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BlackBerry 'Mercury' to get official announcement in late Feb at MWC

posted onJanuary 24, 2017
by l33tdawg

While we still don't officially know the new name of BlackBerry's forthcoming device (code name: Mercury), we will soon enough, as BlackBerry teased the announcement in a short video tweeted from the company's official Twitter account. The new device will be formally launched on February 25 in Barcelona, the Saturday before the official start of Mobile World Congress 2017 on the 27th.

Blackberry invests in driverless cars

posted onDecember 20, 2016
by l33tdawg

BlackBerry is going to write a cheque  for $75 million to invest in a new autonomous vehicle testing hub over several years.

The company’s chief executive John Chen  said the smartphone pioneer was looking  elsewhere for growth and most of its cash was going on engineering jobs.

BlackBerry Unveils DTEK50, 'World's Most Secure Android Smartphone'

posted onJuly 26, 2016
by l33tdawg

Priced considerably lower than BlackBerry's first Android phone, the new DTEK50 is being touted by the Canadian firm as "the world's most secure Android smartphone." Available for pre-ordering today, the $299 DTEK50 is set to ship on August 8.

Faced with steadily declining sales of phones running its proprietary BlackBerry operating system, the company last year came out with its first-ever Android smartphone, the $699 Priv. Aimed at security-conscious professionals, the Priv has seen disappointing sales, which CEO John Chen blamed on the device's steep pricetag.

Blackberry debates killing off handsets

posted onJune 24, 2016
by l33tdawg

It looks like Blackberry has placed its handsets production onto death row and, failing a last minute appeal, could be headed for silicon heaven soon.

Chief Executive John Chen said a decision would be made by September on the future of the unit, which has suffered a sustained drop in sales in recent quarters.

Blackberry baffled by Dutch police claims to have cracked phone encryption

posted onJanuary 13, 2016
by l33tdawg

Claims by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) that it has successfully decrypted emails stored on Blackberry smartphones have caused bafflement at the Canadian firm.

Documents seen by Dutch blog Crime News show the NFI claiming to have decrypted 275 out of 325 emails encrypted with PGP from a handset in their possession. The NFI reportedly used software from Israeli firm Cellebrite to crack the encryption.

BlackBerry says no to Pakistan’s backdoor ultimatum

posted onDecember 1, 2015
by l33tdawg

In response to a demand for backdoor access to its enterprise messaging products, BlackBerry is completely pulling out of the Pakistan market. The announcement comes as a ban on providing BlackBerry Enterprise Services over mobile networks in Pakistan was due to take effect today.

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

posted onJuly 24, 2015
by l33tdawg

BlackBerry on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity.

BlackBerry considers releasing Android phone, says report

posted onJune 12, 2015
by l33tdawg

BlackBerry may be looking to Google's Android operating system to power an upcoming smartphone.

The struggling smartphone maker could run Android on an "upcoming slider device" that will likely be released this fall, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources "familiar with the matter." The smartphone would, according to Reuters, combine a touchscreen with a slide-out keyboard that people could use if they prefer.