Kik Interactive lives on as symbol of BlackBerry’s former folly

In 2007, Kik founder Ted Livingston was an engineering student at the University of Waterloo who worked a string of co-op placements at BlackBerry. He reportedly tried to convince BlackBerry to take BBM cross-platform.

Waterloo-based Kik Interactive today announced it had closed a $38.3 million Series C round that was led by Valiant Capital Partners and included new investors Millennium Technology Value Partners, SV Angel, and existing investors Foundation Capital, RRE Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. The injection brings the total Kik has banked to $70.5 million […]

BlackBerry gets new $17 target at Cormark

Reuters this morning reported that short interest in BlackBerry’s on the Nasdaq has hit an all time high. The number of shares sold short on the Canadian smartphone maker has risen to more than 155 million shares, which is up from 136.5 million shares a month ago. Ironfire Capital founder and managing partner Eric Jackson says it wouldn't take much for those who are short to get nervous and cover their shorts.

BlackBerry’s (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) turnaround effort has been an uphill battle, but CEO John Chen’s execution is making the company’s brand meaningful again, especially in enterprise, says Cormark analyst Richard Tse. In a research update to clients today with the header “The Comeback Kid”, Tse said he is “getting back onboard” as a BlackBerry bull. The […]

How BlackBerry can win mobile security with Bitcoin technology


Technology made famous by Bitcoin could help BlackBerry win at mobile security, says one expert. Lee Cocking, a former BlackBerry employee who left the firm with several others for Fixmo, which was recently acquired by Good Technology, has a new gig. Cocking is VP of Product Strategy at Guardtime, a Estonia-based cyber-security firm. Cocking says […]

BlackBerry CEO John Chen pitches new Classic phone to loyal users

The BlackBerry Classic is rumoured to have a physical keyboard and trackpad, a 3.46-inch display with a 720 x 720 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip, 16GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, and a a microSD card slot good for a 128GB boost.

The phone that many loyal BlackBerry users wanted all along is coming, and the company’s boss wrote a letter to them today about it. “It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to […]

BlackBerry spikes on Lenovo takeout rumour

Founded in 1984, the publicly traded Lenovo recently posted fiscal 2014 revenue of (US) $38.7-billion.

Shares of BlackBerry are up today after an unconfirmed report from suggested that Chinese hardware player Lenovo would make a bid for the Canadian device maker. “A source familiar with the matter, has told Benzinga that China’s Lenovo Group Limited could make an offer to acquire Canadian mobile communications company, BlackBerry Ltd as early […]

I laughed when I first saw the BlackBerry Passport, says reviewer

IB Times writer Anthony Cuthbertson says the BlackBerry Passport may be the device that lures back those who have strayed from BlackBerry's fold.

The unorthodox BlackBerry Passport is garnering some genuinely positive reviews, even from those who were at first a little weirded out by the form factor. “I laughed when I first saw the BlackBerry Passport,” said IB Times columnist Anthony Cuthbertson recently. “…but after a few days with the device I’ve actually warmed to it.” Cuthbertson […]