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Should BlackBerry and Amazon be working together on more than just apps?

Should BlackBerry and Amazon be working together on more than just apps?

It's been a big week for BlackBerry, to say the least, and just about all of the news was positive. John Chen is definitely the real deal. Despite the surprise appearance of the new Passport and Classic (they rock!), the biggest news for me was the licensing agreement for the Amazon Appstore. And not for the reasons you think, but let's first look at the immediate benefits. When the Passport...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is in a position right now many of us wouldn't mind being in when it comes to getting his hands on the latest BlackBerry devices. Yesterday during the media session we caught plenty of great images of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic but today over at BNN, they posted up a video of John Chen giving a brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport. So awesome....

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BBM Meetings is supposedly coming in September but what is it?

BBM Meetings is supposedly coming in September but what is it?

If you tuned into the BlackBerry Earnings call then you already know there was plenty of talk about BBM. If you tuned into the webcast, then you also know BlackBerry was showing slides as the call was happening. Among them was a slide called 'Accomplishments Nov 13' - Today' as shown above. If you look over it you'll easily see something called BBM Meetings and according to the slide, this is...

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Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30

Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30

While consumers in India have loaded up on the BlackBerry Z10, there's a new deal now rolling that will bring some more attention to the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry customers looking to pick one up will be able to take advantage of the offer across all retail networks in India. So what's the deal? Sameer Bhatia, Director – Distribution, BlackBerry India has laid it out. We have seen a...

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EE to begin trialing calls over Wi-Fi in the UK, 4G support coming in 2015

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UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data...

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A busy day in the BlackBerry World

A busy day in the BlackBerry World

Today was a pretty awesome day for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans all around. Yesterday BlackBerry announced their partnership deal with Amazon and that was pretty awesome as well, but for some folks it felt like a precursor to some possibly bad news waiting within BlackBerry's earnings report. Get the good news out because there's probably some not so good news coming. However, anyone who did...

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Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Just a little update to the story from Techcrunch we ran earlier about Drake possibly teaming up with BlackBerry. BlackBerry has confirmed they are not in conversations with Drake. To that, I say maybe they should be. Given how fast the news spread and the reception from the rumor, it still seems like a pretty fantastic idea. Someone should get @Drake on the line and see what happens.

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Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

[Update: Sorry, Drizzy might be a BlackBerry user but BlackBerry has now let us know, they are NOT in conversations with Drake] Over the years on the CrackBerry Forums there has been plenty of talk about celebs who could be a suitable brand ambassador for BlackBerry. Rumors were aplenty that, once upon a time, Justin Bieber was being considered but among the community suggestions tossed out...

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The ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BB10 is coming soon

According to Jeff Gadway, BBM lovers will soon be getting a new beta to check out and one specific additions has been called out and that is, the ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BlackBerry 10. Although I'm not exactly too sure how high it was on the 'wants' list for BBM, it must have been high enough that it caught the attention on of the BBM team and they'll soon be...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen shows off upcoming BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic smartphones

After the BlackBerry earnings report and annual meeting, the media including our very own Simon Sage, got to spend some time with BlackBerry CEO John Chen where he answered questions and took the time to show off the two latest BlackBerry 10 smartphones, now known as the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. If you're looking to get a better look at both the devices flip on through...

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Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

John Chen seems to be exactly the dose of medicine that BlackBerry needed to get things moving in the right direction again. He's only been CEO for about 7 months but his mark is everywhere, and I mean that in a good way. If you don't have time to read all the details let me just say this: BlackBerry has gone from being a company that I thought might not have enough cash to stay alive to seeing...

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First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

And there we have that! The first official look at the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport alongside the BlackBerry Z3. John Chen has spent a lot of time talking about the BlackBerry Passport device during the annual meeting and describing expectations for it and noting it will come in two colors, black and white, and there will be a rich ecosystem of accessories to go along with it...

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John Chen

During the Q&A portion of BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen answered a question which sheds some light on BlackBerry's strategy as it concerns the profitability of the BlackBerry hardware devision. "If we ship 10 million phones in a year, we'll be profitable on phones (hardware). That's the model we're going after." Historically, most people heard the name BlackBerry...

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Registration of BBM users hits 160 million; 85 million active monthly users and rising

On the BBM front in today's earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted there's now 160 million registered users across the board with 85 million active monthly users (50 million are BlackBerry users) and that number is expected to rise once once BBM hits Windows Phone in July and becomes a Nokia preload. The expectation at that point is that BBM will reach around 100 million active users....

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BlackBerry Classic still on track for November release

BlackBerry Classic still on track for November release

During the BlackBerry earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out plans for the launch of the next two BlackBerry devices. The device known as the 'Windermere' has now been confirmed to be launching in September and will be known as the BlackBerry Passport. Aside from that, John Chen also noted the already announced BlackBerry Classic is targeted for a November release timeframe. November...

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BlackBerry Z3 confirmed for India next week

BlackBerry Z3

Following an initial launch in Indonesia BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed earlier reports that the Z3 would launch in India next week during today's quarterly conference call. We'll see if that June 25 date pans out. BlackBerry teased just yesterday that additional markets are on the way. India is a huuuuuuuuge market, and the perfect place for a low-cost smartphone like the BlackBerry Z3...

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Press Release: BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report

Press Release: BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report

Right on time. BlackBerry has now posted their BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report there's plenty of highlights throughout. Their cash balance is up from $2.7 billion in the prior quarter to $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal first quarter, they reduced adjusted operating expenses by 57% year over year and 13% quarter over quarter and have successfully released the BlackBerry Z3 in Indonesia...

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BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report and AGM Live Blog

BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report and AGM Live Blog

Rise and shine! BBRY earnings are expected to cross the wire at 7am ET, and the investors conference call will kick off at 8am ET. We'll be keeping this chat open for most of the morning due to the fact the BlackBerry Annual and Special Meeting is being held at 10AM ET. We'll have Chris Umiastowski for the earnings call commentary. After that, Simon Sage is on hand in Waterloo for the...

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BlackBerry, Amazon, and moving forward

BlackBerry, Amazon, and moving forward

So today was a big day for BlackBerry. The announcement of them teaming up with Amazon to deliver Android apps on BlackBerry 10 is something many folks have been hoping for (and against) for a while, but now that it has actually happened it's interesting to sit back and read some of the reactions from the BlackBerry community. Overall, it seems there's plenty of love for it happening but there...

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