BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu

Contributor by Contributor - September 14th, 2014

BlackBerry Limited announced today that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device.

From bullets to bits

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - September 9th, 2014

In addition to dealing with cybercriminals and hacktivists, enterprise security managers must pay increasing attention to avoid becoming collateral to nation-state cyber-warfare. Do recent high profile attacks on the region indicate that Middle Eastern businesses are at greater risk of attack, and what damage can cyber warfare inflict?

Fresh blue Apple

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - August 26th, 2014

James Dartnell takes a look at what the recent Apple-IBM enterprise deal could mean for the two corporate giants.

BlackBerry partners with TRA to support mGovernment

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 10th, 2014

BlackBerry has announced that it is collaborating with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to support the mGovernment initiative outlined and defined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, …

BlackBerry buying German firm for voice encryption

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 31st, 2014

BlackBerry has always touted its mobile devices as secure. But now it plans to make them “more secure” by acquiring a German company that specializes in voice encryption. BlackBerry will acquire Secusmart GmbH, which …

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - July 31st, 2014

Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

Beta BBM coming to Windows Phone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 13th, 2014

Blackberry has announced that it will bring its BBM messaging app to Windows Phone.

Safety first

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Three-day IT security conference GISEC 2014 gave the masses a chance to meet first class security vendors as well as listen to presentations from internationally renowned security professionals. CNME reports from day one of the show.

Malicious mobility

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

From paying bills on our smartphones to banking on our tablets, we are living more and more of our lives on our mobile devices. However, with all of this agility comes a measure of concern.

BlackBerry opens management of its smartphones to rivals

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 15th, 2014

BlackBerry is allowing rivals AirWatch, Citrix, SAP and IBM to directly manage its smartphones with the Blackberry 10 operating system as part of its strategy to open up management of its devices to third parties.

Android tops mobile ad traffic for first time

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.

BlackBerry revenue plunges 64 percent in Q4

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - March 30th, 2014

BlackBerry continued to struggle during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, experiencing a huge drop in revenue and a $423 million net loss.

BlackBerry’s enterprise chief talks BES12

By Martyn Williams by By Martyn Williams - February 27th, 2014

The head of BlackBerry’s enterprise services business is plotting an aggressive launch of a new version of the company’s core enterprise server later this year as BlackBerry seeks to regain some of the ground it’s lost over the last few years.

Why Julie Larson-Green’s ‘demotion’ carries huge pressure at Microsoft

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - February 26th, 2014

On Monday night, Julie Larson-Green was given one of the most important roles within Microsoft. You’d never know it from the initial reports, which dubbed it a “demotion.” And it is a demotion, at least from a corporate perspective.

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘We are here to compete, regain lost ground’

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 26th, 2014

BlackBerry will launch a new version of its enterprise management server software later this year that the company hopes will strengthen its business with major corporations and help turn around its flagging fortunes.

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 25th, 2014

WhatsApp’s voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service’s already firm standing in mobile messaging. WhatsApp will …

BlackBerry rolls out BES12 for enterprise mobility

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

BlackBerry has unveiled plans for BlackBerry  Enterprise Service 12 (BES12), a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. In addition, a new promotional program will …

Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - February 16th, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, the e-commerce giant said Friday.

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 13th, 2014

The world’s love affair with the smartphone continued unabated in 2013 with consumers snapping up more than 1 billion handsets during the year, according to an IDC estimate published on Wednesday.

Review: Porsche Design P9982 from BlackBerry

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2014

The P9982′s price tag is absolutely mad when you think about the device that you’re actually getting, though perhaps it’s the madness that makes it special.

BlackBerry to launch new smartphones at MWC 2014

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - January 29th, 2014

BlackBerry looks like it will launch new smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech show.

Google faces $125 million in damages for Android patent

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 23rd, 2014

SimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday.

VMware acquires AirWatch in $1.54 billion deal

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - January 23rd, 2014

VMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, with $1.175 billion being paid in cash and $365 million arriving in installment payments and assumed unvested equity.

BlackBerry recommits to the physical keyboard

Jared Newman by Jared Newman - January 14th, 2014

BlackBerry will rededicate itself to physical keyboards as the company tries to regain its footing.

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘Blackberry still most secure solution.’

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - January 8th, 2014

Recently-installed BlackBerry CEO John Chen is on a mission to revive the ailing company to financial health, largely by restoring faith in BlackBerry among corporate CIO’s and other traditional enterprise customers.

