BlackBerry Launches Fact Check Portal

BlackBerry is on the public relations offensive, launching a new web portal promising to debunk myths about the brand and its devices lobbed by competitors. The BlackBerry Fact Check portal went live earlier this week. In a blog post, Mark Wilson, senior vice president of marketing, said the site will expose the “smoke and mirrors” marketing tactics of its competitors. “This Portal will be your one-stop reference for all things #BBFactCheck. We’ll also bring you content that you can’t find anywhere else and highlight the news, insights and stats that you can’t miss,” Wilson wrote. “From mobility management to messaging,

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Android Apps Coming to BlackBerry

One of the definite downfalls for BlackBerry users is the lack of applications available for their devices when compared with Apple and Android products. It was one of the main reasons many consumers, especially young users, have jumped shipped to different brands. However, that’s all about to change as BlackBerry has signed a licensing deal with Amazon giving users access to the Amazon Appstore. With this deal, BlackBerry users will be able to access over a quarter million Android apps. This includes two services users have petitioned for in the past – Pinterest and Netflix. “Making the Amazon Appstore available on

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BlackBerry Still Selling in Toronto, Considers Phablet

For what many people consider a dying platform, there sure is a lot of BlackBerry news this week. First, BB CEO John Chen admitted his company may consider manufacturing a phablet if it dares to delve into another round of device creation. “If we will do another thing, we will probably go to phablet. I think if you look at our strategy and if you look at where the market goes, there is definitely a good market for something between a phone and tablet,” Chen told the Jakarta Post. “I think the phablet could be early, the tablet is already

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BlackBerry Sells Off Canadian Real Estate

BlackBerry Ltd. stands to earn $278 million in a deal that will see the tech company sell the majority of its Canadian real estate to California-based Spear Street Capital. Spear will take on over three million square feet of space, with plans for BlackBerry to lease some it including its existing headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. “The parties expect to complete the sale of properties worth roughly 80 percent of the total deal value later this month, with the sale of the remaining properties being completed during the third calendar quarter of 2014,” states a Reuters story. *Source: Reuters

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BlackBerry Will Fight for Device Business

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is warning analysts not to twist his words after a comment attributed to him made waves this week. Chen found himself in the headlines after an interview – in which he was quoted as saying if the company’s handset business was no longer profitable, it would cease production – went viral. However, he spoke out again Thursday, stating his previous quote had been taken out of context. Such a move isn’t going to happen in the near future, he wrote on the BlackBerry blog yesterday. In fact, he said the company will continue to fight.. “I

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BlackBerry Breaks Up With T-Mobile

A disagreement between BlackBerry and T-Mobile in February has finally reached a head, with the Canadian smartphone maker announcing it will cut ties with the wireless provider. With its licensing deal set to expire April 25, BlackBerry has announced it will not be renewing the agreement. It seems the decision stems from the targeted promotion T-Mobile offered just weeks ago, offering BlackBerry users a chance to trade in their device for a new iPhone 5s for $0 down. At the time, incensed BlackBerry users attacked T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Twitter and BlackBerry CEO John Chen shared his disappointment online,

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BB Fans Jump Ship in T-Mobile Promo

Looks like BlackBerry fans may be quick to complain, but they’re also quick to jump ship. As we reported a few weeks ago, BB fans went crazy when T-Mobile sent a targeted promotion to its clients still using one of the Canadian smartphone maker’s devices. The promo offered BlackBerry users a trade-in for a new iPhone 5s for $0 down. What was meant to be enticing offer backfired, with the BlackBerry army attacking T-Mobile CEO John Legere on social media. Even BlackBerry CEO John Chen threw in his two cents. But did it backfire? After retooling the promotion – offering

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Name Your Price, says BlackBerry CEO

After Facebook’s monumental $19 billion deal to purchase WhatsApp messaging service, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirms he would sell BlackBerry Messenger for that much money in an instant. “I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it,” Chen told CNBC. As we all well know, BlackBerry has been struggling and $19 billion probably sounds like a miracle. However, the valuation of WhatsApp greatly exceeds that of BBM. Where WhatsApp attracted Facebook with its 450 million monthly active users, BBM has

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BlackBerry Rolls Out OS Update

Can BlackBerry redeem itself? There has been much speculation over that issue, but one thing is clear – it’s trying. The struggling Canadian company is hyping its newest operating system update for select BlackBerry models. The BB10 update was rolled out earlier this week with hundreds of enhancements and new features, including some not available for iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy S4. The BlackBerry update includes a boost to battery efficient, and a management tool to identify apps that drain battery life. Users can save web pages for offline use, but the new addition that’s getting the most buzz is

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BlackBerry Takes Aim at Ryan Seacrest’s Typo

BlackBerry is protective of its physical keyboard. The Canadian smartphone maker is suing American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, and his company Typo, for creating a slip-on QWERTY keyboard for the iPhone. The patent infringement lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court last week. BlackBerry alleges that Typo – co-founded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier – copied its technology used in BB devices. Seems BlackBerry is OK with the keyboard being produced, but wants a licensing agreement in place so the company gets a cut. “We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones,

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