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TCL working on a foldable phone that can be turned into a watch-like bracelet

The company is working on five devices which will have flexible displays

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February 17, 2019


In a role reversal, Facebook sues Blackberry for stealing its voice messaging tech

Blackberry has also been accused of infringing upon Facebook’s GPS data tracking and analysing technology

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September 6, 2018


BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and…

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March 7, 2018


WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from Jan 1

NEWS DESK: WhatsApp will stop working on a selection of smartphones and mobile platforms in the new year, reported The Independent. From 1 January 2018, the messenger service won’t be available on any handsets running Windows Phone 8.0 (or older versions of the operating system), BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10. The company made the announcement…

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December 27, 2017


After serious allegations, Imran Khan vows to emerge ‘stronger’

NEWS DESK: MNA Ayesha Gulalai leveled scathing allegations against PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday. She accused him of sexual harassment in text messages, termed PTI an ‘anti-women’ party and blamed K-P CM for corruption. She even challenged Imran Khan to make public his exchange of text messages with Gulalai on his Blackberry phone. The…

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August 3, 2017


BlackBerry working with automakers on anti-hack tool: analyst

BlackBerry Ltd is working with at least two automakers to develop a security service that would remotely scan vehicles for computer viruses and tell drivers to pull over if they were in critical danger, according to a financial analyst. The service, which would also be able to install security patches to an idle car, is…

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May 17, 2017


BlackBerry to outsource handsets, will halt production

MONTREAL: BlackBerry, the Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said Wednesday it will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner. Handsets with the BlackBerry name will be produced under license by PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk, allowing the Canadian firm to concentrate on software and services, a statement by the firms…

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September 28, 2016


BlackBerry exits Pakistan over data access row

OTTAWA:  BlackBerry said Monday it is exiting Pakistan rather than hand over its customers’ private messages, after the government demanded access to encrypted data sent through company servers. Pakistan gave the Canadian smartphone maker until December 31 to comply but BlackBerry said it would immediately discontinue operations in the country. “While we regret leaving this…

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November 30, 2015


BlackBerry to buy rival Good Technology for $425 million

TORONTO: Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) said on Friday it will buy rival mobile software provider Good Technology Corp (GDTC.O) for $425 million, to boost its ability to help corporate clients manage smartphones running on different operating systems.

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September 6, 2015


BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses

TORONTO: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business. The company did not specify how many employees would be affected. BlackBerry, which reported a 16.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue in March, had about 6,225 full-time employees as…

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May 23, 2015


BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

STOCKHOLM: BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters. “At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. Since this may impact approximately 100 employees, we are now initiating consultations with the…

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April 25, 2015


Blackberry launches new secure tablet

NEW YORK: Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said on Saturday it was launching a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd . The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015…

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March 14, 2015


Samsung talks to BlackBerry about $7.5 bln buyout

NEW YORK/SEOUL: Samsung Electronics recently offered to buy BlackBerry Ltd for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share,…

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January 15, 2015


BlackBerry, Boeing working on a self-destructing phone

ONTARIO: BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black…

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December 21, 2014


BlackBerry CEO sees fewer new devices

TORONTO: BlackBerry, which has completed the first phase of its two-year turnaround plan, is now focused on profitability and will not spread itself thin by attempting to launch too many new devices, its chief executive said. John Chen, who took the reins at the struggling mobile technology company in November 2013, has moved rapidly to…

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November 9, 2014


BlackBerry steps up fightback with Indonesian phone

JAKARTA: BlackBerry will this week launch a new budget handset in Indonesia, one of its last bastions, a major step in the ailing smartphone maker's fightback against titans Samsung and Apple. The Z3, which is designed for Indonesia but will likely be introduced in other emerging markets later, is the first new BlackBerry phone since…

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May 11, 2014


BlackBerry suffers network outage in Canada, Asia-Pacific

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd suffered a network outage affecting some users in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region that was resolved hours later, the smartphone and technology company said on Tuesday, at a sensitive time for the once-mighty tech titan. The outage hit Canada's leading mobile network, according to a memo sent to some customers of both…

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March 5, 2014


BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's company over iPhone keyboard

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd said that it had filed a lawsuit against a company co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest that offers a physical keyboard that can be attached to some of Apple Inc's touchscreen iPhone 5 models.The company, Typo Products LLC, is currently taking pre-orders for the $99 keyboard, which features angled miniature keys…

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January 5, 2014


BlackBerry steps back on handset business, shares jump

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) (BBRY.O) said on Friday it was entering a handset production deal that lowers the risk it will have to take more massive writedowns on unsold smartphones, and its shares surged even though it posted dismal quarterly results.The stock rose as much as 17 percent after the company announced the five-year partnership…

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December 20, 2013


BlackBerry extends deadline to boost capital increase

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd, which recently concluded a $1 billion convertible debt offering, said it has agreed with its debtholders to extend an option deadline attached to the deal, giving potential investors a chance to buy up to a further $250 million in convertible debt.The struggling smartphone maker last month shelved plans to sell itself and…

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December 13, 2013


BlackBerry offers bumper package to new CEO

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd will pay its new interim CEO a base salary of $1 million, a bonus of up to twice that amount as well as stock awards potentially worth some $85 million, in the hopes of turning around Canada's most prominent technology company.John Chen, the second consecutive chief executive officer at BlackBerry to receive…

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November 8, 2013