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BlackBerry Eyes Sustainable Profit in Near Future

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

BlackBerry managed a small profit during its fiscal fourth quarter even as its revenue slides.                                                                                                       

BlackBerry Taps IBM, Samsung for Secure Tablet

March 16, 2015 11:01 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company over the weekend announced the SecuTablet...

Report: Feds Probe BlackBerry-Samsung Rumor for Investor Trickery

February 6, 2015 10:07 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Following last...

Analysis: Making Sense of Samsung's Possible Interest in BlackBerry

January 15, 2015 9:22 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Samsung and...

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UPDATE - BlackBerry Stock Up Almost 30% on Samsung Acquisition Rumor

January 14, 2015 4:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

BlackBerry’s stock jumped nearly 30 percent today after a Reuters report suggested the Canadian OEM had been approached by Samsung about a potential acquisition.                             

FirstNews Briefs: Cricket Wireless, HTC, AT&T, BlackBerry, HyprKey

January 8, 2015 9:54 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Today, Cricket Wireless announced an exclusive wireless agreement with...                                                                                            

Blackberry Posts Mixed Bag in 3Q

December 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street, but its...                                   

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BlackBerry Harkens Back to Bold with New Classic

December 17, 2014 11:33 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today officially took the wraps off its new BlackBerry Classic.                                                                                                          

BlackBerry, NantHealth Unveil Genome Browser for Cancer Treatment

December 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to a press release the companies have launched a secure clinical genome browser that will allow doctors access to patients' genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone, using the the NantOmics Cancer Genome Browser™.

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 poised at an important juncture in its evolution and Thorsten will lead its expansion to take the wireless charging solutions...                        

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 Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader...            

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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 early trading Monday as new rumors surfaced that Lenovo may...                             

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...

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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