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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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BlackBerry CEO, John Chen

John Chen is the new man in charge at BlackBerry, tasked with restoring the company to profitability and beyond. Among the first steps he undertook was to re-organize the company around four clear divisions. “We're going enterprise. We're going messaging. We're going devices. We're going QNX,” Chen explained during a recent lunch interview with CrackBerry in Las Vegas. In the past BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry joins us for #CESlive to discuss BBM 2.0 and more!

BlackBerry joins us for #CESlive to discuss BBM 2.0 and more!

If you didn't catch the #CESlive show with our special guest Alex Kinsella from BlackBerry earlier, now is a good a time as any. Alex stopped by to give us all a first hand look at BBM 2.0 for Android and iOS and walk us through some of the great features that are coming with it. One of the most notable new features of BlackBerry Messenger 2.0 is Quickshare which lets you share pretty much any...

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NewTek stops by #CESlive to discuss their 'TV Truck in a Box'

NewTek stops by #CESlive to discuss their 'TV Truck in a Box'

If you've been tuned into our #CESlive coverage then you'll already know we have quite a few sponsors for the event. One of those sponsors is NewTek, creators of TriCaster whose goal is to 'let people get their hands on the tools they need to make a “real” TV show'. In other words, they're a huge driving force behind the content we're putting out. Kevin and Cali got to sit down with Philip...

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Ripping off BlackBerry: CrackBerry Kevin goes fingers on with the Typo keyboard for iPhone

When I first watched the promo video for the Typo physical keyboard for the iPhone, I thought it was a complete joke. With word that Ryan Seacrest was an investor and seeing how much the Typo keyboard looked identical to a BlackBerry keyboard, I thought it was actually a Funny or Die or Rick Mercer sketch that I was viewing. But the jokes didn’t come. This was and is a real iPhone accessory....

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BlackBerry’s new 'Jakarta' handset needs to compete with Nokia’s next low-end Lumia

Last month BlackBerry announced a huge change in its hardware strategy by implementing a joint venture with FoxConn, the Taiwanese giant of the electronics manufacturing industry. John Chen disclosed that the two companies plan to build their first phone together for the Indonesian market, and it will be built in a new Indonesian factory.  Obviously there is no reason such a phone news to be...

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Happy 2014!

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year, CrackBerry Nation!! I hope 2014 is a good one and brings each and every one of you reading this everything you could possibly want for and more. For CrackBerry, I want 2014 to be a year where we get our community back to its cracky roots. And for our beloved BlackBerry, I hope it proves to be a fruitful year for the company that makes the phones we love most (see what I did...

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BlackBerry QNX versus iOS and Android in automobiles

BlackBerry QNX versus iOS and Android in automobiles

This week the world of mobile computing turned its attention to the automobile industry because of fresh headlines that Google has signed a deal with Audi to power its in-car entertainment and information systems. This isn’t a new topic, obviously. Last October I had a conversation with a hard working Bay Street analyst who told me he’d been talking to plenty of car manufacturers and many of...

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Top 13 Most Viewed CrackBerry Videos of 2013!

Top 13 Most Viewed CrackBerry Videos of 2013!

With 2014 fast approaching, we're taking some time to look back at the year that was 2013. It was a crazy year for us in sooo many ways. BlackBerry 10 launched. We even moved our office to Toronto and to New York to show our support. We did things we have never done before, like CrackBerry Live at BlackBerry World. We published a LOT of content this year. On the video front, we published more...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen's Letter to Employees

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's Letter to Employees

Today was a big day for BlackBerry and the company's new CEO, John Chen. Earnings day. Between the earnings calls and media interviews, Chen also took the time to connect with the company's employees. In addition to the internal town hall webcast, he also sent a letter. Will Connors from WSJ got his hands a copy of it and posted it, which you can read below. It doesn't sugar coat the...

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