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BBM Messenger Beta Hits Windows Phone

When BlackBerry teased the launch of its BBM messaging service on Windows Phone back in February, we were kind of skeptically amused. It does seem that BlackBerry is holding up to their promises, since users can finally get their hands on a beta version of the app. The app boasts a native experience that makes use of the Windows Phone user interface and focuses on three areas: Contacts, Chats and Feeds, BBM Groups and feeds are on-board too. Similar to other iterations of the app, users can ...
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MWC: BlackBerry CEO Opens Up on Mistakes and Future Strategy

BlackBerry announced two new smartphones borne of its recent alliance with Foxconn, as CEO John Chen updated on his turnaround strategy for the troubled vendor. Asked when he would know if his remedies would succeed, Chen answered: “If all actions are successful then [we will] get back into break-even in this fiscal year and profit in the next fiscal year. I am steadfast in going after that.” This was a reaffirmation that targets will be achieved in some part through BlackBerry’s enterprise ...
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Blackberry Acquired for Baby Billions

My my, go back to 2007,and no one would believe the fate of Nokia and Blackberry today. Fairfax Financial Holdings, a Canadian based company, has agreed to acquire BlackBerry in a deal worth $4.7 billion, both companies announced Monday. Fairfax has agreed to pay $9 per share for the suffering mobile company — "a premium of about 9%. Shares of BlackBerry were trading at $8.23 per share before a freeze was initiated." The deal is not yet finalized; Fairfax may still walk out at any moment, ...
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Is This The End for Blackberry?

Right after Blackberry announced their new flagship, the Blackberry Z30, the Canadian smartphone company warned on Friday that is it expecting to report huge quarterly operating loss $950m and $995m by the end of September, which will force it to cut more than a third of its global workforce (around 4,500 jobs). At the same time, its shares ceased trading today, with the stock frozen after dropping 2.4% on Friday. According to the company, revenue for Q2 is likely to reach $1.6bn, with sales ...
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Blackberry Messenger Coming to Android and iOS This Week [Official]

It's official. Blackberry announced that their popular "iconic social network" (that's what they call it) the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) is finally coming to Android (Android 4.0 and higher) and iOS by the end of this week, starting September 21st for Android and September 22nd for iOS, where it will available for download for free on the Play Store as well as the App Store. BBM was an exclusive application to all Blackberry devices, giving it the edge over the competition, especially when there ...
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BlackBerry Q5: Berry Reasonable Indeed

BlackBerry's latest smartphone can be bought in Lebanon at around USD 425. This does make a huge difference if you're considering buying the Q10, since the latter is priced nowhere less than USD 650. But can the cheaper Q5 satisfy both our fingers and our pockets? You're a physical QWERTY smartphone lover. Because you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't. Well, keeping it between us, I am one, too, and I'm totally enjoying the Q10 experience so far, it is indeed an awesome phone for people often ...
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BBM Coming REAL Soon to Android & iOS

It's no secret by now, Blackberry is planning to become less exclusive and be available on Android and iOS devices. Previous rumors had suggested that this would be implemented by the end of the summer, and so far the train seems to be on track. Today images of private beta screenshots were leaked to confirm that the company is now in the trail phase; where a select group of users are testing out the application. A BlackBerry spokesman confirmed the situation to The Next Web: “BlackBerry has ...
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Get Physical: BlackBerry Q10 Review

Exit the Z10, enter the Q10. BlackBerry's latest QWERTY device will (if it hasn't already) pop the Z10 out of the spotlights. Why? Because BlackBerry is all about QWERTY devices. Still. The Z10 cannot compete with other ecosystems and their top-of-the-line smartphones, like the HTC One the S4 or the iPhone 5. What is to be said about the Q10 before we go any further is that BlackBerry did an awesome job building this phone. Build quality is amazing! With detail-oriented and extremely well executed ...
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Random Thoughts On Smartphones

Buying a smartphone in Lebanon is quite an easy task; there is no hassle of yearly plans and whatnot, and a variety of models are available to suit your exact needs , tastes and umm... the recommendation of the seller. When buying a phone, you simply go by two options: where to get the best price, or go directly to your "intimate-friend-seller" to get it; and there begins the hassle. Tech-aware people basically don't really have that big of a problem, since they already know what they want and what ...
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Which Mobile OS Dominates the Arab Mobile Market?

