Apple’s Force Touch is Already Patented by BlackBerry


With the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, there is high speculation that the next generation iPhone may include a “Force Touch” feature, similar to the touchpad on Apple’s Macbook devices. Force Touch would provide iPhone users a haptic feedback, adding another dimension to the user experience. Of course, the combination of fully-integrated touch […]

BlackBerry’s AtHoc wins TSA contract to secure more than 200 airports


California-based crisis communication company AtHoc, which BlackBerry announced it would acquire this past summer, has won an award with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a part of the Department of Homeland Security. The TSA has been using an Alert Warning System based on AtHoc since 2011. The system has been used to provide crisis […]

Down 30 per cent, can BlackBerry recover in 2015?

Cormark analyst Richard Tse says the BlackBerry Classic, which was launched late in the fourth quarter, won't be much help to BlackBerry's balance sheet.

The worst fears have, for the most part, been allayed. At several points over the past few years BlackBerry appeared headed for oblivion. But under the guidance of John Chen, who is approaching two years on his once “interim” term as CEO, the company seems headed for a different fate. Chen has provided a kind […]

BlackBerry announces BBM integration with PayPal


Starting tomorrow, BBM users will be able to send money to each other using PayPal, BlackBerry revealed on its own blog today. Matt Gromada, PayPal’s Director of Consumer Product Marketing talked about the move with BlackBerry representative Melanie Masson. “It’s really simple: select the PayPal “Send Money” icon in BBM and connect your PayPal account,” […]

How a BlackBerry that doesn’t make phones would work

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says his phone isn't ringing with offers to buy the company.

A widely reported item this week was BlackBerry (TSX:BB, TSE:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) CEO John Chen’s admission that the Canadian company could get out of the smartphone business entirely. In an interview with Bloomberg, Chen said that at very least the company will stop trying to compete at the low end of the market. “It’ll be a […]

BlackBerry could spend a half-billion to compete in Internet of Things, says Cormark

BlackBerry Q10. (Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns).

BlackBerry (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) is one of many companies looking to win in the Internet of Things space, but acquisitions could hasten its progress, says Cormark analyst Richard Tse. Tse spent time recently with BlackBerry CFO James Yersh. He says the meetings were quite timely, with the company’s Q1, 2016 results just in the rearview mirror […]

A smaller, software focused BlackBerry is likely to succeed, says Cormark

blackberry z10 and q10

Cormark analyst Richard Tse thinks the various strains of BlackBerry’s (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) software business will collectively result in a revamped but smaller player that has a good chance of dominating certain niches. Yesterday, BlackBerry reported its Q1, 2016 results. The company earned (U.S.) $68-million on revenue of $658-million. The company’s revenue from software and technology […]

BlackBerry hardware will soon contribute less than 5% to its absolute gross margins, says Cormark

Cormark analyst Richard Tse thinks that by the second half of 2016 hardware will contribute less than 5% to BlackBerry’s absolute gross margin.

Cormark analyst Richard Tse says hardware is well on its way to becoming a non-factor for BlackBerry (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY), and its pivot to software could be accelerated by acquisitions. On Tuesday, June 23, before market open, BlackBerry will report its Q1, 2016 results. Tse thinks the company will post adjusted EPS of $0.00 on revenue […]