Posts tagged with: Blackberry
  • by | January 7, 2014 4:10 PM

    We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the BlackBerry 10 launch – a year that BlackBerry probably wishes it could forget, if not just get a do-over. Neither the platform nor its hardware really resonated with the public in the way it needed to, and as a result, the company nearly ceased to exist. But now BlackBerry has found itself a second (third?) wind, got itself a new CEO, and is committed to moving forward with making smartphones. If you were a big fan of the progress the company made away from its hardware keyboard roots this year with models like the Z10 or the new Z30, ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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  • by | December 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners! Update: It's been just about one month since our year-end readers' poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we've heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we're going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we're setting an end point for this all: you have ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 12:58 AM

    We're slowly leaving another year behind us, and what a year 2013 was! We couldn't have asked for more, yet, we're excitedly looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring, and we know it's going to be even better. Smartphones, tablets, phablets, curved screens, convertibles, fingerprint readers, acquisitions, companies rising, falling, and I've just realized I could fill the entire page with keywords descriptive for 2013. It's a Pocketnow tradition to look back, every year end, at what happened, good or bad, and, of course, forward, to what we think we can foresee for the year to come. ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    One fact that's emerged from all the events surrounding the BlackBerry buy-out deal that fell through, the decision to keep on going with its existing business, and the move to new leadership has been that BlackBerry refuses to go down without a fight. While we see OEMs on other platforms continue to dazzle us with advanced model after advanced model, pushing limits every chance they get, BlackBerry has seemed content to keep pushing forward at its own pace. It's clear that the company still wants to keep making handsets, but a lot of talk about its future has focused on its enterprise ...

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  • by | November 28, 2013 9:00 AM

    So you've decided to spring for a special gift this holiday season - either for a romantic partner, a family member, or yourself (you heel). Shunning more mainstream ideas like a quadrocopter or that perennial snooze-fest, the necktie, you've opted to give the gift of communication this year. You're buying a smartphone, despite how many hassles you're bound to run into when altering a wireless contract that's not in your name, and dealing with sales reps who may or may not be lying to your face. You're in for quite a trip. But that's not the end of your challenges. Because you, ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 1:07 PM

    This past spring, BlackBerry announced BBM Channels, a new social extension to BlackBerry Messenger, letting users create pages of their own content – the titular Channels – that others can then subscribe to. It's been in beta testing on BlackBerry platforms ever since, but today we finally see the company pull all the stops and go forward with plans to leave the Beta Zone, bringing BBM Channels to all its users. Actually, it hasn't happened just yet, but it's been confirmed for today, and availability should be just a couple hours away. Both BlackBerry 10 and classic BBOS users will ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 10:16 AM

    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    BlackBerry, the company now has a new CEO after not deal was finalized, and which reportedly plans to use quad-core chips and 1080p screens in the future, is continuously undergoing changes, as part of its reorganization. According to a recent press release, a couple of executives are leaving the company. Abandoning ship are Kristian Tear, Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer. Furthermore, the Chief Financial Officer position will be fulfilled by James Yersh, who will replace the current CFO, Brian Bidulka, who will serve as "a special advisor to the CEO ...

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  • by | November 24, 2013 5:02 PM

    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering alternatives to the popular flagships in the market, it's always good to know what's worth your money, and what's not. We don't blame you for wanting to try some of the new products in the market at the moment, but for their price, it's not like if it's inexpensive to just try something new. We know a lot of you are still on the ropes trying to decide what to buy this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap, or if you're wanting a tablet upgrade as well. 2013 has shown just how great technology ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 1:16 PM

    BlackBerry refuses to die. The company has managed to side-step the once seemingly overwhelming threat of having to sell itself off, is fixing itself up with a new CEO, and despite all the setbacks it's faced, plans to continue on making smartphones. We just saw the BlackBerry Z30 launch in recent weeks, but what about further down the road – where might BlackBerry hardware go from here? It could be a long while before we see some new BB handsets, but some new rumors attempt to give us a little preview of what to expect. First up, there's the so-called Z50, which may be next year's ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    For what seems like the hundredth time to date, the rumors of BlackBerry's demise may have been a bit premature. Don't get us wrong; the company seems farther away than ever from being able to recapture its former glory, but we now know it intends to solider on, rather than slicing itself up and selling off to the highest bidder. As the story of BlackBerry the company continues, so too does that of its phones, and today we get some additional details of how its latest will arrive. Late last month, we saw Verizon announce the BlackBerry Z30. The five-incher was set to start selling sometime ...

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  • by | November 5, 2013 2:50 AM

    Well, the BlackBerry buyout didn't happen after all; instead, Fairfax will pay out $250M of BlackBerry’s debt and will secure $750M in similar investments from other parties, which accounts for a total of $1B for BlackBerry. Oh, and there's also a new CEO: John Chen. According to a recent Reuters report, the new CEO not only believes in the BlackBerry handset, but has no intention of ditching it. We'll likely see more BlackBerry-branded phones in the future, as Chen expressed his belief that "we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business. I have done this ...

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  • by | November 4, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent BlackBerry shake-up, which includes a new CEO, and more funding. Samsung is next as we talk about their smartphone strategy plans for 2014. Nokia follows the news as we go through their future 8-inch tablet project. Then the Google Nexus takes the spotlight as we go through our unboxing, our giveaway, and some probable reports of another Nexus tablet. We end today's show talking about the Moto G event, and the future of the wooden Moto X. All this and more after the break. - Google Nexus 5 Giveaway: Stories: - No BlackBerry buyout: ...

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