• First Foxconn-Built BlackBerry Gets Certified for February Unveil

    First Foxconn-Built BlackBerry Gets Certified for February Unveil

    It was not too long ago that BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced a manufacturing agreement with long-time Apple supplier Foxconn; Foxconn has long been rumored to release their own handsets, and this opportunity could potentially be a fruitful one. The first Foxconn-made BlackBerry is now set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress later this month sporting OS 10.2, which has just received certification (internally the device is known as Jakarta STJ100-1)–and we’ll have more on the handset when the device is officially revealed.

     
  • BlackBerry Looking to Sell Massive Amount of Real Estate

    BlackBerry Looking to Sell Massive Amount of Real Estate

    Something is up BlackBerry’s sleeve, because the company is looking to sell more than 3 million square feet of its real estate holdings; in fact, the report is raising a lot of questions as to whether the company will keep its roots firmly planted in Canada (most of the company’s real estate is held in Waterloo, although it also has offices in Toronto and other parts of Ontario). CEO John Chen said in a statement: “BlackBerry remains committed to being headquartered in Waterloo and having a strong presence in Canada along with other global hubs. This initiative will further enhance BlackBerry’s financial flexibility, and will provide additional resources to support our operations as our business continues to evolve.”

     
  • Is BlackBerry About to Accept Native Android Apps? Apparently So…

    Is BlackBerry About to Accept Native Android Apps? Apparently So…

    BlackBerry is aggressively working on the next update to their v10 Operating System–and the latest report says they will start accepting Android apps. This is a major milestone for the Canadian company; as we all know, the largest barrier to entry for devices other than those that run Android and iOS are the lack of apps–and with access to the Google Play marketplace, the BlackBerry ecosystem looks far more attractive overnight. Reportedly, all native Android apps will be listed in a new BB World section. We’ll have more on this story as it develops. Stay tuned…  

     
  • John Chen Takes the Reins of Struggling BlackBerry

    John Chen Takes the Reins of Struggling BlackBerry

    Now that was fast. John Chen is now Blackberry’s man in charge. Former CEO Thorsten Heins stepped aside, making room for new Chief Executive John Chen, who is now responsible for what is arguable one of the most challenging jobs in tech – rebuilding BlackBerry. Chen’s yearly salary of $1 million includes a performance bonus of $2 million to start, and has also been awarded 13 million restricted shares in the company for the work he has to do. This makes Chen’s stake nearly $85 million as the shares divest over the next five years. BlackBerry is undergoing a massive restructuring that will see some 4,500 employees out of work–but Chen has a history of turning around businesses in peril. When Chen joined Sybase in 1998 it was on death’s door; and 13 years later it sold to SAP for $5.8 billion–let’s hope he can do the same for Blackberry.

     
  • BlackBerry Messenger Signs Up 20 Million New Users

    BlackBerry Messenger Signs Up 20 Million New Users

    After its buggered official launch set back the actual launch about a month, BlackBerry Messenger is up and stable with over 20-million new users in one week. BlackBerry said Tuesday that BBM now has 80 million monthly active users; and though the company hasn’t yet said how they plan to make money from this (so we approach this news with tempered enthusiasm), it’s still some positive news the company can sorely use these days.

     
  • Former BlackBerry Owners Looking to Get Back in the Game

    Former BlackBerry Owners Looking to Get Back in the Game

    BlackBerry is up for sale, and the two men who founded the company are interested in taking it back. Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin co-founded RIM back in 1984; and though the company has a takeover bid on the table from Fairfax Financial, they are permitted to entertain other offers. Fairfax is reportedly struggling to meet the required financing to close their $4.7-billion takeover – so others like Lazaridis seem interested. We’ll have more as this story develops–so stay tuned.

     
 

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