Ryan Seacrest Typo 2 BlackBerry

Ryan Seacrest’s ‘BlackBerry killer’ copycat keyboard is back from the dead

By on July 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Ryan Seacrest’s ‘BlackBerry killer’ copycat keyboard is back from the dead

You can’t keep a good copycat down. CrackBerry brings us word that Ryan Seacrest’s Typo has just unveiled a new keyboard attachment that it hopes is different enough from BlackBerry’s keyboards to avoid getting slapped with injunctions. The first-generation Typo was such a blatant BlackBerry knockoff that it never really stood a chance in court and was immediately hit with preliminary sales ban earlier this year. More →

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BlackBerry Global Market Share

BlackBerry’s global market share is so low that Kantar won’t even report it

By on July 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

BlackBerry’s global market share is so low that Kantar won’t even report it

BlackBerry CEO John Chen strikes us as a very smart guy who has made some good moves to give BlackBerry fresh life. The smartest move he’s made might be to emphasize that BlackBerry will not live or die based on smartphone sales and will instead work to offer a wide range of enterprise-centric services that put security front and center. This move is particularly smart because, as ZDNet’s Chris Duckett points out, Kantar Worldpanel has just tossed BlackBerry into its “other” category in its smartphone market share reports alongside such non-powerhouses as Symbian and Firefox OS. More →

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BlackBerry Beta Zone

Want to test pre-release BlackBerry products, BlackBerry fans? Here’s your chance

By on July 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Want to test pre-release BlackBerry products, BlackBerry fans? Here’s your chance

BlackBerry fans, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. In a memo sent to some customers earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that its most loyal users will soon be able to test pre-release BlackBerry products ahead of launch. The program is open to a limited number of BlackBerry device owners who are registered in the free BlackBerry Beta Zone, which currently has more than 400,000 registered members. More →

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BlackBerry Secusmart Acquisition Analysis

BlackBerry’s newest acquisition looks like the smartest move it’s made all year

By on July 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

BlackBerry’s newest acquisition looks like the smartest move it’s made all year

BlackBerry has been doubling down on its reputation as the most secure mobile device manufacturer lately and the company just made a very smart move that could solidify that reputation even further. BlackBerry announced that it acquired German security firm Secusmart on Tuesday and as ZDNet points out, this could be a very big move for BlackBerry as it tries to make sure its enterprise and government customers don’t jump ship to iOS and Android devices. More →

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BlackBerry HP Vs. IBM Apple

This might be the worst advice BlackBerry has ever received

By on July 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM.

This might be the worst advice BlackBerry has ever received

We’ve seen a lot of different ideas for how BlackBerry can turn itself around over the years but none of them has ever struck us as flat-out crazy… until now. IntoMobile’s Dusan Belic says that BlackBerry needs to make a big move to counter Apple’s huge deal with IBM and that the best way to do this would be by partnering with HP. Yes, that HP. More →

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BBM Download

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

By on July 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM.

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

BlackBerry is up more than 5% on Thursday, buoyed by the CEO’s comments about partnerships that might mirror the recent Apple-IBM pact. That Apple-IBM alliance was seen by some as a fatal blow to BlackBerry, since it gives iOS another boost in the enterprise market. But BlackBerry has recently started resembling a mythical Canadian beast that absorbs fatal blows with polite disinterest, growing only stronger as its prospects weaken. More →

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BlackBerry Vs Android Vs iPhone

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android

By on July 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android

Following the release of the original iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent launch of Android, many people with work-issued phones spent years asking for their employers to switch away from BlackBerry smartphones to more modern devices. Finally, as Apple and Google increased their focus on security and BlackBerry hit dire straights a few years ago, workers began getting what that wanted and bring your own device (BYOD) policies became more common.

More recently, however, an interesting trend is being observed: Workers want their BlackBerrys back. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone 5s Galaxy S5

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

By on July 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. More →

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BlackBerry Z3 Vs. Xiaomi Redmi

BlackBerry’s firewall is about to come under siege

By on July 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

BlackBerry’s firewall is about to come under siege

Batten down the hatches, BlackBerry — Hurricane Xiaomi is barreling toward you. The Wall Street Journal reports that even though red-hot Chinese vendor Xiaomi has had trouble getting its phones approved for sale in Indonesia, the company does expect to get the green light very soon. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s vice president for global operations, tells the Journal that if all goes as planned, Xiaomi will start selling its smartphones in Indonesia by the end of August. More →

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BlackBerry Doomsday

Guy who said BlackBerry would fold in 2013 says BlackBerry will fold in 2015

By on July 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Guy who said BlackBerry would fold in 2013 says BlackBerry will fold in 2015

Back in 2012, 24/7 Wall St.’s Douglass McIntyre wrote that in the following year, BlackBerry would fold. The prediction that BlackBerry was on its way out wasn’t terribly bold — BGR had already been reporting on the various signs that trouble was brewing in Waterloo for several years — but the time frame seemed a bit overzealous.

As expected, that prediction didn’t end up panning out.

Now, BlackBerry is considered by several industry watchers to be back on the right path. Even after a rough morning session following news of Apple’s IBM tie up, BlackBerry shares are up about 40% so far in 2014. But despite the positive sentiment and upward trend, McIntyre is back again with a new prediction: BlackBerry will fold in 2015. More →

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BlackBerry Assistant Announced Siri

BlackBerry at long last unveils its answer to Siri and Cortana

By on July 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

BlackBerry at long last unveils its answer to Siri and Cortana

BlackBerry is a bit late to the party when it comes to unveiling its own voice-enabled personal assistant. Even so, the company nonetheless took the wraps off its new BlackBerry Assistant feature on Wednesday that will give BlackBerry 10 users the same voice-enabled functionality that iOS users have long enjoyed with Siri and that Android users have long enjoyed with Google Now. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Blackphone Security

Blackphone hits back at BlackBerry, says people actually want to buy its phones

By on July 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

Blackphone hits back at BlackBerry, says people actually want to buy its phones

It looks like John Chen’s feisty BlackBerry has made itself another enemy. Last week, BlackBerry put up a post on its official blog that trashed the Blackphone for only offering “consumer-grade” security that couldn’t come close to touching BlackBerry’s enterprise-grade security. Blackphone isn’t taking this insult lying down, however, because it’s just shot back and said that, unlike BlackBerry, it makes secure smartphones that people actually want to buy. More →

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