BlackBerry Earnings Q2 2017

BlackBerry confirms it will finally stop making smartphones

September 28th at 7:45 AM

BlackBerry confirms it will finally stop making smartphones

The death march of BlackBerry’s handset business was closely chronicled by BGR for a long period of time. We gave the world an inside look at the company’s downfall after it failed to pivot when Apple’s iPhone changed the smartphone market, and now those early missteps have finally led to today. As BlackBerry reported a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $372 million on Wednesday morning, the company confirmed that it will cease all internal smartphone development and stop making smartphones. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

July 20th at 5:35 PM

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there’s the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry.

The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now — BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. More →

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BlackBerry Classic Dead New Phones

BlackBerry kills the Classic to make way for new Android phones you won’t buy

July 5th at 3:08 PM

BlackBerry kills the Classic to make way for new Android phones you won’t buy

It’s the end of an era. Again.

On Tuesday, BlackBerry COO Ralph Pini confirmed that the company would no longer manufacture BlackBerry Classic smartphones, putting another nail in the coffin for the physical keyboards that have defined the company for years.

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Galaxy Note 6 Rumors Software

Galaxy Note 6 reportedly getting BlackBerry-inspired software hub

May 11th at 7:52 AM

Galaxy Note 6 reportedly getting BlackBerry-inspired software hub

BlackBerry is not quite dead yet. And while it’s not able to put up a real fight against Apple and the other Android smartphone makers, the company’s software seems to be inspiring Samsung. A new report says that the BlackBerry Hub software suite is going to be replicated on an upcoming Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Note 6 that’s due this summer.

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Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins Fired

Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins reportedly ousted from yet another company

February 29th at 9:10 PM

Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins reportedly ousted from yet another company

Given the utterly dire state in which he left BlackBerry, I was curious to see if former CEO Thorsten Heins would have better luck in his post-BlackBerry business endeavors. As it turns out, he has notRe/code notices that Heins is apparently being ousted from his current position as the CEO of wireless charging company Powermat as part of a settlement with some members of its board of directors. More →

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Apple Vs FBI Fox News

Fox News host rips Apple for FBI fight, vows to go back to BlackBerry

February 18th at 9:15 PM

Fox News host rips Apple for FBI fight, vows to go back to BlackBerry

You may think you love America, but Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle loves it enough to make the ultimate sacrifice: Switching back to BlackBerry. During a discussion of Apple’s decision to defy a court order asking it to help the FBI disable the passcode security protocols on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, Guilfoyle ripped into Apple and said that the company shouldn’t put up this much of a fuss about helping the FBI break into one specific iPhone. More →

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BlackBerry Switch To Android

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

February 1st at 9:50 PM

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

Yes, it’s really time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10. In an interview with India’s The Economic Times, BlackBerry exec Damian Tay explained that “the future is really Android” and said that the company may completely ditch its own BlackBerry 10 operating system if it can make Android secure enough to get security certifications from governments that still rely on BlackBerry devices for secure communications. Should that happen, we should expect BlackBerry to become an Android-only smartphone vendor. More →

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BlackBerry Only Releasing Android 2016

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

January 7th at 9:39 AM

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

We all knew this day would come but now it seems it’s finally here. Per Engadget, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said at CES 2016 this week that his company is going to release at least one new Android phone in 2016 while also saying that it doesn’t plan to release any phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system this year. Chen did say he would still like to release a BlackBerry 10-based handset in the future but he wouldn’t commit to anything — rather, he’s waiting to see whether the company’s Android phones can make its smartphone hardware business profitable again. More →

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BlackBerry Q3 2016 Earnings Analysis

Are things actually looking up for BlackBerry?

December 18th at 6:15 PM

Are things actually looking up for BlackBerry?

I’ll admit it: Two years ago, I did not think BlackBerry would have still been in business by this time. It seems that I was wrong, however, because BlackBerry shares were up more than 10% in the wake of its third-quarter earnings report that it released on Friday. What was so good about this earnings report, you ask? Not only did BlackBerry’s sales and EPS beat the consensus estimate but it also pointed a way forward for the beleaguered smartphone pioneer. More →

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BlackBerry Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

December 17th at 7:45 PM

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

BlackBerry, a company whose smartphones most people haven’t bought for years, posted an unusual missive on user privacy and security earlier this week penned by CEO John Chen. What’s particularly strange about Chen’s message is that it seems like he’s both slamming and supporting Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption. More →

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Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins Powermat Lawsuit

BlackBerry’s former CEO is being sued for allegedly wrecking yet another company

December 11th at 2:21 PM

BlackBerry’s former CEO is being sued for allegedly wrecking yet another company

To say former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins left BlackBerry in a precarious state would be an understatement. He left BlackBerry in 2013 after overseeing the failed commercial launch of BlackBerry 10 and then the failed attempt to take the company private. Given the completely dismal state of BlackBerry in those dark days, it’s impressive that current CEO John Chen has been able to stabilize it as much as he has. Despite his not-so-spectacular track record, however, another company decided to name Heins as its CEO after his departure from BlackBerry, and he’s been the center of some significant controversy. More →

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