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BlackBerry 10 was officially launched 1 year ago today

Kevin Gets His Haircut

At this moment, a year ago today, Adam, Bla1ze, Marcus and I were on the ground in New York City, putting the finishing touches on CrackBerry's BlackBerry Z10 Review and getting ready to leave our hotel for the Pier 36 venue where BlackBerry 10 would be officially unveiled to the world. The unveiling wouldn't be contained to just NYC, however. For the BIG BANG, BlackBerry coordinated a global...

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Instagram on BlackBerry 10

Earlier today BlackBerry began its official rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 around the globe. All carriers — even those in the USA — should have it pushed out to BlackBerry 10 device owners by the end of February.  It's a great update that includes lots of productivity enhancements as well as BlackBerry OS throwback features that are sure to please legacy BlackBerry users. For the full list of...

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BlackBerry's floundering founders fled the fight two years ago today

Today marks the two-year anniversary of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie leaving BlackBerry. There was certainly plenty of news over the course of their tenure at BlackBerry, but there was arguably more that went down at BlackBerry in just the two short years after they left the company than all of the previous years combined.  The two stepped down from their positions as co-CEO in January...

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VMWare buying BlackBerry competitor AirWatch: The good and the bad

VMWare buying BlackBerry competitor AirWatch: The good and the bad

This morning VMware announced plans to acquire BlackBerry MDM competitor AirWatch. The mostly-cash transaction is valued at $1.5 billion. For those unfamiliar with VMware, it is a publicly traded company in the virtualization infrastructure market. It’s a very large company valued at over $40 billion compared to BlackBerry’s $7 billion (Note: I’m counting the convertible stock as equity for...

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Tango and Cash

Last week, following our CES interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen, I joined Rene Ritchie for a Vector podcast to talk about What's going to Happen to BlackBerry. What transpired was "90 minutes of podcast magic", as we dove through various topics, picking up the conversation from our last Vector podcast on What Happened to BlackBerry. I highly suggest listening to the show, but if you're...

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Why yesterday’s news about BlackBerry in the Pentagon matters so much

Why yesterday’s news about BlackBerry in the Pentagon matters so much

BlackBerry’s stock price was up again yesterday, and it’s logical to assume this move was driven by the Pentagon’s announcement that it will deploy 80,000 new BlackBerry devices starting Jan 31st of this year. UPDATE: It looks like I was mistaken to use the word "new". While some deployments will certainly be new devices (people break/lose them, new ones are purchased), this doesn't appear to...

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Why there's still demand in 2014 for phones with physical keyboards

keyboards, Keyboards, KEYBOARDS!

Outside of the BlackBerry users who know and love their physical keyboards, there hasn't been too much discussion on the subject of physical keyboards in the past couple of years. We are now living in a touchscreen world as far as most of mobile is concerned. Heck, even "CrackBerry Kevin" has adapted to tapping on glass just fine. I love the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard, and can type just...

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What I think about the very bullish Citron report on BlackBerry

Contemplating Wall Street

This morning I had a chance to sit down with a hot cup (ok, several cups) of coffee and read the recently-published and very bullish report on BlackBerry by Citron Research.  I have a feeling most of you haven’t ever heard of Citron before, but neither had I. That said, I’ve become a big fan of them. Who is Citron? If you read most of the stories that reference their BlackBerry report from ...

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From the Editor's Desk: One year ago tonight...

From the Editor's Desk: One year ago tonight...

I was sitting in a condo high above Toronto, Canada, snapping the photo you see above and posting this from the editor's desk entry. I had arrived in the big smoke earlier that day with my (future) bro-in-law @jayhum, getting ready for what we knew would be a crazy month of work which we hoped would also have a little fun mixed in. The next day Adam Zeis, Bla1ze and Simon Sage all arrived in...

