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  • Hillary Clinton also used iPad for email while at State Department, often mixed personal, work chats

    03/31/2015 7:07:34 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    © Copyright 2015 NYDailyNews.com. All rights reserved. ^ | Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:31 AM | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device
  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    02/26/2015 7:06:24 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 46 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2/26/15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with Android taking only 11%, or $2.4 billion. The blow for Android is softened only slightly less so only by the fact that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox seemingly made no profit at all.
  • Obama Says He Gets Daily Prayers On BlackBerry

    07/05/2009 7:46:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 71 replies · 1,843+ views
    AP Report ^ | July 05th 2009
    Obama says he gets daily prayers on BlackBerry Tech-savvy Obama is the first president to use e-mail while in office Sun., July 5, 2009 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he gets a prayer every morning on his BlackBerry. Obama told reporters from religious news organizations on Thursday that White House faith director Joshua DuBois sends him a morning devotional every day to his e-mail device. He says it's a "wonderful practice" that started during the campaign. Tech-savvy Obama is the first president to use e-mail while in office and is seldom seen without his BlackBerry. Only a handful of...
  • Obama Receives Religious Devotionals by Blackberry

    02/05/2010 12:09:43 PM PST · by I still care · 51 replies · 835+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 5, 2010 | foxnews
    President Obama doesn't need to step foot in a church to find spiritual inspiration -- it comes directly to his BlackBerry. Every day, the president receives "devotionals," or passages meant to bring one closer to God, from Joshua DuBois, the head of his Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "Whether it's a passage of scripture or a piece out of a book that I think he might be interested in or a prayer, it's something to start his day off on the right note," DuBois told Fox News. When he took office, Obama fought vehemently with his security staff...
  • Is Obama Planning to Ditch His Blackberry?

    03/23/2014 7:42:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2014 | By Jeff Zeleny
    It was only five years ago when Barack Obama fought mightily to keep his BlackBerry — becoming the first president to be connected by email. Now, he may be looking for an upgrade. The White House is in the early stages of testing smartphones, the Wall Street Journal reported on yesterday, with devices from Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics being examined by the White House Communications Agency. If the president leaves his BlackBerry behind for a new smartphone, it’s another sign of the times from when George W. Bush famously sent a farewell message from his AOL address when he...
  • Obama's Blackberry....

    09/04/2009 9:29:23 AM PDT · by B.O. Plenty · 24 replies · 695+ views
    Me | 9/4/09 | B.O. Plenty
    Obama was reported not to be operational without his blackberry communication device. He even had a "special", extra secure device configured just for his use. Is it not a requirement that all communications orginating from the President of the United States have some kind of transcript so as to be able to reconstruct events in case of a disaster, or a gross mistake made by our elected officials? How can any kind of transcription made from a blackberry conversation? Is it recorded? Who is Obama talking to in secret on his blackberry? Inquiring minds just asking questions....
  • Chinese Clone: “Obama have Blackberry, I have blockberry”

    10/15/2009 3:02:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Chinese cell phone companies have been cloning some of the top phones in the world the past few years, including the iPhone and the Nokia N95, trying to get people to buy their knockoffs for half the price. Now, Blockberry… err…Blackberry has joined that list and with U.S. President Barack Obama as the face of their advertising campaign. The slogan for the new Blockberry is: “Obama have Blackberry, I have blockberry”. The Chinese Blockberry 9500 runs windows Mobile 6.1, with a 460MHZ proccessor, and features a 3.2 inch touchscreen, WIFI and bluetooth connectivity,Sirf III GPS navigation and supports 3G and...
  • Obama Is Sick Of His BlackBerry & Wants An iPhone—Will This Speed Up The iPhone 5 Release Date?

