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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5 Reasons to Download BBM

5 reasons iPhone and Android users should consider dumping their messaging apps for BBM

By on May 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM.

5 reasons iPhone and Android users should consider dumping their messaging apps for BBM

Just as BlackBerry appeared doomed to fade into irrelevancy, the company’s popular chat application BlackBerry Messenger stormed back on to the scene, making its way to the iOS and Android app stores. Pitting a well known brand against relative newcomers such as Kik, LINE and recent Facebook acquisition WhatsApp, BBM managed to quickly steal a huge segment of the audience for itself. In case you still haven’t given it a try, James Richardson makes a strong case for BBM in a recent article at CrackBerry, so we decided to share his favorite features to see if this list is enough to convert you. More →

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BlackBerry Magnum Leaked Pictures

New leak shows us the phone that won’t save BlackBerry

By on May 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM.

New leak shows us the phone that won’t save BlackBerry

BlackBerry is not quite ready to roll over and die, but phones like the BlackBerry Magnum shown in a fresh set of leaked images won’t make its fight for survival any easier in a world dominated by iOS and Android devices. CrackBerry has found a few pictures on Weibo that show a Bold-like BlackBerry Magnum, although it’s not clear whether such a device will launch anytime soon. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Offer Samsung

T-Mobile trolls BlackBerry again, offers BlackBerry users a sweet deal on Samsung phones

By on April 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

T-Mobile trolls BlackBerry again, offers BlackBerry users a sweet deal on Samsung phones

T-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. More →

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BlackBerry NantHealth Startup Investment

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

It’s way too early to declare BlackBerry on the comeback trail, but Wired nonetheless finds a lot to like in the company’s recent investment in health tech startup NantHealth, a move that the publication calls BlackBerry’s “first good idea in years.” Why is this particular investment such a good idea? As Wired explains, it’s a sign that BlackBerry has really and truly thrown in the towel trying to compete with Apple and Google and is instead focussing on niche markets where its core strengths are actually valued. More →

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Top 10 Highest Paid Wireless CEOs

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

It pays to be an executive in one of the hottest industries on the planet. Very well, in fact. Fierce Wireless has compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireless industry in 2013, featuring many familiar faces, but leaving out some of the biggest names in the wireless world. As for notable omissions, Tim Cook didn’t rank among the top 10 for the first time in several years, and Stephen Elop disappeared as well. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also absent from the list, but T-Mobile has yet to announce executive compensation for last year. More →

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