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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
"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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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