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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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BlackBerry wakes up, dunks Priv in Marshmallow

BlackBerry has released the Android Marshmallow 6.0 platform update for its Priv flagship, alongside big improvements to the Hub, the phone’s hallmark message aggregator. The enterprise-focused Priv was launched last year with Lollipop 5.1.1 inside. It was BlackBerry’s first Android and it showed: despite the device’s ample …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2016
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Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

HMRC has put £200m up for grabs by one lucky desktop services supplier as the government body attempts a major – and potentially risky – overhaul of its IT. The taxman is looking for end user devices, application performance monitoring and virtual desktop services. The contract will include overseeing mobile devices, such as …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2016
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BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software

Interview BlackBerry’s purchase of rival Good has begun to convince people it can make the big shift from phones to enterprise software. The company’s global sales chief Carl Wiese shared his view of the post-Snowden, post-Schrems landscape with The Register. “On conference calls last year almost all of the questions from financial …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2016

Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

Dutch firm Ennetcom has pulled its systems offline following a bust by police and accusations that its encryption technology was being abused as a communications network by drug dealers. Police have seized servers in the Netherlands, and Canada is dismantling what local reports describe as a PGP-based comms network. The …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2016

Speaking in Tech: Comparing Apples to BlackBerrys and Cooks to Chens

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Greg is out while Ed and Sarah talk about Theranos, BlackBerry, phone hacking and hand dryers. Our special guest this week is Irfan Ahmad, CTO and co-founder of CloudPhysics – and an alumnus of both Transmeta …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2016

Hacking Team hole still unpatched, exploit pop doc claims

The hacker who claims responsibility for the flaying of Italian spyware-for-States firm Hacking Team says the vulnerability they used is yet to be patched and has detailed the process by which they claimed to have gained access to the huge trove of data and documents later dumped online. The details are contained in a post …
Team Register, 19 Apr 2016
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Translated: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on cops-snooping-on-BBM

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has responded to last week's reheated news that police can pull text messages from BlackBerry handsets. The chief exec's blog post can be found here, and our FAQ on the matter is right here. Basically, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) chats sent via BIS (the BlackBerry Internet Service) are encrypted and …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016
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What's this about Canada reading your BlackBerry texts?

Reg Water Cooler – What's this about the Canadian Mounties hacking millions of BlackBerry messages or some crazy moose doodie like that? It's been reported today that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (aka Mounties, aka Poutine Po-Po) obtained a global decryption key for BlackBerry phones in 2010, and that they used the key to read intercepted …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

BlackBerry's CEO has used an interview with United Arab Emirates outlet The National to announce plans to move the troubled mobe-maker's Android efforts downscale. Last year, the company launched into the Android market with the high-end Priv, which garnered good reviews. Sales, however, were another matter, and the Priv only …

WhatsApp straps on full end-to-end crypto for 1bn peeps

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is switching on full end-to-end encryption for texts and voice calls used by a billion people. Updates to the chat apps are said to be rolling out from today. The software uses Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol. Technical details of the encryption can be found through here. "Over the past year, we' …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016

WhatsApp at BlackBerry? For one thing, BBM's now free

BlackBerry has abandoned the freemium model it tried to build around its pioneering chat client BBM, and is making all of its goodies available for free, including secure encrypted chat. The company previously charged a subscription for being able to retract and delete messages after a period of time, giving users three of …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2016

BlackBerry's still losing millions – but hit its revenue target, finally

BlackBerry has hit its target of earning half a billion dollars in software and services revenue over a full fiscal year, thanks to the acquisition of long time rival Good Technology as well as BB's patent revenue. The Canadian firm still has some way to go to being profitable, though, and the old phone business doesn’t seem …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2016
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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

Facebook isn't abandoning BlackBerry after all, throwing the ailing mobility outfit a bone in the form of a web application. The Social NetworkT recently gave up on native app support for BlackBerry, a fair enough decision given its handset market share is now hidden somewhere in market-watchers' “Other” column. The symbolism …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016
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iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

Updated Earlier this week, word broke of a bug in Apple's iOS 9.3 update that was leaving some iPad 2 tablets unable to function. We asked Reg readers if they had experienced this problem, and the responses came pouring in, along with tips for workarounds that at least let you use your iPad until Apple can come up with a fix. So, we' …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016
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EMC mulled a Pure Storage buyout amid patent sueball tennis

Three months before EMC bought DSSD in May 2014, the storage goliath was thinking about buying Pure Storage. EMC even admitted in emails that its rival would always win out in head-to-head proof-of-concept de-dupe battles. This is according to internal emails disclosed during EMC's patent infringement lawsuit against Pure …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2016
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Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

The writing probably appeared on the wall when WhatsApp announced its disinterest in BlackBerry APIs: Facebook has followed the lead of its subsidiary, and dumped native support for the ailing smartphone-maker. WhatsApp led the way earlier this month, putting the BlackBerry platforms in the same bucket as Nokia's S40 and …
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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