    06/11/2011 6:30:49 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies
    Dr. Jay's ^ | June 23, 2011
    I’m guessing the answer is no—Steve Jobs and geniuses at Apple will release the iPhone 5 (or the iPad 3) whenever they are damn well ready. Until then, I guess we will all be left drooling and craving. Now back to Barack. The President of the United State loves his technology and for many years fanned out over his trusty BlackBerry. But things have changed—Obama now is ready to join the cult of Apple. That’s right—Barack Obama wants an iPhone. I don’t blame him. I was a BlackBerry devotee for years.Then the iPhone came out. I was jealous, but patient—I...
  • On Solyndra: President's Blackberry Off Limits

    10/14/2011 5:51:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    cnn.com ^ | Oct. 14, 2011 | Jessica Yellin
    Washington (CNN) - Congress isn't getting a glimpse of what's on President Barack Obama's Blackberry - or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. House Republicans investigating the loan controversy had requested all internal White House documents about the issue. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns said that includes emails on the President's Blackberry. On Friday the White House Counsel sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee explaining they won't comply with the request because it "implicates...
  • Ominous News for Obama Administration: Judge Sullivan May Be Its Judge Sirica

    08/27/2014 9:31:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    WEBCommentary ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael J. Gaynor
    When President Obama declared last Super Bowl Sunday that there was "not even a smidgeon of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service, he gave his personal Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to it and especially vouched for Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal over the treatment of tax exemption applications. To vouch is "to give personal assurances; give a guarantee" (www.thefreedictionary.com/vouching). Team Obama predictably blamed conspiracy theorists for the idea that something was amiss at the IRS. To date, no evidence has surfaced that President Obama personally ordered discriminatory treatment of tax exemption applications to promote his...
  • Blackberry Brambles: Tales of Obama’s LFCOLB, Part Two

    06/23/2011 5:25:53 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 30 replies
    WTPOTUS ^ | June 22, 2011 | Miri
    In part one of my analysis, A Tangled Web: Tales of Obama’s LFCOLB, I introduced you to Savannah Guthrie, who remains, so far as we know, the only member of the media who claims to have actually seen, touched, and photographed the original paper document that is said to be a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama II’s original long-form certificate of live birth (LFCOLB).  No other member of the media has come forward to say she or he has examined the document.  In addition to logical inferences anyone can derive from the back-and-forth conversation during the news gaggle, Jake Tapper of ABC...
  • Official White House Photo Tonight: Obama Ignores Boehner on Phone, Plays With Blackberry

    11/02/2010 10:37:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 52 replies
    The White House ^ | Wednesday, November 3, 2010
    President Barack Obama makes an election night phone call to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) from his Treaty Room office in the White House residence, Nov. 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)(Note by Kristinn: Obama is working his Blackberry with both hands with it propped on his lap. What message is Boehner to take away from the White House releasing this official photo of their phone call?)
  • VIDEO: Rahmbo and Valerie Jarret Play Pass The Blackberry During Obama News Conference

    What the hell are they looking at? Watch Jarrett's facial expression as she passes it to Rahm the Ballerina. We post, you decide!
  • [President-elect] Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before

    12/24/2008 11:41:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 2,593+ views
    KBCI-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 24, 2008 | Seth Borenstein
    Get ready for the geek-in-chief. President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign. That and other evidence has convinced some of Obama's nerdier fans that he'll be the first American president to show distinct signs of geekiness. And that's got them as excited as a Tribble around a Klingon. Obama is good at "repressing his inner geek, but you can tell it's there," especially when he goes into nuanced explanations of technical_matters, said Benjamin Nugent, author of the book "American Nerd:...
  • Does Obama have private e-mail account? W.H. won't say

    03/11/2015 7:16:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    usatoday | March 11, 2015 | David Jackson
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  • Barack Obama tells 2.6 million Twitter followers he has never tweeted

    11/16/2009 9:01:21 AM PST · by Schnucki · 48 replies · 15,744+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 16, 2009 | Malcolm Moore
    Barack Obama left his 2.6 million fans on Twitter, the social networking website, bemused, disappointed and mildly irritated by admitting on Monday that he had never used the service himself. "Let me say that I have never used Twitter," he told students in Shanghai. "I noticed that young people are very busy with these electronics. My thumbs are too clumsy to type in things on the phone." During his election campaign, Mr Obama portrayed himself as "connected" to the people through Twitter and his ever-present blackberry phone. Some of his more understanding fans asked if it was any real surprise...
  • Twitter vs. Blackberry President-When history came to stare him in the face, Obama lowered his eyes.

