BlackBerry to Deliver One Last Keyboard Phone


BlackBerry has a new phone in the works, and it will have a physical keyboard, according to reports that surfaced last week. The company recently announced that it would exit the smartphone hardware market and transition to developing back-end mobile security software. However, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that one last device is in the pipeline. BlackBerry released the touchscreen-only DTEK50 handset this summer, saying at the time that it would be the last official BlackBerry device.

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BlackBerry Lets Go of Its Classic Phone


BlackBerry on Tuesday announced it will cease manufacturing the BlackBerry Classic.
“The Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today’s market,” noted COO Ralph Pini. “To keep innovating and advancing our portfolio, we are updating our smartphone lineup with state-of-the-art devices.” BlackBerry intends to continue supporting its BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding to include Android. It plans to release BB 10.3.3 next month and make another refresh next year.

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BlackBerry kills BB10, will work on mid-range Android phones instead

Article Image The latest turnaround strategy for formerly-dominant smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly centered on mid-range Android devices, as the company will no longer manufacture new phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system.

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WhatsApp to cut off BlackBerry users by the end of 2016

Article Image Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry suffered another blow on Monday as megapopular messaging service WhatsApp announced that it would no longer offer support for any BlackBerry platform after the end of this year.

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Now this is privilege: BlackBerry Priv gets a coat of 24K gold

There’s no denying that the BlackBerry Priv is a beautiful smartphone. It’s pretty sleek, and offers a premium look and feel that many other high-end smartphones on the market just can’t offer. If you’re looking to take that premium look and feel to the next level, though, Karalux, a Vietnamese gold-plating shop, has got you covered.

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BlackBerry to Pull Out of Pakistan on Privacy Grounds


BlackBerry on Monday announced that it will cease operations in Pakistan at the end of the year. The move is the result of a shutdown order from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, which in July notified the company that its BlackBerry Enterprise Service servers would no longer be allowed to operate in the country beginning in December for what it said were security concerns. The government wanted to monitor all BES traffic, including every BES BBM message and BBS email, prompting the decision to leave the country, the company said.

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Securing Android: How Blackberry will lock down its upcoming Priv phone

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Blackberry has published several documents explaining how it will lock down Android devices and offer improved security over other providers.

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BlackBerry Sees the Android Light


BlackBerry on Friday announced that it would introduce an Android smartphone later this year. The announcement came during the company’s Q2 earnings call. The device will be known as the “Priv” and will be built around user privacy, said CEO John Chen. “Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” he added. BlackBerry didn’t offer any specifics about the Priv beyond the name — nothing about pricing, U.S. carrier partners or any handset specs.

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BlackBerry spends $425M on secure iOS solutions provider Good Technology

BlackBerry on Friday announced the acquisition of mobility services firm Good Technology in what appears to be an attempt at protecting its position in secure mobile enterprise solutions before declining into complete irrelevancy.

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Can Android Give BlackBerry New Life?


BlackBerry could be considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google’s Android operating system, Reuters reported last week. The move would be consistent with BlackBerry’s strategy to focus on software and device management instead of handsets. Such a pivot would take the company away from its current strategy to regain lost market share with a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones. The launch of BlackBerry 10 devices failed to reverse the tide for the once-dominant smartphone maker.

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How the iPhone spelled the beginning of the end for the BlackBerry

Former BlackBerry co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said this week that the iPhone’s introduction in 2007 was the beginning of the end for the once-widely-used handheld device.

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BlackBerry's Q4 Profit Small Comfort as Revenue Slips


BlackBerry last week reported fourth-quarter revenue of $660 million — well under analyst expectations, but enough to put the company back in the black. Approximately 42 percent of that revenue came from hardware sales, about 47 percent from services, and about 10 percent from software. BlackBerry declined to comment on which areas of the accounting sheets reassured its leadership and investors. Company officials “cannot ad lib any further” on the earnings report, said spokesperson Lisette Kwong.

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Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the U.S., Europe

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.



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BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.



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BlackBerry, IBM, Samsung Come Together on High-Price, High-Security Tablet


BlackBerry subsidiary Secusmart on Monday introduced the SecuTablet, a high-security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, at the CeBIT 2015 trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Developed in collaboration with IBM, the tablet targets national and international public sector markets and enterprises. IBM provided the secure app wrapping technology and further assisted in implementing Secusmart’s high-security solutions for a number of government sector clients.

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BlackBerry staggers back into the tablet market with Samsung hardware and IBM software

Downtrodden Canadian device maker BlackBerry has revealed its latest effort to maintain some semblance of grip on the enterprise with the SecuTablet, a modified Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with security software provided by IBM and encryption hardware from Secusmart, a German firm acquired by BlackBerry in December.



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BlackBerry Makes a Leap in the Dark


BlackBerry on Tuesday introduced its new Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Equipped with a touchscreen rather than a physical keyboard, the Leap is a successor to BlackBerry’s Z3 model. Its enhanced security and performance features are designed to appeal to young professionals and startup companies. BlackBerry is counting on the Leap, along with two keyboard-equipped models scheduled for release in the next two months, to return it to a growth position in the smartphone market.

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Blackberry wants to force popular services onto its platform in the name of net neutrality

Net neutrality, a rather utopian view of it
Blackberry wants to get the government to mandate that certain applications and content services be forced to provide their services on the Blackberry platform in the name of net neutrality.

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