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CEO of smartmobe outfit Phantom Secure cuffed after cocaine sting, boast of murder-by-GPS

An arrest by US authorities last week has brought to light alleged associations between encrypted phone supplier Phantom Secure and international drug trafficking. The arrest followed an Australian Federal Police bust of a cocaine shipment from the United States to Australia. Rather than merely being a passive supplier of …
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BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee

BlackBerry has found another licensee for its Dolby-like licensing initiative, "Secured by BlackBerry", and expanded the venture way beyond smartphones. From now on, licensees won't need to take BlackBerry's version of OS to earn a "Secured by BlackBerry" accreditation, and potential devices could include not just smartphones …
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What took you so long, BlackBerry? Facebook BBM suit is way overdue

Analysis When WhatsApp founder Jan Koum complained that Apple was ripping off his app, the derision from the BlackBerry community was instant. "Anybody who's followed the development of WhatsApp from its earliest days knows that WhatsApp 100 per cent systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature. WhatsApp shamelessly stole," wrote …

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

Updated Smartphone market wraith BlackBerry has launched a legal offensive accusing Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram of patent infringement. In a chunky 117-page filing [PDF] to the Los Angeles US District court, the Canadian software house says that the three social media giants are all basing their messaging tools on technology …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Mar 2018

BlackBerry and Baidu buddy up on autonomous autos

Chinese web search emperor Baidu is to join forces with deposed king of phones BlackBerry, adding its embedded QNX operating system to the Chinese firm's open-source self-driving platform. BB's Unix-like OS will join the cloud services, open software stack, reference hardware and vehicle sets that make up Baidu's Apollo - the …

BlackBerry grabs trolley for spot of tech shopping

BlackBerry's stock rose to a 2017 high despite widening losses and lower revenues than a year ago. This indicates that against a backdrop of pain from shedding those lovely handset sales, the market is betting the sickly Canadian business has turned a corner. The books for Q3 of fiscal '18 ended 30 November showed turnover of …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2017
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BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

BlackBerry has announced "continuing support" for the legacy BB10 OS phones it once made – but won't be updating its first Android phone, the Priv, regularly any more. "Support" means many things, and though owners of phones like the BlackBerry Passport will be relieved that the BB10 app store will continue to remain open for …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Dec 2017

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

48-Hour Test The oddly named "Motion" – not an odd word, just an odd choice – is BlackBerry Mobile's second phone as a new venture, a quasi-startup housed within Chinese giant TCL. It's a hefty slab of durable, full-touch, midrange metal modelled after a Scandinavian industrial workshop. You may be wondering what's the point? A BlackBerry …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2017

BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

BlackBerry Mobile, which is TCL for all intents and purposes, is making its enterprise slab available in the UK. The Motion received a very low-key stealth launch a week ago on a Sunday in Dubai. Carphone Warehouse and other retailers will take pre-orders from today. At £399, the mid-market midranger competes with a …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2017

BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

First Fondle BlackBerry's new "Motion" handset is a solid Android with some nice touches that, if it lives up to its battery life promises, will be a solid contender for mid-to-premium handset buyers. The Register got its claws on the phone today at GITEX, the Dubai tech expo where the phone was revealed yesterday. There's nothing …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2017

Shhh! There's a new BlackBerry and... no, we've said too much

Enterprise-focussed phones are vanishingly rare, and that's unlikely to change after BlackBerry Mobile gave its newest model the stealthiest launch possible. The new BlackBerry Motion device – the second from TCL – was unveiled at a trade show in Dubai on a Sunday, and on Instagram, but there's no formal media announcement for …

BlackBerry reveals slim profits as Dolby-isation of brand marches on

Freed of making phones, BlackBerry continues to "Dolby-ise" its brand, and again recorded a slim profit for the most recent financial quarter. These days BlackBerry is a collection of business and industrial software units, plus a patent licensing division. The company booked a profit of $19m on revenue of $238m in Q2 FY 2018 …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2017

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on. Perhaps they were right, because parts-maker Delphi Automotive has selected BlackBerry's QNX as the OS for its autonomous driving platform. Delphi …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
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BlackBerry admits: We could do better at patching

BlackBerry has confirmed that its first Android device, the Priv, will be stuck on Google's 2015 operating system forevermore, which Google itself will cease supporting next year. Having been promised "the most secure Android", BlackBerry loyalists have seen the promise of monthly security updates stutter recently, with …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2017
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BlackBerry taking action to fix 'pop-out' screen – namely more glue

BlackBerry Mobile reps have confirmed the manufacturing process for its KEYone flagship will be tweaked so the display doesn't pop out so easily. In June, the torture-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything found that the display popped out when the phone was being bent, with relatively little pressure. "Most other screens …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2017

Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments. Under the terms of the settlement announced on Friday, Qualcomm will give $940m for back royalty payments and for legal fees accrued during the years-long court fight. BlackBerry said that …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017

Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops

A Florida state court has ruled that suspected crims can be forced to hand over their smartphone passcodes to cops and other investigators. Generally in America, you don't have to hand over your passcodes and passwords to the police – because this information is considered personal knowledge, and divulging it is therefore self …
Shaun Nichols, 3 May 2017
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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

24-Hour Test The hottest phone in town this week isn't the new Samsung but, improbably, BlackBerry's comeback device. Partly this is a quirk of a staggered rollout by TCL, which has awarded the UK virtual exclusivity for a month before the US gets it. But it's not entirely down to production issues. After 24 hours with the KEYone as a main …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2017

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