Review Microsoft admitted defeat in the phone wars last summer, but a mobile cut still remains strategic to the company – albeit more for tablets and "detachables" rather than phones, where full-fat Windows 10 is too bulky. You've heard the euphemism "collateral damage." Windows phone owners today are "collateral users" – they just …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2016

Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

Analysis Public opinion over the judicial demand that Apple create a version of its mobile operating system for the FBI – dubbed FBiOS – appears to have landed firmly against the Feds. The FBI has demanded Apple assist it in breaking into the mobile phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook who, along with his wife, killed 14 people …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Feb 2016
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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

One-time smartphone giant BlackBerry has laid off 200 of its remaining employees in a pair of cuts. The Canadian biz will eliminate 75 jobs from a manufacturing facility in Sunrise, Florida, US, and approximately 125 from its corporate headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was earlier rumored that the company was …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2016

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Microsoft has bought the British software company SwiftKey, the company we once described as "the UK's stealthiest startup". It's best known for its predictive software keyboard, and the deal is worth $250m, the Financial Times reports. SwiftKey was founded in August 2008 by two Cambridge graduates and was perfectly placed to …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016
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Indonesia's dominant telco blocks Netflix

Telkom Indonesia, the nation's dominant telco thanks to its nearly 130 million subscribers, has decided to block Netflix. The carrier's grounds for the block are that Netflix doesn't have a licence and is showing offensive material. Indonesia licences digital television broadcasters and there's legislation on its books …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016
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Post-nuptial BlackBerry gives birth to Good-looking offspring

BlackBerry completed the $425m acquisition of former bitter rival Good and announced the fruit of their loins today. With plenty of overlap between the two, what's been culled? It's hard to know at this stage, but BlackBerry says the new products reflect BlackBerry's strengths in MDM (mobile device management) and Good's …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2016

It’s alive! BlackBerry 10 users lobbed fresh 'Hotfix' update

BlackBerry users worldwide received an OTA (over the air) “HotFix” update yesterday, regardless of where they bought the device. And that's significant. Version 10.2.3.2876, which for some users can be over 700MB, is essentially the same code as version 10.2.3.2836 that was pushed to a small number of devices in December – …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jan 2016
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BlackBerry baffled by Dutch cops' phone encryption cracked brag

Claims by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) that it has successfully decrypted emails stored on BlackBerry smartphones have caused bafflement at the Canadian firm. Documents seen by Dutch blog Crime News show the NFI claiming to have decrypted 275 out of 325 emails encrypted with PGP from a handset in their possession. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2016
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Amazon: Hey pal, since you're shifting all your IT over to AWS, why not that email server, too?

AWS has flipped the switch on its WorkMail calendar and email service to bring it into general availability. Customers will now be able to sign up for WorkMail at a rate of $4 per user monthly. Each user receives 50GB of storage on the hosted service. AWS said the service is currently running out of the US West (Oregon), US …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2016

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Roundup When a blind chimp with a shopping strategy based around a pack of darts can come out of Carphone Warehouse with a decent phone - is there any point giving out awards? I've seen dozens of shiny new things this year - and I do wonder why reviews need to be longer than a few words. Maybe they don't need words at all. Perhaps …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Dec 2015

BlackBerry: Comeback canter should be a trot... yet, weirdly, isn't

Analysis Investors looking to make long term bets in technology companies are often faced with a conundrum. Is the company exaggerating its assets? Or does it have great assets, but isn't selling them as well as it should? BlackBerry might be a textbook example of the latter. The company posted higher than expected revenue on Friday ($ …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2015

Former security officials and BlackBerry CEO pile in on encryption debate

The rolling debate over encryption has been joined by BlackBerry's CEO and a range of former national security officials. Following a recent political pushback, and a Republican debate that appeared to again ask for backdoors to be introduced into encryption products, the experts have stepped in to argue for a more realistic …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2015

Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

If 2014 was a year of brave new mobile operating systems, challenging Android’s dominance with open platforms and modern cloud-oriented designs, 2016 looks set to be the year when their hopes die. A week after Finnish startup Jolla slashed the staff working on its Sailfish mobile system, Mozilla has announced that it plans to …
Wireless Watch, 11 Dec 2015
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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

Review Here's one of the year's major surprises, and it's a nice one, in the shape of the latest high-end Motorola. It's already attracted acres of mainstream press coverage and that's before it's even generally available. It's the Motorola X Force, and it's the phone that the Daily Mail ran a truck over ... and the display came out …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Dec 2015

Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe

LogMeIn's purchase of LastPass password manager service was not well received by LastPass users. In fact that outrage was sufficient that LastPass quickly shut down comments on its blog. Why the outrage and who is LogMeIn? LogMeIn may be best known as the company that shut down its free remote desktop sharing service with a …
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BlackBerry axes BBM Meetings a year after launching it

