BLACKBERRY

  • After Passport, BlackBerry working on another 'unconventional' device; teases new device plans September 30, 2014

    Toronto: Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said. After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using...
  • BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry launches its square-shaped smartphone at Rs 49,990 in India; features a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 3-row keyboard September 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Within a week of its global release, BlackBerry has launched its unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport in India as it embarks on what may be the most critical phase of its long turnaround push. Priced at Rs 49,990, the BlackBerry Passport is up for pre-order on Amazon...
  • Blend brings Blackberry to Android, Windows, Mac, iOS; gets rave reviews September 26, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd's launch of its square-screened Passport device may have grabbed headlines this week, but it was the tech company's lower-profile roll out of the new Blend feature that appears to be garnering the plaudits. Even as reviewers and analysts were torn on the prospects of the unconventionally shaped Passport,...
  • BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry launches a square-shaped smartphone; features a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 3-row keyboard September 24, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday as it embarked on what may be the most critical phase of its long turnaround push. At simultaneous events in Toronto, London and Dubai, BlackBerry showed off the device, which is the size and shape of a closed passport,...
  • We don't consider Xiaomi, Obi as competitors: BlackBerry CEO John Chen September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Canadian handset maker BlackBerry, which faces stiff competition from domestic and Chinese brands in India, does not consider the latest entrants Obi and Xiaomi as competitors in the world's second largest handset market. "We don't consider the players you named as competitors since they play to a lower end...
  • Lowcost smartphones the power behind the Android surge August 15, 2014

    Washington: A surge in lowcost smartphone sales, notably in emerging markets, helped the Google Android platform extend its dominance in the second quarter, a survey showed Thursday. The report by market tracker IDC said Android phone sales were up 33 per cent over the past year to 255 million units, and...
  • BBM for desktop? BlackBerry is still not sure August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: For BlackBerry Messenger fans who spend much of their day before a computer screen had cheered BlackBerry CEO John Chen's March announcement that the company was taking "a very serious look" at bringing BBM to desktop. With BBM now available for Windows Phone devices, it appeared that the...
  • Major security flaw puts 90% of all smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data August 1, 2014

    Vienna: Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 per cent of the world's 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices. One vulnerability involves flaws in the way...
  • BlackBerry finally brings BBM to Windows Phone August 1, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows Phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services...
  • To make mobile communications more secure, BlackBerry buys German antieavesdropping firm Secusmart July 30, 2014

    Ottawa: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced the purchase of German voice and data encryption and antieavesdropping firm Secusmart, whose customers include NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government. Financial details of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not disclosed. The two companies had already partnered to offer...
  • Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from AppleIBM alliance July 26, 2014

    Toronto: IBM Corp's recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week,...
  • BlackBerry cuts prices of QWERTY handsets; Q5 smartphone now available for Rs 13,990 July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Canadian handset maker Blackberry today slashed prices of its QWERTY devices 9320, 9720 and Q5 by as much as Rs 6,000 to sell them for Rs 9,900 onwards. The price of 9320 has been cut by 10 per cent from Rs 11,000 to Rs 9,900, while 9720...
  • BlackBerry names exSybase executive as chief operating officer July 22, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry Limited named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer on Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle. Beard was most recently chief executive officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to that he was an executive...
  • BlackBerry sells its Germanbased R&D assets July 6, 2014

