BlackBerry Classic beats the iPhone, says Kevin O’Leary

"This thing is crazy fast. It's faster than an iPhone on email. Way faster," says O'Leary.

The new BlackBerry Classic is so superior to the company’s recent devices that it begs the question “What the hell were they thinking for the past three years? says Kevin O’Leary. O’Leary, who was on BNN this morning to review the device that launched today, says that after years as a BlackBerry loyalist, he gave […]

BlackBerry has a “roller-coaster” week ahead, says Cormark

BlackBerry has a busy week upcoming, including the release of the BlackBerry Classic on December 17th.

Look for a lot of volatility around BlackBerry (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) next week, says Cormark analyst Richard Tse. In a research update to clients today, Tse previewed a week he thinks will be dominated by headlines. In the middle of the roller-coaster, the analyst believes investors should focus on the bigger picture. “Headlines aside, we continue […]

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 […]