BlackBerry’s odds of success increase greatly if it ditches hardware, says Cormark


Cormark analyst Richard Tse says the transition from the old hardware-focused BlackBerry to a new software-led concern is a tough one that could be expedited if the company ditched hardware altogether. The analyst met with BlackBerry management late last week. He says that while BlackBerry’s turnaround has been an “uphill battle” for some time, he […]

BlackBerry could make a serious move into asset tracking, says Cormark

BlackBerry's Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, unveils new automated driving
and acoustic solutions from QNX at CES 2016.

Hidden amongst an ever-growing portfolio of enterprise software applications is a new space BlackBerry could create some real value in, says Cormark analyst Richard Tse. Last week, Tse attended CES in Las Vegas and managed to meet with the management of several names in his coverage universe, including BlackBerry. The analyst attended a group presentation […]

BlackBerry’s patents are worth more than many think, says Cormark

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BlackBerry’s (TSX:BB, Nasdaq:BBRY) most recent quarter was this week cheered as better than expected, but Cormark analyst Richard Tse was looking at the story behind the story. On Friday, BlackBerry reported its Q3, 2016 results. The company lost (U.S) $89-million on revenue of $557-million, a 14 per quarter-over-quarter topline bump. “I am pleased with our […]

Did BlackBerry’s CEO just take a swipe at Apple in the encryption debate?


Responding to recent pronouncements by various politicians and political aspirants, in combination with recent terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Paris and San Bernadino, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has penned an editorial bemoaning the “acrimonious and polarizing” rhetoric surrounding the debate around communications encryption. Chen’s editorial, though, looks more like an opportunistic swipe at Apple than the […]

BlackBerry says Reddit users love the new PRIV


If you had any doubts as to the power of social bookmarking megasite Reddit, they may be put to rest by the recent actions of BlackBerry. The Canadian device maker that soon may no longer make devices at all took to its own blog Friday to tout the love its recently released PRIV is getting […]

T-Mobile CEO John Legere thinks BlackBerry is ready for a comeback

CNET's Roger Cheng with T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

After trading barbs with its rookie CEO last year, outspoken T-Mobile boss John Legere is suddenly warming to BlackBerry. In a word association exercise with CNET’s Roger Cheng recently, Legere broke the rules of the game when asked to associate one word with the term “BlackBerry”. “On a comeback,” said Legere. The sentiment is a […]

BlackBerry director of security up for title of “Canada’s Smartest Person”


An executive with Canadian device maker BlackBerry has a chance to take home the title of “Canada’s smartest person.” Alex Manea, BlackBerry’s director of security, is one of seven people who will compete in the two-hour finale of the CBC Program Canada’s Smartest Person on Sunday. Canada’s Smartest Person is a reality series that debuted […]

BlackBerry peddles PRIV in new YouTube video, but some aren’t buying it

Could the BlackBerry PRIV be the last piece of hardware the company makes? Cormark analyst Richard Tse thinks BlackBerry's financial outlook would improve considerably if the firm ditched hardware altogether.

BlackBerry yesterday posted a walk-through of the features of the PRIV, the company’s first Android phone, and the device that some may think could be the last the company ever makes. The PRIV features a slide-out physical keyboard plus a virtual keyboard with the company’s “flick-to-type” feature, a screen that is curved on both sides, […]

BlackBerry says Priv fixes Android’s rampant security issues

BlackBerry CEO John Chen with reporters Ina Fried and Walter Mossberg at the Code/Mobile conference at the The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California last week.

Your Android device is probably really, really bad at protecting your privacy, says BlackBerry. But have no fear, the Waterloo-based company says its new Priv device fixes the issue. BlackBerry’s David Kleidermacher, writing for the company’s blog Friday, cited a recent study from researchers at Cambridge University that found almost nine out of 10 Android […]