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Good Start: BBM already topping the Top Free iPhone Apps chart!

BBM #1

Here's an image I've been wanting to see for over three years now. We've been clamoring on CrackBerry that RIM should put BlackBerry Messenger (now pronounced as "BlackBerry should put BBM") on other mobile platforms, and if they did it would easily top the free downloads charts. If people weren't going to buy a BlackBerry phone, at least you could be at the top of the competition's app stores,...

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Holy Sh!t I'm finally writing an Editor's Desk post!

Holy Sh!t I'm finally writing an Editor's Desk post!

Forgive me CrackBerry Nation, for I have sinned... my last From the Editor's Desk post was September 10th....... which is frak'n CRAZY! For those who follow me across social channels (Twitter / G+ / Instagram) or in the CrackBerry Forums, you know I've been as busy as ever (maybe more busy?!), which has had me hitting the publish button on far fewer CrackBerry articles than I'd ideally like to....

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Take the Talk Mobile You survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

With Mobile You, the final week of Talk Mobile 2013 done, it's time for another survey, because we just love quantifiable data here. These surveys have helped us learn more about you and how you use your devices, as well as giving us the data to build awesome infographics for gaming and keyboards. Bringing together everything we from across all of Talk Mobile, Mobile You week was just...

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Simon Sage at CBC

Rotund with turkey and other Thanksgiving goodness, I rolled myself downtown last night to talk with CBC to talk about the open letter BlackBerry plans to put into newspapers today. They only used a small snippet of our conversation, and spent more time on background and talking with folks on the streets of Toronto, but you can find my bit at the 4:40 mark in the video below. To be honest, my...

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Four things that have me longing for my BlackBerry after using the Galaxy S4

Four things that have me longing for my BlackBerry after using the Galaxy S4

Almost two weeks ago I ventured out during Toronto weekend shopping traffic to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4. My plan was to swap over to this Android phone for a while since I’d never really spend any time with the mobile OS that has more market share than any other. It has been a glaring hole in my knowledge base, and needed to be corrected. Since I’m not even two weeks into this little experiment...

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TOPP

When companies acquire other companies, it's usually for one or more of a few reasons, including: to grow market share (and take out a competitor a long the way), to acquire technology and/or to acquire talent. Nearly three years ago, BlackBerry (RIM at the time) acquired a company out of Sweden that the tech world knew as The Astonishing Tribe, or TAT. Now known within BlackBerry as "BlackBerry...

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What do Apple’s former CEO comments really mean for BlackBerry?

What do Apple’s former CEO comments really mean for BlackBerry?

Yesterday CNBC Asia’s “Squawk Box” had an interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley. Those of you reading the tech news may have already seen an article (or a thousand) quoting Sculley in reference to BlackBerry. Here’s what he said: "The challenge is you can't sell a phone for $700 in most of the world, so there has to be some real rationalization on the device side of the business...If...

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Rogers faces heavy backlash after deciding not to carry the BlackBerry Z30

The news of Rogers deciding to not carry the BlackBerry Z30 admittedly was a bit surprising. After all, the company has long been a supporter of BlackBerry and was among the first carriers to launch the devices back in the early days of RIM but as the news is spreading and gaining more attention, it seems a lot of folks are letting Rogers know their decision might not have been the best one....

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Vector 13: Kevin Michaluk on what happened to BlackBerry - the full transcript!

Last weekend, just moments before the Globe & Mail published their factually challenged article on BlackBerry, I had the opportunity to sit down and get the real scoop from Kevin Michaluk, someone uniquely in position to give us a much better, much fairer accounting of what exactly happened with BlackBerry. You can find the audio again, below, and for the first time, here's the complete...

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BlackBerry Z30 design with senior VP Todd Wood

BlackBerry Z30 design with senior VP Todd Wood

BlackBerry's senior VP of design, Todd Wood, kicked off his talk about the Z30 by looking at tennis rackets. It obviously seemed like a weird analogy at first, but when he showed how over the course of three generations, the rackets got larger, it meant the sweet spot for hitting the ball had grown. Similarly, Todd saw the Z30's 38% increase in screen real estate as an equivalent growth in sweet...

