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Some key thoughts on BlackBerry Q4 results that just hit the wire

Some key thoughts on BlackBerry Q4 results that just hit the wire

A few minutes ago BlackBerry issued its press release with financial results for Q4. As usual it’s a good news / bad news situation, and the conference call is in less than half an hour. I’ll come back afterwards with a more detailed review. Until then here are a few things I noticed. Revenue was weaker than analysts expected. Consensus estimates were $1.11 billion but the company generated...

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Reminder: BlackBerry Q4 Earnings Report and Conference Call Friday Morning!

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Just a quick friendly reminder for those of you holding shares of BBRY that Friday morning we'll see BlackBerry report its Year-End and Q4 fiscal earnings. The earnings report should cross the wire around 7am ET, and the conference call will kick-off at 8am ET. Those wanting to listen into the conference call can dial 1-800-814-4859 or click into the webcast here. CrackBerry's plan of attack...

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BlackBerry Cyclone prototype listed on eBay once again

BlackBerry Cyclone prototype listed on eBay once again

If you're wanting to get your hands on that BlackBerry Cyclone prototype that turned up, now is your chance. It has been listed on eBay once again after having been removed a few times already. The current bid is at $80 but you can hit that buy it now button and grab it for $1,000 if you've got that kind of flow to toss around. Obviously you'd not be buying it for use but who knows, could be...

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Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

In a blog post on the official Inside BlackBerry blog yesterday, CEO John Chen relayed word that the company will be cracking down on leaks. In addition to the company putting in place more measures to prevent leaks from happening in the first place, BlackBerry will also show no mercy in legally going after those who choose to leak (and get caught doing it of course). You can view my thoughts...

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What’s going on with BlackBerry’s SVP of Software resigning?

What’s going on with BlackBerry’s SVP of Software resigning?

Last night, in BlackBerry-related news, we found out that the well-regarded Senior VP of Software, Sebastien Marineau, has resigned from BlackBerry to accept a position of VP of Core OS at Apple. BlackBerry felt that its soon-to-be former executive violated their agreement so they brought the matter before the courts and prevailed. For those unaware, Sebastien Marineau came over as part of...

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BBM Money poised to expand later this year

BBM Money poised to expand later this year

Unless you live in Indonesia, you've likely never actually used BBM Money but the service itself has not been forgotten about by BlackBerry. Now that BBM has grown a bit by going cross-platform on iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone as well as the launch of BBM Channels, there's more potential then ever for BBM Money to reach an audience and according to David Proulx, Senior Director of BBM...

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It's no secret that BlackBerry has had a few high-profile departures from the organization over the past several months, but rumors that SVP of Software Sebastian Marineau-Mes was no longer working for the company have now turned out to somewhat accurate. The situation is a little bit convoluted and involves Apple, but a recently-posted Ontario Superior Court of Justice document offers a...

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BlackBerry 10.3 leak device codenames show handset development still a big part of BlackBerry

While many of us have been focused on the clearly visible things in the BlackBerry 10.3 leak, there are a lot of things in that OS that aren't exactly on the top layer. If you go digging deep into the OS there are quite a few device code names to ponder, there are assets for not only a 1080p device but also a 1440p device, and there are plenty of different specs to refer to. The problem? The...

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What will BlackBerry Q4 earnings bring?

What will BlackBerry Q4 earnings bring?

This Friday morning BlackBerry will report the final quarter of the company’s fiscal 2014 results. As usual, I’ll remind you that yes, it is really the end of their 2014 year since they have a February year end to their fiscal year. To set the stage for the announcement, let’s take a quick look back at what happened last quarter. The company reported only $1.2 billion in revenue for Q3, which...

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Hands-on with an early build of BlackBerry 10.3

Hands-on with an early build of BlackBerry 10.3

Although the official update to BlackBerry 10.3 might be a ways off yet, a freshly leaked early build of the OS has landed and we've gone hands-on with it to have a look at what BlackBerry has been working on. All in all, the changes are not a huge departure from what is currently available and are rather subtle but it shows BlackBerry isn't standing still when it comes to keeping their OS...

