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|Morgan Stanley downgrades BlackBerry, stock falls
BlackBerry stock was down over 3.5% in per-market trading Wednesday as Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to "underweight" from "equal-weight." Morgan Stanley says BlackBerry is overly optimistic and will not be able to gain more traction in the enterprise mobile market.
|Forbes - BlackBerry stuck in the past
It appears some people are not very excited about BlackBerry going back to its roots with the BlackBerry Classic. In a response to John Chen's blog post yesterday touting the BlackBerry Classic, Forbes has run a piece by Ewan Spence slamming BlackBerry and even calling them disingenuous.
|UK Prime Minster David Cameron runs country from BlackBerry?
The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, can apparently run the country from his BlackBerry. After receiving criticism for going on vacation during tough political times, the prime minster was quoted as saying he can manage things from his BlackBerry.
“Wherever I am in the world, I a....more
|BlackBerry explains the Passport's square design
Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, the company has been mocked for its unusual design. The square phone looks unlike any smartphone we've seen before, and the tech world has been mostly laughing at the idea. BlackBerry released a statement on its website with an explanati....more
|Amazon launches Fire Phone
Amazon launched their first smartphone today, and it looks like a decent offering. The Amazon Fire Phone has a few unique features, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to move people away from Android and iOS over to Amazon. Probably the most interesting feature of the Fire Phone is ....more
|Amazon announces Fire TV streaming video box
Amazon is jumping into the streaming video box market with its own Fire TV box. Amazon announced Fire TV today, and it amounts to another competitor to Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. Fire TV includes voice search which allows you to speak into the remote control and find movies by name. Other than that, th....more
|NYPD testing Google Glass
Google Glass is widely seen as an expensive toy for Geeks, but that may not always be the case. There are many applications for Google Glass beyond geek culture. According to a report, the New York City Police Department is testing Glass with some officers as a way to fight crime.
|A toaster charger for your smartphones?
Kickstarter is definitely the place for interesting ideas, but this one takes the cake. How would you feel about charging your smartphone in a toaster? That's right, a toaster. The foaster is the smartphone charger that looks like a toaster. I guess it's supposed to clean up the clutter of your iPhone cabl....more
|BlackBerry ahead of Samsung in South African market share
Much has been written about BlackBerry's downfall, but the company still has a few strongholds in the world. According to recently released market data, BlackBerry has overtaken Samsung in South African market share. Dashboard and World Wide Worx released new statistics claiming BlackBerry users in South Af....more
|Chen gets $88 million package from BlackBerry
BlackBerry's interim CEO is getting a pretty sweet deal from BlackBerry. Chen will attempt to turn the company around, and he has a big incentive to do it. According to Bloomberb, Chen will receive $1 million in salary with a possible $2 million performance bonus. He will also get 13 million shares that wi....more
|Now what BlackBerry?
BlackBerry dropped plans for a private sale to Fairfax Financial, and opted instead for a $1 billion infusion of cash. Thorsten Heins is out as CEO in favor of ex-Sybase CEO John Chen. But now what? Has anything really changed? BlackBerry still suffers from a customer base that has cratered, and a form fa....more
|BlackBerry fires CEO Thorsten Heins, raises $1 billion in cash
BlackBerry has removed its CEO, Thorsten Heins, and replaced him with John S Chen, former CEO of Sybase. Mr. Chen will be interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement for Heins. BlackBerry was in the midst of a deal with Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion. That deal has collaps....more
|Inside the fall of BlackBerry
If you want to know everything there is to know about how BlackBerry fell from the top smartphone maker in the world to the brink of collapse, The Globe and Mail has a detail must read article. It is well known now that BlackBerry simply failed to adapt to the changing smartphone market, but this article spe....more
|BlackBerry reports brutal quarterly loss, will layoff 4500 workers
BlackBerry has announced it will layoff 4500 employees, or 40% or its workforce after a nearly $1 billion quarterly loss. The company also braced investors for more bad news as the company generated only $1.6 billion in sales in the quarter when Wall Street was expecting of $3.06 billion. Things are very bad....more
|BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get Department of Defense approval
We finally have some good news for BlackBerry. The US Department of Defense has given the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 security approval to be used on the DoD network. BlackBerry is the first mobile device to gain this approval. According to BB's press release, the Defense Information System Agency is ....more
|Gmail for iOS updated
Google is on a tear with their iOS offerings lately. Gmail for iOS is the latest Google app on iOS to be updated, and the latest update brings a couple of nice improvements. First up, are new notifications options Get notified for all messages, only important messages, or none at all, on a pe....more
|Skype for BlackBerry Q10 now available
Skype has announced the availability of its BlackBerry 10 app. Oddly, the app only works with the Q10 right now, but the Q10 isn't out yet. Skype is quick to point out that this is a preview version (beta) and not finalized yet.
Keep in mind that this release is still in preview state w....more
|Can BlackBerry regain its momentum?
No matter what happens in the future, BlackBerry as a company has turned around. The company managed to extend its life by cranking out a new BB10 OS, and new devices. The once dominant smartphone maker went through a brutal few years of losses in both the marketplace and stock market. While Apple and And....more
|Largest BlackBerry investor still believes in company
The largest holder of BlackBerry stock says he still believes in the company. Prem Watsa owns 10 per cent of the company and is not planning to sell. He first became associated with BlackBerry through a friendship with founder Mike Lazaridis. Now that Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry one might assume that Wa....more
|Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I
Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I It's been eighteen months since Steve Jobs passed away and the company he founded misses him dearly. Have they said so? Not really, but its obvious. In fact, its so obvious it hurts. Remember the days when we couldn't wait to see what Apple had up their....more
|iMessage encryption too good for the Feds to crack
Apple's iMessage encryption is apparently preventing the DEA from intercepting messages, according to CNET. The agency said messages sent an iMessage are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant. That's great news for every citizen who believes in privacy, but a real frustration for Federal authoritie....more
|Another RIM founder leaves BlackBerry
RIM founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry in May. Fifteen months after stepping down as co-CEO, Mr. Lazaridis feels the time is right to leave the company he co-founded. The company announced the news as part of the earning's report.
“With the launch of BlackB....more
|Son racks up £3,700 bill on iPad games, police officer father reports him for fraud
A U.K. Police Officer has reported his 13 year old son for fraud after the teen ran up a £3,700 bill on his iPad. The officer asked Apple for a refund claiming his son did not know that he was being charged, but when Apple refused the request and the officer reported his son for fraud in hopes of recovering ....more
|Incredimail for iPad is like Flipboard for email
Incredimail is a new email application for the iPad that takes a new look on email. Aren't you tired of apps promising a better email experience, only to find out that they have one or two features that you don't need, and the rest of it is just the same old email that you've been using for years? Me too. ....more
|Mumbai government taking over BlackBerry servers to monitor messages
Remember when RIM claimed the BlackBerry was so secure, even they could not read your messages. It looks like that might be a big of a stretch. According to Business Standard, the Government of Mumbai plans to take over the BlackBerry servers in their country in order to test the solution for "legal interce....more
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