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BlackBerry completes WatchDox acquisition

BlackBerry completes WatchDox acquisition

Back on April 21, it was announced that BlackBerry had purchased WatchDox Ltd in a bid to further bolster the company's enterprise and security solutions and now, BlackBerry has announced the acquisition is complete and highlighted how the service will be integrated into BlackBerry solutions and services offerings. WatchDox is available as a value-added solution that complements...

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BBM for Windows Phone snags Channel support in latest update

BBM for Windows Phone snags Channel support in latest update

BlackBerry has pushed an update to BBM for Windows Phone today that finally adds access to the Channels feature. After making its debut in the beta version of BBM not too long ago, Channels are finally in the main app for everyone to enjoy. BlackBerry users are no doubt already very familiar with Channels and how they work, but this is a pretty big new feature for the Windows Phone version of...

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John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has written an editorial about the company's decision to start selling the BlackBerry Classic on May 13 via T-Mobile again, saying that the move was "an important step that does the right thing for both of our customers and shareholders." In April 2014, BlackBerry announced it would not renew its smartphone sales agreement with T-Mobile, in part because of a campaign...

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NSA bulk phone data collection ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals

NSA bulk phone data collection ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals

A U.S. court has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk phone data collection program was unauthorized. The new ruling on the program, which itself is part of long-running electronic surveillance efforts by the NSA, comes from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the NSA exceeded the authority given to it by Congress. From the decision: For the foregoing...

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T-Mobile and BlackBerry make up, will begin selling the Classic on May 13

BlackBerry Classic

T-Mobile and BlackBerry today announced the US carrier will soon offer the BlackBerry Classic. The smartphone will go on sale on May 13 both online and inside participating T-Mobile stores, available for purchase outright and on select plans. For $18.33 a month (24-month contract) and $0 down, consumers can pick up the BlackBerry Classic without damaging their wallet. If you want it without...

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in Vietnam May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners

In addition to the announcement of the BlackBerry Leap arriving in Canada, BlackBerry has now also announced availability for the device in Vietnam. As noted in the press release, the BlackBerry Leap will be made available on May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners. "The latest addition to our BlackBerry 10 portfolio was built specifically for entrepreneurs and professionals who...

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BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada

BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada

As expected, thanks to a bit of an early outing, BlackBerry has now announced the availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada. The new BlackBerry Leap will be available from Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile, ShopBlackBerry, and select Tbooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE locations starting on May 7th, 2015, for as low as $0.00 on contract. "With the introduction...

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Heidi Davidson, SVP of Corporate Communications, leaving BlackBerry

Although the name might not instantly ring bells among all CrackBerry readers, we can now confirm Heidi Davidson, head SVP of Corporate Communications for BlackBerry is leaving the organization. In an emailed statement, Adam Emery, VP of Corporate Communications at BlackBerry affirmed the significant contribution Davidson brought to the company. I can confirm that Heidi Davidson is...

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BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels

BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels

Despite there being no official announcement, BlackBerry has recently added a pretty awesome feature to BBM Channels. Channel owners who use the online portal can now precisely target audiences they want to see particular updates and posts made to a channel. You can set targeting by a few different options such as demographic, geo-targetting as well as platform targeting. Before posting to...

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BlackBerry and AT&T team up for Mobility Forum events

BlackBerry and ATT team up for Mobility Forum events

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been working hard with carriers and as such BlackBerry has now teamed up with AT&T for a series of events called A Mobility Forum from AT&T and BlackBerry. The events will take place in multiple cities over the coming weeks and will feature experts from BlackBerry such as BlackBerry Security Director Jay Barbour, AT&T and partners such as Box, all...

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White BlackBerry Classic now available in the UAE

White BlackBerry Classic now available in the UAE

Now that the white BlackBerry Classic has rolled out in Hong Kong and the UK, BlackBerry has started the push into other regions as well. This time around, BlackBerry has announced that customers in the United Arab Emirates can now purchase a white BlackBerry Classic starting today at the BlackBerry store in the Dubai Mall and leading telecom retail stores for a suggested retail price of 1799...

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Canadian carriers preparing for the launch of the BlackBerry Leap

Canadian carriers preparing for the launch of the BlackBerry Leap

While BlackBerry has been rapidly rolling the all-new BlackBerry Leap out to new areas, one country interestingly left off of the list, which thus far contains France, Germany, Malaysia, US, and UK is Canada. Since the BlackBerry Leap availability started being announced, Canada has taken a 'coming soon' position leaving many folks wondering what the hold up is. That said, it's starting to look...

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BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Malaysia

BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Malaysia

With the global rollout announced as starting back on April 15th, BlackBerry has continued to introduce the all-new BlackBerry Leap to new regions and this time around, they've announced availability for Malaysia. "We are excited to be working with 11Street and our other partners to bring BlackBerry Leap to Malaysia. It is a smartphone we believe will resonate well with our Malaysian...

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White BlackBerry Classic now available from retailers in the UK

At the end of last week, the white BlackBerry Classic started to appear on ShopBlackBerry and Amazon for UK customers but this week, the availability of the device has expanded a bit more. As announced by BlackBerry, the white colored BlackBerry Classic is available today from Mobile Phones Direct and Clove Technology. While Mobile Phones Direct is offering the device for as low as £18.00...

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ohn Chen discusses BlackBerry's turnaround strategy at Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce luncheon

As we mentioned earlier this week, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce hosted special luncheon with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen today and while tickets for the event went fast, the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Twitter account did keep track of and shared a lot of the Q & A session with Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ian McLean, that covered such topics as BlackBerry's...

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Skype

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network. Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. Today, according to the BBC, the EU court ruled in favor of Sky: "Judges at the General Court of the...

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Sprint reports a loss for Q4 2014, struggles amid competition and departing customers

Sprint shared its earnings report for the final quarter of 2014. The company continues to struggle with departing postpaid phone customers and dwindling funds. Sprint reported a loss of 201,000 postpaid customers, which is a substantial improvement on the 693,000 reported in 2014. Not all is bleak for the company when covering all parts of the business, with the prepaid customer count...

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BlackBerry Slider render and concept roundup

BlackBerry Slider render and concept roundup

The upcoming BlackBerry slider device has been one of the most discussed and anticipated BlackBerry devices since the BlackBerry Passport. Although it was announced during Mobile World Congress, there's still not a lot of solid information about the device that is known. Sure, there's a ton of rumors and speculation but the fact remains, BlackBerry has offered very little by way of official...

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