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Blackberry is making an Android phone

As has long been rumoured, troubled smartphone manufacturer Blackberry is making the jump to Android. VentureBeat reports that the company has confirmed that it plans to launch a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry security”. The device itself is called Priv and stays …

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Chen argues that net neutrality should force Apple to make Blackberry apps

Blackberry CEO John Chen has tried to argue that President Obama’s recent net neutrality rulings should have wider implications for the technology sector. Specifically, in a bizarre open letter Chen has claimed that as well as having an open internet, we should also have open platforms – meaning he believes …

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Android claimed 84.7% smartphone sales share in Q2 2014

84.7 per cent of smartphones shipped worldwide in the quarter ending June 2014 used Google’s Android operating system. That’s up from 79.6 per cent in the same quarter a year before, IDC data claims. iOS claimed a market share of 11.7 per cent, down from 13 per cent the year …

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Chen denies Blackberry could ditch handset business

The boss of beleaguered smartphone company Balckberry has denied telling a news agency that it could quit the handset business. Reuters yesterday quoted John Chen as saying that "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business". However, in a personal blog post Chen …

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Buoyant Blackberry boss says iPhone users are "wall huggers"

Having been defeated by Apple in more or less aspect of its business, Blackberry has decided to mock its rival over the iPhone’s battery life. Yahoo reports that chief executive John Chen told conference attendees that he calls [iPhone owners] wall huggers” due to their need to stay near a …

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Blackberry loses Global Creative Director (who is Alicia Keys)

The Global Creative Director at Blackberry has left the company. That, of course, was singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. Keys was hired by the firm in January of last year and throughout her ‘tenure’ has resided over a spectacular fall from grace for the smartphone firm that suffered a 56 per cent …

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Fairfax’s $5bn Blackberry acquisition terms altered as Heins finally steps down

The proposed sale of troubled phone specialist Blackberry to Fairfax Financial Holdings has been scrapped. It was revealed last month that Fairfax had in principle agreed to acquire the company for $4.75bn. However, that announcement came with the proviso that both parties were able to walk away before November 4th. …

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Blackberry releases open letter as it tries to calm the nerves

With a dark cloud of uncertainty hanging over it, Blackberry has released an open letter in which it has tried to reassure the world that everything will be fine. You can continue to count on BlackBerry,” it insists. How do we know? We have substantial cash on hand and a …

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