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Key BlackBerry manufacturing partner said to be jumping ship

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Things just got worse for the struggling Canadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry, after manufacturing partner Jabil Circuit’s CEO stated that they were looking into exiting their partnership with the ailing company.

BlackBerry’s said to make close to a billion dollars in losses this quarter, they’re laying off over 40% of their staff across the globe and they received a low potential bid from their largest shareholder, which sent their share price down the drain, now they’re set to lose a manufacturing partner as well. Jabil Circuits, who’s second biggest client is BlackBerry, has stated that the company is looking to “wind down the relationship.” It seems as though the company is scared of what could possibly happen if BlackBerry abruptly ‘dies,’ leaving them in the wind. The company says that the decision is important and that they will not be taking anything lightly as they make their final decision.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile US is set to discontinue selling BlackBerry 10 smartphones to consumers from their physical stores, opting for the online-only approach, which could greatly impact the company’s sluggish sales.

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 26th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Cross platform BBM hitting app stores this weekend!

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Great news for the ex-BlackBerry users, and of course those of you that want to hide your sexts from the NSA’s prying eyes; BBM for Android and iOS is launching this weekend, yes THIS WEEKEND!!!

BlackBerry has officially confirmed that BlackBerry Messenger for Android will hit this Saturday, with BlackBerry Messenger for iOS hitting a day later on Sunday. Hopefully the latter features some design elements from the newly launched Apple iOS 7. This weekend will be the first time ever than BlackBerry Messenger becomes available to the general public on devices other than those carrying the struggling company’s branding. BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is expected to compete properly with the likes of WhatsApp thanks to its secure encryption facilities, easy to use interface and the fact that you don’t need to give complete strangers your number to connect with them.

Keep your eyes close and make sure you visit the Play Store this Saturday and the App Store on Sunday. Remember it is free!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 18th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

‘BBM for Android and iPhone is here,’ or not…

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It seems BlackBerry also suffers from something coming prematurely, with it being their BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android landing page this time around. The official landing page has prematurely been launched saying that the applications were ‘here’ when we all know they most certainly are not.

BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry’s most crowned jewel, is set to make its first cross platform appearance quite soon, especially if the landing page has leaked and considering summer is over on Saturday, meaning if it launches anytime after that, the company lied about launching it ‘by the end of summer.’ The landing page, which has since been removed, noted that “BBM for iPhone and Android is here” alongside links to both the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play store, both of which being broken. BBM is set to continue its PIN-based, uber-secure messaging prowess on Android and iOS after the company decided to expand their offerings to the platforms.

Rumours have been circulating that the Canadian ‘giant’ may be spinning off their BBM division into a separate, independent company, likely to be called BBM Inc.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 29th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

BlackBerry announces new entry-level 9720 smartphone

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BlackBerry today announced the new BlackBerry 9720, although the device should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the countless amount of leaks over the last few months. The BlackBerry 9720 will be an entry level smartphone running the now dated BlackBerry OS 7.1.

BlackBerry is struggling, big time, there is no denying that, but their latest smartphone may very well be one of their best to date, considering BlackBerry’s strength in the lower end smartphone market. The new BlackBerry 9720 is basically a Curve device and comes with a 2.8-inch HVGA touch display, an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera and a 1,450mAh battery. The BlackBerry 9720 features the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1 with some UI enhancements that will allow users to swipe the screen to unlock it and access the camera straight from the lockscreen. Included is a dedicated BBM key which should give avid texters quick access to the application.

The BlackBerry 9720 is set to go on sale over the next few weeks in key markets in Europe, Asia and Africa in five unique colours, although exact pricing hasn’t been confirmed.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 13th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

BlackBerry stocks surge as rumours of going private cause hype

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Struggling smartphone maker, BlackBerry, has been the subject of a lot of controversy as of late after doubts have been cast over the company’s comeback efforts in the form of BlackBerry 10 and its position on tablets after its PlayBook failed to make an impression on the market. Rumours of a sale has been circulating for several months, but according to new information, BlackBerry may be looking to go private.

It looks like BlackBerry is trying to take a stab out of Dell’s playbook, not only is the company’s leadership team open to the idea of possibly taking the company private, they have discussed the matter with Silverlake Partners. According to Reuters’ sources, whom are apparently involved with the talks, BlackBerry has proposed to team up with Silverlake in order to take on enterprise computing, a move likely to receive a liquid investment which they would be able to spend on restructuring, which has been a popular topic within the company as of late after several executives were seen departing from the company over the last few months.

BlackBerry may not be in firm discussions about going private or even been acquired, but the stock market has reacted quite positively to the rumours with the company’s share price jumping over 10% in pre-market trading at the time of writing.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 9th, 2013 at 11:30 am

BlackBerry Live: Q5 announced, BBM going cross platform, BB 10.1 out and more

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Despite Nokia’s best efforts to take some of the shine away from today’s kick off of BlackBerry Live in Orlando, the Canadians took to the stage with pride and delivered quite a successful start to the day. Many things were said and done including the announcement of the new BlackBerry Q5, previously rumoured to be called the BlackBerry R10.

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