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All posts tagged "blackberry"

  • BlackBerry acquires WatchDox to bolster enterprise security operations

    BlackBerry has always excelled in providing its users with security and encryption capabilities and with this latest acquisition in its bag, the Canadian communications company is bolstering its reputation. BlackBerry has bought WatchDox Ltd, a company founded in 2008, fostering with the acquisition its shift towards software. WatchDox is a data security company with headquarters in California and research and development facilities in Israel. It offers secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions that allow users to protect, share and work with their files on any device. WatchDox platform is such that it secures documents that can be shared among co-workers and...

  • BlackBerry says apps should work on all mobile operating systems

    Do you ever feel limited by your Apple, Android or Microsoft ecosystem? Well, you're not alone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen feels that exclusive applications and content for different mobile operating systems are discriminatory, and should thus cater for all ecosystems if true net neutrality is to be achieved. In a blog post Chen uses the analogy of a train system, saying that most of the discussion involving net neutrality focuses on the carriers which represents the tracks. The railway cars, Chen argues, are operated by content and applications. Neutrality legislation must take a "holistic view", he says. If we are...

  • The Z3 could benefit from BlackBerry’s African dominance

    BlackBerry might not be the cool kid in developed markets, but it sure as hell is in a number of other places. Recent figures by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners put the longtime mobile developer at the bottom of total US market share for Q4 2013. What's worse, it was hardly a dip from the previous year. Actual blackberries (the fruit) may be more popular right now. The firm still contends against products like Window's Phone, however, selling almost two-million units that same quarter. Where those units are is interesting: BlackBerry owns nearly a quarter of the mobile market in South Africa...

  • 10 pieces of consumer tech that have transformed PR over the past decade

    While we may not yet have the hover boards, flying cars and self-lacing shoes promised in 80s cult movie Back To The Future, the past 10 years have seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of cool, useful tech products and services that have made the life of the modern PR so much easier. Some among us may remember a time before mobile phones, when we had no way of keeping in touch with important calls after hours. Or even worse, who remembers a time when press releases were printed and hand-delivered (in a personalised manila envelope no less)? Since our...

  • Can BlackBerry really find stability, lock up enterprise? [CES2014]

    On the fringes of the world’s largest technology showcase, CES in Las Vegas, BlackBerry’s new CEO laid out his plan for the ailing former giant of mobile communications. Addressing journalists from a number of emerging market countries, which are key for Blackberry, as they are the only ones showing any growth, John Chen appeared comfortable and confident. “I like the keyboard”, Chen stated before revealing that we will likely see some high-end devices from the Waterloo-based company soon. That one sentence clearly highlights the disconnect at BlackBerry. Keyboards are good, keyboards are fast, and keyboards are almost obsolete as an...

  • BlackBerry blunders to magnificent Marissa: 2013’s biggest winners and losers in tech

    The year 2013 has been a big year of highs and lows for the tech industry. We’ve seen some great start-ups hit the big league this year. At the same time we’ve seen the fall and demise of a few giants in the industry. Looking back through the year, here’s a few winners and losers that we thought stood out: Losers of 2013 1. BlackBerry After years of development and promise, Blackberry finally launched its OS10 edition along with two great phones: the Q10 and the Z10. The only problem is their phones were five years late. If these phones were...

  • Here’s the problem with research that shows BlackBerry is still growing

    The Mobility 2014 survey, released at the end of November, showed that BlackBerry had overtaken Samsung in South Africa. BlackBerry users had increased from 18% to 23% of the market since 2012, while the number of Samsung users had stayed pretty much constant at 19% (up from 18%). Of course, this has elicited some proper OMG/WTF-type reporting from sites like BGR and ZDNet. That kind of dramatic market share increase is actually logical and easy to explain. Any research of this type is – by definition – backward looking. The fieldwork for this survey would’ve surely been done closer...

  • Looks like Lenovo really did want to buy BlackBerry

    Looking back at BlackBerry's rapid descent into ignominy, there are plenty of could have beens. The biggest of all them all -- interest in a buyout from Lenovo -- was long dismissed as rumour. It turns out though that the Chinese tech giant may actually have been interested in acquiring the embattled Canadian mobile manufacturer. As AllThingsD reports, at one stage, Lenovo actually signed a non-disclosure agreement that allowed it to see BlackBerry's books with an eye toward acquisition. But, reports the Globe and Mail, the deal was hamstrung by the Canadian government's fears around security. Lawmakers apparently feared...

