BlackBerry lashes out at “out of date” criticism

BlackBerry says recent comments about its competitiveness in enterprise made by MobileIron CEO Bob Tinker are outdated.

BlackBerry’s PR efforts, which have in the past been accused of being aloof, has taken a feisty and personal turn with its new “BlackBerry Fact Check” blog. A post from yesterday entitled “BlackBerry Fact Check Asks Good and MobileIron CEOs: Are You Sure?” continued the company’s battle for the hearts and minds of enterprise clients [...]

BlackBerry will disappear in 2015, says site that predicted the same in 2012

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“What year is it?” A currently popular meme shows a maniac, disheveled Robin Williams waking up after a 26 year snooze. The scene is from the 1995 movie Jumani, and is used by internet wags to convey a sarcastic dismissal of someone else’s take on what is current (Radiohead is the best band in the [...]

I wouldn’t sell BBM for $2-billion, says BlackBerry CEO Chen

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“Not good enough”. That’s the answer John Chen gave BNN’s Amber Kanwar this morning when asked if he would sell the company’s BlackBerry Messenger service if someone were to offer $2-billion for it. Kanwar was on site to speak with the BlackBerry boss following the company’s Q1, 2015 results this morning, which saw the it [...]

Amazon deal means BlackBerry users finally get Netflix, Pinterest

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No more “App for Pinterest” or “Info for Netflix”. Until today, BlackBerry’s app offerings were decent, but didn’t rival Apple’s or Google’s. That resulted in some truly weird sounding attempts to fill in the blanks on apps the Waterloo-based company’s devices didn’t have. But that is set to change. This morning, BlackBerry announced a licensing [...]

Could BlackBerry be big with zero U.S. sales?

The launch of a BlackBerry store in Indonesia. Many of the places the company has concentrated its recent efforts have high populations and relatively low penetration of smartphones.

The victories for Waterloo’s once-mighty BlackBerry now seem fewer and farther between. But if the smartphone game is a war, the company does have some defensible beachheads, and real potential to grow its territory. This week brought the revelation that BlackBerry is still strong on home ice. In Toronto, North America’s third largest city, BlackBerry [...]

Is this new BlackBerry Messenger ad effective?

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Throughout BlackBerry’s fall from grace, its one indisputable bright spot has been its BlackBerry Messenger service. While many believe the company waited far too long to cross-platform BBM, the move has greatly improved the messaging service’s reach. The app was made available on October 21st of last year and quickly became the top free app [...]

BlackBerry unveils M2M offering called “Project Ion”

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After hinting that BlackBerry would look to become a major M2M player, the company today unveiled what it is calling the “cornerstone” of its “internet of things” offering, called Project Ion. At the O’Reilly Solid Conference, which takes place today and tomorrow in San Francisco, CEO John Chen drilled down on his vision with a [...]

Here’s why BlackBerry just took a swipe at Good Technology

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The “Inside BlackBerry” blog today ran an uncharacteristically feisty piece. The article, called “Good Isn’t all that Great, while Iron shows its Rust” by former tech journalist Eric Lai takes aim at BlackBerry’s critics. “Naturally, our critics never acknowledge the good things that are happening at BlackBerry,” says Lai. “Things like the fact we’ve gained [...]

108 year-old investor Irving Kahn increases stake in BlackBerry

Irving Kahn made his first trade -a short of a copper miner- in the summer of 1929.

The man who made his first trade in the months before the 1929 market crash thinks BlackBerry will stand the test of time. 108 year-old Irving Kahn, chairman of Kahn Brothers Group, recently upped the firms position in BlackBerry by 250,000 shares to a total of 450,000 shares. While some will no doubt chuckle at [...]

BlackBerry could become a major M2M player, says CEO John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says a turnaround is about "...thinking long-term and identifying what will help us leapfrog current trends and to be a leader and not a follower."

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says his plan for a turnaround includes a yet-to-be revealed machine-to-machine offering that he says will be a “major play”. Chen yesterday talked to Vinod Mahanta of The Economic Times about his ongoing turnaround of the beleaguered device maker. He reiterated his dominant themes of late; that BlackBerry must focus on [...]