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Apple tops 2014 JD Power rankings for smartphone satisfaction

04/24, 12:05pm

Samsung follows close behind

Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung.

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Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates, Amazon gains BBC shows in UK

04/14, 10:14am

BlackBerry will update iOS, Android BBM apps over Heartbleed security flaw

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android.

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BlackBerry CEO considers sale of hardware business

04/10, 9:51am

Failure to profit could see BlackBerry exit smartphone business

BlackBerry could sell off its hardware business entirely if it fails to return to profitability in the near future, the company's CEO has suggested. In an interview with Reuters, John Chen advised the manufacturer would consider exiting the smartphone hardware market if hardware sales do not improve to a point where the company becomes profitable.

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BlackBerry dumping T-Mobile, suspending hardware sales on April 25

04/02, 12:18am

'Uncarrier' will still honor existing contracts, warranties for BlackBerry devices

Users seeking BlackBerry phones for sale on T-Mobile will soon be out of luck. The Canadian manufacturer announced today that it will let its agreement with T-Mobile expire, preventing the sale of hardware. Both companies will honor existing warranties and service contracts past the April 25 expiration date, however.

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Judge bars sale of Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerry-esque Typo keyboard

03/29, 11:09am

Celebrity lamentations of no physical keyboard inspired iPhone case

In a victory for Canadian cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry, US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Products iPhone keyboard case will be barred from sale. Judge Orrick ruled that BlackBerry is "likely to prevail" over the imitator in issuing his ruling blocking the Typo keyboard.

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BlackBerry posts smaller-than-expected quarterly losses

03/28, 9:35am

Analysts expect BlackBerry return to profitability some time in 2015

BlackBerry might be showing signs of recovery, but it still isn't out of danger yet. In the most recently quarterly earnings report by the Canadian cellphone manufacturer, the company posted a net loss of $423 million, much less than was expected. Revenue also fell to $976 million, lower than an expected $1.11 billion.

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BlackBerry Secure Work Space FIPS 140-2 certified for iOS, Android use

03/26, 11:33am

Security verified by US regulators, new management software certified for use

BlackBerry announced earlier today that is has received US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, which allows employees to use its enterprise software on Apple's iPads and the predominantly Samsung-provided mobile equipment. The certification applies to Secure Work Space, which isolates management-installed apps and files from personal content.

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BlackBerry SVP attempts to bolt for Apple, gets sued

03/25, 9:16pm

Court rules software chief must stay at job until June

A court in Ottawa has ruled in a lawsuit brought by BlackBerry against one of its own employees. The firm sued its own senior vice president of software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, when he announced that he would be leaving the floundering smartphone company to take a job as Vice President of Core OS at Apple last December.

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Briefly: BlackBerry sells Canadian real estate, LG's smart light bulb

03/23, 11:32pm

BlackBerry reaches agreement on selling majority of its Canadian real estate

BlackBerry announced last Friday that it has reached an agreement to sell the majority of its real estate in Canada, as part of its plan to balance finances. The company originally announced its plan to sell assets back in January, in partnership with commercial real estate service company CBRE. Several months ago, BlackBerry sold five of its buildings to the University of Waterloo for $36.44 million dollars -- much of the real estate that has been sold most recently is also located in Waterloo, Ontario, where BlackBerry's headquarters resides. BlackBerry plans to lease back a portion of the space being sold.

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Report: White House testing alternatives to BlackBerry

03/21, 12:14am

Could President Obama finally jump ship to Android, iPhone?

Adding insult to injury over BlackBerry's ongoing slide into oblivion, a US Department of Defense spokesperson has confirmed that "the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices" as a possible replacement for BlackBerry devices. Initial reports suggest Android devices are currently being tested, but not iPhones at this time.

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Apple, Samsung, LG grow US smartphone ownership

03/07, 12:40pm

iPhone still most popular device

Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.

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T-Mobile memo: majority of BlackBerry trade-ins chose other devices

03/05, 7:50am

Increase in BlackBerry trade-ins countered by mass exodus from platform

A recent promotion from T-Mobile offering credit towards another device when trading in a BlackBerry smartphone has apparently caused an exodus of users to other platforms. A report claims that the two-week promotion has led to 15 times the normal amount of BlackBerry devices being traded in, and that 94 percent of these users are using the credit to switch to a non-Blackberry device.

