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BlackBerry’s CEO Calls iPhone Users “Wall Huggers” & More

There is quite a bit of truth in the latest interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen in an interview with Yahoo. He took a jab at iPhone users by calling them “Wall Huggers” due to subpar battery life. I know a few iPhone users who carry around a huge portable battery just to make it…

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Secusmart Encrypted Phone Calls for BlackBerry Now Available to All

BlackBerry and Secusmart made a bit of a splash recently with all of the NSA phone snooping craziness. Angela Merkel ordered 2,000 BlackBerry Z10 phones with the Secusmart voice encryption software on a chip to encrypt all of their phone conversations. So far that solution was only available to governments and large enterprises. Now they…

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John Chen Takes a Page Out of Steve Jobs’ Playbook in Vision for BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has been on a media spree recently. He sat down with the New York Times for a interview they published on Friday including loads of juicy bits on Chen’s larger vision for BlackBerry. Supposedly he is all about focusing on enterprise and government customers now and is going where the software…

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BlackBerry Sales Doubled in UAE After Price Cuts

It seems like John Chen’s recent price cuts for devices is going over well around the world. The National is reporting that BlackBerry is seeing a doubling of sales in the UAE in February compared to January. This is coming from retailer Jacky’s Electronics COO who said that price cuts are starting to move devices….

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BlackBerry Sells Their US Headquarters in Las Colinas, Texas

BlackBerry has been pitching their Las Colinas office campus to buyers for months according to Dallas News (via BBNews.pl) and they finally got a bite. Canadian investor Brookfield Property Group purchased the Riverside Commons 6 building 460,000 square foot office. BlackBerry bought the buildings in 2009 and has since laid off many of their employees…

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BlackBerry Considering Selling Personalized BBM PIN Numbers

It seems like BlackBerry is working double time to vastly improve BBM while also monetizing it. Their latest effort may revolve around selling custom BBM PIN numbers just like states offer custom license plates. PIN numbers in BBM are actually an interesting concept because it is one of the only messaging systems that lets you…

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BlackBerry Patents Tactile Touch Sensitive Display Keyboard

BlackBerry was awarded a patent recently for what seems to be the touch sensitive keyboard we heard about coming to the Windermere codename device. The keyboard is intended to be a touch sensitive part of the device which is very innovative. BBNews.pl spotted this new patent for a physical keyboard that somehow overlays a touch…

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Video of John Chen’s Latest Bloomberg Interview Now Available

We told you a bit about the Bloomberg interview BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, had this week. Now Jay pointed out to me that the video of the interview is now available on Bloomberg TV. Its actually great to watch and get a feel for Chen in a more casual environment and he even tells jokes….

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