    06/24/2009 8:36:49 PM PDT · by jacobny · 4 replies · 431+ views
    Obama conquered the world this spring, and the world is still conquered. Since World War II there has not been a president like Obama in the White House who can do whatever he desires in Washington. And yet, this past week has cracked the U.S. president. The paralysis that seized the king of the world in the face of Iranian evil has exposed a scratch in his Teflon coating for the first time. The Blackberry president did not heed the distress of the Twitter rebels. In his first test Obama stumbled morally. The reason Obama behaved as he did is...
  • The IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry, Too

    08/26/2014 2:08:32 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/26/2014 | Bryan Preston
    After Monday’s bombshell about the federal government’s system-wide email back-up system broke, there was yet another bombshell. The IRS “recycled” — destroyed — Lois Lerner’s hard drive in June 2011, just 10 days after Rep. Dave Camp had sent a letter to the IRS inquiring about the targeting of conservative groups that Lerner knew about and may have orchestrated. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry device, too. Even though there is no suggestion that it ever “crashed,” as the agency claims about her hard drive. Even worse, the IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew of the crash, and while the...
  • Feds won’t release IRS targeting documents

    02/10/2015 5:38:26 AM PST · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bob Cusack
    The Obama administration is refusing to publicly release more than 500 documents on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups. Twenty months after the IRS scandal broke, there are still many unanswered questions about who was spearheading the agency’s scrutiny of conservative-leaning organizations. The Hill sought access to government documents that might provide a glimpse of the decision-making through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The Hill asked for 2013 emails and other correspondence between the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The request specifically sought emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner and Treasury...
  • IRS smoking gun just blew a hole in Obama's plans

    05/21/2013 8:55:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/13 | Doug Book
    The IRS has admitted to harassing conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, singling out for extra special scrutiny organizations which featured “patriot” or “tea party” designations in their name. We now know that a number of these groups were forced to withdraw their applications, being unable or unwilling to continue what in some cases had become a 3 year battle with the corrupt federal agency. But few in the media have bothered to ask who directed the IRS to engage in this criminal behavior. It has been reported that Senators Chuck Schumer and Al Franken addressed a letter to IRS...
  • Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records

    03/14/2015 8:50:39 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama doesn't send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn't allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday... "I do not physically tweet in general," the president said in an interview on the ABC program "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
  • Hillary Clinton Wouldn't Take an Official BlackBerry: State Department

    03/14/2015 7:25:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 3-12-15
    Piling on more embarrassment for Hillary Clinton amid a row about her emails, U.S. officials revealed Thursday that during her time as secretary of state she had declined a government-issued cellphone. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Clinton was "not issued a State Department BlackBerry, and that wasn't a requirement — no one is required to be issued a State Department BlackBerry." The revelation is likely to raise more concerns about national security as well as speculation that the former first lady may have been hiding information that could embarrass her in her presidential campaign. Clinton is at the center of a...
  • Clinton had no official Blackberry: State Dept

    03/13/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/12/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Piling on more embarrassment for Hillary Clinton amid a row about her emails, US officials revealed Thursday that during her time as secretary of state she had eschewed a government-issued cell phone. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Clinton was "not issued a State Department BlackBerry, and that wasn't a requirement -- no one is required to be issued a State Department BlackBerry." The revelation is likely to raise more concerns about national security as well as speculation that the former first lady may have been hiding information that could embarrass her in her presidential campaign. Clinton is at...
  • Hillary Clinton Tries to Quell Controversy Over Private Email (Deleted just like Lois Lerner?)

    03/10/2015 9:10:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/10/2015 | AMY CHOZICK and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    At one point on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton said the emails she had deleted contained “personal communications from my husband and me.” But on Sunday, a spokesman for Mr. Clinton told reporters that the former president had “sent two emails in his life.” After the news conference, Mrs. Clinton’s office provided several new details about the email account and what she has provided to the State Department. More than 100 government officials knew about Mrs. Clinton’s use of private email, her office said. (The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Monday that President Obama exchanged emails with Mrs. Clinton, saw that...
  • Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2013 [Al Gore's Current TV on the ropes]

    06/26/2012 6:45:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/21/12 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict are going to disappear within a year. This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing...
  • What BlackBerry's CEO Wants From Apple

