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If BlackBerry killed off its social gaming platform, would anybody notice?

Sticking to its knitting, BlackBerry is closing Scoreloop - the German social gaming platform and tools company it acquired in 2011 for $71m. The Canadian mobile phone company once known as RIM told the Wall Street Journal that this was in line with its focus on enterprise. When BlackBerry bought Scoreloop, it was at the height …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2014

Move up, Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's new... 'Assistant' is here

BlackBerry has unveiled a voice-powered assistant due to appear on its BB10 devices later this year. Imaginatively named er, "BlackBerry Assistant", the speech software hooks into web searches, social media and basic phone functions, like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google Now. We tried Assistant on a very early leak …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2014

BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

BlackBerry teased one the year's most whacky smartphone designs at its shareholder AGM yesterday, but it still isn't ready to disclose any more details. The firm then posted - and deleted - a statement about the BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry's Passport is striking for a couple of reasons. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard that …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2014
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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BlackBerry slices off juiciest bits, bottles them in 'Tech Solutions'

BlackBerry has sliced off its juiciest bits and will preserve them in a new unit called “BlackBerry Technology Solutions” (BTS) that it hopes will deliver a jolt of growth. The new unit will be led by Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu and will gain stewardship of QNX , the IoT play Project Ion, the Certicom cryptography applications and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2014
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Apple goes after BlackBerry's last stronghold

Apple has opened an office in Indonesia. Twitter member Fauzan Alfi, aka @fauzanalfi, spotted a new listing for Apple on the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia’s site. The address provided on that site matches that on Apple's own site. Apple has also started hiring staff in Indonesia, some in retail roles. Why does …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2014

BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

BlackBerry has bought privately held German firm Secusmart as part of its drive to become the handset provider of choice for security-conscious clients such as government agencies and big businesses. Secusmart, which specialises in voice and data encryption, was already a partner of the one-time business phone giant, providing …
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BlackBerry lands feature-light BBM on Windows Phone

The wait for BBM on Windows Phone is over. BlackBerry has brought its pioneering and much-imitated messaging app to Windows, following launches on Android and iOS last year, albeit with the "Beta" label. BBM for Windows looks a lot more like a native app than other BBM ports: it uses Windows Phone pivot views and includes …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2014
BlackBerry and Android, together at last

BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

BlackBerry is shaking up its code store options in a bid to win new apps and content for its widely shunned BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Most notably, the Canadian firm announced on Wednesday that it has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon to allow BlackBerry users access to the Amazon Appstore. Amazon's store won't replace …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014
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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

BlackBerry has finished its long and painful restructuring process – and is even considering adding new employees. That's according to a leaked staff memo apparently sent by BlackBerry chief exec John Chen. In the file, he wrote that the process of laying off workers, which started three years ago, has now come to an end: "We …
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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes. “BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and …

American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat

Typo Keyboards, the iPhone keyboard firm co-founded by TV host Ryan Seacrest, has hit back at patent infringement claims from BlackBerry, claiming that the Canadian company's intellectual property isn't even valid. Typo said in a court filing that the patents BlackBerry is trying to assert against the firm over its attachable …
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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, has hit out at Google’s decision to adopt Sammy’s KNOX security platform across the whole Android ecosystem. In a blog post on the official BlackBerry website Chen is quoted saying: While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we don’t think it’s enough for security-minded enterprises. …
Simon Rockman, 04 Jul 2014
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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

BlackBerry is staying in the handset market by the skin of its teeth by confirming two new models will arrive this year. The two new devices will be called BlackBerry Passport, a full touch device, and BlackBerry Classic, a QWERTY model designed to alleviate the awkwardness of BB10. The Passport and Classic will be released in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2014
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T-Mobile US makes peace offering with $250 BlackBerry olive branch

In a move to calm outraged BlackBerry fanbois after suggesting they should get an iPhone, T-Mobile US is offering them $200 towards any newer handset available, be it a BlackBerry, Android gadget or iPhone. The limited-time offer is open to subscribers and anyone who signs up to the wireless carrier. Folks already on T-Mob US …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

BlackBerry's forthcoming Passport handset may look odd at first glance, but the company claims it had good reason to break with traditional smartphone designs for its latest, square-shaped device. "We've been living in a rectangular world for quite some time and know it's a great ergonomic design that drives content, media …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2014

BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want. Legere's offer comes after BlackBerry said yesterday that it wouldn't be renewing its …

BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

Troubled mobe maker BlackBerry has received a welcome bit of good news from a California court, which has blocked sales of a physical iPhone add-on keyboard the company says copies its hardware. A Northern California District Court judge on Monday granted an injunction that prevents the sale and import of Typo keyboards for …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014
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'The Sims' takes reins of BlackBerry Messenger as old chief Bocking departs

