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Dec 18, 2014 Reminder: BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2015 Results December 19th, 2014
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BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2015 Results December 19th, 2014

It's getting close to that time again where BlackBerry has to offer up everyone a look at their financial stats, more specifically, their Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results. The announcements will take place on December 19th, 2014.

BlackBerry will be reporting results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 on December 19th, 2014. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html.

A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET January 2nd, 2015.

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Dec 08, 2014 John Chen won't waver from his enterprise strategy for BlackBerry
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John Chen Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry

John Chen has a master plan for BlackBerry and as highlighted earlier in a famously straightforward LinkedIn blog post from the BlackBerry CEO titled 'Don't Believe The Hype', he's not going to stray away from that plan just for some short term hype or to chase trends, despite pressure to do so.

That plan as we know it includes BlackBerry focusing and building upon their security foundation by introducing new solutions and offerings for enterprise rather than on the consumer market because that's what is going to lead to the long-term success of BlackBerry, not an endorsement from Kim Kardashian or rumors and speculation about BlackBerry's plans for the Chinese market.

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Dec 05, 2014 BlackBerry CEO John Chen sits down with Bloomberg Studio 1.0 for candid interview
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen sits down with Bloomberg Studio 1.0 for candid interview

Back in July, Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang got to sit down with BlackBerry CEO John Chen for a rather wide-ranging and candid interview. Portions of the interview were posted by Bloomberg previously but as part of Bloomberg Studio 1.0, the full twenty minute interview has now been made available.

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Nov 24, 2014 BlackBerry introduces new BlackBerry Passport Trade-Up Program aimed at iPhone users
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BlackBerry introduces new BlackBerry Passport Trade-Up Program aimed at iPhone users

The BlackBerry Passport is the hottest BlackBerry device going at the moment and aside from the deals already in place to pick one up, BlackBerry has now announced a new BlackBerry Passport Trade-Up Program aimed at iPhone users.

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Nov 20, 2014 Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014
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Earlier this month, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard attended FedTalks 2014, the annual gathering of the top leaders in the tech and government IT communities in Washington, D.C. and while we've covered a few things said at that event already, FedScoop has now posted up the complete keynote speech from Marty as well as his interview afterward for everyone to check out. You'll need to set aside 20 minutes or so to take it all in but Marty covers quite a bit of content in that time as he talks about the legacy of BlackBerry, their future and being a mobile provider to the federal government.

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Nov 14, 2014 BlackBerry is on the cusp of returning as a growth company
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BlackBerry is on the cusp of returning as a growth company

Yesterday could turn out to be one of the most pivotal days in the transformation of BlackBerry. I don't say this lightly either. I've been very concerned, yet hopeful about the future of the business since before the launch of BlackBerry 10. Despite the huge earnings and stock price volatility I still remain both concerned and hopeful. And I'm still a shareholder. I've never sold any of the shares that I own.

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Nov 13, 2014 John Chen: 'This is a platform that is going to last us for a very, very long time'
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 This is a platform that is going to last us for a very, very long time

In between taking the stage at the BlackBerry for Enterprise event and the BlackBerry investor day call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen found time to talk to CNBC about all the announcements from the event. As expected, there was a few choice quotes offered up in the interview surrounding what's in the pipeline for BlackBerry, how BlackBerry will compete and what they need to do in order to turn profit for shareholders.

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Nov 12, 2014 Reminder: BlackBerry hosting Enterprise event and Investor Day tomorrow!
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Tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day for BlackBerry. Both the BlackBerry Enterprise event and Investor day are taking place tomorrow starting at 9AM PT, and we'll be tuned into it all. The Enterprise event will be streamed and anyone can tune into the investor call, plus we'll be setting up a live blog for everyone who wants to watch along and chat. As for expectations, well we know BlackBerry is going to be introducing BES12 along with BBM Meetings and we'll likely hear at least some news of the BlackBerry Classic and through the investor day, an update on BlackBerry's progress.

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Nov 10, 2014 BlackBerry earns a 2014 Green Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive
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BlackBerry earns a 2014 Green Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive

One of the key changes BlackBerry has made this year comes by way of their supply chain and thanks to those changes, the company has scored themselves a 2014 Green Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive. The awards highlight companies that are making sustainability a core part of the businesses and supply chain strategies. And they have the results to show for it. Almost 200 submissions were received through an open nomination process.

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Nov 09, 2014 John Chen: 'BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth'
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 'BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth'

That's the message John Chen has been relaying in all of his recent interviews but once again reiterated in an interview with Reuters. November 4th marked John Chens one-year anniversary at BlackBerry, and there's no doubt things have changed since his arrival, including how others are now looking at the company. It's no longer a company stuck in a 'death spiral' as many predicted.

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Nov 07, 2014 Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan gives BlackBerry turnaround plan another vote of confidence
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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is one of Canada's largest institutional investors through their diversified portfolio of Canadian and international assets. Their investing methods rely on achieving the best risk-return balance for its members and thus far, they've been extremely successful. They simply don't invest in things they don't believe in, and they've now given John Chens BlackBerry turnaround plan a vote of confidence.

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Nov 06, 2014 BlackBerry to host Investor Day on November 13th
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Along with BlackBerry hosting their enterprise event on November 13th, they'll also be hosting Investor Day as well. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. EST, those interested can tune into the live webcast through the Investor Events website. Additionally, a replay of the webcast will be available following the event.

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Nov 04, 2014 Ingram Micro and BlackBerry team up to offer better BlackBerry 10 smartphone distribution
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If you've ever tried to buy an unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphone at any major retailers across Canada, then you know it can often be a struggle. Looking to improve that situation and have the ability to offer unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphones in more places, Ingram Micro Mobility and BlackBerry have now announced a new distribution agreement in Canada to serve the unlocked smartphone market.