    01/22/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 1-22-15 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    BlackBerry's CEO John Chen wants companies to stop "discriminatory practices" against BlackBerry by not allowing them to use certain apps. Chen called out Apple and Netflix in a blog post about net neutrality and what he called a "two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem" where developers create apps only for iOS and Android devices. "Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," he wrote. Apple's iMessage service is only available to customers using the company's ecosystem of devices. Calling out Netflix, Chen said...
  • BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

    12/22/2014 7:34:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 15 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) is working with Boeing Co (BA.N) 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.
  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe: IRS lawyer

    08/26/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Doug McKelway
    Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about...
  • Fossils Unearthed at Silicon Valley Construction Site

    07/07/2014 2:23:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 7, 2014
    Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported. Most of the fossils uncovered at the Calaveras Dam replacement project in Fremont, California, are believed to be about 20 million years old, dating to the Miocene Epoch, when the ocean extended as far inland as Bakersfield, California, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Monday. Scallops, clams, barnacles and the teeth of an extinct hippopotamus-like creature called a Desmostylus...
  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry may hold smoking gun

    06/26/2014 6:26:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    No hard drive crash could prevent the release of the email revealing Lois Lerner’s attempt to persecute Senator Chuck Grassley for receiving an invitation because it was sent from her Blackberry (hat tip: Ed Driscoll). This immediately raises the question of what other emails may have been routed through her Blackberry.You may recall that just a couple of days ago, IRS commissioner John Koskinen declared that he didn’t know whether or not she had a Blackberry. That convenient obfuscation is no longer operative. Twitchy chronicles the Twitterverse’s reaction. Let’s see what kind of accident Lois will come up with to...
  • Rebuilding BlackBerry: CEO’s enterprise focus starts to pay dividends

    06/22/2014 10:56:19 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | June 21, 2014 | OMAR EL AKKAD
    Shortly after his appointment as BlackBerry Ltd.’s new CEO in November of last year, John Chen began making the rounds. At the time, the company was in a state of virtual freefall, its future a matter of debate. As a result, consumers and enterprise customers were bailing. Looking to stop the bleeding, Mr. Chen targeted BlackBerry’s most lucrative and strategically important demographic – the big corporate customers. “I personally spoke to a lot of people and have met a lot of customers, some very big names,” Mr. Chen said during an earnings call on Thursday. “When we have a chance...
  • Data security earns BlackBerry a boost from the Pentagon

    03/27/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT · by deks · 1 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 27, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    BlackBerry has earned a “full operational capability” designation from the U.S. Defense Department for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and enterprise service, the smartphone company said Thursday. BlackBerry said the security certification will allow U.S. government employees to securely access email, data, apps and other department network resources using the company’s latest smartphones. On Wednesday, BlackBerry received certification for U.S. government employees to use its secure work space enterprise software on iPhones and devices that use the Android operating system. The technology is among products that became available through the rollout of the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. The software helps...
  • BlackBerry to bring back function keys to win back former fans

    02/24/2014 7:22:06 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | SEAN SILCOFF
    BlackBerry Ltd. is seeking to win back once-devoted customers by bringing back a popular set of command keys that the company had abandoned with the launch of a new family of smartphones this past year. Sources familiar with the company say chief executive officer John Chen will announce Tuesday at a mobile industry conference in Barcelona that the Waterloo, Ont.-based company will restore its trademark “belt” of five function keys that sat between the screen and keyboard. This includes a trackpad and other keys that allowed users to easily navigate between different applications. The belt will appear later this year...
  • Ford expected to drop Microsoft, use BlackBerry QNX in next-gen Sync

    02/22/2014 2:04:31 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 22 replies
    AutoNews ^ | Craig Trudell and Jeff Green | Craig Trudell and Jeff Green
    TOKYO/DETROIT/TORONTO (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co., struggling with in-car technology glitches, will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry Ltd.'s QNX and no longer use Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, according to people briefed on the matter. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, said the people, who declined to be identified because the decision hasn't been made public. Ford has more than 7 million vehicles on the road with Sync using Microsoft voice-activated software to make mobile phone calls and play music. Ford CEO Alan Mulally,...
  • WSJ:The Top Five Product Flops of 2013-Can You Believe It? ObamaCare #4! LOL!

