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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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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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