BlackBerry is dumping one of the more attractive features of its enterprise software comeback plan only a year after launching it. The BBM Meetings subscription conferencing service launched only last November. It was notable in that it leveraged BlackBerry’s private network, which made the administrative legwork of setting up …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2015

BlackBerry to bug out of Pakistan by end of year

Blackberry will pull out of Pakistan on New Year's Eve in protest of its government's demand to intercept and decrypt people's communications. The Canadian company refuses to open what it considers a backdoor in its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES). Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority in July asked BlackBerry and other …
Team Register, 01 Dec 2015

We chew over CCS Insight's look into the fu-ture-ture-ture-ture

Analyst outfit CCS Insight's annual crystal ball gazing exercise is always informative and occasionally uncanny, such as when it predicted Three would buy O2, and BT would respond by snapping up EE. This year's predictions are out and full of interesting bits and bobs. For example, you probably knew people are abandoning …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2015
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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

Two-week test I seem to have spent my life getting through, testing, and handling a lot of phones. A lot. But I hate phones. I hate all the hundreds of them I have lying around my house and the countless thousands of pounds I have spent on them. I hate that despite having tried, and bought, what seems like every combination possible, …
Dominic Young, 18 Nov 2015

Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

Analysis Microsoft has sidelined its plan to allow Windows 10 devices to run Android apps before it could do any serious damage, according to a report. Daniel Rubino at the Windows Central blog gathered some convincing evidence that Microsoft's Project Astoria has been wound down, while the runtime allowing the Android-on-Win10 magic …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2015
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LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

Apple and Samsung are still the category-killers in the US smartphone market, but LG has managed to peel a small sliver of market share from both in the September quarter. That's what emerges in data from Comscore, whose September 2015 numbers show that Apple and Samsung each shed 0.5 per cent US market share, picked up by LG …

Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

Review As the first major milestone release of Windows 10 Mobile nears, Microsoft still has much work to do to bring on the system fluency and capabilities of its predecessor, let alone its established mobile rivals. Microsoft customers who have taken advantage of Windows Phone to equip field works with modern mobile applications, …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2015
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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

Facebook will nudge the retail industry one step closer to Minority Report-style ads that know who you are, where you are, and blast you with personalized ads that only you can see. We’re still some way from the noir movie vision, but you don’t need to boil a lobster quickly. From Thursday, Facebook will make its users’ …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2015
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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

Review If somebody told you six months ago that the best Android phone of 2015 would have been made by BlackBerry, you’d have thought they were a bit mad. BlackBerry didn’t really make phones any more, and what phones it made were marketed as a secure alternative to the Mad Max badlands of Android. And if anyone had dared suggest …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2015

BlackBerry makes Android security patch promises

BlackBerry is touting security and privacy as the new Priv's key differentiators. But wait, isn't it an Android? And isn't that like putting an arsonist in charge of the Fire Brigade? The firm's first Android phone, which begins shipping tomorrow, is a genuine rarity: a phone targeted at enterprises and more technically …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2015
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World Q3 smartphone shipments: 355 million, 354m, 342m or 366m?

How many smartphones emerged blinking into the sunlight during the third quarter of 2015? It depends who you ask. IDC says 355.2 million hit the streets between June and August. That's not a million miles away from Strategy Analytics' assertion that 354.2 million machines made it out the door. Juniper Research is willing to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2015

Android Security: How's BlackBerry going to fix it?

Analysis “Android Security” sounds like an oxymoron, perhaps the biggest since “friendly fire”. So what’s BlackBerry, which has forged a reputation on enterprise security, thinking with the new Priv device? BlackBerry's handset division is promising to create a business-friendly secure 'droid, and it’s recently been explaining just how …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2015

BlackBerry opens its Priv kimono just a little wider

BlackBerry's has offered more glimpses of its first Android phone, Priv, and the device's specs have also leaked into public gaze. The Priv is unique in that nobody else is pitching a security-hardened Android at businesses that boasts top-end consumer specs. The device, glimpsed for a few seconds in March, features a slide …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2015
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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

There is only one destination for companies that fail with their own mobile operating system, and it's called Android. Last month, BlackBerry acknowledged defeat by announcing PRIV, an Android device with a focus on security. What then is Microsoft’s Plan B when it comes to mobile? In the Nadella era we have already seen the …
Tim Anderson, 14 Oct 2015
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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

Couch-surfer extraordinaire Julian Assange has granted an interview to Australian breakfast radio program “Kyle and Jackie O” in which he characterises his stint in the Ecuadorian embassy as a “siege” and reveals he has banned smartphones at the Ecuadorian embassy as he assumes they are all surveilled. The interview, which …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2015
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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

Microsoft has scheduled one of its biggest press conferences of the year on Tuesday in New York, and The Register will be there for the show. But leaks ahead of time suggest we'll be seeing a lot of new hardware and possibly a few software tricks as well. Firstly, it's almost certain that Redmond will be unveiling at least two …
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2015