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BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

Today it would appear that BlackBerry is actually aiming to release their BBM chat apps for both the iOS and Android ecosystems, and we've got our hands on the both of them to show you what they're all about. At its simplest, it would appear that BBM is coming to the public outside of the BlackBerry smartphone in a form that's extremely similar to the original. At its most complex, it seems that the software team behind the apps for each new platform have done their homework as far as how the design language should translate.

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Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo is once again rumored to be considering a bid to acquire BlackBerry, with sources claiming the Chinese company has inked a non-disclosure agreement to dig through the ailing Canadian firm's financial records. The interest, reported by the WSJ, does not mean that Lenovo will definitely attempt to buy out BlackBerry, though fuels long-standing speculation that the Chinese manufacturer is looking to acquire its way into the western market by leveraging an existing brand.

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BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry has a new potential suitor, it's reported, with Cerberus Capital Management LP poking through the ailing smartphone company's financial records as it considers whether it could turn it around. The private-equity firm has inked a non-disclosure agreement with BlackBerry, Bloomberg Businessweek claims, giving it access to the Canadian firm's books. Interestingly, according to the source, Cerberus' goal would be to acquire all of BlackBerry and try to rescue its place in the market, rather than cut it up into pieces to be sold off separately.

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BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

There is a future for customers hoping to stay inside the BlackBerry family - at least that's what BlackBerry wants the public to believe as they send out an open letter this week for reassurance. This letter comes from BlackBerry itself and is being pushed by BlackBerry's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben. He's made clear that this letter is being sent to major media outlets in order to "set the record straight" about what's been going on and on what's about to be going on in the near future for the company as a consumer-ready hardware and software creator. UPDATE: Full PDF now available.

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BlackBerry Z30 heads to Rogers Communications after all

BlackBerry Z30 heads to Rogers Communications after all

It appears that at least a few BlackBerry fans remain in the Great White North. Canadian mobile carrier Rogers Communications announced about a week ago that it would be avoiding BlackBerry's new flagship device called the Z30. Considering the sagging popularity of BlackBerry devices overall, the announcement wasn't that big of surprise.

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BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry 10's designers The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), acquired by BlackBerry in late 2010 and renamed BlackBerry Sweden, have quietly abandoned the struggling Canadian company, with seven of the top talent founding a new company, TOPP. The startup studio will "craft new products and breathe life into innovative ideas through design, prototyping, and technology", across mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, and other segments.

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