    01/08/2014 8:08:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Jelter
    For every hot product launch in 2013, there has also been a high-profile launch that was a miserable failure. MarketWatch's Jim Jelter takes a look at the top five of the flops.
  • BlackBerry faces another year of uncertainty as CEO launches rescue attempt

    12/27/2013 7:25:43 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Maclean's ^ | December 27, 2013 | David Friend
    TORONTO – BlackBerry hopes to clean the slate again as it heads into the new year with another lease on life and a leader who believes he can do what his predecessors couldn’t—save the company from a slow death. After months of painful uncertainty and dismal financial results, BlackBerry is in the hands of chairman and chief executive John Chen who hopes to navigate the company into 2014 with reinvigorated vision. “I need to go out and convince the world that the fight has now started,” said Chen during a recent media event at the company’s headquarters. “It’s a long-haul...
  • BlackBerry to retreat from consumer market, lay off 4,500 employees

    09/20/2013 12:45:36 PM PDT · by massmike · 15 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 09/20/2031 | n/a
    As was reported earlier this week, BlackBerry will be laying off 4,500 employees, over a third of its workforce. The layoff comes in an unexpected early earnings guidance release, in which the struggling manufacturer reveals it lost almost $1 billion last quarter. The loss is mainly attributable to the failed launch of BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone. The company says it expects a "primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments in the second quarter of approximately $930 million to $960 million" due mainly to the Z10. Moving forward, BlackBerry appears to be stepping back from the mainstream consumer market to...
  • BlackBerry planning deep job cuts: report

    09/18/2013 12:32:39 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Global News ^ | September 18, 2013 | Staff
    BlackBerry Ltd. is planning major staff reductions before the year is out, according to a published report citing unnamed sources. The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker has an employee base of about 12,700 while the cuts would come from across the company’s entire operations, a report in the Wall Street Journal published Wednesday said. “Organizational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles to drive new opportunities in mobile computing,” a BlackBerry spokesman told the newspaper. The cuts—if true—would be the deepest and most extensive in the company’s history, eclipsing the 5,000 jobs...
  • Report: NSA can access most smartphone data

    09/08/2013 6:09:55 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via knoxnews.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine cited internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone as part of their effort to gather intelligence on potential threats such as terrorists. The data obtained this way includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information, Der Spiegel reported....
  • BlackBerry stands by security of smartphones amid British hacking report

    06/17/2013 5:08:10 PM PDT · by rickmichaels
    Canadian Press ^ | JUNE 17, 2013
    WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says it remains confident in the security of its smartphones after a newspaper reported that the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into devices belonging to foreign diplomats at the G20 meetings in 2009. A document cited by the London-based Guardian newspaper appeared to boast of GCHQ’s ability to tap into smartphones. The Guardian quoted the document as saying that “capabilities against BlackBerry provided advance copies of G20 briefings to ministers.” It went on to say that “Diplomatic targets from all nations have an MO (a habit) of using smartphones,” adding that spies “exploited this...
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone Is Now Bigger Than BlackBerry

    05/16/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/16/2013 | Jay Yarrow
    We're not sure if this is a good sign for Microsoft or a bad sign for BlackBerry, but Windows Phone is now the third largest smartphone operating system, according to IDC. Since we're optimists, we'll say it's a good sign for Microsoft. It's trying to catch up to Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. It has a very long way to go before it catches either of them, but it had to start somewhere. Perhaps this is the start of the most unlikely come-from-behind victory in history. Here's the IDC numbers, via All Things D:
  • Someone bought 1,000,000 BlackBerry Z10 smartphones

    03/16/2013 9:11:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/14/13
    That's a whole lot of pie! An undisclosed customer bought a million BlackBerrys from the smartphone maker formerly known as Research In Motion -- marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's history. These aren't the business basic gadgets of years past, of course: The Canadian company unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in January to rave reviews from tech watchers worldwide. The company hopes the redesigned BlackBerry will fuel a comeback -- and orders of this magnitude suggest it may be working. The pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple's 2007 release of the...
  • BlackBerry 10 arrives Feb 5th in Canada, tomorrow in the UK, US carriers revealed (New OS)

