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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

BlackBerry Revokes T-Mobile’s License to Sell Its Phones

April 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will not be renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell BlackBerry products after it expires April 25. In a blog post, BlackBerry promised that existing BlackBerry users on T-Mobile would not experience any lapse in support and that it would continue to support any customers who purchase BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile’s remaining inventory.

BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

March 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. A court order bans Seacrest's company, Typo Products LLC, from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. while BlackBerry Ltd. proceeds with a patent infringement case against the product. 

BlackBerry Outlook Brightens as Chen Cuts Expenses

March 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares jumped 7 percent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected.

BlackBerry Lands New Federal Security Certification

March 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, the company's Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified.

BlackBerry Will Sell Majority of Its Canadian Real Estate Holdings

March 21, 2014 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Friday said that it has agreed to sell the majority of its property holdings in Canada. According to a press release, BlacKBerry is set to sell more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant land. The sale is part of the company's ongoing cost-cutting measures.

MWC: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Phones, Upgrades Services

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Tuesday unveiled a pair of new handsets, one of which is in keeping with CEO John Chen's committment to addressing emerging markets. The Canadian OEM unveiled a successor to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q20, which features...

T-Mobile Blasts BlackBerry CEO’s Response, Offers $200 BB Trade-In Credit

February 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his response, T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert marveled at the passion of BlackBerry fans but firmly opposed Chen’s response. “The premise of his article was that it's best for customers if we restrict the free flow of information and limit consumer choice.  At T-Mobile we totally reject that premise,” Siervert wrote.

BlackBerry CEO “Outraged” Over T-Mobile Promotion

February 18, 2014 4:40 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

An email blast issued by T-Mobile last week, offering BlackBerry users a chance to upgrade to an iPhone, was met with a swift and angry response from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. Chen voiced his outrage over the promotion in a blog post. “I can only guess that T-Mobile thought its ‘great offer for BlackBerry customers’ would be well received. T-Mobile could not have been more wrong,” Chen said.

Which OEMs Could Use a Big MWC

February 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.

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