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Teen charged with murder after sending Snapchat selfie with corpse
File this one under dumbest criminals ever. A Pittsburgh teen was charged with murder after he apparently took a selfie with the corpse, then sent it out via Snapchat. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, shot his 16-year old classmate, then took a selfie with the corpse. ....more
John Chen calls for Application Neutrality
BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, recently sent a letter to members of congress to address the net neutrality issue. The letter went to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, as well as Ranking Committee Members.....more
Samsung rumored to launch Galaxy S6 Edge with two Edge displays
Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge last year as a proof of concept of sorts. It was an effort at showing the world its innovation chops. Whether a curved display is needed or wanted is up for debate, but Samsung looks to be pushing the envelope a bit further. A rumor is floating that Samsung will relea....more
BlackBerry selling Limited Edition Gold BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry is releasing a limited edition Gold BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry's online store says only 50 Gold Passports were made worldwide. If you think this is a collector's item now is the time to buy it. Be prepared to part with your cash though, because the Gold BlackBerry Passport will sell for $99....more
Morgan Stanley downgrades BlackBerry, stock falls
BlackBerry stock was down over 3.5% in per-market trading Wednesday as Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to "underweight" from "equal-weight." Morgan Stanley says BlackBerry is overly optimistic and will not be able to gain more traction in the enterprise mobile market.
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Forbes - BlackBerry stuck in the past
It appears some people are not very excited about BlackBerry going back to its roots with the BlackBerry Classic. In a response to John Chen's blog post yesterday touting the BlackBerry Classic, Forbes has run a piece by Ewan Spence slamming BlackBerry and even calling them disingenuous. more
UK Prime Minster David Cameron runs country from BlackBerry?
The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, can apparently run the country from his BlackBerry. After receiving criticism for going on vacation during tough political times, the prime minster was quoted as saying he can manage things from his BlackBerry.
“Wherever I am in the world, I a....more
BlackBerry explains the Passport's square design
Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, the company has been mocked for its unusual design. The square phone looks unlike any smartphone we've seen before, and the tech world has been mostly laughing at the idea. BlackBerry released a statement on its website with an explanati....more
Amazon launches Fire Phone
Amazon launched their first smartphone today, and it looks like a decent offering. The Amazon Fire Phone has a few unique features, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to move people away from Android and iOS over to Amazon. Probably the most interesting feature of the Fire Phone is ....more
Amazon announces Fire TV streaming video box
Amazon is jumping into the streaming video box market with its own Fire TV box. Amazon announced Fire TV today, and it amounts to another competitor to Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. Fire TV includes voice search which allows you to speak into the remote control and find movies by name. Other than that, th....more
NYPD testing Google Glass
Google Glass is widely seen as an expensive toy for Geeks, but that may not always be the case. There are many applications for Google Glass beyond geek culture. According to a report, the New York City Police Department is testing Glass with some officers as a way to fight crime.
We si....more
A toaster charger for your smartphones?
Kickstarter is definitely the place for interesting ideas, but this one takes the cake. How would you feel about charging your smartphone in a toaster? That's right, a toaster. The foaster is the smartphone charger that looks like a toaster. I guess it's supposed to clean up the clutter of your iPhone cabl....more
BlackBerry ahead of Samsung in South African market share
Much has been written about BlackBerry's downfall, but the company still has a few strongholds in the world. According to recently released market data, BlackBerry has overtaken Samsung in South African market share. Dashboard and World Wide Worx released new statistics claiming BlackBerry users in South Af....more
Chen gets $88 million package from BlackBerry
BlackBerry's interim CEO is getting a pretty sweet deal from BlackBerry. Chen will attempt to turn the company around, and he has a big incentive to do it. According to Bloomberb, Chen will receive $1 million in salary with a possible $2 million performance bonus. He will also get 13 million shares that wi....more
Now what BlackBerry?
BlackBerry dropped plans for a private sale to Fairfax Financial, and opted instead for a $1 billion infusion of cash. Thorsten Heins is out as CEO in favor of ex-Sybase CEO John Chen. But now what? Has anything really changed? BlackBerry still suffers from a customer base that has cratered, and a form fa....more
BlackBerry fires CEO Thorsten Heins, raises $1 billion in cash
BlackBerry has removed its CEO, Thorsten Heins, and replaced him with John S Chen, former CEO of Sybase. Mr. Chen will be interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement for Heins. BlackBerry was in the midst of a deal with Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion. That deal has collaps....more
Inside the fall of BlackBerry
If you want to know everything there is to know about how BlackBerry fell from the top smartphone maker in the world to the brink of collapse, The Globe and Mail has a detail must read article. It is well known now that BlackBerry simply failed to adapt to the changing smartphone market, but this article spe....more
BlackBerry reports brutal quarterly loss, will layoff 4500 workers
BlackBerry has announced it will layoff 4500 employees, or 40% or its workforce after a nearly $1 billion quarterly loss. The company also braced investors for more bad news as the company generated only $1.6 billion in sales in the quarter when Wall Street was expecting of $3.06 billion. Things are very bad....more
BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get Department of Defense approval
We finally have some good news for BlackBerry. The US Department of Defense has given the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 security approval to be used on the DoD network. BlackBerry is the first mobile device to gain this approval. According to BB's press release, the Defense Information System Agency is ....more
Gmail for iOS updated
Google is on a tear with their iOS offerings lately. Gmail for iOS is the latest Google app on iOS to be updated, and the latest update brings a couple of nice improvements. First up, are new notifications options Get notified for all messages, only important messages, or none at all, on a pe....more
Skype for BlackBerry Q10 now available
Skype has announced the availability of its BlackBerry 10 app. Oddly, the app only works with the Q10 right now, but the Q10 isn't out yet. Skype is quick to point out that this is a preview version (beta) and not finalized yet.
Keep in mind that this release is still in preview state w....more
Can BlackBerry regain its momentum?
No matter what happens in the future, BlackBerry as a company has turned around. The company managed to extend its life by cranking out a new BB10 OS, and new devices. The once dominant smartphone maker went through a brutal few years of losses in both the marketplace and stock market. While Apple and And....more
Largest BlackBerry investor still believes in company
The largest holder of BlackBerry stock says he still believes in the company. Prem Watsa owns 10 per cent of the company and is not planning to sell. He first became associated with BlackBerry through a friendship with founder Mike Lazaridis. Now that Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry one might assume that Wa....more
Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I
Apple misses Steve Jobs, and so do I It's been eighteen months since Steve Jobs passed away and the company he founded misses him dearly. Have they said so? Not really, but its obvious. In fact, its so obvious it hurts. Remember the days when we couldn't wait to see what Apple had up their....more
iMessage encryption too good for the Feds to crack
Apple's iMessage encryption is apparently preventing the DEA from intercepting messages, according to CNET. The agency said messages sent an iMessage are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant. That's great news for every citizen who believes in privacy, but a real frustration for Federal authoritie....more
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