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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.

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...

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...

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-...

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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...

2014 Connected Device Production to Hit 6 Billion

February 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

More and more devices in production will include internet connectivity, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. The research firm forecasts the connected device market to surpass 6 billion in 2014. IHS estimates worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013.

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CES: Case Makes iPhone a BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

BlackBerry: 'Count on Us'

October 14, 2013 4:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Looking at Buying Company

October 10, 2013 4:00 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

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...

Cerberus Interested in BlackBerry

October 3, 2013 9:28 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

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...

Fairfax Says It Won't Abandon BlackBerry Bid

September 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Black Day for BlackBerry: Stock Falls 20% on Dismal Financial Update

September 20, 2013 4:11 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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

Report: Ex-BlackBerry Director Watsa Gathering Funds to Take Company Private

September 9, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry were up nearly 5 percent in early trading Monday on new of a possible buyout. According to a report from the U.K.'s Sunday Times former BlackBerry director Prem Watsa has managed to pull together billions of dollars in backing from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board...

BlackBerry Rises as Company Considers "Strategic Alternatives"

August 12, 2013 9:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

BlackBerry Shares Tank 23 Percent on Dismal Earnings

June 28, 2013 9:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry's latest quarterly numbers disappointed Friday, sending shares into a 24 percent pre-market dive, as the Canadian OEM missed analyst estimates, proving just how competitive the current smartphone market really is. Perhaps most disappointing was reported smartphone shipments...

BlackBerry Launches MDM Product for Android, iOS

June 25, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry today launched Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which extends BES10 capabilities to separate work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. The BES10 server software is free to download, with annual client access licenses for Secure Work Space running $99 per year per device. BlackBerry said BES10 is also available as 

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BYOD Accounts for 30% of Enterprise Device Purchases

June 13, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Employees continue to drive the trend towards Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD). The number of employee-purchased devices was more than double the volume purchased as corporate assets by enterprises in first quarter of 2013, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics...

New BlackBerry with Keyboard to Hit US Stores

June 5, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first keyboard-equipped BlackBerry sporting the company's radically new operating system is hitting U.S. stores this week. T-Mobile USA will start selling the BlackBerry Q10 on Wednesday. Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders last week and says it will ship by Thursday...

Windows Phone Ousts BB for Third Place in Market Share

May 16, 2013 8:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain in market share among the leading mobile operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago, according to numbers released today from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

BlackBerry Focuses on Cool Factor as It Returns to Orlando for Annual Event

May 13, 2013 9:00 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry will pull out all the stops this week as the company welcomes thousands of industry players for BlackBerry Live, it's annual three-day conference which promises to offer some perspective into its future. Chief executive Thorsten Heins will take the stage on Tuesday and...  

Orders of Keyboard BlackBerry Start in Canada

April 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry phone said Tuesday that a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard will be available in Canada in the coming weeks as major wireless companies started taking advance orders. Details on when the BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale...

BlackBerry Posts Profit in 4Q, Ships One Million BB10 Devices

March 28, 2013 9:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry posted profit in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2013, notching $98 million GAAP income on $0.19 per share diluted. The Canadian phonemaker posted a loss of $125 million in the same quarter for 2012. BlackBerry also reported shipping six million smartphones in the quarter, one million of them being BlackBerry 10 devices.

BlackBerry CEO Says iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 9:01 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10...

Report: DOD Writes Order for 600K iOS Devices

March 21, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In yet another blow to BlackBerry's core customer base, the Department of Defense (DOD) may be readying an order of 600,000 iOS devices. According to a report from Electronista, the DOD has finished extensive testing of BlackBerry's new...

BlackBerry to Extend Security Software to Android, iOS

March 14, 2013 9:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its efforts to insert itself in the middle of the smartphone today with news that it will bring security software to market for third-party platforms, including Android and iOS. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android will extend BlackBerry security capabilities...

BlackBerry Gets Biggest Order Ever

March 14, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd., says it has received an order for one million of its new smartphones, marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's history. The Canadian company is relying on the redesigned BlackBerry to fuel a comeback...

Prepaid Carrier Solavei First in U.S. to Offer BB Z10

February 11, 2013 11:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The BlackBerry touchscreen Z10 is available in the United Staes through Solavei, a prepaid carrier, but it will cost the carrier's customers to get their hands on the device. Solavei today announced immediate availability of the Blackberry Z10 through its retail partner GSM Nation...

New BlackBerry Devices Catching On After European Launch

February 5, 2013 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, says that its new devices have been well-received in Europe. According to a report from TechCrunch, BlackBerry's UK marketing director, Stephen Bates, speaking at the company's European developer conference in Amsterdam...

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