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Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Samsung, who have seen their troubles mount of late, are reportedly in talks to buy blackBerry, who have a storied history of their own. The deal is worth up to $7.5 billion, and will give Samsung access to BlackBerry’s patent portfolio. Sources are indicating BlackBerry’s impressive patent portfolio is what Samsung is seeking, not necessarily a wholesale buyout and operational takeover. The buyout is reportedly on the table for $13.35 to $15.49 per share, or 38-60% over what BlackBerry currently trades at.

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BlackBerry: Passport coming to AT&T, BBM for Android Wear ‘soon’

BlackBerry: Passport coming to AT&T, BBM for Android Wear ‘soon’

Are you ready for BlackBerry? AT&T thinks you are, and will be offering the new Passport exclusively in the US. The big, squared Blackberry that turned heads on launch is coming to AT&T in the coming weeks. If you’re not into the new-look Blackberry, AT&T will also carry the Classic, though they’re not giving availability details on either just yet. If that weren’t enough, BlackBerry’s messaging platform, BBM, is coming to your wrist. That’s right, they’re making BBM available for wearables!

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BlackBerry the surprising savior for hacked Sony

BlackBerry the surprising savior for hacked Sony

A drawer of old BlackBerry phones unexpectedly helped keep Sony Pictures working, with staff resurrecting cast-aside tech and old-school methods to keep the hacked movie firm operational. Finding their own systems had been brought down by the hacking group known as "Guardians of Peace", Sony Pictures techs turned instead to BlackBerry's external servers, two new background pieces on the chronology of the cyberattack reveal, which kept email services running despite three-quarters of Sony's own servers having been destroyed.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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BlackBerry Rio Z20 images and specs hit the web

BlackBerry Rio Z20 images and specs hit the web

There may still be a few people out there that care what BlackBerry is cooking for dinner. In that vein, some images and specs of a new BlackBerry device called the Rio Z20 have hit the web. The screen shots you see here show a blocky style like just about all other smartphones on the market today with little to set it apart from the pack.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry has trimmed its losses but still struggles to find a solid revenue stream, with an unexpected drop of a third over last year, as its smartphones fail to find broad favor with either individuals or businesses. Net loss overall for the third quarter fell to $148m - hardly fantastic performance, but far better than last year's $4.4bn loss - and, when massaged to discount one-off costs and such, actually earned faithful BlackBerry investors all of a cent a share. However, BlackBerry failed to demonstrate the pace in revenue gains that market observers expected to see.

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BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

At CES 2014 we saw the Typo keyboard for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s for the first time. This device is a sort of clip-on for your iPhone that allows you to type with a physical keyboard. Now the company has updated their line to include both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The company was sued by BlackBerry not long after they showed their keyboard off in a tease before CES - but they went ahead and showed it at the conference anyway. One year later and that suit is still pending - but they're ready to release a second generation despite any potential legal setbacks.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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Blackberry Classic returns, brings old-school charm

Blackberry Classic returns, brings old-school charm

Blackberry is back. Today, the company officially unveils their Classic, an icon in the smartphone world born anew. The updated device takes modern specs and wraps them up in a nice, familiar package geared toward enterprise, though we’re sure some enterprising hipsters will snap them up as well. In keeping things business-like, Blackberry is launching their new (?) device with a bundle of enterprise-focussed apps. There are also two enterprise bundles aimed at letting pros work on the go, but securely access their files via VPN.

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