The executive formerly in charge of BlackBerry's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) division has left the company, casting uncertainty on the Canadian firm's plans for its mobile messaging service. As first reported by tech website BGR, Andrew Bocking, a longtime BlackBerry veteran who had served as executive VP in charge of BBM, has …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2014

Fairfax shovels another $250m into buying BlackBerry debt

BlackBerry backer Fairfax Financial is set to buy another $250m of its convertible debentures, which should give the ailing mobile firm a much-needed shot in the arm. The companies said that Fairfax's generosity was part of an additional debenture option as part of BlackBerry's successful placement of $1bn worth of debentures …
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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

With its smartphone sales circling the drain, beleaguered BlackBerry has announced Project Ion, a set of initiatives aimed at delivering services and infrastructure for everyone's favorite hot-button buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT). The project was unveiled in a brief presentation at the O'Reilly Solid conference on …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2014
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FIGHT! BlackBerry,T-Mobile US CEOs clash in 'inappropriate' ad spat

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US would like to see its BlackBerry customers switch over to Apple's camp – and die-hard BlackBerry users are none too happy about it, to say nothing of BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The brouhaha began last week, when T-Mobile US reportedly sent emails to some of its customers offering them financing on new …
Neil McAllister, 19 Feb 2014
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Party's over in Waterloo as BlackBerry pulls plug on 2014 Live conference

BlackBerry-friendly IT managers and developers will feel a little lonelier next year, now that the Waterloo, Ontario–based firm has announced there will be no 2014 BlackBerry Live conference. Official BlackBerry blogger Donny Halliwell revealed the company's plans on Friday, saying BlackBerry had decided that putting on a big …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2013

BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

The company-formerly-known-as-RIM has nabbed former SAP exec John Sims to head up its global enterprise services unit, the business it hopes will be at the centre of its turnaround. BlackBerry said that Sims would be joining the company in January, after leaving his position as president of SAP's mobile services business. After …
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Qatari sovereign wealth fund among BlackBerry rescue party

A Qatari sovereign wealth fund has been identified as one of a number of backers to buy into failing flailing former mobile powerhouse BlackBerry. The investment was revealed in an SEC filing made by BlackBerry on Friday November 8. Qatar Holdings LLC joined a group of other investors led by Fairfax Holdings (the company which …
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BlackBerry sets BBM Voice and Channels live on iOS and Android

Terminally consolidating smartphone firm BlackBerry has added support for its Voice and Channel services on the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android and iOS. The company said that the update would bring a new set of collaboration and telephony options to users who still run BBM on their Apple and Android devices. The BBM …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected. The ailing Canadian firm reported a net loss of nearly $6bn for the year up to the start of March and a loss of $423m for …
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BB10's 'dated' crypto lets snoops squeeze the juice from your BlackBerry – researcher

BlackBerry BB10 OS uses dated protocols that leave users at risk of cryptographic attacks, according to a security researcher. The latest version of the smartphone maker's operating system, BlackBerry 10, uses TLS 1.0, while competitors use TLS 1.2. The post on the CrackBerry forum contains a screenshot from the howsmyssl.com …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

BlackBerry has admitted that its made its some of its traditional users who stayed loyal to the company very fed up when it dropped some of its best-loved features. At Mobile World Congress today, the company formerly known as RIM said it would bring back the classic trackpad as well as Call ("Send"), End and Menu keys to a …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry opens devices to third-party management – including its new, sub-$200 Z3

Ailing BlackBerry has launched its first new mobe since John Chen took over as CEO in November, and to help drum up interest in its flagging handset business, it says it will for the first time let customers use other companies' software to manage BlackBerry devices. Chen has repeatedly insisted that he won't dump BlackBerry's …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," chief exec John Chen told Reuters in an interview*. The Canadian phone biz reported poor sales again in its fourth quarter …

Chin up, BlackBerry. We know who still loves you: The cuddly Pentagon

Ailing BlackBerry has received a new vote of confidence from the US Department of Defense, which has reaffirmed its commitment to the Canadian firm's platform for a major mobile communications initiative due to launch this year. According to a press release issued by the DoD's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) last week …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2014
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Ding-dong! Who's at the door now with a big wad of cash, BlackBerry?

