BlackBerry 2014 Layoffs Over

The worst may finally be over for BlackBerry

By on August 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

The worst may finally be over for BlackBerry

Things have been getting better for BlackBerry over the past year mainly because, as Lennon-McCartney might have sung about the company’s fortunes last year, “they can’t get no worse.” However, Reuters reports that leaked internal company memos show that BlackBerry says it’s finished its painful restructuring process and is ready to start hiring new personnel and acquiring new companies. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Release Date

The BlackBerry Passport is one step closer to being your next smartphone

By on August 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

The BlackBerry Passport is one step closer to being your next smartphone

Both BlackBerry and its diehard fans are very excited about the upcoming BlackBerry Passport, which BlackBerry promises will feature a “revolutionary” new keyboard that the company says consumers are “clamoring” for. CrackBerry notices that the Passport has just passed through the Federal Communications Commission and will apparently at least be supported by both AT&T and Rogers in North America. CrackBerry also says that T-Mobile could theoretically support the Passport as well, but given the recent fighting between those two companies we doubt that we’ll see CEO John Legere promoting it through his Twitter account anytime soon. More →

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Smartphone Hack

Hackers can seize control of your phone using software preinstalled by your carrier

By on August 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Hackers can seize control of your phone using software preinstalled by your carrier

With fears over hacking and NSA spying still mounting, the last thing we needed was yet another report of a serious vulnerability that leaves millions of people at risk — but that’s exactly what we got recently when news broke of a huge security vulnerability that impacts millions upon millions of Android phones, BlackBerry handsets and even some iPhones. More →

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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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