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Why BlackBerry is up 50% in the last month

BBRY

If you’ve been are a shareholder of BlackBerry over the past few years it’s mostly been painful. But if you’ve held the shares over the last month it’s been very rewarding. BlackBerry bottomed out below $6 in December and is now rallied about 50% to almost $9 (USD) today. The big move started when John Chen quarterbacked the latest earnings call. I posted my thoughts on that already, so I won’...

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BlackBerry should start nicknaming its OS releases

Android OS Nicknames

Android likes the sweets with Gingerbread, Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Windows Phone has gone fruity in the past with Tango and Mango and is waiting on the color Blue. Heck, even if less celebrated externally, internally Apple gives ski resort names to iOS, with iOS 7.1 honoring the upcoming Olympics with Sochi. How about us BlackBerry fans? Well, we're looking forward to the release of BlackBerry...

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I want my BlackBerry Q50 to have this design

I want my BlackBerry Q50 to have this design

A week ago on Instagram, I posted the photo above with the caption: Spotted: BlackBerry Q30! Oh wait, no, that's a black iPhone in a Typo. #gettingsued #ces2014 #ripoff In the moment I was just being silly for my social followers, but if you look at image above, it looks a lot like the dozens of "dream BlackBerry concepts" we have seen mocked up over the years. A good chunk of CrackBerry ...

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Hot off the wire: BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax

Hot off the wire and straight to the CrackBerry homepage...  Press Release BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced the completion of the purchase by Fairfax Financial Holdings...

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The feature I need to see come to BBM the most

BBM

Heading into CES 2014, the Mobile Nations team had a bit of war in deciding what group messaging platform to use for our week in Vegas. With 22 people on the ground from the Mobile Nations team (and ten more from GeekBeat), that's a lot of people — with very varying opinions — to please. No surprise, I wanted us all on BBM. The Android guys wanted to use Google Hangouts. GeekBeat suggested...

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Z10

At this time last year, I was packing up my bags and getting ready to move CrackBerry HQ to Toronto for a month so we could tackle the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 with gusto. And that we did. It was a crazy month and literally one of the most memorable of my life. The trip culminated with CrackBerry's over-the-top BlackBerry Z10 Review. When BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 goes official -- which will...

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John Sculley

Former Apple CEO John Sculley took to Bloomberg TV yesterday, where the discussion went towards BlackBerry. Sculley, a BlackBerry user himself, was in the headlines a few months back as one of parties that was potentially putting together a bid to buy BlackBerry while the for sale sign was on the company. During the interview, Sculley talks about BlackBerry's hidden value being in its...

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My Money is No Good Here

I had one thing on my must-do list for tonight... and that was to get out of my house and go buy our Community Webmaster @ttkaminski a Microsoft Surface tablet. He needs to get his hands on one asap for site testing purposes. I thought it would be an easy task. But HELL NO. Turns out all those Holiday Gift Guides actually work. I couldn't find a Surface or Surface Pro tablet anywhere in Peg...

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BlackBerry Live

During our CES interview with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, we asked him about the cancelation of this year's BlackBerry Live event. Here's what he had to say: For  2014 we decided to spend the money differently and focus on a more targeted audience - CIOs of the regulated industry that we talk about, or hosting a symposium on Wall Street. We'll do those types of things and support maybe some CEO...

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Google almost could have bought BlackBerry for what they just paid for Nest

Nest

In other big tech news today.... Google just announced they have entered into a deal with Nest Labs, Inc., to acquire the company for $3.2 Billion in cold, hard, cash. Nest of course is the company that makes the fancy self-learning thermostat and smoke alarm systems for your home. From the press release: Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as...

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Five Important Observations from having lunch with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen

John Chen w/ CrackBerry Kevin

BlackBerry didn’t have a big booth on display at CES last week, but that doesn’t mean the company sat out the biggest tech event of the year. The BBM team was there spreading the word of BBM 2.0 which will soon land on iOS, Android and, of course, BlackBerry. QNX also was there, showing off its latest hotness for use in automotive consoles and displays. And, perhaps most important, BlackBerry’s...

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