Mobile-chip specialist Qualcomm has been named as part of a group looking to make a bid for BlackBerry. The Wall Street Journal cited "people familiar with the matter" when reporting that Qualcomm could join forces with private equity firm Cerberus Capital and the pairing of cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin. The report …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2013
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Lenovo sniffing BlackBerry's laundry, may purchase: report

Lenovo and BlackBerry have reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that lets the Chinese concern send in the accountants in order to gain an understanding of whether the beleaguered phone-maker is worthy of an acquisition. The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that the NDA covers all aspects of BlackBerry's …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

Ten million people have apparently downloaded the new BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android or iOS in just 24 hours. But with activations being metered out in half-million lumps it will be a while before they can all start chatting. The app, which brings BlackBerry Messenger to Android and iOS gadgets, was launched on …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2013
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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

She's the indecisive pop star who sung about constantly "falling in and out of love" with some bloke or other. Now the caterwauling piano player Alicia Keys has made a concrete decision, for once in her life, and has stepped down from her role as BlackBerry's global creative director. She started the role last year, when the …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jan 2014

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

BlackBerry has started to roll out the latest version of its eponymous Operating System. The tiny incremental increase in version numbering (from 10.2.0 to 10.2.1) belies its importance - for this version runs Android apps at full-tilt, thanks to trickery we described back in November and previewed earlier this month. BlackBerry …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2014
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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss. In a newly published interview with the Financial Times that was conducted during the Mobile World …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014

BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

BlackBerry has rejoined the patent-infringement litigation party, filing suit in the Northern District of California against an iPhone-keyboard company, Typo Keyboards, cofounded by "media personality" Ryan Seacrest. "This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry's iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014
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Psst, hey... Facebook, wanna buy BlackBerry? Aw well, it was worth a try

Bosses from ailing smartphone-maker BlackBerry have been in talks with FACEBOOK about a possible buyout, industry insiders claim. The Canadian firm's top brass flew to California to discuss a potential bid from the social network, according to Wall Street Journal, although neither tech biz was willing to confirm the talks …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2013
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BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

Hapless BlackBerry has told users to update its software on their Mac OS X and Windows computers following the disclosure of a fairly serious security flaw. The Canadian handset maker said the vulnerability exists in selected versions of its freely available Link application – a program that allows you to transfer files between …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry chief Chen swings the axe at mobe-maker's executives

New BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen has begun his tenure at the battered smartphone vendor by shaking up its top executives, eliminating at least two positions in the process. The New York Times reports that Chen has shown the door to chief operating officer Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben, both of whom …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2013
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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

What BlackBerry and new CEO John Chen definitely don't need right now is bad publicity, but that's exactly what The Wall Street Journal has provided them, with a report that one of its remaining high-profile customers, the White House, is mulling over a switch from the formerly high-flying Canuckphone to devices from Samsung or …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014
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T-Mobile pulls BlackBerry products from US retail stores

As BlackBerry struggles to regain its footing following the disastrous second quarter of its fiscal 2014, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that it will no longer carry the Canadian firm's smartphones in its retail stores. T-Mobile executive VP of corporate services David Carey told Reuters that demand for BlackBerry …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013

Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

A BlackBerry shareholder has filed a lawsuit accusing the company and its chief exec and CFO of inflating its share price with unrealistic promises about BB10, leading to thousands of investors getting burnt. The suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan, New York, by one Marvin Pearlstein, in the names of "thousands" of …
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2013
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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

Not one but three tech titans are considering a bid for BlackBerry, according to Reuters. The news agency reports that BlackBerry may not be content with the arrangement to take it private suggested by major shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and ”has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2013
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Will BlackBerry be cherrypicked, or bought by its daddies?

BlackBerry cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin have indicated that they are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker, even as analysts say that selling the company off in pieces may be a better deal for all concerned. The two men made their intentions known in a regulatory filing with the US Securities …
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013
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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

Ford Motor Company will part ways with Microsoft for the next generation of its Sync in-car infotainment system in favor of technology from Canadian rival BlackBerry, sources claim. According to a report by Bloomberg, switching from Windows Embedded Automotive to BlackBerry's QNX real-time OS will both save Ford money and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them

According to BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen*, the hardscrabble smartphone maker's next wave of products will return to tried-and-true form factors, complete with the company's hallmark hardware keyboards. BlackBerry launched its all-touchscreen Z10 handset to much fanfare under previous CEO Thorsten Heins last January. But …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
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BlackBerry goes all 'patch Tuesday' with multi vuln fixes

BlackBerry has issued four patches covering vulnerabilities in Flash, Webkit and libexif on its devices. The Z10, Q10 and PlayBook all need patching for Adobe Flash vulnerabilities. If a user were led to a page containing crafted Flash content, an attacker could execute arbitrary code on an affected device. BSRT-2013-007 notes …