    01/30/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | Jan 30th, 2013 at 11:23 AM | James Trew
    If you like what you've seen so far from RIM BlackBerry's big launch event today, then you might want to know when you can get it? Those in the US might have hoped the rumors weren't true, but indeed, you will have to wait until March before you can get your hands on BlackBerry 10. Though when it does land, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (only Q10 confirmed) and T-Mobile (Z10 confirmed) will all be able to get onboard. BlackBerry's giving its home turf a little bit of a head start with a February 5th release date and Bell,...
  • BlackBerry parent Research in Motion loses subscribers for first time

    12/20/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Andrea Chang
    For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter. Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers. Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
  • Blackberry’s odd list of forbidden passwords includes characters from Winnie the Pooh and more

    12/19/2012 2:17:15 PM PST · by null and void · 36 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 12/17/12 | JEFFREY BAUSCH
    List meant to protect clueless from using popular passwords but leaves many confused behind reasoning For a while now, Blackberry has had in place a list of 106 prohibited passwords that device owners cannot use when setting up their Blackberry ID account. For all of its intents and purposes, the list is supposed to be a good thing; after all, it’s meant to save the clueless from using easily hackable passwords like “123456” and “password”. What’s confusing, though, and this is why the list is making headlines now even though it’s been in place for a while, is that there...
  • Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo

    11/17/2011 9:05:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Hindu ^ | November 17, 2011 | Anita Joshua
    Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo Anita Joshua Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani is reported to have tendered his resignation on Wednesday (American time) following allegations that he had submitted a memo on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari to former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen to pre-empt a possible coup in the wake of the May 2 operation against al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. However, several hours after news broke of the resignation offer made during the night (Pakistani time), there was no word from the Government on whether it had been accepted or not....
  • Windows Phone to Pass BlackBerry, but Does It Matter?

    08/22/2012 2:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    CIO ^ | 08/22/2012 | Shane O'Neill
    Windows Phone could pull ahead of the beleaguered BlackBerry platform in mobile Web usage this fall to take a distant third place behind Android and iOS. It's a dubious distinction, but it also could be the momentum-builder Microsoft needs. In the spirit of the recent Olympics, Windows Phone is in a race of its own to become a bronze winner in the smartphone dash behind Android and iOS. All it needs to do is pass the wounded soldier known as RIM (Research In Motion). New mobile Web usage data from Web traffic analysis site StatCounter indicates this will happen soon....
  • Analyst sees RIM losing 90 percent of workers

    06/25/2012 8:41:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    C/NET ^ | 06/25/2012 | by Larry Dignan
    Research In Motion (RIM) is a fundamentally broken company that is likely to be split up in parts and may see fiscal year 2014 revenue of about $7 billion, well short of the $12 billion Wall Street currently expects, according to Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum became the latest analyst to ditch any hopes for RIM ahead of what is known to be a fiscal first quarter train wreck. Gelblum downgraded RIM to underweight -- a bit late to that party -- on the idea that the company won't even be able to hold its book value. Any...
  • Ten Brands That Will Disappear In 2013

    06/21/2012 12:33:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 06/21/2012
    Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict will to disappear within a year. This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing. American Airlines will disappear in 2013 because of its inefficiency. It was the premier carrier in the United States for almost 30 years — even surviving through periods when most other carriers went bankrupt. However, it lost its critical advantage of scale when Northwest merged with Delta (NYSE: DAL) and Continental merged with United (NYSE:...
  • Prospects Dim for BlackBerry Maker

    05/29/2012 7:39:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2012 | CHIP CUMMINS
    Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM +2.09% warned its business is deteriorating and will likely lose money for the second straight quarter, underscoring the uphill battle to turn around its flagging BlackBerry smartphone business. The dire outlook comes as RIM scrambles to cut costs ahead of the rollout of its next BlackBerry expected this year. RIM is depending on this phone and a new mobile operating system to rescue the business, yet it still hasn't provided a date for the debut. Analysts have been marking down their earnings estimate for the quarter for weeks, but most had still figured RIM would...