All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Blackberry’

BlackBerry Acquires ‘Anti-Eavesdropping’ Company Secusmart

BlackBerry announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Secusmart, a voice and data encryption company, which makes “anti-eavesdropping” solutions for government organizations and companies. The two companies have partnered in the past, offering Secusmart technology, including the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution, to BlackBerry customers. “We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing …

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BlackBerry Adds Amazon Appstore To New OS

BlackBerry announced that the Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the next version of its operating system BlackBerry 10.3. This will come in the fall, and will be a significant increase in availability for Amazon’s offering. “With more than 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore worldwide, BlackBerry 10 device customers will gain access to popular apps …

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Girl Gets Stuck in Storm Drain Trying to Save Blackberry

Not worth it. Not even remotely. A 16-year old Dover, U.K. teen had to be rescued by firefighters after she descended (about half-way) into a storm drain in a misguided attempt to fetch her Blackberry, which had apparently fell out of her pocket. “I was talking to somebody and I went to put my phone in my pocket and it …

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BlackBerry-Style iPhone Keyboard Sales Banned by Court

A U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of California has issued a preliminary injunction against the Typo keyboard. The peripheral is a BlackBerry-style keyboard attachment for iPhone devices. According to a New York Times report the judge overseeing the case believes that BlackBerry’s copyright claims against the Typo product are likely to hold up in court. The injunction …

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BlackBerry Officially Unveils its Indonesian Smartphone

After a horrific 2013, BlackBerry now has a new CEO, some extra cash, and a new direction. BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced shortly after his appointment that the company will be re-focusing on its mobile enterprise services and software. The company’s device segment wasn’t completely abandoned, however, and in December Chen announced that BlackBerry had partnered with Foxconn to develop …

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Big Surprise: iOS And Android Continue To Dominate

In the smartphone wars, there can be only two – iOS and Android. While alternatives like Windows Phone and Firefox OS are making some decent headway in emerging markets, Apple’s and Google’s mobile operating systems still rule the roost. In its latest report, IDC found that smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2013. That …

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BlackBerry U.S. Market Share Dropped to Zero in Q4

One year on from a name change and the launch of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone platform, BlackBerry has now all but disappeared from the high-end mobile market. Market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) this week released its estimates for the U.S. mobile market during the fourth quarter 2013. The numbers show, unsurprisingly, that iOS and Android handsets dominate …

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BlackBerry Files to Block Typo Keyboard Case Sales

Just after the new year began, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against iPhone case-maker Typo. The company’s product, the Typo iPhone Keyboard Case, snaps on to modern iPhones to give them a physical keyboard. The case is a solution for consumers who prefer the physical keyboards of BlackBerry’s past designs, but who also prefer the software that Apple’s iOS provides. Today …

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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Case-Maker Typo

Having dismissed singer Alicia Keys as its global creative director, BlackBerry this week is now looking to protect what little it has left by defending its patents. BlackBerry today announced that it has filed suit against Typo, a company that creates an iPhone case with a built-in keyboard. The Typo keyboard case is set to ship this month and can …

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Alicia Keys Out as BlackBerry Creative Director

At the end of January 2013, BlackBerry officially revealed its BlackBerry 10 OS and smartphones. The reveal was BlackBerry’s last-ditch effort for relevancy in the consumer smartphone market that had abandoned it in favor of iPhones and Androids. We know now that BlackBerry 10 was a failure. BlackBerry ended up selling more BlackBerry 7 phones that BlackBerry 10 phones during …

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Samsung Beats Apple in New Enterprise Smartphone Assessment

With 2014 nearly upon us, it’s the time of year for introspection and reminiscing. For the technology industry, each December is surprising for how different situations are compared to the previous January. This year in particular has marked a turning point for the smartphone segment, where Samsung is now competing head-to-head with Apple. Market research firm ABI Research this week …

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BlackBerry Taps Foxconn to Manufacture Future Devices

BlackBerry today unleashed a near-unfathomably bad third quarter financial report. The company reported a $4.4 billion loss and a 56% year-over-year decline in revenue. This dismal quarterly was expected after the taste investors got from BlackBerry’s nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss. John Chen, BlackBerry’s new interim CEO, has also made it clear that he will be making sweeping changes to …

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BlackBerry Announces $4.4 Billion Third-Quarter Loss

BlackBerry today released its third quarter financial report and the results are about as dire as everyone expected. BlackBerry is reporting a $4.4 billion loss today, illustrating just how dire the situation is for the Canadian tech company. Over half of that loss ($2.4 billion) comes as part of a long-lived asset adjustment charge and over $1.3 billion related to …

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Top Smartphones: Which Phone Rules The Roost?

