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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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BlackBerry CEO says company will exit handset business if it remains in red

BlackBerry CEO says company will exit handset business if it remains in red

BlackBerry has been struggling for years in the smartphone realm after its handsets quickly fell out of popularity in the face of rivals like Android devices and the iPhone. BlackBerry began to lose its government and business accounts and has found it hard to compete in the current market. Considering the company’s dire fortunes, you might think that it would be out to sell devices through any company that it can work with.

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Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford has denied ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX to power its new in-car infotainment systems, though pointing out that it is "not married" to Microsoft and suggesting that the field is open for who might supply the next-gen tech it's currently working on. Rumors that Microsoft had been shown the door broke over the weekend, with suggestions that the SYNC system Ford used in millions of car dashboards had seen a steep fall in user-satisfaction.

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Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

The explosive growth of smartphones will slow over the next four years, IDC analysts predict, with Android dominating in bulk but iOS making the most money from each handset buyer. Emerging markets, though adding to the smartphone count in numbers in 2014, IDC suggests, will still leave high-end devices struggling to find as many buyers as before. "New markets for growth bring different rules to play by" IDC's Ryan Reith says, "and 'premium' will not be a major factor in the regions driving overall market growth."

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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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