1:07 pm on Nov 4, 2013 |
Wow, so this is a bit of a shocker here, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Prem Watsa and his firm Fairfax Financial has backed out of their original offering of taking BlackBerry private, and will not invest $1 billion into the smartphone manufacture. The full press release can be found after the break. Also note that the release goes on to state that the current CEO will be stepping down as of closing tonight, and John S. Chen will be the CEO while the company looks for a successor.
John S. Chen to be Appointed Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Interim CEO; Prem Watsa to be Appointed Lead Director
Company Concludes Review of Strategic Alternatives and Announces Changes to Board and Leadership Team
WATERLOO, ONTARIO and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired - November 04, 2013) – BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) and other institutional investors (collectively, the “Purchasers”) will invest in BlackBerry through a U.S. $1 billion private placement of convertible debentures. Fairfax has agreed to acquire U.S. $250 million principal amount of the Debentures. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.
9:35 am on Sep 23, 2013 |
As you may have heard, BlackBerry was set to launch BBM cross-platform over the weekend. Well, that didn’t really happen. Slightly before the launch of BBM for Android and iOS a leaked version of the software was released onto the internet, says a representative from BlackBerry. The leaked Android version of BBM caused issues during the global rollout, delaying the launch on to Android, then delaying the launch on iOS.
Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.
As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.
As you can see BlackBerry is going full tilt to get this issue resolved, just sucks that they have now missed the promised launch date of the end of summer. Stay tuned as we update you on the launch of BBM for Android and iOS.
Well, it’s been a few weeks since the BlackBerry Q10 launched in Canada and the UK. But, today we are doing the traditional unboxing and hands on video. While this isn’t a full review, it will give you a quick glimps at the latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone to come out of Waterloo Ontario. The BlackBerry Q10 features a 720×720 amoled display, an 8mp 1080p rear camera, and a 2mp front facing camera. Also, there is a dual core snapdragon CPU at the heart of the BlackBerry 10 operation system. Stay tuned for the full review of the BlackBerry Q10.
12:00 pm on May 14, 2013 |
Introhive Launches for BlackBerry 10 Platform
Introhive brings the power of warm introductions to BlackBerry-enabled enterprise sales teams worldwide
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry Live 2013, Orlando, FL – May 14, 2013 – Introhive, the relationship capital company, today announced the launch of its native app for the BlackBerry® 10 platform. This brings the power of Introhive’s innovative sales enablement platform to enterprises around the world that are running BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10.
Introhive unlocks the connections within a company to help sales people reach new customers and measure the strength of existing relationships. Introhive analyzes and scores the contacts and activity a company and its employees have across social, mail and mobile platforms. Sales can then request introductions based on the strongest relationship. Managers also use the platform to measure account activity and customer relationship strength. They can now do this on BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
11:43 am on May 14, 2013 |
You’ve seen that BlackBerry has introduced a huge, new feature for BBM today at BlackBerry Live 2013, BBM Channels. Now you’re wondering how you can sign up for this new service. Well, all you have to do to get BBM Channels is sign up for it in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. BBM Channels works on both legacy BlackBerry OS devices and BlackBerry 10 devices. Signing up will give you access to the Beta version of BBM Channels through the Beta Zone, then you can upgrade to the full version when it officially launches later this year. Hit the link below to head over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone and get in on the BBM Channel action.
This is something we didn’t see coming! But BlackBerry is about to take on Twitter and Facebook with BBM Channels. BBM Channels is a place for brands and people to connect, and interact. A place for you to feel more involved. TheBerryFix.com will be launching our own BBM Channel in the coming days, so stay tuned.
Currently BlackBerry has opened this new feature up to a small group of beta testers, with full rollout expected in the coming weeks. Who would you like to see create a BBM Channel? Your friends? Or a celebrity? Comment below, I’m interested to hear your thoughts.
Waterloo, ON – For the times when you want to share experiences beyond your friends or engage the communities you care about, BlackBerry® is taking its globally popular mobile social network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), up a notch with new functionality called BBM Channels. BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the beta launch of BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within BBM that will allow people to connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about.
11:00 am on May 14, 2013 |
BlackBerry has finally heard the cries of BBM fans and is answering. BBM is officially going cross-platform this summer. BBM will be available on iOS and Android devices as a free application beginning this summer. The update will work on iOS 6 and above and Android versions Ice Cream Sandwich and above. BBM cross-platform will initially be messages-only and the rest of BBM services will roll out throughout the year. The initial features will include:
- The immediacy of BBM chats
- Multi-person chats
- Voice note sharing
- BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more
Look for more news on BBM cross-platform in the days and weeks to come. Check out the Press Release about BBM past the break.
10:54 am on May 14, 2013 |
Alicia Keys and BlackBerry have announced a new initiative, the BlackBerry Scholars Program, today at BlackBerry Live 2013. This new program will focus on women with ambition. It will provide scholarships to women who are interested in studying and working in the field of mobile computing. This includes science, engineering, math, and technology. The scholarships will provide full, four-year tuition to the women who are selected to the program. Hit the link below for more information and to apply for these scholarships. Check out the Press Release past the break.
