AOL CEO Armstrong Interview BlackBerry

The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry

By on July 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM.

The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry

If there’s one company that knows what it’s like to lose a once-dominant position in the market and be seen as a relic of tech history, it’s AOL. That said, AOL has managed to find a way to tough it out and survive through bad times over the years, which is surely something that BlackBerry can take inspiration from. With this in mind, we thought it was interesting that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong this week told CNBC that he still loves using his BlackBerry for work and he makes the best case we’ve heard for why businesspeople should stick with BlackBerry phones, even if they use phones from Apple and Samsung as well. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Design Explained

Why BlackBerry doesn’t care if you think its new smartphone looks hideous

By on July 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Why BlackBerry doesn’t care if you think its new smartphone looks hideous

The new BlackBerry Passport phone is not going to win any awards for beautiful design. But then again, it’s not supposed to — it was designed specifically to appeal to BlackBerry diehards who want a phone primarily for productivity purposes and who don’t care what it looks like. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Android Security

CEO Chen explains why businesses shouldn’t even think of fleeing BlackBerry for Android

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

CEO Chen explains why businesses shouldn’t even think of fleeing BlackBerry for Android

So now that Google is working with Samsung to push its Knox mobile security system out to a wider number of Android phones, is BlackBerry CEO John Chen worried? Well, he probably is, which is why he’s decided to write up a new “BlackBerry Fact Check” of Samsung’s Knox system over at BlackBerry’s official company blog. More →

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BlackBerry Fact Check Portal

BlackBerry wages war against its greatest enemy: Media haters

By on June 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

BlackBerry wages war against its greatest enemy: Media haters

BlackBerry under new CEO John Chen has become a lot more pugnacious than under previous bosses — the company in just the last year has declared war on smartphone leakers, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and keyboard copycat Ryan Seacrest. And now Chen’s posse has added a new foe to its ever-growing enemies list: Reporters and bloggers who write negative things about BlackBerry. More →

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BlackBerry Stock Price Analysis

What’s behind the bump at BlackBerry?

By on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

What’s behind the bump at BlackBerry?

BlackBerry has seen more than its share of tough times, but shares of the Waterloo, Ontario-based technology company have jumped more than 32% this year, led by optimism surrounding CEO John Chen and a hope that the company can slowly start to turn itself around. More →

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BlackBerry Vs iPhone

BlackBerry loyalty hits a new low in the UK as users switch to iPhones

By on June 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

BlackBerry loyalty hits a new low in the UK as users switch to iPhones

BlackBerry’s stock may be on the rise, up 36% so far in 2014 as of Monday’s close, but brand loyalty in the United Kingdom has seemingly hit an all-time low. According to a new note from CashForPhonesComparison.com, which compares more than 35 used mobile phone buying services in an effort to get customers the best price on their trade-ins before they upgrade to a new handset, only about 8% of consumers who use the site to trade in a used BlackBerry say they plan to purchase another BlackBerry device.

Instead, the overwhelming majority — a staggering 66% — say they intend to upgrade from a BlackBerry device to an iPhone. More →

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BlackBerry Passport BlackBerry Classic Revealed

BlackBerry thinks these two phones can win you back from iOS and Android

By on June 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

BlackBerry thinks these two phones can win you back from iOS and Android

BlackBerry has been showing some much needed signs of life lately and now the company is preparing to release the devices that it hopes will win you back from iOS and Android. CrackBerry has snapped some pictures of two new devices that BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed off at the company’s shareholders meeting on Thursday: The BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings

Can BBM revive BlackBerry?

By on June 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Can BBM revive BlackBerry?

BlackBerry shocked Wall Street on Thursday by delivering a much narrower loss than expected. The company is now growing its cash pile even though it is shipping fewer than 2 million phones per quarter. This stabilization is a feat in itself, but where is future sales growth going to come from? Messaging app system BBM is the best bet. It now has close to 100 million active users — but some decidedly worrisome trends have emerged in recent months. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q1 2015

BlackBerry posts narrower than expected Q1 loss as smartphone sales improve

By on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 AM.

BlackBerry posts narrower than expected Q1 loss as smartphone sales improve

BlackBerry on Thursday morning reported earnings that beat the Street’s expectations by a significant margin, suggesting that the company’s cost-cutting measures are paying off more quickly than analysts expected. For the fiscal first quarter ended in May, BlackBerry reported a loss of $0.11 per share versus the consensus estimate of a $0.25 loss per share. The company’s $966 million in Q1 revenue missed the $976 million analysts were looking for, but smartphone shipments improved to 1.6 million units from 1.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Including non-cash and one-time items, BlackBerry actually managed a small profit of $23 million in the quarter. More →

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BlackBerry Amazon App Store Deal

Long-suffering BlackBerry fans will finally get the apps they’ve been pining for

By on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Long-suffering BlackBerry fans will finally get the apps they’ve been pining for

One major problem for BlackBerry over the past several years has been the huge app gap that its own BlackBerry World app store faces with Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Although some BlackBerry diehards have bravely insisted that BlackBerry World’s app selection is just fine to fit their needs, in the real world people want to have a big range of quality applications to choose from. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Protected Released

The most secure version of BBM ever is now available

By on June 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

The most secure version of BBM ever is now available

BBM is still a hugely popular messaging app and now there’s a new version of it that promises to be the most secure mobile messaging platform in the world. BlackBerry on Monday announced the availability of BBM Protected, which functions just as BBM does except it now has an added layer of encryption in the form of a unique encryption key that’s shared exclusively between a message’s sender and its recipient. Even more impressively, BlackBerry says that “each message uses a new random symmetric key for message encryption,” so even if one key gets compromised it doesn’t mean all your messages will also be exposed. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Samsung Android

Ex-BlackBerry diehard reveals the one thing that can get him to switch back from Android

By on June 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Ex-BlackBerry diehard reveals the one thing that can get him to switch back from Android

You know that BlackBerry’s handset business is in big trouble when even longtime CrackBerry contributors are talking about why they’ve abandoned ship for other smartphones. And yet that’s exactly what frequent CrackBerry writer Chris Umiastowski has done with a new post informing the BlackBerry faithful that he switched over to Android a while ago… and he doesn’t see himself switching back unless BlackBerry makes some important changes. More →

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