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RIM launched the first BlackBerry device 18 years ago today

On January 19th, 1999, Waterloo-based Research in Motion announced BlackBerry, a “breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals,” and an accompanying handheld device called the BlackBerry Handheld, which was a pager that provided mobile email use. Telecommunications consultant and organizer of the Canadian Telecom Summit Mark Goldberg pointed out the anniversary of the handset —…

BBM Protected now available for Balance enabled devices

BlackBerry announced today that the early response to BBM Protected, its first product of its eBBM Suite, has “been fantastic.” Apparently customers in several sectors have been “expressing interest,” specifically in healthcare, finance and government expressing interest. BBM Protected is free with the purchase of BES 10 and adds another layer of protection to your…

BlackBerry: ‘We have completed the restructuring notification process’

One of the black clouds that hung over BlackBerry has dissipated. Back in 2012, BlackBerry’s former CEO Thorsten Heins announced a massive “workforce reduction” initiative that would see the company slash 5,000 jobs and reduce its manufacturing sites from five to three. All this was blamed on an “increasingly competitive environment.”

White BlackBerry Passport finally shows its face, has a ‘porcelain feel’ coating

BlackBerry’s upcoming three-row QWERTY/Touch Passport has been receiving a fair amount of attention over the last couple of weeks. The company claims that the BB10 device ‘reinvents the mobile keyboard,’ as the the physical keyboard also doubles as a trackpad for various actions. The Passport is currently scheduled to hit the market in September, but for…

BlackBerry names Marty Beard as COO

BlackBerry has announced the appointment of Marty Beard as its Chief Operating Officer. Beard  was previously Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a cloud-based company that specializes in customer service, and has also served as President of Sybase 365 and various roles at Oracle. As COO of BlackBerry, Beard will be “responsible for cross-functional organizations, including…

BlackBerry wins three Red Dot product design awards for Q10, Q5 and Z30

While sales of BlackBerry 10 devices have not been able to turn the company’s finances around, the company has been recognized for the design of its latest smartphones. BlackBerry has won three Red Dot Awards in the category of product design, specifically for the Q10, Q5 and Z30. According to the press release, a 40-member…

Volkswagen acquires BlackBerry’s R&D facility in Bochum, Germany

Apple’s CarPlay, Google’s Android Auto and Microsoft’s Sync system are all making a move to occupy the display and entertainment system in your vehicle, and BlackBerry is already involved in the “automotive infotainment” market with its 2010 purchase of QNX. Reports indicates that QNX has over 50% market share in this space with high-profile partners such…

BlackBerry Passport quickly shown on video

John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, unveiled two new BlackBerry 10-powered devices last week, the Passport and the Classic. The Passport will be available in September and the Classic, which was rumoured to be inspired by Drake, will be available in November. Both of the smartphones have a QWERTY keyboard, but the Passport has a unique 3-row…

BlackBerry wants to make $100 million from BBM, plans to rollout BBM Meetings in September

BlackBerry revealed a number of new products and devices during its AGM yesterday. The massive 3-row QWERTY BlackBerry Passport will arrive in September. while the BlackBerry Classic and its iconic “belt” of navigation keys will follow in November. John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, stated the company currently has 160 million registered BBM users around the world, but only…

First look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

During BlackBerry’s quarterly earnings call today, CEO John Chen announced that the next device to hit the market will be the BlackBerry Passport, formerly known as Windermere. The targeted release date for the Passport is set for September and it’ll come in both black and white. As for the overall design, Chen stated that “when you first see…

BlackBerry Bold 9900 is now available for sale via ShopBlackBerry

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was truly an iconic BlackBerry smartphone when it was officially released back in 2011. This came with the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard and a premium design with the chrome accents. Since its launch, BlackBerry has shed OS 7 in favour of BlackBerry 10 and released several new smartphones. However, to give…

Unreleased BlackBerry ‘Kopi’ sells for $500 on eBay

BlackBerry released several BlackBerry 10 powered devices over the last couple years. The initial BlackBerry Z10, followed by the Q10, Q5 and the current Z30 flagship. Other devices were on the roadmap, but when CEO John Chen stepped on board he scrapped a number of them, namely a Q5 look-alike called the BlackBerry “Kopi.” This…

Additional details of eBBM and BBM Protected arrive online

BlackBerry is on the cusp of unveiling eBBM suite of products. This will not only provide another revenue stream for the company, but give its enterprise customers additional security when using the messaging platform. While the company has been relatively silent on the features and monthly subscription price, it did show a quick demo of how…

Déjà vu: BlackBerry starts taking pre-orders for the Bold 9900

This is not a repost from 2011. BlackBerry promised that they would be going back to its roots and giving customers what they want. The Bold 9900 is coming back to market with the hopes to rekindle love for those who dream of a QWERTY and a trackpad. The specs are the same, sportingt a…

Update: BlackBerry to announce Q1 financial results on June 19th

John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, made the rounds on TV, radio and conferences over the past few months continually stating the company is alive and that they have an unrivalled focus on enterprise and security. At the recent Code Conference, Chen declared “I’m quite confident that we can save the patient… I will be able to…