new BlackBerry 10 devices, BlackBerry itself decided to pull the plug on its relationship with the “Uncarrier” by revoking its right to sell its devices. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Offer

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

The feud between struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry and scrappy wireless carrier T-Mobile is one that most people probably didn’t even know was taking place. And those who did know at one point have likely long since forgotten about it. If you’re one of the few people still tracking the ongoing fight, however, you were no doubt shocked when the ordeal came to a head earlier this week and BlackBerry decided to sever ties with the carrier, ending its long-standing agreement and preventing T-Mobile from selling new BlackBerry devices beginning later this month. Of course, things didn’t end there. More →

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BlackBerry Kopi Leaked Images

BlackBerry’s unreleased Kopi smartphone shown again in high-quality leaked pics

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

BlackBerry’s unreleased Kopi smartphone shown again in high-quality leaked pics

BlackBerry’s future remains as unclear as ever, but according to CEO John Chen, the one-time mobile giant will continue pumping out new devices as long as there are customers interested in buying them. One of those devices could be BlackBerry’s Kopi, a purportedly cheaper alternative to the high-end smartphones Chen alluded to last month. We revealed the Kopi late last year, and after months of silence, a new batch of high-quality photos have surfaced on Techrum, showcasing the phone from every possible angle. More →

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BlackBerry T-Mobile Discontinue

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

By on April 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

Some might consider holding a grudge while your company is struggling to stage a comeback ill-advised, but BlackBerry took it personally when T-Mobile recently had some fun at its expense. For those who don’t recall, T-Mobile recently offered subscribers a promotion where they would get extra money when trading in their BlackBerry smartphones towards the purchase of a new iPhone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen wasn’t shy in voicing his anger, and T-Mobile responded by rethinking its promotion. As it turns out, the changes didn’t matter and BlackBerry customers still abandoned the platform en masse in favor of Android and the iPhone.

Now, BlackBerry has decided to send T-Mobile a different kind of breakup letter. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Stickers Released

Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

By on April 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

When BlackBerry released BBM for Android and iOS last year, it gave the company a much-needed hit that helped spark hope that the one-time smartphone titan could get a fresh injection of revenue from its popular messaging service. On Tuesday, BlackBerry released a new update for BBM that delivers one of the many ways the company plans to make money from the service: Stickers.  More →

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Why Buy The BlackBerry Z10

Time names BlackBerry Z10 the world’s best ‘fun-sized’ smartphone

By on April 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Time names BlackBerry Z10 the world’s best ‘fun-sized’ smartphone

This is a little bit like Steely Dan winning a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001, but Time Magazine has named the BlackBerry Z10 as the world’s best “fun-sized” smartphone that wasn’t made by Apple. What is a “fun-sized” smartphone and why is Time listing them? Well with the trend toward bigger devices, many people with small hands might be feeling left out of the fun because they still want a device that measures in at 4.3 inches or fewer. And since many people assume that the only smartphone that measures in at 4.3 inches or less these days is the iPhone 5s, Time has decided to exclude it in its list of the top smaller smartphones. More →

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Why Is BlackBerry Bringing Back The Bold 9900

Video: CEO Chen explains why BlackBerry is raising the ancient Bold 9900 from the dead

By on March 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Video: CEO Chen explains why BlackBerry is raising the ancient Bold 9900 from the dead

We don’t normally see smartphone vendors bring back three-year-old devices just to appease their user base, but then again BlackBerry is anything but normal. In an interview with CBCNews, Chen explained that one reason his company decided to renew manufacturing of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was because keyboard-loving BlackBerry users rejected many of the changes that BlackBerry made to its keyboard setup with the BlackBerry Q10, particularly its decision to remove the trackpad and command keys from the phone to make room for a larger display.  More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q4

BlackBerry just can’t win

By on March 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

BlackBerry just can’t win

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, losing $0.08 per share, compared to the $0.67 loss most analysts were expecting. The company continues to make cost improvements as it tries to turn the company around, something Wall Street has asked for time and time again from the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. However, it’s not good enough, apparently. More →

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