Information appliances http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28961/all en BlackBerry faces tough battle for business users http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/blackberry-faces-tough-battle-business-users <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BlackBerry's new smartphone platform launched this week faces an uphill battle winning back corporate and government users who helped spawn the "crackberry" culture, analysts say.</p> <p>The Canadian-based firm, which rebranded itself with the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform, must stem the loss of its core customers and win over those who migrated to the iPhone or Android devices, according to industry watchers.</p> <p>While BlackBerry helped create a culture of mobile users glued to smartphones nearly a decade ago, many of those customers have since moved on to Apple or Android.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/blackberry-faces-tough-battle-business-users" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Computing Information appliances Labor Law Smartphones AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:30:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742535 at http://www.globalpost.com New BlackBerry scalped online http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/new-blackberry-scalped-online <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Though yet to be launched in North America, BlackBerry's new smartphones were already for sale online Friday, stirring bidding frenzies.</p> <p>Sellers claimed they obtained the sleek new handsets at launch events in New York, Toronto, Dubai, London and Johannesburg. Journalists and analysts who attended the events were given a BlackBerry Z10, which retails for $599.</p> <p>On online auction website eBay bids soared to $3,000 for two "very rare" white Z10 devices, according to the British seller. Another from New York was listed at $1,775. Most of them however went for about $1,100.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/new-blackberry-scalped-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Information appliances Smartphones Technology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:00:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743706 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry to withdraw from Japan: reports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/blackberry-withdraw-japan-reports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry will not launch its new models in Japan, reports said Friday, effectively heralding a pull-out from a booming smartphone market where it is being beaten by Apple.</p> <p>The Canada-based company, which is hoping its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 series will turn around flagging global fortunes, will not sell the handsets in the country, the Nikkei business daily said.</p> <p>The report said BlackBerry's share of the Japanese market had slumped to 0.3 percent from about five percent in the past. The paper gave no time frame.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/blackberry-withdraw-japan-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackberry Economy of Canada Information appliances Smartphones AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:01:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749650 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry says new phones won't be sold in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/blackberry-says-new-phones-wont-be-sold-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The smartphone maker BlackBerry confirmed Friday that it has no immediate plans to sell its new handsets in Japan, but the company denied it was abandoning one of the world's most tech-savvy nations.</p> <p>Having fallen far behind Apple and lost ground to other smartphone makers such as Samsung, BlackBerry last week launched two new devices -- the Q10 and the Z10 -- in a very public bid to revive its fortunes and gain market share.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/blackberry-says-new-phones-wont-be-sold-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BlackBerry Blackberry Information appliances Smartphones AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:01:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750318 at http://www.globalpost.com Home Depot calls up iPhone, drops BlackBerry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/home-depot-calls-iphone-drops-blackberry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry was handed a crushing setback for its glitzy new handsets when its major customer Home Depot confirmed on Tuesday it was switching to Apple's iPhones.</p> <p>Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes told AFP almost 10,000 BlackBerry handsets used by its company executives and store managers would be dumped in favor of the iPhone 5.</p> <p>While BlackBerry helped create a culture of mobile users glued to the smartphones nearly a decade ago -- dubbed "crackberry addicts" -- many of those customers have since moved to Apple or Android-based phones.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/home-depot-calls-iphone-drops-blackberry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Home Depot Information appliances Smartphones AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:00:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753693 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry co-founder Balsillie sells entire stake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/blackberry-co-founder-balsillie-sells-entire-stake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO and a driving force behind BlackBerry, no longer owns shares in the Canadian smartphone maker, according to a US securities filing Thursday.</p> <p>Balsillie, who stepped down last year, said he had sold his entire stake in the company -- more than 26 million shares or roughly a five-percent stake -- as of December 31, 2012.</p> <p>The news comes after BlackBerry last month launched two glitzy new devices, the Q10 and Z10, in a bid to revive its sagging fortunes and regain lost market share from Apple and other smartphone makers such as Samsung.