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BlackBerry Unveils ‘Motion’ All-Screen Smartphone at GITEX

Made by TCL, BlackBerry has unveiled its latest ‘Motion’ smartphone during the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, which ditches the physical keyboard in favour of a 5.5" touch display and a huge battery. The handset runs on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform, and will be initially sold in Middle Eastern markets for roughly US $460. Pricing and availability for...

BlackBerry Smartphone Market Share Has Reached 0%: Gartner

According to a new report from Gartner, BlackBerry is now capturing 0.0 percent of the worldwide smartphone market. The report notes that Apple has just passed Samsung as the world's top smartphone seller. Gartner shows Canadian smartphone company BlackBerry, once the king of the mobile phone crowd, is now taking in 0.0481 percent of the...

BlackBerry to Open an Autonomous Driving Research Center

BlackBerry has today announced the opening of an autonomous driving research center, in an effort "to make itself an indispensable under-the-hood piece” in the growing self-driving sector of the automotive industry, Reuters is reporting. The publication notes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also attend the launch of Ontario-based company’s new research center, although BlackBerry has declined to reveal any details. The...

BlackBerry Exec Corrects Bloomberg Story on Apple’s Car Plans

Marty Beard, Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, has posted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, regarding a recent Bloomberg story which cited Apple hiring away QNX engineers to work on their car plans in Canada. His response--titled "Bloomberg Corrected"--was published because “once again the tech hype cycle is getting ahead of reality." When Bloomberg said "Apple’s moves...

BlackBerry Abandons Making Own Hardware As Revenues Decline

In line with expectations outlined by several analysts, BlackBerry's CEO John Chen has decided to pull the plug on the company's hardware business. The move was anticipated after Chen's takeover, as he sought to turn the company around and into profit by expanding its portfolio of higher-margin mobile software and services to business and government...

The U.S. Senate Finally Ditches BlackBerries for iPhones

According to a report by Time Magazine, the security obsessed U.S. Senate’s IT department unit has finally told the administrative staff that it has some 600 BlackBerry devices left in stock, and once they’re gone, staffers will have to move on. Instead staffers will be offered select iPhone or Android devices, according to an internal U.S. Senate memo, which also...

Report: BlackBerry Routinely Hands Over BBM Messages to Assist Police

A new report from CBC News suggests BlackBerry has been "enthusiastically" helping law enforcement agencies across dozens of countries. An investigation conducted by CBC News found that a "specialized unit" inside BlackBerry has been cooperating with law enforcement agencies for years. In fact, the publication cited "a number of insiders" who confirmed the findings and...

PayPal Discontinues Apps for Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire

In an official blog post, PayPal has announced that it will be discontinuing its official apps for Microsoft Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle Fire and Blackberry users on June 30 (via CNET). The announcement also notes that all iOS and Android users using older versions of the PayPal mobile app will be required to upgrade to version 6.0, starting...

RCMP Have BlackBerry’s Encryption Key, Over 1M Messages Intercepted

There was a time when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Canada's federal police force) had backdoor access to encrypted BlackBerry messages, Vice Canada reports. During that time, the RCMP intercepted and decrypted "over one million" BlackBerry messages. To understand how the RCMP did that, you need to understand how BlackBerry's encryption works: It encrypts BBM...

BlackBerry to Kill BB10, Launch Mid-Range Android Handsets in 2016

In an interview with The National, BlackBerry chief executive John Chen has revealed that the company is planning to switch its focus back to mid-range smartphone market, and that it will be launching two mid-range Android handsets this year. Mr. Chen also admitted that Blackberry Priv, the Waterloo-based firm's most recent flagship Android device, was priced too high for...