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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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What we learned from John Chen’s first quarterly conference call

What we learned from John Chen’s first quarterly conference call

Today we had our first taste of a BlackBerry quarterly conference call under the leadership of John Chen. We like this guy. He didn’t come armed with a script of prepared remarks to read at us like most CEOs. Instead, he just talked, unscripted, about what’s happening in the business.  Chen has only been on the job for 45 days, but it’s obvious he’s not just sitting around thinking about what...

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BlackBerry 7 phones outselling BlackBerry 10 phones

BlackBerry 7

Numbers aside, this is easily the thing I enjoyed reading the least in today's BlackBerry earnings announcement... During the third quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 3.7 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. Most of the units recognized were BlackBerry 7 devices. During the quarter,...

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Over 40 Million iOS and Android users now on BBM!

BBM 4 All

One of the informational tidbits to drop in this morning's BlackBerry Earnings Report was in regard to BBM. Specifically, the company stated how many non-BlackBerry users are now using messaging service: Messaging: Over 40 million newly registered iOS/Android users in the last 60 days; more than a dozen Android OEMs to preload BBM, including most recently LG; over 250,000 BBM Channels created...

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BlackBerry Announces Five-Year Strategic Partnership With Foxconn

BlackBerry Announces Five-Year Strategic Partnership With Foxconn

Coinciding with today's BlackBerry earnings report, the company has also announced a strategic partnership with Foxconn on the manufacturing of BlackBerry devices.  This is big news for a couple reasons. One, it really shows that BlackBerry under the management of new CEO John Chen is definitely committed to building new BlackBerry phones. For many months there has been a feeling (for lack of...

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Press Release: BlackBerry reports Q3 2014 earnings

Press Release: BlackBerry reports Q3 2014 earnings

Alright CrackBerry Nation, settle in. BlackBerry has just posted their earnings announcements for Q3 2014. This is the first time we're getting a real look at things since BlackBerry received a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and other investors while also naming John S. Chen as Interim CEO​ due to their cancelling of the Q2 2014 earnings conference call and webcast Press Release...

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What BlackBerry CEO John Chen's first hire tells us

What BlackBerry CEO John Chen's first hire tells us

Yesterday we saw BlackBerry tap John Sims as the new President of Enterprise Services. He is leaving his current role as President of Mobile Services at SAP to take on this newly created position at BlackBerry. I’m honestly happy to see this because for some time now I’ve been concerned about the quality of management on the enterprise side of the company. Here’s an article where I discussed...

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Adam's Favorite Tech: 2013 holiday gift guide

Adam's Favorite Tech: 2013 holiday gift guide

While I spend my days scouring the web for BlackBerry news and trying to help our readers any way I can, I also have a slew of other "tech" items that I use throughout my day. They range from high-tech gadgets to low tech necessities. Some of them are for getting my job done, others are purely personal while a few even cross between the two.  To round out the end of the year a few of us here...

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Some thoughts on more executive departures

Some thoughts on more executive departures

Last night WSJ reporter Will Connors published some BlackBerry scoop about two long standing executives who are leaving the company.  The first is Rick Costanzo, the company’s EVP of Global Sales.  The second is Chris Wormald, who played an active role in dozens of acquisitions by BlackBerry over the last decade. What does it mean to have these two executives departing?  I’ll share some of my...

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BBM Channels has legs (and sexy girls in yoga pants, too!)

Go BBM Channels!

This is the post where for the first time I publicly state that I'm GENUINELY EXCITED about BBM Channels. When first unveiled at BlackBerry Live, I admit I wasn't actually all that optimistic or enthusiastic about the new BBM feature. With other social platforms like twitter, instagram, facebook, tumblr, etc. so well established, could BBM Channels really differentiate itself in features? And...

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Strangers on a train - A BlackBerry story

Strangers on a train - A BlackBerry story

As this is the holiday season, I thought I would recount a chance encounter with a nice individual on my train ride home from work. This is something that actually happened to me and in no way am I sugar coating it or embellishing it. For me I find that BlackBerry owners are more sociable by nature and after perusing through this post let me know if you come to the same conclusion. Nothing...

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What’s this about extending the deadline on BlackBerry convertibles?

What’s this about extending the deadline on BlackBerry convertibles?

Yesterday BlackBerry put out a little press release about its convertible debenture offering. We posted a quick blurb about it, however in reading through the comments, I can tell many of you want a simple explanation of what’s going on. No prob --  that’s why I’m here.  Financial stuff can get a bit boring sometimes, and the people who write these releases sound like lawyers most of the time...

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Citi slaps a sell rating on BlackBerry

Citi slaps a sell rating on BlackBerry

Earlier today Wall Street firm Citigroup published a “sell’ recommendation and $4 target on shares of BlackBerry. The change of opinion happened because Citi has put another analyst in charge of covering the stock.  For years Jim Suva was the guy in charge of writing BlackBerry research. But in October Citi hired Ehud Gelblum (formerly Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, etc) and today Gelblum took over...

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BlackBerry stock drops below $6

BlackBerry stock drops below $6

It doesn’t seem like John Chen’s open letter to customers has done anything to change Wall Street’s mind about the future of BlackBerry. Yesterday the stock dropped below $6, and so far today’s market action is keeping it there. This marks a new low for BlackBerry shares. Last fall the stock experienced a substantial drop too, but never dipped below $6.   What’s driving the weakness? There...

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Thoughts following a hangout with the BBM team

Thoughts following a hangout with the BBM team

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of hanging out with a bunch of the BlackBerry folks on the BBM team. I had a chance to express my (pretty strong) opinions, make suggestions and pick their collective brains on BBM topics of all kinds. Just to make this clear, they didn’t reveal any big secrets, but I think I now have a good idea of what seems to be a priority to the team. Without being too...

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Here’s why I welcome the big changes announced at BlackBerry today

Here’s why I welcome the big changes announced at BlackBerry today

Wow. John Chen sure moves fast. He was appointed interim CEO of BlackBerry recently, and we’re already seeing significant changes at the executive and board room level. The company has announced the departure of its CMO, COO and CFO along with the resignation of board member Roger Martin. These changes are bittersweet. After the end of the Jim and Mike regime, the company’s C-level suite...

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Can BBM steal Snapchat’s user base?

Can BBM steal Snapchat’s user base?

With BlackBerry remaining a public company, a great number of us are obviously interested in what they can do to boost their valuation. As much as I hope they can sustain themselves as a mobile platform (software, services and handsets too), it’s a tough battle. But BBM can survive even without BlackBerry as an independent platform. It’s now a cross platform (and still awesome) chat app. It...

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CrackBerry Asks: Do you like the new BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 call screen?

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 has leaked. It is by no means official but a lot of you have loaded it up onto your BlackBerry 10 devices already. No doubt enjoying all the new features to be found. BlackBerry 10 has certainly come a long way since it first landed back in January 2013. Just take a look at the BlackBerry 10 Master change log we've put together. BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 brings a lot of really...

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