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BlackBerry CEO: We’ll still make phones

BlackBerry CEO: We’ll still make phones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been forced to respond to suggestions that the smartphone company is looking to sell off its device business, insisting that making BlackBerry handsets - including using a physical keyboard - is still on the agenda. Replying to claims yesterday that BlackBerry was considering walking away from the devices division, Chen said that his comments on the matter had been "taken out of context."

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BBM sale a possibility BlackBerry CEO admits

BBM sale a possibility BlackBerry CEO admits

BlackBerry's CEO has responded to the sudden interest in BBM, its secure messaging service, after Facebook's $19bn buy of WhatsApp, admitting that he'd be open to selling it off if the price was right. Valuations of just how much each BBM user might be worth surged in the aftermath of news that Facebook would pay around $42 per user for WhatsApp, as investors considered the idea that they may have been underestimating how important data-based messaging services could be.

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BBM for Windows Phone coming summer 2014

BBM for Windows Phone coming summer 2014

BBM, BlackBerry's instant-messaging service, will arrive on Windows Phone over the summer, the Canadian company has confirmed, as it tries to further push the app as a cross-platform tool. The app - the Android version of which will also come preloaded on the new Nokia X line of smartphones, also announced today - will support the same functionality as its counterparts on BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android, including BBM Voice.

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Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp has perhaps surprisingly given ailing BlackBerry a boost, as the Canadian company's share price jumped amid speculation that messaging service BBM could be worth more than previously believed. The Canadian firm's share price is up more than 5-percent today - and was up more than 9-percent in after-hours trading yesterday - as investors question whether BBM might be the undervalued star of BlackBerry's portfolio of services.

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BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BlackBerry has rolled out an update to BBM for iPhone and Android, adding in BBM Voice for making calls, and enabling BBM Channels, among other new features. The update, available today, sees BlackBerry's cross-platform messaging client also add in Dropbox support, allowing files stored in the cloud to be sent directly to a BBM contact without having to download it to the smartphone first.

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BBM chief leaves BlackBerry

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry

BlackBerry's EVP of BBM, Andrew Bocking, has left the company, over what some sources claim are disagreements of how the messaging platform should integrate with the rest of the company. Bocking had led the BBM team since June last year, having previously run its software product and ecosystem division, along with product management. Most recently, he was responsible for leading BlackBerry through the process of opening up BBM to rival platforms iOS and Android.

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BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

Just in case you're having trouble finding friends using BlackBerry's own BBM on your iPhone or Android device, BlackBerry has added a feature called "Find Friends on BBM" to the mix. This update allows the user to detect all the friends you've got in your contact list (harvested from your phone) that already use BBM. Doing this allows you to quickly choose who you'd like to connect with by sending them a unique PIN code.

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BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

Google might prefer Android users to stick with Hangouts for their instant messaging, but BlackBerry has inked a deal to preload BBM on a number of handsets running the OS in mulitple regions. The agreement - which will affect select Android phones offered in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East - won't force new owners to register for a BBM account, but it will put the app right in front of them, as BlackBerry tries to push its cross-platform service out from under the shadow of BlackBerry 10.

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