10:45 am on May 14, 2013 |
BlackBerry announced at BlackBerry LIVE 2013 that their carrier partners would be launching BlackBerry OS 10.1 on the Z10 starting today. Well, TELLUS customers, get ready as the update is now available. OS 10.1.0.273 can now be downloaded and installed via the over the air updates on your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.
The rollout will begin today, and continue throughout the week. Let us know if you’ve got the update on your Z10, and what carrier you are on.
While BlackBerry told us that Modern Combat 4 would launch back at the world-wide launch event of the BlackBerry Z10, we hadn’t heard anything since. Well, as of today BlackBerry Z10 owners can download the latest HD game from GameLoft for only .99 cents. Modern Combat 4 features HD graphics, intelligent UI, and a captivating story line. Grab the link below to get in on the action and download Modern Combat 4 for the BlackBerry Z10.
BlackBerry has announced today at BlackBerry Live 2013 that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1 is now available for download. This update includes hundreds of enhancements to BES, including updates to BlackBerry Balance. This update is available for free to all existing BES customers. Check out the full Press Release on BES 10.1 below and continuing past the break.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, an update to BlackBerry’s multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that provides device and app management for BYOD and corporate-owned BlackBerry®, iOS® and Android™ devices. Today’s update brings new “Regulated-level” IT policy controls and settings for government agencies and customers in regulated industries who require an advanced level of security, control and logging of BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. It also allows customers to support BlackBerry 10 and Bla ckBerry OS smartphones from a single server.
10:04 am on May 14, 2013 |
T-Mobile has announced that the BlackBerry Q10 is coming to their network. This device is available for order today for business customers at a price of $119.99. Consumers will be able to get their hands on the Q10 beginning in June for $99 down with 20 additional monthly payments of $20. The Q10 will be available in T-Mobile retail stores, online at T-Mobile.com, and at various retail partners. Interested customers can register for updates on the Q10 at the link below.
9:50 am on May 14, 2013 |
Today at BlackBerry Live 2013, Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry OS 10.1 for the Z10 will start rolling out today. The updates will be rolling out pending carrier approval.
New BlackBerry 10.1 Features:
- BlackBerry Hub: The BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. With BlackBerry 10.1 support for PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones has been added to the BlackBerry Hub. Plus, improved attachment support in the BlackBerry Hub makes it easier to view emails which have been sent as attachments to other messages.
- Notifications: With BlackBerry 10.1 you can personalize the notifications for your accounts and contacts so you always know what is happening around you. Customize ringtones, vibration and the LED light by contact or by account for more personalized notifications.
- Fine Cursor Control: BlackBerry 10.1 makes it easier and more accurate to pinpoint exactly where you want to type. Tap once to bring up the cursor. Grab the blue circle and drag it around to place it exactly where you need it. Tap either side of the circle to move left or right by just one character. It’s easy to move around with speed and precision.
- Camera: BlackBerry 10 lets you create the perfect shot by moving parts of your picture backwards and forwards in time with Time Shift mode. BlackBerry 10.1 adds an HDR shooting mode for beautiful images in tricky lighting conditions. A standard image takes a picture at one exposure level. Where you have high contrast between light and dark areas of the photo, fine details can be lost. High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes multiple pictures at different exposure levels and layers them automatically to produce a single photo that combines the best of the dark and light areas.
- Lots more to discover: You’ll find lots of new improvements across the BlackBerry 10 OS like landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialing, improved red eye reduction in the picture editor and much more. The first step to discovering these new features is to update your BlackBerry 10 software.
How to update to BlackBerry 10.1:
Updating to BlackBerry 10.1 is free and easy to do. To update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10.1 look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the settings menu by visiting the software updates section. The download will happen in the background and the update will be applied without needing to back up your smartphone. All of your information remains safe. As always, we recommend you have a current backup of your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone readily available. For more information on how to update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, visit www.BlackBerry.com/update
9:40 am on May 14, 2013 |
On stage at BlackBerry Live 2013, CEO Thorsten Heins has just announced the BlackBerry Q5. This is a budget-friendly device meant for emerging markets. This device will begin rolling out globally in the summer. The Q5 will come in four colors; red, black, white, and pink. Check out the Press Release on the Q5, starting below and continuing past the break.
BlackBerry Introduces a Youthful and Fun BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, for Selected Markets
May 14, 2013
Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today introduced the BlackBerry® Q5, a new youthful and fun BlackBerry® 10 smartphone for selected markets. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a stunning youthful design that is confident, fun, and bold. Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the go.
9:40 am on May 14, 2013 |
We’ve had this game on the BlackBerry PlayBook for some time, but as of today UNION and Unity have made the game available on the BlackBerry Z10. Samurai Vengeance is now available for download from BlackBerry World for FREE! Yep, free. So hit up the link below and get to slicing those evil doers.