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A few takeaways from the latest BlackBerry SEC filing

A few takeaways from the latest BlackBerry SEC filing

Only twelve days ago BlackBerry pre-announced weak Q2 results, followed by a weekend deal with Fairfax Financial ahead of the normally scheduled financial results conference call that was to take place this past Friday. As followers of the stock are well aware, BlackBerry canceled its conference call and published it’s results without giving analysts a chance to ask questions. As happens every...

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BlackBerry's Alec Saunders: "We're definitely not going away"

Alec Saunders

We caught up with Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations, at BlackBerry Jam Asia to gauge the sentiment of local developers and figure out how BlackBerry's developer strategy is evolving. If you watched the keynote, you'll certainly notice that the overall angle was new. OS 10.2 has been in the hands of developers for awhile, so Jam Asia wasn't so much about launching new tools, but rather...

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BlackBerry's Marty Mallick talks about Instagram and other big players on BB10

The most persistent question I've been getting about BlackBerry Jam Asia has been "How's the mood?" There's certainly a cloud of non-developer news looming over this developer conference, but surprisingly few people are getting wet from the rain, though they certainly aren't oblivious to the weather. Marty Mallick heads up alliances with major developers to get them on BlackBerry 10, which at...

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An inside look at BlackBerry - from the 'iPhone killer' to SMS 2.0

An inside look at BlackBerry - from the 'iPhone killer' to SMS 2.0

The Globe and Mail has posted an extensive report that takes a look deep inside BlackBerry and examines much of the direction of the company for the last few years. While all the talk lately is about the sale of BlackBerry, lackluster Z10 numbers and cross-platform BBM, the report looks at much more of what went on inside the company. Most notably it looks at some of the bigger decisions for...

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My thoughts on the BlackBerry Q2 results released this morning

My thoughts on the BlackBerry Q2 results released this morning

This morning BlackBerry published its Q2 fiscal 2014 financial results by way of press release. They’ve made what I believe is a horrible decision to skip the usual conference call. My understanding is their SEC filing with management discussion and analysis (MD&A) will be out next week. This leaves me with less information than I’d like to base my analysis on. As usual, I’m going to tell it...

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Talking with inventor of BBM about PC, iOS, and Android rollouts

Gary Klassen

  Talking with Gary Klassen is always so refreshing. He has this child-like glee that sparkles in his eye at least once every conversation. Even at hard times like this for BlackBerry, he manages to keep this spirit alive. In fact, I bet he secretly relishes the challenge of a dramatic (and some say impossible) turnaround. As you might expect, most of my questions with Gary revolved around BBM,...

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Thinking big with the world's most prolific app developer, S4BB

Thinking big with the world's most prolific app developer, S4BB

Last month there was a big stink about a single developer accounting for about 47,000 apps in BlackBerry World - roughly a third of the total catalog count at last tally. Lots of press painted a picture of a manufacturer that encouraged low-quality, spammy developers to beef up their numbers and ultimately project an inflated sense of health in the app ecosystem. Even outside of the BlackBerry...

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"Apple layoffs: Painful but necessary"

"Apple layoffs: Painful but necessary"

This was the exact same headline that appeared on this SFGate article on March 15th, 1997. Over the past few days I have noticed links to this article pop-up a bunch on social networks and in our CrackBerry forums. Looking at where Apple is today not only in the mobile space, but also as one of the biggest companies in the world (in terms of revenue), it's almost hard to believe a headline like...

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Game on: Google search trends shows BBM has a real shot at scoring in the multi-platform Instant Messaging game

Long time readers of CrackBerry know I'm a big fan of analytics and have often looked to Google Trends to gain insight into the demand for things like phones and apps. For the most part, looking at Google Trends data over the years has provided a pretty good representation of actual demand over time in the mobile realm, especially when comparing multiple items in a similar category. With BBM's ...

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BlackBerry and Fairfax: What happens now?

BlackBerry and Fairfax:  What happens now?

For obvious reasons we’ve been covering the story of BlackBerry and Fairfax quite hard this week. When the news broke on Monday I wrote up my initial thoughts in this editorial and I thought it would be worth coming back today with some additional thoughts and details. There are a lot of questions from all of you, and there is a lot of misunderstanding about how the markets work, which I’ll also...

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