With the holiday season well underway, perhaps you’re looking into buying a popular smartphone for a family member. Maybe your current phone hasn’t been so great and you’re hoping to find a new smartphone in your stocking this year. One stand out phone seems to have the most consumers buzzing this Christmas. The iPhone 5S is reported to be the …

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BlackBerry Rumored to be Deemphasizing its Hardware

Even before BlackBerry released its BlackBerry 10 platform and smartphone early this year investors have been calling on the company to abandon its hardware ambitions. Whatever BlackBerry meant in the early part of the century, it was clear to nearly everyone that it had been overtaken by Apple and Android devices in the consumer smartphone market years ago. In many …

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BlackBerry to Re-Focus on Mobile Enterprise Serivces

BlackBerry had a tough Fall. At the end of September the company announced yet another dismal quarter, this time with a nearly $1 billion loss. Those numbers led to an expected buyout by a group of investors led by Fairfax Financial Holdings. Funding for the deal fell through, and BlackBerry received only a $1 billion investment to keep it afloat …

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HTC, BlackBerry Could Abandon the Tablet Market

As crowded as the smartphone market currently is, the tablet market might be even more so. While brands such as Apple and Samsung have begun consolidating the smartphone market in established regions, other players such LG, Sony, and a variety of smaller Chinese brands have begun to make headway in emerging markets. The landscape looks much the same in the …

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BlackBerry Announces $1B Investment Completion with Fairfax

Things are beginning to shift around the BlackBerry Corporation, and the company’s most recent merger and acquisition is to be accredited for the deft changes. In a brief press release on Wednesday, BlackBerry announced the completion of its United States investment. Under the new investment plan, BlackBerry privately placed $1 billion in convertible debentures to its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial …

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Lenovo Bid For BlackBerry Reportedly Nixed By Canadian Government

The Globe and Mail this week reported that a proposed buyout of struggling Canadian tech firm BlackBerry was rejected by the Canadian government. The offer was from Lenovo, a Chinese tech manufacturer that recently topped HP in notebook shipments during the second quarter of this year. The Mail report cites unnamed “sources familiar with the situation” as saying the offer …

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BlackBerry Buyout Fails, Thorsten Heins Ousted

Today BlackBerry announced that the proposed $4.7 billion buyout for the company has fallen through. Today was the final day that a consortium of interested buyers led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited had for due dilligence. The consortium has been unable to raise the cash for the proposed sale, and instead will be investing $1 billion in BlackBerry through a …

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BBM Searches Are ‘Off The Charts,’ Especially For iPhone

A week ago, BlackBerry announced that Blackberry Messenger (BBM) had rolled out to Android and iPhone users as a free app, and since then, there has been a great deal of interest in it. A spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews that searches for BBM are spiking by 7,674%. Meanwhile, searches for [bbm for iPhone] are spiking 4,754% and searches for …

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Latest BlackBerry Layoffs Have Begun

As BlackBerry prepares for a possible $4.7 billion buyout, the company is getting itself into shape for both the sale and a shift in focus to its enterprise solutions offerings. In addition to the possible sale of some of its Ontario real estate, part of this process involves another round of huge layoffs that will see as much as 40% …

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BlackBerry Announces New Mobility Management Cloud Service

BlackBerry is on its last legs. The company just released a devastating quarterly report detailing a $965 million loss. It is also on the verge of being bought out for $4.7 billion by a group of investors led by FairFax Financial Holdings. In both its buyout announcement and its quarterly report, BlackBerry emphasized that it would re-focus its efforts toward …

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Google, Cisco Could Make Offers For BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s last-ditch effort to stay relevant in the smartphone industry with its BlackBerry 10 devices has failed, and the company is now for sale. Investors led by FairFax Financial Holdings announced last month that they will be raising money for a $4.7 billion buyout of BlackBerry. This occurred just days before BlackBerry revealed a $965 million quarterly loss on revenue …

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BlackBerry Looking to Sell Ontario Properties

It’s quite clear now that BlackBerry will not exist in its current form this time next year. Last month, the failing company announced its intention to enter into a buyout agreement with an investor consortium led by FairFax Financial Holdings. This was just prior to its latest quarterly report, in which the company revealed a massive $965 million quarterly loss. …

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Sprint Will Still Sell BlackBerry Phones In-Store

Sprint will continue to sell BlackBerry phones out of its retail locations, according to a report from Reuters. Sprint CFO Joe Euteneur told the publication that the company is taking a “wait-and-see” approach to BlackBerry’s current smartphone lineup. The declaration is significant because last week fourth place U.S. mobile provider T-Mobile revealed that it will no longer ship BlackBerry smartphones …

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Blackberry Losses Equate to $965 Million Deficit

The past few years have been a gradual decline for Canadian wireless company, Blackberry Limited. However, the past couple weeks have accelerated the rate of the company’s demise. Due to relentless pressure from prominent competitors, Apple and Samsung, along with plummeting sales, the smart-phone pioneer initially reported a massive inventory of approximately $1.2 billion in unsold phones. However, today’s announcement …

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BlackBerry Posts $965 Million Quarterly Loss

BlackBerry today announced its second quarter financial results, and they are exactly as bad as financial analysts expected. The company posted a $965 million loss, including $72 million in restructuring costs. The losses came on revenue of just $1.57 billion – down nearly 49%% from just the previous quarter. In addition to its losses, BlackBerry has started to whittle down …

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T-Mobile to Stop Carrying BlackBerry Smartphones in Stores

With BlackBerry now on the verge of being sold, fourth-place U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile is now set to stop shipping BlackBerry smartphones to its retail stores. A new Reuters report cites T-Mobile EVP for Corporate Services David Carey as saying the provider will instead ship BlackBerry smartphones directly to consumers. The devices will still remain on display at T-Mobile stores …

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BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Could Draw Interest

Back in August, following another dismal quarterly report, BlackBerry announced that it was exploring “strategic alternatives” – including the possible sale of the company. Earlier this week that possibility became a reality, with a consortium led by FairFax Financial offering $4.7 billion for the Canadian company. The buyout seemed to have been announced early, with FairFax still having six weeks …

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