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BlackBerry shows two new phones: physical keyboard Q20, Indonesian Z3

02/25, 12:16pm

Q20 going back to BlackBerry's roots, Z3 specific to Indonesia

At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry today announced a pair of devices, with one specific to the Indonesian marketplace. Highlighting the event was the new BlackBerry Q20, a device that the company says will "deliver its full and distinctive QWERTY experience on BlackBerry 10." Also unveiled was the BlackBerry Z3, an all-touch five-inch model customized with local apps and content for Indonesian customers.

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Ford's Sync displacing Windows in favor of BlackBerry QNX?

02/24, 4:02pm

BlackBerry QNX may be faster, more accessible than aging Windows software

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Ford Motor Company will migrate its next-generation in-car Sync away from Microsoft's Windows. In its place will be beleagured BlackBerry's QNX at the core of the car's in-dash system. QNX will be less expensive than Windows, and will reportedly boost the speed of the next iteration of Sync.

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BlackBerry porting BBM to Windows Phone for summer release

02/24, 11:54am

New release supports all features as other mobile implementations

The BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform communications suite will be available for Windows Phone sometime this summer. The upcoming release was noted on the official BlackBerry blog earlier today, with confirmation that the app for Windows Phone will retain the same functionality as it has on Android, BlackBerry 10, and Apple's iOS. No specific release date was noted, but the app will continue to be free.

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T-Mobile concedes: gives $250 for BlackBerry loyalist trade-ins

02/19, 8:51pm

Increased offer only applies to the purchase of a new BlackBerry Q10, Z10

In a slight nod towards BlackBerry CEO John Chen's "outrage" at T-Mobile's $200 trade-in offer for BlackBerry handset users, the wireless carrier has offered an additional $50 trade-in value towards another BlackBerry phone. The previous offer of $200 for the trade-in towards any other manufacturer's handset still stands, however.

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Briefly: BBM for Android on Gingerbread, Streaming music on UK charts

02/19, 5:32am

BlackBerry updates BBM app to work with Android 2.3

BlackBerry has opened up BBM for Android to users of older devices. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later, though the older version of the mobile operating system will not have access to new additions to the app, such as BBM Voice, BBM Channels, and Glympse real-time location sharing.

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T-Mobile draws ire of BlackBerry CEO with targeted iPhone 5s promo

02/18, 8:38pm

Sternly penned blog post rebukes T-Mobile for 'anti-BlackBerry' offer

In the wake of a T-Mobile promotion offering BlackBerry phone users the iPhone 5s with no money down, BlackBerry chairman John Chen has taken umbrage. Chen has written a blog post slamming the carrier over its "anti-BlackBerry" effort, saying that BlackBerry users who defended the company drew "a sharp contrast with the behavior of our long-time business partner."

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Leaked render claims to show BlackBerry Z3 'Jakarta' smartphone

02/17, 10:56am

BlackBerry Z3 could be first device from partnership with Foxconn

The first image of what could be BlackBerry's next smartphone has reportedly leaked. The render for the codenamed "Jakarta" device, thought to be shipping under the BlackBerry Z3 name, and though it does not have a hardware keyboard, it could possibly be the first device under the company's new partnership with manufacturer Foxconn.

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BlackBerry updates BBM for iOS, Android with BBM Voice, Channels

02/13, 12:24pm

Free voice calls between BBM users reaches non-BlackBerry OS devices

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of changes to its BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android, as the app reaches version 2.0. BBM Voice and BBM Channels, two features already in use by BlackBerry device owners, are included in the update along with Dropbox integration, and a collection of smaller updates to the app.

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BlackBerry executive vice president for BBM leaves company

02/11, 7:39am

Andrew Bocking exits BlackBerry in latest executive change

The Executive Vice President in control of BBM at BlackBerry has left the company. The reasons behind the high-level departure of Andrew Bocking from the company are unclear, with some debate as to whether he was fired from his position by management at the phone manufacturer, or if he left on his own accord to a new opportunity at another company.

