Category: BlackBerry


BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android gets FIPS certified

Update: Astute reader MXH070 noted that BB10 became the first MDM solution to receive Full Operational Capability (FOC) from the U.S. Department of Defense today. The designation enables government workers on a BB10 smartphone running BES10 to securely access email, data, apps and other DoD network resources. BlackBerry took a big step yesterday towards winning



BBM stickers coming in update next week

As part of a briefing today outlining the company’s monetization strategy for BBM, BlackBerry demonstrated its upcoming virtual goods platform. What does a ‘virtual goods platform’ mean, exactly? For now: stickers, and lots of them. David Proulx, BlackBerry’s Senior Director of BBM Business Development, said that the mandate for BBM’s virtual goods store is to



Judge validates two BlackBerry patents in Typo keyboard lawsuit

It appears as though the sordid legal battle between BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest-funded iPhone keyboard maker Typo is drawing to an end. Following legal arguments from both side’s lawyers, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick stated that two of BlackBerry’s three patents in the case appear to be valid. “If the consumer can look at



BlackBerry sells majority of its real estate holdings in Canada

BlackBerry announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the “majority of its real estate holdings in Canada.” The buyer is unknown, with the total space above 3 million square feet, including vacant land. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2015 and BlackBerry will keep its headquarters in Waterloo and lease



BlackBerry lays off 120 employees in Waterloo

BlackBerry has been on an upward trajectory over the past few months, but news today brings back lingering issues of the Waterloo-based company. According to a report in the CBC, BlackBerry has laid off 120 employees in Waterloo. Apparently the people worked out of the BlackBerry 2 building, which was recently sold to the University


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Unreleased and scrapped BlackBerry ‘Kopi’ leaks online

These images are what is said to be an unreleased BlackBerry 10 device. The internal code name of this gem was known as the “Kopi” and when John Chen, BlackBerry’s new CEO, took over he decided to scrap this from its lineup and release the Z3 with Foxconn. This isn’t the first time the Kopi


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BlackBerry’s CEO says they have a 50% chance of succeeding

BlackBerry’s newest CEO is honest — possibly too honest. While the company is forging ahead and blazing a revitalized path that is focused on serving the enterprise user, John Chen stated in an interview with the Financial Times that the Waterloo-based company has a 50% chance of succeeding. Or, taken another way, a 50% chance



Legacy BlackBerry users reporting major network outage (Update)

BlackBerry is dealing with a major outage of its BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) network this morning, with users reportedly affected since 8am EST. The company has not yet acknowledged the issue, which seems to be limited to legacy devices running software from before BlackBerry 10. The new OS does not compress all of its traffic