Posts tagged with: Blackberry
  • 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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  • by | November 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    BlackBerry has not been in the best shape lately, and the past couple months have been dominated not by stories of the new Z30 launching, but of efforts to sell-off the company to investors. By late September, we got word of the first real-sounding deal, with an offer by Fairfax Financial to acquire the company for $4.7 billion. Even with the plan on the table, we kept hearing about the possibilities of alternate offers from other interested parties, including a group led by co-founder Mike Lazaridis – one way or another, it sounded like a deal was happening. That's what makes this ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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  • by | October 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    BlackBerry's future is very much uncertain at this point; who knows what will become of the company another year for now, much less who will own it? Still, as long as BlackBerry's still around, carriers continue to show support for BlackBerry 10, and recently we've been looking at efforts to bring the Z30 to Verizon. Over the weekend, a press render of the smartphone for the carrier leaked, and just in time, too – today, Verizon makes things official, announcing its US exclusive on the Z30. We know, the Z30 itself has been on the books for over a month now, but this will mark its ...

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  • by | October 27, 2013 4:19 AM

    Announced on September 18, the BlackBerry Z30 visited the FCC, unveiling LTE bands, at the end of the same month. The phone might be available in some markets outside of the US, but we're now seeing a leak which suggests Verizon is getting ready to add the latest from Canada to its line-up. Aside from the Verizon branding on the front, as well as on the back -- where it is accompanied by the carrier's obligatory 4G LTE callout -- we're not seeing any differences in terms of aspect from its unbranded sibling. Those waiting for the Verizon BlackBerry Z30 should expect a phone that packs a ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 6:30 AM

    Just a couple of weeks ago, we all waited and forgot about BBM reaching iOS and Android, since first of all it didn't happen, and second, it's not like if we had any buddies left in the platform. The company has gained and lost buyers in the last couple of weeks, and it all seemed like if the cross-platform BBM project was silently abandoned in favor of securing an economic future. All the drama came to an end two days ago, or at least part of it, as the app was finally launched on both iOS and Android at the same time, and if you thought that people didn't really care about BBM, think ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HTC's recent executive changes, which include their Chairwoman now taking on some of the CEO's roles. Nokia is next as we talk about all the leaks of the Lumia 1520, Treasure Tag and Nokia Guru. Apple follows as we talk about some rumors of a possible iPad type cover coming tomorrow. Sony follows as the Xperia Z1S gets leaked and will bring a smaller phone with flagship specs. We end today's show talking about BBM for iOS and Android launching today. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang to take over some of ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    It seems like the past couple months of BlackBerry news have been dominated by two main stories, neither of which painted the company in a particularly favorable light: we had all the business concerning plans to sell off the company, as well as the totally botched cross-platform BlackBerry messenger launch. BlackBerry blamed the issue on users attempting to connect to the service early by means of leaked client apps – though if they couldn't handle even that demand, we're unsure how the company expected its servers to survive an official launch. In any case, BlackBerry quickly shuttered ...

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