    Waterloo: BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards. The companies said Thursday that the deal will shift about 200 BlackBerry employees in Bochum, Germany, to Volkswagen. The terms of the deal were not...
  • BlackBerry Z3's price tag puts it in a fix, the Z10 is still a better deal June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry appears to have made another wrong move, yet again. In its attempts to get a strong foothold in the Indian smartphone market, BlackBerry last week introduced its cheapest BlackBerry 10 smartphone the BlackBerry Z3. The company, after a long while managed to hit...
  • BlackBerry Z3 with 5inch display launched in India at Rs 15,990 June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: BlackBerry has launched its midrange BlackBerry 10 smartphone Z3 in India at a price of Rs 15,990. The Z3 features a 1.2 Ghz dualcore processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable upto 32 GB). The phone features a 5inch (540 x 960 qHD resolution) display and...
  • BlackBerry offers buyback scheme on Z30, now available for Rs 29,990 under exchange June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: After Samsung and Apple, Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has jumped on the upgrade bandwagon, offering consumers a discount of Rs 5,000 on its BB10powered Z30 in exchange for their old smartphones. Customers can now upgrade to Z30 for Rs 29,990 in exchange of an old working smartphone (a minimum...
  • BlackBerry to shut down music, video sections on Blackberry World from July 21 June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Canadian handset maker BlackBerry said it will shut down the music and video sections on its app store, BlackBerry World from July 21. The announcement comes close on the heels of BlackBerry's partnership with Amazon to make 240,000 Android apps available to its users. "While BlackBerry World will continue to...
  • BlackBerry beats expectations, posts a profit June 19, 2014

    Toronto: Blackberry surprised Wall Street by posting results that beat analyst's expectations. Shares rose 10 per cent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected. The embattled smartphone company reported net income of $23 million, or 4 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31....
  • BlackBerry to offer 2,40,000 Android apps from Amazon's app store for BB10 devices June 19, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd has agreed a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc that will let the Canadian smartphone maker offer some 240,000 Android applications from Amazon's app store on its lineup of BlackBerry 10 devices this fall. The move allows BlackBerry to add a vast array of consumerfocused apps to its devices,...
  • BlackBerryAmazon deal gives BB10 users access to Amazon Appstore apps June 19, 2014

    Ottawa: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced Wednesday a deal with Amazon giving its users access to more than 240,000 software applications from the online retailer's Appstore. The deal triples the number of apps available on BlackBerry smartphones, including popular apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft. It "will...
  • BlackBerry Z3 with 5inch display coming to India on June 25; likely to be priced under Rs 12,000 June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As part of its efforts to regain lost ground, Canadian handset maker BlackBerry is set to launch its latest 'Z3' smartphone in India next week that is likely to be priced below Rs 12,000 to take head on the likes of Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Microsoft Devices and Micromax. Launched...
  • BlackBerry announces BBM service for enterprises June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Canadian handset maker BlackBerry announced availability of its popular instant messaging service BBM for businesses. The firm announced availability of BBMTM Protected, the first solution in the eBBMTM Suite for secure enterprise class messaging. "eBBM Suite is a new family of BBM products and services built for business that bring...
  • Project Ion: BlackBerry making a home for the 'Internet of Things' May 22, 2014

    San Francisco: BlackBerry said Wednesday it was building a system to make sense of the maelstrom of information from the "Internet of Things" ranging from cars to appliances and watches. A series of initiatives codenamed Project Ion are being woven together to create a platform in the Internet "cloud" that businesses...
  • BlackBerry Z3 with 5inch display coming soon to India; likely to be priced under Rs 15,000 May 14, 2014

    Jakarta: BlackBerry Ltd launched a lowcost touchscreen device in Jakarta, the Z3, as the embattled smartphone maker looks to revive sales in emerging markets like Indonesia where its oncefervent following has shrivelled. The handset, unveiled at a glitzy launch event in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday, is the first in a...
  • Here's how you can easily find apps that you actually need May 7, 2014

    Toronto: Finding new smartphone and tablet apps is getting easier, thanks to new apps designed to help people discover still more apps. Most people discover apps by searching app stores or through referrals from friends and family, according to global information and measurement company Nielsen. But critics say such marketplace searching...
  • No intention of selling handset business: BlackBerry CEO April 15, 2014

    New York: BlackBerry has no plans to sell its devices business even as the Canadian smartphone maker faces losses and inventory pile up. "I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon... Our focus today...