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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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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BlackBerry Sues Startup Founded by Ryan Seacrest

January 3, 2014 3:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. is accusing a company backed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest of being a rip-off artist. The allegations emerged in a patent infringement lawsuit filed Friday in a San Francisco federal court by BlackBerry. The suit targets an iPhone keyboard made by Typo Products LLC, a Los Angeles startup co-founded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier.

BlackBerry Co-Founder Trims Stake After Huge Loss

December 26, 2013 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has trimmed his stake in the troubled smartphone pioneer to just below 5 percent after selling 3.5 million shares during the past two days. The sales disclosed in a Tuesday regulatory filing came after BlackBerry Ltd. announced a third-quarter loss of $4.4 billion last week.

BlackBerry Cancels Two Devices, Ends BlackBerry Live

December 24, 2013 9:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following two quarters of gigantic losses, BlackBerry is making good on its retreat from the consumer market and canceling the release of two planned BlackBerry 10 devices. In a filing with the SEC, BlackBerry refers to the infamous “Z10 Inventory Charge” that cost the company about $1 billion in its second quarter, as a primary motive for the move.

BlackBerry Forges Foxconn Partnership Amid Dismal 3Q Earnings Report

December 20, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its slide as the company slowly but surely implements measures to right its sinking ship. The company today reported a loss of $4.4 billion on  $1.2 billion of revenue for its fiscal third quarter. That compares to last quarter when BlackBerry posted a $965 million loss, on $1.6 billion.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 4 (10-6)

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! In case you missed them, check out the previous installments.

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Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 3 (15-11)

December 11, 2013 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! 

First News Briefs: AdaptiveMobile BlackBerry, Verizon, Zact Mobile, GainSpan

December 6, 2013 9:36 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is now available as a hosted service under the fourth iteration of the UK Government's G-Cloud Program. The G-Cloud Program is a cross-Government initiative which focuses on easing the adoption of cloud-based ICT services across Government departments, local authorities and the wider public sector.

First News Briefs: BlackBerry, YotaPhone, ReliOn, LG, AllJoyn, Huawei

December 4, 2013 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics will be the first company to incorporate the AllJoyn open source software framework into its Smart TV platform, providing interoperability between devices. AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., is designed to create a common language that connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system.

Interim BlackBerry CEO Chen Reassures Customers

December 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Echoing a similar letter sent to customers back in October, Chen reiterated the message that BlackBerry isn't going anywhere and that customer investment in BlackBerry infrastructure and solutions are secure. In the letter, Chen focused mainly on BlackBerry's device management efforts..

BlackBerry Ousts Three More Execs

November 25, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced the departures of COO Kristian Tear and CMO Frank Boulben, as well as the replacement of Brian Bidulka with James Yersh as its Chief Financial Officer.  Yersh was previously Senior Vice President. In addition to the management changes, BlackBerry announced that Roger Martin, a member of the company’s board since 2007, has resigned.

BlackBerry CEO Scores $88 Million Pay Package

November 11, 2013 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen has been set up with a $1 million base salary, $2 million performance bonus and $85 million worth of company stock. In a filing with the SEC last week, BlackBerry indicated Chen would be granted “13,000,000 restricted share units vesting as to 25% on the 3rd and 4th anniversary dates of his employment, with the balance vesting on the 5th anniversary.” Bloomberg valued the stock at $85 million in its report.

BlackBerry to Focus on Software, Not Devices

November 5, 2013 10:32 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry lovers left could be in for some bad news. The device that was so addictive that it was dubbed the "CrackBerry" might not have much of a future: Its new chairman and interim chief executive says he wants to emphasize software and services — not devices.

BlackBerry Abandons Plans to Go Private, Heins Out as CEO

November 4, 2013 9:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry’s tentative deal to take the company private is dead and the company now will seek to raise $1 billion in funding while replacing CEO Thorsten Heins and certain board members. The Globe and Mail reports that Fairfax Financial’s $4.7 billion deal to take BlackBerry private is now off. Fairfax was on deadline to finish its due diligence today. The deal was originally announced in late September.

First News Briefs: BlackBerry, Samsung, Movius Interactive, Boost, iPhone

November 1, 2013 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that Australia’s national transport safety investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has migrated to BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

BBM Climbs to 80M Monthly Active Users

October 30, 2013 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The good news for BlackBerry’s cross-platform messaging OTT push continues as the company announced BBM has now hit 80 million monthly active users. BlackBerry last week unleashed the long-awaited Android and iOS versions of BBM and saw 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours. Now the company is saying that opening up the messaging app to Android and iOS has resulted in the addition of 20 million active users in about a week’s time.

BlackBerry Clocks 10 Million Downloads of BBM in 24 Hours

October 23, 2013 9:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iOS is off to a strong start as the company announced the app has notched more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours. The demand for the cross-platform version of BlackBerry’s popular messaging feature has resulted in a waiting list.

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