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CIRP: Apple regains US smartphone lead thanks to new iPhones

01/30, 10:52pm

Also gaining ground on Samsung in US; BlackBerry falls to zero percent

The latest report from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) panel shows Apple retook its lead in US smartphone marketshare against the combined forces of Android competitors following the release of new iPhone models in October. The figures, which cover the last quarter of 2013, show that iOS outsold Android by 48 percent to 46 percent, Apple outsold rival Samsung 48 to 31 percent, and that BlackBerry has officially fallen to zero percent marketshare.

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Briefly: Scribd for Kindle Fire, BlackBerry launching Android 2.3 app

01/29, 2:21pm

Scribd's $9 monthly e-book subscription service available for Kindle Fire tablets

E-book subscription service Scribd is entering the Kindle Fire market with a Kindle-specific version of its already existing app for iOS, Android and web service. Available for $9 per month, Scribd's Kindle version offers unlimited monthly access, and users can share and embed books onto websites. Scribd is connected with publishing house HarperCollins, and holds a catalog of titles from independent publishers.

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Android surpasses iOS in US sales, grows gap in rest of world

01/27, 9:31am

Over 75 percent of market in some countries

As a platform, Android phones retook the top position in US smartphone sales during the last quarter, climbing to 50.6 percent of the market, according to new Kantar research data. iOS took 43.9 percent; Windows Phone devices were a distant third at 4.3 percent. In Europe, Android held a 68.6 percent share across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, leaving iOS at 18.5 percent, and Windows Phone at 10.3 percent. The numbers skewed on country-to-country basis, however; in Italy, for instance, Windows Phone grabbed 17.1 percent over iOS' 12.8 percent.

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Pentagon: Department of Defense not buying 80,000 BlackBerry phones

01/23, 3:25pm

Press release misinterpreted, devices to be used already on hand

News sites, including this one, seized upon a press release issued by the Department of Defense alluding to it using 80,000 BlackBerry devices for unclassified work. A clarifying statement from the Pentagon has denied any new purchases from the Waterloo manufacturer, and explaining that the 80,000 devices it noted using are already in the hands of the military, and are not, in fact, new purchases.

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BlackBerry unloading real estate, pens handset deal with Pentagon

01/21, 6:20pm

Three million square feet of buildings to be put up for sale

In what may be the beginning of a turnaround for the Canadian cellphone maker, Blackberry has seen a resurgence in its stock price from a reported Pentagon order of 80,000 devices. Additionally, the company is strategically divesting the majority of its Canadian real estate through both a sale and lease-back to Blackberry, as well as outright sale of its empty properties.

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iPhone surges to 42 percent of US smartphone ownership

01/16, 1:03pm

Samsung advances to 26 percent

US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.

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BlackBerry's CEO reaffirms commitment to hardware keyboards

01/12, 5:29pm

BlackBerry's Chen says company will stick with keyboards

John Chen, CEO of struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, has reaffirmed the company's commitment to devices sporting hardware devices. Speaking with Bloomberg last week, Chen said that the company's devices will "predominantly" have physical keyboards going forward, signaling that the company will stick with the productivity-oriented design feature for which it is best known. Chen's comments do leave open the possibility that BlackBerry will continue to release devices that are all-touchscreen affairs, as it did last year with the BlackBerry Z10.

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BlackBerry CEO hunt 'on the back burner,' Chen retains job

01/10, 8:49pm

New CEO will remain on the job until company's fortunes turn around

The man named as interim head of BlackBerry will be staying on the job for a bit longer. CEO John S. Chen, who took the job in November following the ouster of Thorsten Heins and collapse of the sale of the company, will keep the title of CEO until the company is "back on solid financial footing."

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Apple, Samsung grow US smartphone share in Sept.-Nov. period

01/06, 5:09am

Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks

Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.

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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's iPhone-keyboard startup

01/03, 2:37pm

Typo Keyboard allegedly infringes design

BlackBerry has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest's startup Typo Products, calling foul over the company's physical-keyboard accessory for iPhones. The Waterloo-based company claims the Typo accessory infringes an existing patent related to the iconic keyboard design that has adorned most BlackBerry models throughout the past five years.

