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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BlackBerry CEO Interview

BlackBerry CEO Chen discusses possible new phablet and a comeback for the ages

By on June 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM.

BlackBerry CEO Chen discusses possible new phablet and a comeback for the ages

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen is being paid handsomely to take a once-great smartphone vendor and make it great once again. That daunting task is easier said than done, of course, but progress is being made. In an interview earlier this week with The Jakarta Post, Chen discussed the momentum BlackBerry is building. He also explained how the company will continue to improve its market position, and said that it might even launch a new phablet in the future. More →

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BlacKBerry Bold 9900 Price and Release Date

Hey BlackBerry, 2011 called and it wants its Bold 9900 back

By on June 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Hey BlackBerry, 2011 called and it wants its Bold 9900 back

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was the coolest cat in RIM’s yard back in 2011, but those days are long gone. Since then, the company has changed its name to BlackBerry and lost nearly all its smartphone market share, as consumers have moved to competing platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. However, new CEO John Chen is not ready to throw in the towel, and has a new smartphone available for pre-order, the brand new… BlackBerry Bold 9900? More →

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BlackBerry Windermere Photos

Leak: This hideous handset might be the most innovative new BlackBerry in years

By on June 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Leak: This hideous handset might be the most innovative new BlackBerry in years

Of the “Windermere” handset BlackBerry is developing behind closed doors right now, two things can be said: 1. It is absolutely hideous. 2. It is, without question, the most innovative new smartphones BlackBerry has built in years. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview

Chen explains why he became BlackBerry CEO: ‘I’m the only one they could find’

By on May 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM.

Chen explains why he became BlackBerry CEO: ‘I’m the only one they could find’

John Chen is the only man who’s up to the job of running BlackBerry… literally. In an interview at Re/code’s massive tech conference this week, Chen was asked why he, of all the people out there, became the new CEO of BlackBerry. His answer, as relayed to us by USA Today reporter Jessica Guynn, was hilariously honest: “I’m the only one they could find and stupid enough to take it.” Chen has often in the past been blunt about the condition of the company he inherited from former CEO Thorsten Heins late last year and he has described it as a “sick patient” that needs immediate medical attention. He also pointed to the company’s reputation for being unable to meet deadlines as a major obstacle that he’s been trying to overcome to convince businesses that BlackBerry will be a trustworthy partner.

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BlackBerry BBM Protected Leaked Video

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

By on May 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced plans to release a new messaging service called BBM Protected that the company billed as an even more secure version of its popular messaging app. CrackBerry draws our attention to a new set of videos that it’s posted on YouTube showing a live demonstration of BBM Protected that gives us an idea of how it will deliver even better security than standard BBM. One of the ways that BBM Protected will keep your messages more secure is by encrypting every individual message you send and receive with a random key, which means that even if one of your messages gets compromised somehow, the hacker still won’t be able to access all of them because they’ll have different keys. Be sure to check out both videos showing off BBM Protected below. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview

CEO Chen lists every reason you should ditch your iPhone or Android phone for a BlackBerry

By on May 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

CEO Chen lists every reason you should ditch your iPhone or Android phone for a BlackBerry

OK, so BlackBerry CEO John Chen knows that consumers have been dumping BlackBerry handsets in favor of iPhones, Android phones and even Windows Phones for years now. However, he’s not giving up on consumers just yet and he really thinks that BlackBerry can rise once again to become a major power in the consumer smartphone market if we just give it enough time. More →

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BlackBerry 10.3 New Features

Here are all the new features you can expect to see in BlackBerry 10.3

By on May 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM.

Here are all the new features you can expect to see in BlackBerry 10.3

Other than getting into high-profile fights with Ryan Seacrest and T-Mobile, BlackBerry has been pretty quiet this year, in no small part because it’s officially started clamping down on leaks. However, the company decided to give the BlackBerry faithful a sneak peek at BlackBerry 10.3 on Thursday by writing a company blog post detailing 18 key new features that they can expect to see when the updated OS finally rolls out. More →

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