  • Feed the CEO to the wolves! Raise $1bn! That solves everything for BlackBerry! (except it doesn’t)

    Let’s be honest. Fairfax was never going to be able to raise the US$4.7-billion it needed to take BlackBerry private. And let’s remember: the buyout didn’t really solve anything. BlackBerry wasn’t suddenly going to be on the front foot overnight. It would’ve only served to take the painful surgery out of the public eye (much like Michael Dell’s smartly engineered Dell buyout). As the death spiral now accelerates, BlackBerry’s followed the playbook perfectly (excuse the pun)... it's thrown its CEO to the wolves. Of course, the biggest irony in this move is that Thorsten Heins had very little to do with the...

  • BlackBerry’s $4.7 billion buyout bid fails, CEO Thorsten Heins steps down

    Well, there goes that potential acquisition... and the CEO. Embattled smartphone giant BlackBerry announced today that its buyout plans with shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings had fallen through, after the agreed upon deadline expired. Instead of its proposed US$4.7-billion acquisition plan, BlackBerry will be looking to raise US$1-billion in funding through the placement of convertible debentures -- US$250 000 of which will come from Fairfax. In addition to that, Thorsten Heins will resign both from his seat on BlackBerry's board and as CEO once the deal is finalised in around two weeks. Former chairman and CEO of enterprise software and...

  • Here’s the problem with BBM for Android and iPhone

    BlackBerry is understandably making a big deal about the 10-million downloads of BBM for iPhone and Android it saw in the first 24 hours. That’s a massive number. Compare it with the previous unofficial record set by Angry Birds Space, which saw 10-million downloads over three days when it was released in 2012. Welcome BBM for #Android & #iPhone users! More than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours: http://t.co/Mft7h6PFtq— BBM (@BBM) October 22, 2013 But, there are a few problems with the 10 million number... It doesn’t yet put BBM as a platform back into a strong growth position....

  • Apple freebies, #Music killed and Capt America back: #StuffToKnow this week

    So Apple is giving away its desktop operating system for free, but you'll still have to fork out for a thinner, lighter iPad. The site they shutdown the US government for keeps crashing. Mark Zuckerburg could make Scrooge McDuck envious of his money pit and Twitter turned off the mic of the #Music app before it even had a chance to walk on stage. TECH From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple's fall event Okay so nothing really impressive, the only substantial announcement as far as new gadgets go would be the iPad Air which is...

  • BlackBerry says it didn’t post all those positive BBM reviews, promise

    Thought all those reviews thanking the BlackBerry team for the "user friendly and smooth" BBM app for Android were a bit suspicious? You're not the only one. BlackBerry has been quick to distance itself from any shady suggestions after some journalists and tech bloggers raised questions about the volume and type of reviews its app was racking up on Google Play. As one blogger pointed out, the official BBM app for Android seems to be gathering not only a high number of high 5-star rankings, but the descriptions accompanying those reviews look very similar... in fact, almost as though...

  • 4 reasons why BlackBerry will die in Indonesia, but BBM will survive

    While the rollout of BBM for iOS and Android is great news for a lot of Indonesians who can now communicate with their BBM-using friends on Android and iOS, the same cannot be said for the fate of BlackBerry’s hardware. BBM can retain crown Despite its late arrival cross-platform and many other setbacks, I still believe BBM can retain its title of Indonesia’s king of messaging apps. The three reasons are simple: First, BBM is still the number one messaging app in the country, and that can still draw in new users from the ‘network effect’. Second, BBM is used by many merchants...

  • In one day, BBM for Android and iPhone was downloaded 10 million times

    Yes, we knew the launch of BlackBerry's popular chat app on Android and iPhone was going to be big -- c'mon, the unreleased version had more than a million users and it was just a leak -- but 5-million downloads eight hours after the official apps were released is seriously impressive. Even crazier? The fact that BlackBerry saw 10-million downloads in the first 24 hours after the launch. Yes, that's the latest figure out of Waterloo, with BlackBerry Messenger head Andrew Bocking revealing that the company has already clocked more than 10-million downloads of its cross-platform messaging app (which...