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.
LG Electronics will be the first company to incorporate the AllJoyn open source software...
Echoing a similar letter sent to customers back in October, Chen reiterated the message that...
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 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’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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Lenovo is “actively considering” making a bid to buy all of BlackBerry. The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with the matter who stated the Chinese PC giant, that boosted its business by acquiring IBM’s personal computer operation and the ThinkPad brand, is perhaps hoping to make a similar move in regards to its mobile ambitions.
As BlackBerry weathers rough times, the Canadian OEM on Monday published an open letter aimed at reassuring customers that they'll be taken care of going forward. Reuters reported that the letter was published in 30 news outlets across nine countries.
BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis says he's looking at making a potential takeover bid for the struggling smartphone company. Lazaridis, a major shareholder, said Thursday in filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he and Douglas Fregin, who helped launch the company...
Bell and Samsung Electronics Canada today announced global availability of Samsung KNOX. Samsung KNOX is a security solution that provides enterprise customers with security and protection when employees use their own mobile devices at work or use their work devices as part of their everyday life.
Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. rose more than 4 percent Monday on a report that the company is in sale talks with a handful of companies. Reuters reported Friday that the struggling smartphone maker was holding discussions with Cisco, Google and SAP about a possible sale of all or part of itself.
BlackBerry is reportedly discussing selling itself whole or piecemeal with Google, Cisco and SAP. Reuters spoke with sources close to the matter who indicate BlackBerry has been asking around about potential buyers—including Intel, Samsung and LG—and is hoping to be able to gauge interest by early next week.
Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would allow it to access the company's private information...
BlackBerry warned of the huge loss coming in its fiscal second quarter report and now it’s officially on the books. The hobbled OEM posted a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $965 million, with $934 million coming courtesy of the Z10’s flop.
The head of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said Wednesday he has every intention of completing the acquisition of BlackBerry, despite doubts that the $4.7 billion deal for the troubled smartphone maker will go through. BlackBerry announced earlier this week that Fairfax signed a letter of intent that "contemplates" buying BlackBerry for $9 a share.
BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a consortium ed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which plans on taking the Canadian OEM private. As part of the deal, which is subject to six weeks of due dilligence, BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry that they hold.
BlackBerry late Friday confirmed the worst concerning its financial situation, with the disclosure sending the company's stock into a 20 percent dive in afternoon trading on the Canadian stock exchange. According to a financial statement released by the company, BlackBerry expects a GAAP net operating loss of approximately $950 million to $995 million
BlackBerry has confirmed BBM, the company’s messaging platform, will be available for free download on Android starting Saturday and iOS starting Sunday. In the future, BlackBerry is expecting to add BBM Channels as well BBM Video and Voice calling to its cross-platform release. The BBM for Android requires version 4.0 and up and BBM for iOS requires version 6.0 and up.
The cuts keep coming as BlackBerry’s handset business flails, with reports indicating the company might be cutting up to 40 percent of its workforce by year’s end. The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the matter who foresee the layoffs coming in waves across all departments and likely costing thousands of BlackBerry employees their jobs.
BlackBerry is expanding its Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) Portfolio with BlackBerry Enterprise IM v3.1. Enterprise IM mobilizes desktop IM solutions to optimize communication and collaboration with secure and real-time messaging among colleagues, customers and partners across the street or globe.
The Z30 trumps the Z10’s 4.2-inch screen with its relatively massive 5-inch Super AMOLED display. The Z30 will also ship with BlackBerry 10.2, as well as a healthy 2880 mAh battery. The handset sports new audio technology called Natural Sound that will come out of stereo speakers, a set up to rival the HTC One’s BoomSound.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins could receive as much as $55.6 million if the company is sold and he is ousted from the top job. Heins would receive $48 million in equity awards, based on the company's share price at the end of its latest fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing earlier this year.
In light of recent struggles and slumping stock price, BlackBerry today confirmed that it's looking at "strategic alternatives." The Candadian OEM said in a statement that it is looking at options, which could include joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the company or other possible transactions...
The Department of Defense has opened up its networks to BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 devices running BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Deemed “Authority to Operate,” the designation means the DoD is building out its infrastructure to support BlackBerry devices and expects to support 10,000 BB10 devices by this fall and 30,000 by the end of 2013.
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