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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

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T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

The BlackBerry Classic is coming to T-Mobile. Let that sink in for a minute. You’re either really excited (because you’re a BlackBerry holdout), or a bit confused. Considering the history BlackBerry and T-Mobile have had of late, we’re with you on ‘confused’. Late last year, the two sides weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, with T-Mobile CEO John Legere likening BlackBerry to MySpace (ouch). BlackBerry CEO John Chen suggested BlackBerry faithful seek other carriers. Now, they’re all playing nice again.

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BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry seems to be cooking up a storm. The Canadian company isn't exactly swimming in gold, but it just barely survived sinking to its demise. Now, BlackBerry might be gearing up for an onslaught of new devices, including one that has been teased with a sliding keyboard, much to the fascination and excitement of some BlackBerry faithful. But before getting into the realm of the theoretical, let's turn our attention to what's already here and already real: a BlackBerry Classic in classical and clean white.

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New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

The last time BlackBerry and Porsche worked together, the result was a $2,00 smartphone. Expect similar results this time around, as a series of pictures have leaked via Weibo which seem to show off a new-look BlackBerry Porsche collaboration. Though similar to the BlackBerry Passport, the design here is distinctive enough to be a lot less BlackBerry and a whole lot more Porsche, unlike the P’9983 we saw appear late last year. If you like BlackBerry and love bold design, this might be one to watch for.

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BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry has revealed that it will be acquiring WatchDox, a California company offering enterprise users a secure file-sync and sharing solution, also known as EFSS. With this, users are able to work on and share documents across all of their devices securely. BlackBerry’s acquisition of the company is a bid to draw back in the government and similar customers that it enjoyed for so long, and, according to the Wall Street Journal at least, will also give it another way to expand its R&D efforts into Israel, where WatchDox has its own operations.

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BBM users on Android stick around longer, so says study

BBM users on Android stick around longer, so says study

We might have thought that BBM, once one of BlackBerry's defining products, was on its death throes before it finally landed on Android. But once it did make its way to the platform, it seems that the messaging service has found a bit of reprieve. According to a study done by analytics provider Quettra, it might be even more than that. Its findings reveal that among other social networking and messaging apps on Android, BBM has the second highest retention rate among users, something that BlackBerry is only too happy to point out.

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Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

BlackBerry's financial struggles and long-running business troubles are no secret, but that hasn't stopped it from trying to remain above water, and now it looks like that effort has paid off. The company announced its last quarterly financial numbers on Friday, and to the surprise of many it brought in a small profit. Not all was good news, however, with the company also experiencing a big drop in revenue that it wasn't expecting, making the fourth quarter an overall bittersweet financial period.

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Apple Stores now accept non-Apple device trade-ins

Apple Stores now accept non-Apple device trade-ins

Trading in an Android phone for credit towards an iPhone is now a reality. If you walk into an Apple Store and hand them an Android, Windows, or BlackBerry phone, there’s a good chance they’ll offer you some sort of trade-in credit towards an iPhone. In conjunction with Brightstar, who runs their iOS trade-in program already, Apple stores now take non-Apple smartphones for Apple Store credit. The new program starts today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, and France.

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Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

If you’ve been wanting to switch from an Android phone, windows mobile device or — shudder — BlackBerry to an iPhone, you may soon have incentive to do so. A new report says Apple is readying a program that will allow older devices to be traded in via Apple Stores, which will in turn provide gift cards towards the purchase of new iPhones. Apple currently does this with older iPhones, where store associates use their best judgement to decipher a trade-in value.

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BlackBerry announces SecuTablet, a modified Galaxy Tab S

BlackBerry announces SecuTablet, a modified Galaxy Tab S

BlackBerry has just revealed a new tablet, but don't worry, it's not a follow-up to the flop that was the company's PlayBook. It's called the SecuTablet, and it's basically a modified version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5, albeit with a strong focus on data security. The device is a result of BlackBerry's purchase of security firm Secusmart last year, as well as a software partnership with IBM. The SecuTablet is part of BlackBerry's attempts to find success in targeting the corporate and government security sectors.

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