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Alicia Keys leaving BlackBerry after year as global creative director

01/02, 3:51pm

Keys to depart exactly one year after joining BlackBerry

Singer Alicia Keys will be ending her tenure at BlackBerry on January 30th, exactly one year after becoming the smartphone manufacturer's global creative director during the launch of the Z10. The announcement of Keys' removal comes not long after the company lost a number of high-level executives in a management reshuffle, and after BlackBerry announced a quarterly loss of $4.4 billion.

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BlackBerry CEO: company 'cannot just be replaced'

12/30, 10:58am

Exec boasts of strong finances

BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, has spoken out against the company's critics and reiterated his turnaround plan, according to a commentary posted by CNBC. Despite a $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter, the executive argues that BlackBerry is "strong financially, technologically savvy, and well-positioned for the future."

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BlackBerry co-founder cuts stake in company, won't try for takeover

12/26, 1:30am

Lazaridis will not bid for BlackBerry

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has reduced his stake in the troubled smartphone maker and no longer intends to make a bid to purchase the company. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Lazaridis disclosed in a regulatory filing that his combined stake with another co-founder is now less than five percent, down from eight percent in October of this year. As of Tuesday, Lazaridis's stake in the company sits at about 4.99 percent.

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Rockstar Consortium plans to sell portion of $4.5B in Nortel patents

12/24, 10:21am

Apple, Microsoft among Rockstar partners

The Rockstar Consortium -- a collection of companies including Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Sony, and Microsoft -- is planning to sell a portion of the $4.5 billion in patents it bought from Nortel Networks in 2011, sources tell Bloomberg. Rockstar is allegedly already in talks with potential buyers. Three of the sources indicate that this is because it hasn't had much success with large licensing deals.

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Briefly: BlackBerry Z30 at FCC on AT&T, Nintendo Wii U battery

12/22, 10:08pm

BlackBerry Z30 spotted at FCC using AT&T frequencies

BlackBerry could be bringing the Z30 smartphone to AT&T in the future, according to an FCC filing. The listing spotted by Berry Review appears to show the device, with a 5-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.7GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM, as sporting radios on AT&T bands, strongly suggesting that the more-powerful flagship device could launch in the US as an alternative to Verizon.

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BlackBerry endures $4.4B loss in third quarter, partners with Foxconn

12/20, 11:07am

Over half of BlackBerry loss stems from asset writedowns

BlackBerry has suffered a loss of $4.4 billion for the third quarter, worse than the $965 million lost in the previous quarter and the $114 million lost in Q3 2012, the company has revealed. At the same time as the tremendous loss, the company revealed it has signed a new five-year partnership with Foxconn to create new BlackBerry devices.

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BlackBerry reveals updates for BBM iOS, Android in early 2014

12/20, 7:22am

BBM voice, video calls still being worked on

BlackBerry is still working on adding voice and video calling to BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android, the company has revealed. The free calling over voice and video will be making its way to the app during 2014, along with a number of other additions, such as BBM Channels and what the company claims to be faster and easier sharing of content and locations.

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BlackBerry signs deal with LG to preload BBM app onto smartphones

12/18, 12:14pm

LG G Pro Lite is first to have BBM preinstalled

BlackBerry Messenger will be preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite in the future, BlackBerry has revealed. The BBM client for Android will first appear on the smartphone as a standard pre-install and via the LG App Manager under the new bundling agreement and will also be installed on to a number of other LG smartphones, though LG has yet to reveal what hardware will carry it.

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BlackBerry brings BBM Channels out of beta, signs BBM preinstall deals

11/26, 2:35pm

BlackBerry Messenger to be preinstalled on some Android smartphones

BlackBerry is rolling out its social network-style content feeds to BlackBerry OS devices today. The announcement that BBM Channels is leaving beta comes at the same time as reports that the company has struck deals with a number of Android smartphone producers to have the messaging platform preinstalled on devices.

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BlackBerry management reshuffle sees CFO, CMO, COO ousted

11/25, 10:34am

CFO Budulka replaced by SVP Yersh, CMO and COO yet to be replaced

BlackBerry has made another set of executive-level changes, with three more members of management being pushed out from their positions. The reorganization, which sees the loss of the CFO, COO, and CMO at the phone manufacturer, comes three weeks after previous CEO Thorsten Heins was let go and replaced by interim CEO John Chen.

