In the shadow of Apple's battle with the FBI over encryption, BlackBerry reiterated their stance on security and encryption. It's a nuanced position: compliance with legal requests but also protecting their customers' privacy.
BlackBerry has now confirmed a new round of layoffs has impacted a small number of employees in Waterloo and Sunrise, Florida. In a statement issued by BlackBerry, the exact number of employees impacted by the layoffs was not given but notes this is the continuation of the company turnaround plan.
BlackBerry has launched a special winter sale, allowing people who buy the BlackBerry Passport, Passport Silver Edition or the BlackBerry Priv to get a free accessory bundle worth up to $99. The Passport also has a price cut of $20 during the sale, along with a $30 price cut for the Passport Silver Edition.
T-Mobile has revealed the pricing for its version of the BlackBerry Priv, which will go on sale on January 26. The carrier will offer the Android-based smartphone for $719.99 up front, or for $0 down and $30 a month for 24 months. There's also the option of paying $34 a month for 18 months under the carrier's JUMP! On Demand program.