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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BlackBerry Ryan Seacrest Lawsuit

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

By on March 31, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest clearly underestimated the awesome power that is BlackBerry. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction against Seacrest’s Typo that will bar the company from selling its $99 iPhone keyboard attachment that BlackBerry alleges infringes on its patents. Orrick said that BlackBerry’s legal team had established a clear “likelihood” that Typo infringed upon BlackBerry’s patents while Typo’s legal team didn’t knock down any of the key patents in suit. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” Of course, that doesn’t matter too much now since it looks like the Typo is about to become a collector’s item that you’ll only be able to find on eBay.

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings Analysis

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were markedly better than expected, with its loss of $0.08 per share a share significantly better than the consensus estimate of a $0.67 loss per share. At first glance, that would be a huge improvement, but when you drill down further, the company still has a long way to go towards getting anywhere close to where it once was in the mid-2000s.

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New BlackBerry Phones Release Date

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

By on March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM.

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

As we’ve written before, BlackBerry’s high-end smartphone strategy seems to involve largely ignoring the masses who want touchscreen-only phones and focussing on the keyboard-loving diehards who have helped keep the company afloat in hard times. CrackBerry brings us word that BlackBerry CEO John Chen said during his company’s earnings call on Friday that BlackBerry plans to release three new high-end devices over the next 18 months that will be targeted toward “keyboard aficionados.” As if to emphasize his point, Chen also made sure to tell us that BlackBerry’s focus “is going to be very keyboard centric” when it comes to making its own devices. BlackBerry has had to drastically cut back on producing its own hardware after the first BlackBerry 10 devices were massive flops and the company has outsourced production of cheap low-end BlackBerry phones to manufacturer Foxconn. BlackBerry sold only 1.1 million smartphones last quarter so it looks like its user base is shrinking down to a small but loyal group of diehards.

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BlackBerry BBM Monthly Active Users

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

By on March 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM.

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

Although BlackBerry posted a much narrower loss than analysts expected last quarter, this piece of good news was somewhat offset by the fact that the company’s revenues missed expectations and dropped below $1 billion. That said, there is one bright spot for the company that’s unblemished by any dark clouds for the moment: The success of BBM. On the company’s earnings call on Friday, the company said that BBM now had 115 million registered users and 85 million monthly active users, which shows BBM is still growing from the quarter before when it had an estimated 80 million monthly active users. More →

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

By on March 28, 2014 at 7:06 AM.

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

BlackBerry’s last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue. The consensus estimate for this past quarter was that BlackBerry would post a net loss of $0.56 per share on $1.13 billion in revenue and the company on Friday beat expectations by posting an EPS of -$0.08 on $976 million in revenue. The revenue decline is potentially worrisome for BlackBerry because it represents a 64% year-over-year decline from Q4 2013 and a sequential decline of 18% from Q3 2014. BlackBerry is also still burning through its cash pile at an unhealthy clip, as its $2.7 billion in cash represents a $500 million decline from the $3.2 billion in cash it had at the end of Q3 2014.  More →

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BlackBerry 10 DoD Certification

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

If there’s one mobile platform that needs a lifeline these days, it’s BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry’s hardware sales have been in free fall over the past year and most of the devices it has sold have been based on its legacy BlackBerry 7 platform. BlackBerry did announce some good news on Thursday, however, when it revealed that BlackBerry 10 had received the Full Operational Capability certification from the United States Department of Defense. BlackBerry 10 is the only mobile platform to receive FOC so far and the company says that the certification will allow “government employees to realize the full security, productivity, communication and collaboration benefits of the BlackBerry 10 solution.” The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Can BlackBerry Make Money With BBM

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

By on March 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

The messaging app market has really started to heat up after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion and after Alibaba’s investment in the far more obscure Tango granted it a $1 billion valuation. As popular entries like Viber, WhatsApp and Tango have found big strategic partners, the number of stand-alone messaging apps with more than 100 million registered users has dwindled. BBM and Kik are among the most notable indie messaging apps left looking for sugar daddies and their futures will hinge upon whether they can show real potential to generate revenue. That’s why BBM is now at such a crucial juncture: It is dipping its toes in the advertising market for the first time.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Product Leaks

CEO John Chen declares war on BlackBerry leakers

By on March 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM.

CEO John Chen declares war on BlackBerry leakers

BlackBerry CEO John Chen really doesn’t mess around. In a new blog post on BlackBerry’s official website, Chen vowed to crack down on leaks of future devices and products and said that his company would seek criminal prosecutions against any and all leakers, whether they come from within or from outside the company. Chen acknowledges that BlackBerry fans enjoy seeing devices leaked before their launch but says that they’re doing too much damage to the company to be left unchecked.

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BlackBerry Sues Former Employee Apple

BlackBerry sues exec to stop him from escaping to Apple

By on March 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

BlackBerry sues exec to stop him from escaping to Apple

BlackBerry has probably not been a fun place to work for the last couple of years for rather obvious reasons. So when a company that’s doing significantly better throws one of BlackBerry’s execs a lifeline it’s hard to blame that person for latching onto it as quickly as possible. That said, it’s probably not cool to jump into your new gig if it means breaking a contract with your previous employer and iMore reports that BlackBerry has now sued one of its former executives for trying to flee to the greener pastures of Cupertino four months too early.

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