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New images claim to show off BlackBerry 10.3 OS

New images claim to show off BlackBerry 10.3 OS

Over the past few weeks there has been some rumblings about BlackBerry 10.3 and the changes BlackBerry is looking to implement in that OS. Rumor has it, it won't bring any drastic changes to the mix but rather some subtle UI refinements such as a slightly flatter look, improved iconography and a little bit more polish than what we've seen thus far. As it turns out, those rumors could be spot...

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Metal Shavings Leave Behind a Pile of Dead Z10 Earpiece Speakers

I have now nicknamed my older brother Mark the 'phone wrecker'. He dropped by my place earlier in the week to give me a hand installing a TRX mounting bracket on the ceiling in my condo (in true younger brother fashion, I watched while he did all the work), and along with his tools he brought with him the three broken BlackBerry Z10s pictured above. Each of his Z10s suffered the same fate — a...

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Oddly interesting 5-inch display for unreleased BlackBerry leaks out

The BlackBerry World is a bit of a strange place right now. We're seeing weird prototype phones turn up, long since scrapped media streamers and now, new images that show what looks to be a 1:1 5-inch display for an unreleased device have appeared. Looking at this display and looking at the prototype device that appeared, there's some similarities there so it's possible this mysterious...

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The Top 25 Things BlackBerry Users Would Like to See Improved in BlackBerry 10!

In a previous post here on CrackBerry, Kevin asked the Nation what their top 5 improvements to BlackBerry 10 wish list would be. After combing through all of the comments and taking the time to prioritize them all, we've come up with a pretty decent list of the top 25 things. Kevin kicked off the suggestions with five of his own, which a lot of users agreed with, and from there over 1200 people...

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BlackBerry 'Cyclone' media streamer appears in images, three years after its rumored existence

Three years ago, there were plenty of rumors that BlackBerry was working on a media-streaming box similar to that of the Apple TV. The project at some point ended up being shelved never to see the light of day and that was pretty much the end of it. There's been no talk of a revival of the product but some purported images of the device have now appeared and they're certainly interesting...

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Android Wear is just one of the reasons I want Google Play Services on BlackBerry 10

Today Google announced Android Wear , a new platform geared toward bringing Android to wearable devices like smartwatches. Big companies like LG and Motorola are already on board with new devices, and others are sure to follow in the coming months. It goes without saying that the Android Wear devices will work flawlessly with most — if not all — Android devices, however it's safe to say that...

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It’s unfortunate, but layoffs at BlackBerry are essential to their financial health

Yesterday CBC posted a story confirming additional job cuts in Waterloo. In this most recent example, BlackBerry is eliminating 120 jobs from the company’s product development and wireless teams. BlackBerry claims these cuts are part of the broader 40% staff reduction announced last September. We have to keep in mind that it takes quite a while to implement major staff cuts, so it’s entirely...

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The BlackBerry 10 powered M1 Fuse lapdock is an idea we can get behind

Over the years there has been plenty of lapdock ideas floating around and I'm sure if you go digging through patents, you'll find several company's have their own variations locked down somewhere including BlackBerry. Most notable out of all of them though is likely the Motorola Lapdock that came along with the Atrix 4G. While a great idea, it was pretty much a flop for several reasons, take...

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WhatsApp assures users privacy remains a priority even after Facebook purchase

Ever since WhatsApp announced they'd had been acquired by Facebook it seems there has been plenty of concerns surrounding privacy within the app. To address those concerns, WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum has now taken to the company's blog to 'set the record straight' and address 'a lot of inaccurate and careless information circulating about what our future partnership would mean for...

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Team Mercedes / BlackBerry gets the win at the Australian Grand Prix

Team Mercedes / BlackBerry gets the win at the Australian Grand Prix

This weekend marked the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Lewis Hamilton sat on the pole with solid chance of taking home the win — only it was his teammate, Nico Rosberg, who would cross the line first. After just three laps, Hamilton was forced to retire due to a failed cylinder. It was definitely a disappointing start, but there was a still a...

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