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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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Un-carrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

Uncarrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

T-Mobile is announcing music freedom as part of its Uncarrier 6 announcement today. With 67 percent of music streamers listening to music on their mobile devices, T-Mobile's un-CEO John Legere says that he doesn't want users to limit their streaming due to fears of overages. As such, streaming from all the major music streaming services won't count against your data limit as part of Uncarrier 6...

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BlackBerry earnings are on tap for tomorrow!

BlackBerry earnings are on tap for tomorrow!

First thing tomorrow morning BlackBerry will report Q1 results. It should be a great conference call since the company has officially launched the Jakarta phone and they've announced support for Amazon's app store in OS 10.3, which I think could go a long way to resolving many of the most common consumer complaints. But more on that in a separate piece. As a reminder, last quarter...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks with Fox Business about Amazon deal

BlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks with Fox Business about Amazon deal

With the BlackBerry and Amazon announcement now out there, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been doing a few rounds with the media to answer some questions on the matter. Speaking with Fox Business News, John Chen offered some further insight into what's happening with the deal, what he expects to get out of the deal and how Amazon can help BlackBerry in the long run. Watch the latest video at...

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BlackBerry 'C-Series' appears once again in some glorious photos

BlackBerry 'C-Series' appears once again in some glorious photos

It's starting to look as though a small bevy of unreleased BlackBerry devices has been found. Earlier we saw the entry-level Kopi appear on eBay and now we're getting a really excellent look at what's more commonly referred to as the 'C-Series', Cafe, Americano or even though I hate to refer to it as this, the BlackBerry Z5. The device has been spotted many times now but this is the first time...

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BlackBerry Z3 reportedly set to be announced for India on June 25th

BlackBerry Z3 reportedly set to be announced for India on June 25th

With BlackBerry Z3 sales reportedly going well in Indonesia, the next stop appears to be India according to several reports seemingly confirming the event. The launch has been rumored for a few days now but more of the Indian press has picked up on the matter giving it a slight bit more credibility. According to The Times of India and several other outlets, invites have been sent out for the...

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A little update on Thursday's BlackBerry Earnings and AGM coverage!

AGM

Just a quick update for all the CrackBerry readers out there who are going to be paying close attention this Thursday to BlackBerry's earnings report and Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. I originally planned on making the trip to Waterloo for the event as I have the past three years so I could attend the AGM in person. Unfortunately, turns out I forgot I have my own AGM to attend on...

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BBM Protected support docs, training courses and more now available

BBM Protected support docs, training courses and more now available

Feeling a bit nerdy? Want to know all you can about BBM Protected? If so, you can now head on over to the BlackBerry site and scoop up as much info on BBM Protected as you can handle. All of the support documents, frequently asked questions and even training documentation has now been posted for your perusal. I've not gone through a lot of it as of yet, but the FAQ is really long and hits on...

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Jannah Hotels and Resorts deploys BBM to staff to increase efficiency

The BBM team has been on a roll as of late with big brands signing on for BBM Channels, the roll out of BBM Protect and having won 'Best Mobile Chat App' in Indonesia but they've now also scored another prime placement within Abu Dhabi-based Jannah Hotels & Resorts. The hotel chain announced all employees including room attendants, engineers and management team have been equipped with...

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