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Nov 01, 2014 John Chen discusses selfies, Kim Kardashian and Apple Pay
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BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, sat down with BNN recently to discuss an assortment of topics. Among them was targets for BlackBerry, monetization and security of BBM, how BlackBerry's Enstream deal differs from the mobile payment offering of Apple Pay, selfies and even Kim Kardashian's comments surrounding her BlackBerry and iPhone usage.

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Oct 28, 2014 BlackBerry Classic launch apparently moved to December
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Since April, BlackBerry fans looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry Classic have had a November timeframe of release to look toward based on comments from BlackBerry CEO John Chen, but it seems somewhere along the line, that launch window changed a bit and we'll have to wait a bit longer.

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Oct 27, 2014 John Chen discusses the keys to executing a turnaround the right way
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When John Chen took over as BlackBerry CEO back in November of 2013, he noted at the time that he was looking 'forward to leading BlackBerry in its turnaround and business model transformation for the benefit of all of its constituencies, including its customers, shareholders and employees'. That was a strong statement to make, but it showed he had immense confidence in the fact that he could actually do it. Now, the CEO has taken to LinkedIn to share some of his common strategies for executing a turnaround the right way.

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Oct 21, 2014 BlackBerry CEO: 'We have to treat everything as part of our ecosystem, not just BlackBerry'
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Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen travelled to Hong Kong to speak at the Technologies that Matter forum and cover a wide range of topics as noted below. The event itself wasn't streamed, so we've all been waiting to see if a video of the appearance would be uploaded and luckily, one has now arrived courtesy of BlackBerryClubs.

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Oct 17, 2014 BlackBerry Passport demand has exceeded expectations
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That's according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen who was in Hong Kong to attend the Technologies that Matter forum hosted by MIT Enterprise. It's certainly no secret that a lot of folks have had their shipments placed on back order, earlier we posted about how ShopBlackBerry shipments were now resuming, but it's also no secret the device has been selling out whenever its been made available.

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Oct 10, 2014 BlackBerry CEO John Chen to speak at Technologies that Matter forum
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen

Since taking charge as CEO at BlackBerry, John Chen has understandably been busy handling the agenda there, he has still managed to find some time to take part in various discussion forums elsewhere. One such occasion is coming up on October 17th where John Chen will be attending the Technologies that Matter series forum at the C.K.K. auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park, which is organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum Hong Kong.

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Oct 02, 2014 BlackBerry marketing gets a kick in the pants from advertising and marketing firm Gyro
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Have you noticed there has been more marketing coming out of BlackBerry lately? The launch of the BlackBerry Passport has brought forth plenty of new videos, new imagery, new ad placements, new slogans and more. For years now, BlackBerry fans have been asking for marketing muscle from BlackBerry and according to Advertising Age, BlackBerry has heard folks loud and clear and has brought on business-to-business advertising and marketing firm Gyro to help the company remake the brand.

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Sep 30, 2014 Forrester Research names BlackBerry a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management
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Over the past three months since the launch of the BlackBerry Fact Check portal, BlackBerry has been taking their competitors to task over some of their claims against the company and their offerings but that's sort of to be expected. To hear other, outside parties also claim BlackBerry is a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management is entirely different and that's exactly what Forrester Research has concluded when they compared the most significant mobile device management vendors.

Forrester Research, Inc. evaluated BlackBerry along with 14 other of the most significant mobile device management vendors. BlackBerry earned the highest score in Strategy as well as Global Presence, and tied for the top ranking in Market Presence, which considers revenue, install base and partners. In addition, BlackBerry received the highest possible score in 12 of the 27 criteria measured by Forrester, including Network Security, Future Vision, and Support.

"Security is our cornerstone and BlackBerry remains laser focused on developing and delivering the solutions enterprises around the globe have come to expect from us," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry. "Our mobility solutions are in government agencies and enterprises around the world because customers trust the experience we've built over the decades. With current and future BlackBerry offerings, we will leverage our experience in security to create solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers, from cross-platform support for BYOD programs to the management of Internet of Things."

Forrester Research also noted in the report, "Continued investments in collaboration applications and a strong vision that incorporates a strategy for Internet of Things management and automotive support have placed BlackBerry in a Leader position."

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Sep 26, 2014 BlackBerry Q2 earnings: Convincing evidence the company is back on the road to success
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John Chen

Here we are again. Another quarter has gone by and BlackBerry has reported another set of financial results. I look forward to these reports. I enjoy breaking down what can often seem like complex stuff into something that novice investors can understand. I enjoy being able to focus on what matters.

Before I go into the numbers, let's have a quick glance at the markets. As I write this, BlackBerry stock is up about one percent, but it has been as much as 5% higher at times. The overall market is up about half a percent, and names such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are also up slightly. For a smaller name like BlackBerry to be up only marginally more than the market tells me Wall Street doesn't really think much of the results.

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Sep 18, 2014 BlackBerry to expand BBM Money services in Indonesia to Android and iOS
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BBM Money

Although BBM Money was announced back in 2013, we've not really heard much about it on a large level but BlackBerry is now finally ready to make some more moves with it and has announced a series of new initiatives today that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBM. Initiatives they note will, take the ability to connect and share using BBM Money one step further and introduce BBM Money to Android and iOS smartphone users in Indonesia.

BlackBerry has also announced a new partnership with TransferTo, the leading global provider of international airtime remittance, which will enable users to send prepaid mobile credit to their contacts overseas, seamlessly from within the BBM app. TransferTo works with over 350 MNO's in 100+ countries, reaching over 3.6 billion prepaid users. Additionally, the new BBM Money app will enable payments in participating retail stores and online, while continuing to benefit from bank-grade security measures including passcodes and encryption while also leveraging BlackBerry security.

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