Articles by James Nieves

BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Q4 results and outlook

Speaking with BBN on the BlackBerry earning results, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has the company firing on all cylinders to execute on the software strategy. With the pivot and transition behind them and the software story in clear focus, Chen has BlackBerry on the up and up hiring 1000 new employees during 2016 and right-sizing the company in the process, the company has approximately 4000...

A new BlackBerry tablet might kick off second phase of software licensing

BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke with candor this morning on the earnings call about the next phase in BlackBerry's licensing strategy. In particular, he mentions one of the company's partners is very excited to build a tablet based on Android. He clarifies this is part of an expansion phase of the software licensing program. Chen notes that this phase will focus on a broader set of endpoints...

PRIV named one of the most secure Android smartphones of 2016

Google's annual Android Security Review names PRIV one of the most secure smartphones of last year. While rather unsurprising to most of us here, there are some areas of the report that BlackBerry's software efforts receive some substantial kudos. BlackBerry is named among several manufacturers regularly delivering security updates to flagship devices on the same day as Google. What's more,...

Ford hires 400 BlackBerry employees for connected car expansion

Ford Motor Co. is hiring 400 engineers from BlackBerry's mobility solutions unit to expand Ford's computing expertise as they work to address the future of connected cars. Ford will open a Research and Engineering Centre in Ottawa to accommodate this move. The BlackBerry engineers are valued because they have extensive experience with the QNX operating system that powers Ford's next generation...

In a letter to shareholders published earlier this month, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Prem Watsa shared some of the achievements made throughout 2016. While the subject of BlackBerry was but one paragraph in the 24-page letter, it's an excellent perspective on BlackBerry CEO John Chen's turnaround progress from the eyes of one of the company's biggest investors...

CrackBerry Podcast - Up & UP

We're back from NYC and wanted to touch base with everyone on what we've been up to as we close out the month of March. A little AtHoc authorization, plenty of style ring mobile accessory talk and of course recaps on the epic CrackBerry Kevin interview with Cheddar and his overall impressions on the big turnout and positive KEYone feedback from our New York City Meetup. Get caught up on the...

Download this free BlackBerry KEYone shield wallpaper!

Good ole Pootermobile is at it again, this time dropping some cool new KEYone typography and the BlackBerry security shield in his latest wallpaper. If you're digging the wallpaper, or change your wallpaper regularly, I get it. Here's something new for your home screen to get you in new device spirit! KEYone Shield Wallpaper https://t.co/NAa0dMd1qM pic.twitter.com/qFP7Bgi0fy— L. Marco...

A closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app

I love seeing new productivity and security apps from BlackBerry. As BlackBerry takes on a pivot to software and services, it's sometimes hard to connect the dots as to what that means for general consumers. If you look closely, however, you'll see ample signs of the quiet innovations in software that users like you and I will get to enjoy. One such innovation is the recently released...

BlackBerry KEYone User Reactions from CrackBerry's Miami Meetup!

CrackBerry Kevin brought in the BlackBerry KEYone heat to Miami last Friday, and it was a blast! We held the meetup at The Anderson. Great ambiance, artfully crafted cocktails, and the venue packed with BlackBerry fans from all over Florida. Early in the evening, the energy was high and everyone in good spirits. As I worked the floor taking in everyone's perspectives it was incredible to see...

New Android BBM update arriving on devices with UI overhaul

Looking for a new BBM update? BBM for Android version 3.3.1.24 is rolling out now to supported devices, and there's a solid changelog to go along with the version bump. Not only is there a substantial UI overhaul that has added new options to chats but there's also layout tweaks to the main navigation menu. The biggest new addition is the quick reply notification support for Android N. Nougat...

Spring into Savings with deals on Priv by BlackBerry and top accessories!

Looking to get a new device at a discount? Lucky for you with the change of season upon us ShopBlackBerry storefronts are starting to offer spring savings. Celebrate the start of the new season when you purchase a BlackBerry Priv or top accessories up to 40% off. BlackBerry previously had a 48-hour flash sale running for BlackBerry Passport devices. This new deal aims to do some spring...

BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher brings desktop productivity to mobile

Following the release of BlackBerry UEM the company is expanding the software offerings to enterprise users. In a video published to the BlackBerry YouTube account, we're getting a closer look at the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher and how it offers value to businesses. The re-imagined BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher is a powerful mobile desktop solution that packs secure and approved applications...

BlackBerry explains why your car is safe with QNX Automotive

BlackBerry COO Marty Beard has taken to Inside BlackBerry explaining how BlackBerry QNX can safeguard your vehicle. Documents published by WikiLeaks unveiled investigations from the CIA that listed BlackBerry QNX as a potential target for hacking. BlackBerry clarifies that they are not currently aware of any attacks or exploits against BlackBerry products or services. Seizing the moment,...

Here are the Android apps that integrate with BlackBerry Hub

You asked, and we answered. Here are the 10+ Android social/messaging applications that integrate with BlackBerry Hub for Android. Over the various updates and releases, BlackBerry has added a multitude of social media connections to expand the usability of the BlackBerry Hub for Android. Users can utilize the application as a unified communication inbox for everything from emails to Instagram...

Flying into Barcelona was a convergence of sorts. Numerous Mobile Nations ambassadors, moderators and select CrackBerry members all braved the long international trek. We gathered in Barcelona to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CrackBerry on the eve of BlackBerry Mobile's launch for KEYone. As teased on the CrackBerry reunion podcast 001, the then 'Mercury' was going to make a special...

Heavy Duty Trucking recognizes BlackBerry Radar as top innovator

Heavy Duty Trucking has compiled a top 20 list of key products in 2017 and BlackBerry Radar Asset Tracking made the short-list. HDT's editors get to see so many new products in the trucking industry and selected products based off their level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues and potential to benefits to a truck fleet's bottom line. Among the top 20 innovators in...

BlackBerry KEYone Hands-On Video Roundup

With BlackBerry Mobile finally unveiling all there is to know about the BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress 2017, we're already starting to see plenty of hands-on impressions of the device, and thus far, the media seems to be taking to it very well. KEYone has even won a handful of awards and really, there is a lot to like about the device including its 4.5-inch screen with a full 4-row...

Alleged images of new BB Merah Putih BlackBerry-branded device emerge

Alleged images of new BB Merah Putih BlackBerry-branded device emerge

While much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry KEYone built by BlackBerry Mobile, alleged new images of the device better known as BBC100-1 built by PT BB Merah Putih for the Indonesian market have now emerged. These images detail a lower-end product that's built keenly for the market. Previous rumors have this device running a Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.4 GHz and sporting a large, 5.5-...

Download this free BlackBerry Secure wallpaper!

It's become increasingly diverse the ways with which we can show our support for BlackBerry. Be it in smartphones, or enterprise software, collaboration tools or communication platforms there's a core tenant that BlackBerry upholds - security. Share that message loud and proud on your home screen with this BlackBerry Secure wallpaper designed by @Pootermobile - go download his app for BB10...

BBM for Android update brings fixes, refinements and spam blocking

Fresh out of beta testing BBM is rolling out a new update to our favorite messenger that brings some much needed fixed and refinements. Following up on commitments made earlier in the month, spam blocking has been added to help better the user experience. There are three key items in this version that make it worth the upgrade. The ability to block spam is big for BBM and gives us more...

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