BlackBerry Secusmart Acquisition Analysis

BlackBerry’s newest acquisition looks like the smartest move it’s made all year

By about 5 hours ago.

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 about 8 hours ago.

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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iPhone vs. Big Companies

Forget Apple – the iPhone alone is as big as McDonald’s and Coca Cola combined

By on July 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Forget Apple – the iPhone alone is as big as McDonald’s and Coca Cola combined

Let’s start with the obvious: the iPhone has been a massive, unequivocal success. Every subsequent release seems to break the records that the last one set before it, and now with the biggest hardware overhaul in the phone’s history rumored to be coming this fall, the books are primed to be rewritten once again. But before any of that happens, Jordan Weissmann of Slate has decided to take a step back and see just how big the iPhone really is (and we’re not talking about the 5.5-inch phablet).

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Samsung Silicon Valley R&D Center

Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

By on July 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

Samsung’s biggest fear is that it will become just another small-margin smartphone vendor along the lines of LG, HTC, Xiaomi and countless others. This is why it’s invested so many resources into creating its own Tizen mobile platform and why it’s tried unsuccessfully to heavily modify Android with overlays like Magazine UX to move its mobile devices beyond being vehicles for Google’s Android platform. More →

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Amazon 3D Printing Store

Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gear

By on July 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gear

If for some reason Amazon’s vast selection of products from every imaginable category wasn’t quite cutting it for you, we have some good news — on Monday, Amazon opened a 3D printing store on its website, offering customizable goods to its customers for the very first time. Amazon notes that more than 200 items are already available in the new store, including earrings, bobblehead figures, phone cases and cookie cutters. More →

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Apple Swell Acquisition

Apple’s $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes Radio

By on July 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Apple’s $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes Radio

For the time being, Apple’s iTunes Radio product is something of an also-ran. It’s a nice value-add for iOS device owners, allowing them to stream Pandora-like Radio stations for free, but it doesn’t really offer any compelling features compared to bigger rival services. According to a new report, however, that may soon change. More →

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Apple Manufacturing New Products

Massive increase in R&D spending suggests awesome new Apple products are on the way

By on July 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Massive increase in R&D spending suggests awesome new Apple products are on the way

It’s been a long time since Apple had anything to prove in the mobile world, but as iPhone iterations have become increasingly indistinguishable from one another, the Cupertino crew realized it might be time to catch up with the rest of the industry. And catch up they will — this year’s iPhone 6 display is expected to stretch to 4.7 inches and its phablet counterpart might feature an enormous 5.5-inch display. More →

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LG Earnings Q2 2014

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LG

By on July 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LG

BGR recently reviewed LG’s new flagship G3, which just launched last week in the United States. We called the phone Android’s new king, supplanting Samsung’s lackluster Galaxy S5, which has been something of a disappointment for many consumers and for Samsung’s bottom line. While LG has a long way to go before it catches up to Samsung in terms of shipments, the company on Thursday reported record smartphone sales for the second quarter. More →

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Google Twitch Acquisition

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

By on July 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

Following several reports that the two were in talks, Google has reportedly reached a deal to acquire streaming video giant Twitch for approximately $1 billion. With more than 50 million monthly active users, Twitch is a wildly popular service that allows gamers to stream live video of themselves as well as live feeds of whatever video games they might be playing. Venturebeat reports that Google’s YouTube division is in charge of the deal and will presumably oversee Twitch in some capacity moving forward. Google has not yet confirmed the acquisition.

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India Exclusive Apple Stores

Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPads

By on July 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPads

Apple is planning to open stores in India which will only sell iOS devices following significant growth in sales of the iPhone and iPad over the past several years. Our sister site BGR India reports that the exclusive stores will contain three weeks worth of supply once they’re up and running and should require just 3-4 employees to operate, including a store manager, an iOS promoter and one or two sales managers. Apple will also take on 50% of the cost for the 10-15 demo units required to appear at each location. 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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Apple Future

WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years

By on July 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM.

WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years

At some point in the future, Apple will no longer be the consumer technology giant it is today. It will become obsolete. Its products will no longer be trendy. Other companies will innovate and drive Apple out of markets it had once dominated. It’s inevitable. It might happen in 10 years or it might happen in 100 years, but it will happen. One of the few things we can safely assume, however is that it will not happen in the next 2-3 years — unless you’re Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at Noster Capital. More →

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