BlackBerry Announces Z3 [Budget 5" BB10 Device, Full Touch]

BlackBerry has just announced the Z3. Its a BB10 device packing a 5" full touch display. The Z3 is the first BB device to come from their recent partnership with Foxconn. Coming it at around $200 (approx. Rs. 12400 ) the Z3 will launch in April in Indonesia. (Which is apt, given its codename was Jakarta). No news on availability in other countries. Other features of the Z3 are yet to be unveiled, though lea ...

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BlackBerry isnt bringing BBM to Windows Phone [For Now]

Blackberry apparently isnt very interested in Windows Phone at all, atleast for the time being. In a recent interview, Blackberry's new -ish CEO John Chen confirmed that the Canadian OEM would be offering BES for Windows Phone but that BBM isnt on the charts right now. The messaging platform is available on Android and iOS, with dedicated apps that released a couple months ago. BlackBerry’s Senior Director ...

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Alicia Keys is no longer Creative Director for Blackberry

We're a couple days late with reporting this but hey, it's Blackberry News! As you probably already know, last year in late January, the Canadian company appointed popular singer/artist Alicia Keys as the company's "global creative director." Earlier this week, less than a year later, the company announced that the partnership is now over. Keys was supposed to help "inspire the future" of the company, which ...

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BlackBerry Z30 Review

BlackBerry has been in high-gear the past 12 months, trying to play catch up with the other Mobile ecosystems, utilising its BB10 platform - pushing towards the new touch-based interactions we expect from smartphones, whilst still trying to retain the signature BlackBerry experience. We have seen the QWERTY based Q10 and Q5, and the all touch Z10. Recently, BlackBerry introduced the Z30, the Z10's bigger br ...

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BlackBerry CEO reminds everyone that they’re still ‘very much alive’ [Again]

Incase you thought Blackberry was dead (which is incorrect because it's still in the process of dying), Blackberry's new-ish CEO John Chen would like you know that they're still around. He's only been CEO for a month but you gotta believe him. Chen wrote an open letter to his company's enterprise customers saying that "Our 'for sale' sign has been taken down and we are here to stay," apparently. Apparently ...

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Nokia swings at BlackBerry on Twitter

Nokia has been pretty hilarious on social media recently, and while we're not huge fans of companies swinging at their rivals, when it's done with style and for a laugh, I cant help but pass it along. Earlier today, Blackberry's UK twitter account tweeting something particularly fascinating: Get busy, do what it takes, take charge, solve problems, make tough calls, make next happen. #PoweredByBlackBerry pic ...

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BlackBerry abandons their $4.7 billion rescue deal, CEO Thorsten Heins Steps Down

More bad news about Blackberry's slide into non-existance. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer announced today that their $4.7 billion rescue deal with Fairfax has collapsed. As a result, Blackberry will instead try to raise $1 billion and current CEO Thorsten Heins will be stepping down while the board has already begun looking for a replacement. In the meanwhile, John S. Chen, former CEO of Sybase, will ...

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Lenovo is reportedly considering buying Blackberry

Last month, rumors were that Lenovo was considering buying HTC, but today here's a new report that the Chinese company is considering a purchase of Blackberry, and that the firm has "signed a non-disclosure agreement to look at the smartphone maker's books." This comes in from the Wall Street Journal that states that Lenovo is seriously looking into a purchase of the Canadian company. Last month, a Canadian ...

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BlackBerry receives buyout offer for $4.7 billion

BlackBerry just officially filed a letter of intent with a Canadian holding company called Fairfax Financial, which could possibly lead to it being bought out under private ownership. Blackberry also halted trading of their shares, right after announcing massive layoffs and that it was retreating from the consumer market. The deal is valued around $4.7 billion. The company intends to focus on the enterprise ...

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BBM for iOS Released

Here you go all your Blackberry fans who went out and bought an iPhone. BBM for iOS was just released. Yup, it's BlackBerry Messenger, right on your iPhone or iPad. The description goes: BBM™ is now here for iPhone. The best way to connect with anyone, anywhere for free. Download it now. Instant Chat: • Immediately know when your messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s) • Know when contacts are res ...

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Blackberry Implodes: cuts 4500 jobs, reports almost $1 billion losses

Today Blackberry announced that they would be laying off approximately 4,500 employees, which is close to 40 percent of their workforce. The company will then have around 7000 jobs remaining after the layoffs. Blackberry also reported that they had lost $950 million in their last financial quarter, which is a drastic drop in profits. Apparently they still managed to sell 3.7 million smartphones in the last ...

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BBM comes to Android September 21 and iOS September 22

BlackBerry teased earlier this year that they were bringing BBM to iOS and Android. It seems the day has finally come! BlackBerry has announced that this weekend (Sept 21 & 22) Android and iOS (respectively) will be getting BBM. BB and Samsung have apparently worked out a partnership in where Galaxy devices will now be shipped with BBM pre-installed. Its a move that has many skeptical, especially in the ...

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