We keep reading all over the Internet about the ongoing war on gaining additional market share between the dominant mobile operating systems (OS), with Android (at 64% share in Q1 2013) and iOS (18.8% as of 2012) leading the way, Windows Phone catching up(with 2.6%),  Blackberry with an unknown future (at 4.7%) and Symbian just fading away. You can find more information in this link. Most of the figures provide an international perception of how things are happening and the impact of each of ...
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The Hardest Part Is Waiting: BlackBerry Q10 Preview

During BlackBerry's BB10 launch evening in Beirut, we had the chance of seeing and actually testing the yet unreleased Q10. We couldn't take it home as we did the Z10, but we had our own private time, long enough to give you some hints and insights prior to official release. BlackBerry had in mind to reinvent itself publicly, and hit the masses with this change though the release of the Z10, which is a full-touch device, and had a bigger chance of impressing Tech-savvy users and critics. It also ...
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BlackBerry Z10 Review: The Soulless Prince

We're at it at last: reviewing the long awaited BlackBerry Z10. The moment we first held the Z10 box was an emotional one: we've waited for more than a whole year to finally hold a new BlackBerry smartphone. And the Z10 comes at a very critical time for the Canadian company, after months of hard crawling and internal struggle. Of course, the Z10's features leaked some time prior to the official unveiling, and we did somehow know what to expect from the device. Bold and Elegant Looks The leaks ...
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Keep Moving: BlackBerry 10 Beirut Launch

So as promised, we were at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, covering the BlackBerry 10 launch event. To speak the truth, this particular event came as a total surprise for us. As far as we can remember, RIM (now BlackBerry) never organized such a massive launch gig in Lebanon for any of its products or services before. But it's definitely a nice surprise. A fine one too. The setup at the Phoenicia was truly nice. Blue everywhere, on the walls, pillars, on the ground, and on the massive Z10 billboards ...
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BlackBerry 10 Launch Event: We Will Be There!

This is what we received in our inbox today. And guess what: we will be there to cover the event, updating you live on what will be announced and presented. Of course, the headlines are already known: the company will definitely introduce the new OS, alongside showcasing the new mighty couple, the Z10 and Q10. The event will take place at the Phoenicia hotel in Beirut at 7:00 PM next Monday. We're looking forward to it, and we do hope to bring you the most out of this evening. Stay tuned ...
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BlackBerry 10 Is Here

Research In Motion and BlackBerry are at the top of Tech news headlines once again. And we've missed them. RIM, in rather bad shape lately, was betting everything on its comeback with a new BlackBerry 10. Really betting everything it had. With RIM shares now trading down well over 5 percent on Wednesday, it seems obvious that many traders were not impressed with BB10′s debut. What did BlackBerry OS lack in order to be at par with all the current smartphone competition? A sort of revolutionary ...
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BlackBerry Announces the First BB10 Phones

In an event that took place in New York on Wednesday, January 31, 2013, BlackBerry (previously known as RIM) made several announcements concerning their company image, the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) OS as well as the initial devices that are going to support it. Enter Blackberry (The Company) Research In Motion (RIM) officially changed its name to BlackBerry and updated its ticker symbol from RIMM to BBRY with the tagline “One brand, one promise.” BB10, a redesigned OS Unlike its predecessors, ...
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Can RIM and BlackBerry Make a Come Back This Month?

Things were looking somewhat tough for Research in Motion in 2012, given the fact that the platform was considered stalling, and that the whole ecosystem was mostly considered sinking. Doubts arose about if RIM would even get its BlackBerry 10 platform to the market after several delays. But it is nearly there: BlackBerry 10 will launch on January 30, with the unveiling of the first two BB10 devices and further details about the revamped and reengineered platform. Yes, 2012 was a very though year ...
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