Should you care about the BlackBerry Key2?

BlackBerry might not be making its own handsets anymore, but its parent TCL has released yet another BlackBerry – Android crossover, called the BlackBerry Key2. Or, as New Atlas calls it, an “otherwise unremarkable handset running Android 8.1”  Key2’s only claim to fame is that it has the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. If you’re interested in a physical keyboard on your smartphone, here is what New Atlas thought about the device. New Atlas states “Any appraisal of the Key2 really has to focus on that physical keyboard down at the bottom.” If the device’s best feature is the keyboard, is

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BlackBerry experiences delightful sales spike

As it turns out, giving up on smartphones was a good move for BlackBerry. Due to recent record software sales, the Waterloo, Ontario-based tech company is looking into buying companies that focus on cyber security, as well as automotive and enterprise management. This is excellent news for BlackBerry, which recently beat analysts’ expectations, according to The Vancouver Sun. The publication explains that not only did BlackBerry break even, it made “a profit of $26 million or 5 cents per share excluding some items for the three months ending Aug. 31.” This good news comes only a year after BlackBerry threw

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The BlackBerry Keyboard Lives On!

BlackBerry struggled to keep its smartphone alive amidst the rising popularity of manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. In fact, the company no longer produces its once-popular hardware. Despite this, some loyal holdouts still mourn the loss of the trademark BlackBerry keyboard. If this is you, don’t fret – according to Business Insider, a new player has resurrected your favourite mobile tool. Chinese tech firm TCL picked up the branding rights to BlackBerry last year and recently revealed its new smartphone model, the BlackBerry KeyOne. If you’re nostalgic for the smartphones of old, then this one should be right up your

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PayPal Cutting Support for Microsoft, BlackBerry

Online payment processor PayPal has recently announced it will stop supporting Amazon Kindle, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows’ mobile apps in order to dedicate more effort to Apple iOS and Android devices. As of June 30, these platforms will no longer be affiliated with PayPal. For many, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Microsoft’s recent news that it is getting out of the mobile game gives PayPal little reason to stay, and likewise BlackBerry has been declining in popularity for years now. The only question is why PayPal would choose to abandon Amazon Kindle, which is still widely used by consumers.

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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Facebook Dumps BlackBerry

BlackBerry has slipped to the point that not even Facebook is taking it too seriously – the social media giant is removing its support from the BlackBerry version of its app. This comes after the announcement made earlier this month by Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, which also plans to withdraw from the BlackBerry OS. Both applications will still be available on the Android powered BlackBerry Priv device. BlackBerry has stated that it is “extremely disappointed” in Facebook’s decision to pull the apps. It is urging its users to log onto Facebook via the web browser on their handsets. This will be

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BlackBerry + Android = Love

BlackBerry is committed to developing new devices based on the Android OS, announcing plans to continue to follow the course charted by the BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry plans on releasing at least one, but possibly two, smartphones powered by Android in 2016. CEO John Chen told CNET the emphasis on Android should not come as a surprise to users considering BlackBerry 10 failed to gain popularity after its release in 2013. This, coupled with the fact that BlackBerry’s OS holds only a one percent market share while Android enjoys nearly 53 percent, leaves little shock in the company’s decision. The BlackBerry

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BlackBerry’s First Android Device – New Leaked Details

Details surrounding BlackBerry’s rumored Venice slider device are being leaked at an astounding rate. The company will reportedly be releasing its first Android phone in November. Evan Blass, trusted source for smartphone and tablet leaks, recently posted new tweets revealing additional details about the device. The first tweet shows what claims to be a demo of the BlackBerry Productivity suite, which can be viewed on YouTube here. The second tweet included a file list, suggesting BlackBerry’s Android handset will still include a number of traditional BlackBerry features. These tweets reveal the BlackBerry Venice slider is more than a stock Android

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Former CEO Explains BlackBerry’s Decline

For the first time since his departure in 2012, ex-CEO of BlackBerry Jim Balsillie recently spoke about the company and its decline in the mobile market. He admitted that the 2007 introduction of the Apple iPhone was the ultimate reason behind BlackBerry’s failure. Balsillie says he knew the company could not compete. He also explained that fear of Apple’s new device caused BlackBerry to rush the release of its touchscreen smartphone, the flawed BlackBerry Storm. The Storm resulted in a 100 percent return rate for Verizon, which caused the carrier to demand $500 million in compensation. “With Storm we tried

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BlackBerry Acquires WatchDox

BlackBerry is aiming to boost its software revenue to $500 million by March 2016, a goal which will only be aided by the company’s recent purchase of startup WatchDox. Adding to its software offerings will continue to ease BlackBerry’s dependence on smartphones. WatchDox is a file-sharing security startup designed to help governments and companies control who can see important documents, as well as prevent leaks. According to crunchbase.com, the company based out of Palo Alto, California has raised $38.5 million (U.S.) from investors such as Blackstone Group LP and Gemini Israel Ventures. Some of its clients include Hollywood studios and

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