Healthy fruits

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 6th, 2014

BlackBerry’s latest financial results, which were announced mid-December, show that the company has a lot to do before it gets back to any level of solid footing.

BlackBerry sues Typo over ‘iconic’ keyboard design

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 6th, 2014

BlackBerry has filed a copyright infringement suit against a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that makes a keyboard case for the iPhone.

Abu Dhabi police release Blackberry 10 app

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2013

Abu Dhabi Police have released an app that is now available for BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

BlackBerry CEO: We’d love to try iOS, Android

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - December 22nd, 2013

BlackBerry’s new CEO says he is “very interested” in trying to replicate some of the company’s signature security and enterprise productivity on rival platforms.

EMS releases UAE’s ‘very own’ smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 28th, 2013

EMS has launched its new range of “be” smartphones in five different models.

BlackBerry increases Android app support

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - November 27th, 2013

BlackBerry hopes to make it easier for Android applications to run on its latest smartphones.

BlackBerry’s corporate clearout continues as Tear and Boulben axed

Allan Swann by Allan Swann - November 26th, 2013

BlackBerry has continued its clear out of top level staff by removing COO, Kristian Tear, and CMO Frank Boulben.

The worse for malware

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 19th, 2013

Through the advent of mobility, smartphones and tablets are now more dangerous devices to enterprises than laptops and PCs.
Mobile malware continues to proliferate, and at the same time employees are insisting on bringing their personal devices to work.

Google Android inside four of every five smartphones shipped last quarter

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - November 13th, 2013

Devices running Google’s Android operating system accounted for 81% of all smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2013, according to a study released today by IDC. Of the more than 261 …

MDM: The ultimate guide

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - November 12th, 2013

With some commentators labeling the BYOD trend as unstoppable, organisations are now turning to MDM to ensure the security of their networks. But how should MDM be tackled?

Management vendors race to help move BlackBerry users to Android and iOS

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - November 10th, 2013

Mobile management vendors including Good Technology and MobileIron are increasing their efforts to pitch Android and iOS as alternatives to BlackBerry, thanks to improved security and management tools.

Etisalat and Blackberry unveil payment service partnership

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 6th, 2013

Etisalat and BlackBerry today announced an integrated carrier billing service for BlackBerry smartphone users in the UAE.

BlackBerry taps former Sybase chief as interim CEO; analysts like the move

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - November 5th, 2013

BlackBerry’s appointment Monday of former Sybase CEO John Chen as its next executive board chair and interim CEO could be the best news in months for the struggling smartphone company.

In wake of BlackBerry’s demise, CIOs look to Samsung, Apple and Microsoft

Tom Kaneshige by Tom Kaneshige - November 5th, 2013

BlackBerry’s dramatic fall in the enterprise has left CIOs scrambling to pick a new mobile platform provider. Will it be Apple? Samsung? Or Microsoft? Or it will be all of the above.

BlackBerry now seeks lenders not buyers … and new CEO

John Cox by John Cox - November 5th, 2013

Foundering BlackBerry has given up for now on finding a buyer. Instead the smartphone company is seeking an infusion of cash from some investors, and shaking up its board and executive leadership.

Facebook’s first real phone shouldn’t be a BlackBerry

Caitlin McGarry by Caitlin McGarry - November 5th, 2013

BlackBerry is a sinking ship searching desperately for a rescue, so its turning to any major mobile player as a potential saviour. But if Facebook buys BlackBerry, it would be the company’s craziest move ever.

BlackBerry ditches CEO and accepts $1B loan from Fairfax, others

Mikael Ricknäs and Peter Sayer by Mikael Ricknäs and Peter Sayer - November 5th, 2013

BlackBerry will change its CEO and accept a US$1 billion loan from a consortium involving shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings as it struggles with inventory and strategy problems. The company has abandoned plans to sell itself.

Samsung in hot water over malfunctioning smartphones

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - October 27th, 2013

Samsung made a lot of headlines this week, though probably not for the reasons it would like.

Low-hanging fruit

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - October 1st, 2013

If you’re going to indulge in some vendor-bashing, why not go for the low-hanging fruit?

BlackBerry signs $4.7 billion buyout deal to go private

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - September 24th, 2013

A consortium led by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered to acquire struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry.

  • Hands-on: New iPhones pack big features in thin package

    Few announcements summon as much attention as a brand new iPhone, and this year, for the second time in as many years, Apple gave us two models of its smartphone to pore over. I got my mitts on the newest mobile devices in the hands-on area after Tuesday’s event.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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