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[17 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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It’s been a while since I have been on the blog but I am slowly coming back to try to post when I can and become more involved with that.  I figured I would kick things off with some apps I like on my Z30, specifically from Android.  Ever since the early leaks of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, many of us have been enjoying the improved Android application capability.  This goes well beyond the ability to sideload through a PC, but directly on the device instead.  Downloading applications became much easier through third party mobile application stores such as Amazon and 1Mobile Store or even Aptoid.  How about Snap which offered a full third party solution for Google Play?  That’s probably my most frequently used marketplace when it comes to downloading Android apps.  So now that we have Jellybean runtime, and awesome ease of access of applications, here’s a quick roundup of my favorite Android applications on my BlackBerry Z30.

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[22 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

 

So we finally got around to uploading the hands-on video from last night at the Porsche Event held in New York City.  Initial impressions were quite nice in my opinion, and it feels somewhat like the former P’9981, from a material perspective.  Of course, a whole different device, and operating system with BlackBerry 10.  Under the hood it’s a Z10, but cosmetically nice and definitely stands out next to any other smartphone. Some things I was really fond of was how specific the branding goes here.  The ID card enclosed as soon as you open the box, the Porsche style clock (digital and analog) and even the battery itself branded with Porsche.  In the video, we take a quick dive at the device prior to attending the Porsche event.  You’ll see a quick comparison with my Z10 so you can get a good idea of what to expect from aspect ratios and all that good stuff. Enjoy the video.  Also be sure to check out the images below showing the device in all angles.

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General News »

[4 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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WATERLOO, ONTARIO and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 4, 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.

 

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[22 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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BlackBerry Messenger, or as it is officially known as BBM has been building quite a buzz in popularity for both iOS and Android since launching only 24 hours ago.  We were waiting to see a press release on the stats, and it looks like the official announcement has been made.  BBM has topped off to over 10 million downloads for both Android and iPhone in just the first opening day.  Hit the jump below for the full press release and statistics:

 

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[21 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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The time has finally come after the one month postponed launch.  We got the official word from BlackBerry that Android and iOS will be getting BBM officially today.  To do so, BlackBerry provides the following steps to take:

 

  1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser*
  2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
  3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM

So there’s the small catch – yet a solution to control the large amount of users who will be signing up at a time.  BlackBerry will email you directly once you can start using BBM.  Hopefully the queue will not be long, and users can get up and running quickly.  In the meantime, keep checking BBM.com once BBM has been made available to download, the register your email right away to get in line.  Good luck to all!  Read more on the launch at the BlackBerry Blog

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[27 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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The day is here at last.  We’ve been counting down to this day to see what the BlackBerry stats have been through the rough several months, and with the buyout right around the corner.  Check out below for the full press release and highlights from the Fiscal 2014 Results:

 

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired -  Sept. 27, 2013) – BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported second quarter results for the three months ended August 31, 2013 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

 

Q2 Highlights:

  • Revenue for the second quarter of approximately $1.6 billion; company recognizes revenue on approximately 3.7 million smartphones in the second quarter
  • GAAP loss from continuing operations of $965 million, or $1.84 per share diluted; includes a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $934 million and pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $72 million
  • Adjusted loss from continuing operations of $248 million, or $0.47 per share diluted; adjusted gross margin of $570 million, or 36%
  • Company sees increasing penetration of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) with more than 25,000 commercial and test servers installed to date, up from 19,000 in July 2013
  • Cash and investments balance of $2.6 billion

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[23 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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WATERLOO, ONTARIO — BlackBerry Limited (BBRY)(BB.TO) today announced it has signed a letter of intent agreement (“LOI”) under which a consortium to be led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) has offered to acquire the company subject to due diligence.

The letter of intent contemplates a transaction in which BlackBerry shareholders would receive U.S. $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry share they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately U.S. $4.7 billion. The consortium would acquire for cash all of the outstanding shares of BlackBerry not held by Fairfax. Fairfax, which owns approximately 10 percent of BlackBerry’s common shares, intends to contribute the shares of BlackBerry it currently holds into the transaction.

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[22 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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Just as we were teased of Skype launching for BlackBerry 10 in the past, Flipboard has taken the same approach here as well.  Their promotion is displayed in BlackBerry World letting folks know that their application is coming officially to select 10.2 devices.  With that said, we hope it is indeed a native application that is on its way.  Currently many users have sideloaded Android builds of Flipboard on their BlackBerry 10 devices, included myself.  It is a very smooth app to use for an Android sideload, but native is always a good way to go.  Any way, keep on the lookout for the official Flipboard application coming soon to BlackBerry World.

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[18 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today introduced the new BlackBerry® Z30 smartphone, BlackBerry’s biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone. Featuring BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2, the new all-touch BlackBerry Z30 smartphone comes with a beautiful 5” display and the largest battery yet on a BlackBerry smartphone. It is designed to keep you hyper connected, productive and always in control, and lets you share like you’re there and collaborate with ease.

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Premium Games »

[2 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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Rovio started off with just Angry Birds Star Wars edition free on the launch of BlackBerry 10, and later on we even saw the Space edition surface.  Just over the weekend, Rovio has launched both the original Angry Birds and Season editions for BlackBerry 10 officially.  Both new games are available in BlackBerry World for only 99 cents a piece.

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