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Porsche Design ships redesigned BlackBerry Z10 as P'9982

11/19, 12:43pm

Stainless steel and leather casing covers relatively unchanged Z10

Porsche Design has put its rumored BlackBerry smartphone on sale in the United Kingdom, one aimed at mobile phone users looking for a premium and rare device. Just like the BlackBerry P'9981, the P'9982 is available to purchase through London's Harrods department store at a price of £1,500 ($2,400) off-contract.

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Drug kingpin Pfizer latest to move off BlackBerry to iOS, Android

11/15, 11:00pm

Company has 90,000 employees, most currently on BlackBerry

Like many federal agencies and other large businesses, Pfizer - one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers with unprecedented influence in the healthcare industry - has asked its employees to transition away from BlackBerry phones and towards their choice of iOS or Android products instead. The company, in a memo announcing the change, said the transition was due to BlackBerry's "volatile state" and advised employees to make the change as soon as contracts allow.

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BlackBerry adds iPad, iPod support to BBM, adds sharing options

11/15, 5:32am

Minor bug fixes included within updated BlackBerry Messenger app

Just as promised by the company yesterday, BlackBerry has updated BBM for iOS, allowing it to be run on iPads and iPods. At the same time, BlackBerry Messenger receives a number of bug fixes relating to the Android version, with both versions also gaining more options for sharing and connecting with other users on the service.

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BlackBerry Messenger reaching Wi-Fi iPads in next 24 hours

11/14, 5:26am

Updated app brings BBM to iPads without cellular connection

BlackBerry Messenger will be coming out for Wi-Fi versions of the iPad within the next 24 hours. The messaging service, already available on iPhones and cellular iPads as well as Android smartphones, will spread to the tablet as the existing app gets updated, though there apparently will not be a tablet-specific version of the app.

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BlackBerry denies rumor suggesting Google Play store in BB10 update

11/12, 12:15pm

No planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry devices

The Google Play store will not be available to BlackBerry users in the future, the phone producer has confirmed. A spokesperson for BlackBerry has outright denied a rumor that the Android app store would be heading to the platform, a rumor started by relatively convincing photographs of Google Play shown running on a BlackBerry Z10.

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Google Play Store allegedly shown working on BlackBerry Z10

11/10, 7:58pm

Photographs suggest possible Android store on BlackBerry device

The Google Play store could be making an appearance in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, if new photographs are to be believed. Recently surfaced images appear to show the store running on a BlackBerry Z10, which if true could suggest that owners of recent BlackBerry 10 devices may have more options than BlackBerry World to install their apps from in future.

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Apple, Microsoft expressed interest in buying parts of BlackBerry

11/08, 5:15pm

Tech giants considered picking off parts of BlackBerry

BlackBerry's board of directors rejected Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo, and other tech players' expressed interest in acquiring parts of the struggling Canadian phone maker's operations, according to a new report from Reuters. The news comes days after BlackBerry abandoned its plans to put itself up for sale and dismissed Thorsten Heins from his role as chief executive. The report is the first indicating that Apple was interested in securing portions of BlackBerry, as the iPhone maker was not regularly mentioned among potential suitors for the company.

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iPhone 5s, 5c push Apple over 40 percent of US smartphone sales

11/06, 9:25am

Android still clearly in lead

Apple and the iPhone's share of the US smartphone market increased sequentially from 39.9 percent to 40.6 percent in the September quarter, according to new comScore figures. The growth is believed to have been spurred by the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 20th; although the devices would've been on sale for just 10 days in the quarter, Apple typically sees a surge of early adopters during any iPhone launch.

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Lenovo buyout of BlackBerry claimed blocked by Canadian government

11/06, 7:04am

National security concerns over telecoms infrastructure nixed buyout plans

Lenovo could have bought ailing smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, but was denied by the Canadian government. Alleged interference of inter-company discussions by Ottawa government officials made it clear to BlackBerry executives that a takeover by a Chinese company would not proceed, due to potential national security concerns.

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