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BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhone Trade-Ins

November 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Beginning in December, BlackBerry will start offering up to $550 to customers who trade in their iPhones for a...                                           

Former BlackBerry Chief Heins Tapped as Powermat CEO

November 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Powermat is...

BlackBerry Beefing Up Mobile-Security, Partnering with Samsung

November 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San...

Report: Lenovo Crafting Bid for BlackBerry

October 20, 2014 12:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry stock got a nearly 8 percent bump in...

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Amid Passport Launch, BlackBerry Posts $207 Million Loss

September 26, 2014 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $916 million, which broken out included approximately 46 percent for hardware, 46 percent for services and 8 percent for software and other revenue. Analyst consensus was more in line with $940 million in revenue for the quarter. 

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

SmartWatch, Episode 20: Everything Wrong with the iPhone 6 and More!

September 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch,sponsored by SanDisk, we look at everything that’s wrong with the iPhone 6. No, really, there’s some serious gripes with Apple’s new flagship, as well as the company’s new iOS 8 operating system. But at least Andrew hasn't bent his yet. We’ll also check in with BlackBerry’s John Chen...

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BlackBerry Officially Unveils Square-Screen Passport

September 24, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Passport’s 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen has a 1:1 aspect ratio and a 1440x1440 pixel (453 dpi) resolution. Inside its packing a big 3450 mAh battery and a huge 4GB of RAM. It also features 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor.

BlackBerry Offering BBM Money to iOS, Android Users in Indonesia

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will begin offering BBM Money, its secure mobile payments platform, to Android and iOS users in Indonesia. The expansion comes after the service was initially launched in early 2013 for BlackBerry users. BBM Money allows users to make secure payments at participating retailers and online.

SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

Verizon, BlackBerry Offer Enterprises $150 Credit to Upgrade Devices

August 26, 2014 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a short promotional video, the companies confirm the credit can be used to buy BlackBerry technical support services, sign up for BBM Protected, or anything else enterprises have in mind. It appears the credit can be applied on a fairly large scale—the video points out that 1,000 upgraded devices means $150,000 in credit.

IDC: Over 300 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2Q

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android and iOS together accounted for 96.4 percent of the shipments, meaning bad news for competitors, particularly BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM shipped 1.5 million smartphones to grab 0.5 percent share. That number is down from 2.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter and paltry enough to mark a -78 percent annual growth rate for the company’s smartphone shipments.

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Report: BlackBerry CEO Tells Employees Job Cuts Are Done

August 5, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has completed a three-year restructuring process that saw the company reduce its workforce by nearly 60 percent. Reuters obtained an internal memo sent by CEO John Chen who said that the job cuts are done and that the company would soon begin hiring new employees for product development, sales and customer service.

BlackBerry Bolsters Security Offerings with Secusmart Buy

July 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO for BlackBerry, said in a statement that the acquisition of Secusmart underscores his company's focus on addressing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. 

BlackBerry Subsidiary QNX Releases OS for Medical Devices

July 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, QNX OS for Medical 1.1 complies with standards for medical software life cycle processes and is designed to help manufacturers reduce the cost of developing robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.

BlackBerry Deals German Assets to Volkswagen

July 7, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The move comes as the Ontario-based company looks to become profitable by its 2016 financial year. BlackBerry has centralized most of its vehicle connectivity development at its QNX Software Systems division in Ottawa, Ontario. Volkswagen will assume BlackBerry's offices leases at the Bochum University Center and the Design Support Lab.

Following Amazon Deal, BlackBerry Cuts 65 Consumer Apps Jobs

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry laid off 65 employees who worked on consumer applications development for the company. The cuts come shortly after BlackBerry announced a deal giving its customers access to the Amazon Appstore beginning in the fall. BlackBerry World, the company’s consumer app storefront, will stay open but BlackBerry will close the music and video portion of the store on July 21.

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Amazon Up for More Appstore Licensing Like BlackBerry’s Deal

June 23, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Re/code he is open to seeing his company’s Appstore on more OEM’s devices. Amazon just signed a licensing deal with BlackBerry that will open access to Amazon’s consumer application storefront for BB devices starting with the BlackBerry 10.3 update expected in the fall.

BlackBerry 1Q Tops Estimates as Company Edges Closer to Hardware Profit

June 19, 2014 10:27 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry surprised Wall Street by posting financial results that beat analysts' expectations. Shares rose 13 percent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected. The embattled smartphone company reported net income of $23 million, or 4 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. It had reported a loss of $84 million, or 16 cents per share, a year ago.

BlackBerry Signs Deal for Access to Amazon Appstore

June 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has signed a licensing agreement with Amazon to give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore. With the release of the BlackBerry 10.3 this fall BlackBerry users will be able buy apps, music, movies and more directly from Amazon. BlackBerry World will stay in place but as of July 21, BlackBerry’s native app storefront will close its video and music sections.

BlackBerry Releases BBM Protected Secure Messaging for the Enterprise

June 16, 2014 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today released ‘BBM Protected,’ a more secure version of its mobile messaging platform geared toward regulated industries. The new messaging platform uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library, according to a press release. 

BlackBerry Moving into Mobile Payments with EnStream

June 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Under the agreement, EnStream will leverage BlackBerry’s infrastructure to enable financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, CIBC and Desjardins, and mobile operators to securely provision sensitive payment card credentials into any smartphone capable of near field communication (NFC).

FirstNews Briefs: BlackBerry, AT&T, Samsung, Superconductor Technologies, SKYNDEX

May 30, 2014 10:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

If you’re a BBM user on Android or iPhone you’ll soon be seeing an update available in your app store. This next release (v.2.2) is focused on streamlining key aspects of the BBM experience. BlackBerry's goal is to make it simpler for new users to join the BBM community and to make it faster and easier to add new BBM contacts.

Code Conference: BlackBerry Not Dead Yet

May 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"I'll be able to create a lot of value for our shareholders without the handset business," Chen said in a video of talk posted to ReCode's website. "But I think there's a chance to create even more." That said, Chen admitted it will be the market that would decide the fate of BlackBerry's handset business. 

Foxconn Buying $390M Share of Taiwan Mobile Operator

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Foxconn announced plans to snap up a $390 million stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom. Foxconn, Apple’s primary manufacturing partner, will take on 582.9 million Asia Pacific shares before the two companies fully merge through a share swap, according to Reuters. The merger is scheduled to take place by June 20.

BlackBerry Selling Majority of Canadian Real Estate for $278M

May 5, 2014 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that Spear Street Capital has agreed to pay $278 million (CDN$305 million) for the majority of BlakcBerry's Canadian real estate holdings. According to a press release, Spear Street will waive its rights to due dilligence and will proceed with the purchase.

BlackBerry Takes QNX to Healthcare With NantHealth Investment

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While financial details of the investment were not provided, BlackBerry said in a statement that the two companies intend to collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems for medical care.  

BlackBerry’s Chen Gives Himself Two Years to Turn Around Company

April 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is giving himself two years to make up for his company’s plummeting handset revenue. Chen doesn’t plan to do away with handsets but he does plan to replace BlackBerry’s handset profits by focusing on software for connected verticals like automotive and health care, according to Bloomberg.

BlackBerry’s Split with T-Mobile Doesn’t Look Smart

April 2, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

April Fools’ Day is over, right? Technically, news of BlackBerry not renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell its phones came yesterday. But we checked and, it’s real. That means BlackBerry, a once-mighty handset maker that is now barely clinging to life, told the hottest U.S. carrier that it can’t sell BlackBerry devices anymore. This move seems counter-intuitive to say the least.

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