iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

May 21st at 11:52 AM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview Phone Sales

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

May 18th at 7:00 PM

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

One reason that BlackBerry is lucky to have John Chen at the helm is that, unlike his predecessors, he’s very much grounded in reality about the state of the company. So while former CEO Thorsten Heins was known for making delusional statements about there being nothing wrong with the company even though it was in a downward spiral at the time, Chen has helped stabilize things and has forced BlackBerry to focus more on its core strengths. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Classic Sale Announced

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

May 7th at 7:15 PM

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

Remember when T-Mobile was trying to convert BlackBerry users to the iPhone and BlackBerry decided to end its licensing agreement with the “Un-carrier?” Well, it seems the two have patched things up because the two announced on Thursday “a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier’s Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.” More →

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iPhone vs BlackBerry

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

April 3rd at 10:24 AM

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

British politician Ed Miliband was recently looking for a way to spend less time with his head buried in his iPhone. And seeing as how the Apple Watch isn’t out yet, Miliband did the next best thing — he dropped the iPhone altogether and bought a BlackBerry.

During a recent interview with Absolute Radio, Miliband said he opted for a BlackBerry because, well, it has “limited functionality” relative to the iPhone.

Ouch.

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BlackBerry Q4 2015 Earnings

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

March 27th at 7:24 AM

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. More →

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BlackBerry Leap Release Date

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

March 3rd at 8:30 AM

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

BlackBerry has mostly been concentrating on releasing phones with physical keyboards over the last year but now the company is trying to get back into the market for touch-only devices with its new BlackBerry Leap. More →

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Blackphone 2 Vs. BlackBerry Passport

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

March 2nd at 8:15 PM

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

How hard is is to “dominate” a company whose mobile platform has an estimated 0.4% of the market? Probably more difficult than Silent Circle, the company behind the security-centric Blackphone, thinks. As Gizmodo reports, Silent Circle security specialist Mike Janke was positively beating his chest at Mobile World Congress this week talking about the new Blackphone 2, which he implied spells the end of BlackBerry once and for all. More →

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Why BlackBerry Is Not Dead

Where BlackBerry is still king

January 23rd at 9:35 AM

Where BlackBerry is still king

We’ve argued in the past that BlackBerry has an important opportunity to reestablish itself as a status symbol for corporate executives and government officials who absolutely need to have top-notch security. Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports that that having a BlackBerry is still a big deal for many people in Davos this week, where he’s noticed that “a lot of people here are conspicuously carrying two phones: an iPhone and a Blackberry.” More →

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Opinions
BlackBerry CEO Chen Net Neutrality

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

January 22nd 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

January 14th 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

December 31st 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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