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/blackberry-co-founder-balsillie-sells-entire-stake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackberry Economy of Canada Information appliances Smartphones AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:02:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755521 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry former co-CEO Balsillie sells entire stake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/blackberry-former-co-ceo-balsillie-sells-entire-stake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO and a driving force behind BlackBerry, no longer owns shares in the Canadian smartphone maker, according to a US securities filing Thursday.</p> <p>Balsillie, who stepped down last year, said he had sold his entire stake in the company -- more than 26 million shares or roughly a five-percent stake -- as of December 31, 2012.</p> <p>The news comes after BlackBerry last month launched two glitzy new devices, the Q10 and Z10, in a bid to revive its sagging fortunes and regain lost market share from Apple and other smartphone makers such as Samsung.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/blackberry-former-co-ceo-balsillie-sells-entire-stake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackberry Economy of Canada Information appliances Smartphones AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:02:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755529 at http://www.globalpost.com Gadgets and gizmos galore at world's top IT fair http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/gadgets-and-gizmos-galore-at-worlds-top-it-fair <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From a glove that can be used as a mobile phone to a remote-controlled spy helicopter: this year's CeBIT, the world's top high-tech fair, showcases a bewildering array of gadgets.</p> <p>For geeks in cold climates, China-based firm Winnershine Technology has just the thing: a glove that can be used as a mobile phone while keeping your hands toasty warm.</p> <p>Connected to your smartphone via bluetooth, the earpiece is in the thumb of the woolly green glove, with the speaker in the little finger, allowing you to make calls without getting your hands cold. Yours for a snip at $12.50.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/gadgets-and-gizmos-galore-at-worlds-top-it-fair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Information appliances Smartphones Technology AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:31:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774573 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-BlackBerry shares rally on AT&T launch, takeover hopes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/update-2-blackberry-shares-rally-att-launch-takeover-hopes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Lenovo CEO says may consider BlackBerry deal in the future</p> <p>* Analysts downplay odds of a Lenovo takeover of BlackBerry</p> <p>* AT&amp;T says BlackBerry Z10 to hit store shelves on March 22</p> <p>* Analyst sees margins moving higher with new device sales</p> <p>* BlackBerry shares close 14 percent higher on Nasdaq, TSX (Adds analyst comments; updates share price move)</p> <p>By Euan Rocha</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/update-2-blackberry-shares-rally-att-launch-takeover-hopes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BlackBerry Blackberry Computing Information appliances Software Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:01:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5780034 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry plans security feature for Android, iPhone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/blackberry-offer-security-solution-android-and-ios <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Euan Rocha</p> <p>TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry will offer technology to separate and make secure both work and personal data on mobile devices powered by Google Inc's Android platform and by Apple Inc's iOS operating system, the company said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/blackberry-offer-security-solution-android-and-ios" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackberry Business Computing Information appliances Labor Law Smartphones Software Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:30:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5783274 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry Z10 launched in Indonesia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/blackberry-z10-launched-indonesia-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BlackBerry on Friday launched its new Z10 smartphone in Indonesia, the company's third-largest market, as it rapidly loses ground elsewhere to rivals such as Apple and Samsung.</p> <p>Some 300 buyers gathered at the upmarket Central Park mall in the capital Jakarta by midday -- many queued outside from 07:00 am -- to snap up the Z10, already launched in Britain and Canada, and set to hit US stores next week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/blackberry-z10-launched-indonesia-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Information appliances Smartphones Software AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5784318 at http://www.globalpost.com police-smartphone smugglers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130317/police-smartphone-smugglers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- Three South Koreans have been arrested on charges of purchasing hundreds of stolen or lost smartphones for illegal shipment to China, police said Sunday.</p> <p>The three, including a 27-year-old man identified only as Park, were accused of buying some 500 smartphones worth 500 million won (US$449,640) from January until recently, smuggling them to China to sell them as used phones, a police spokesman said.</p> <p>Park led the team, working between South Korea and his office in Weihai, a city in the eastern Chinese province of Sandong, the spokesman said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130317/police-smartphone-smugglers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Information appliances Labor Law Smartphones Yonhap News Agency Sun, 17 Mar 2013 06:46:07 +0000 Yonhap News Agency 5785804 at http://www.globalpost.com BlackBerry shares dive on reports of muted U.S. debut for Z10 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/blackberry-faces-crucial-test-us-launch-z10 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Euan Rocha</p> <p>TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of BlackBerry fell nearly 8 percent on Friday after reports of a flat response to the launch of its new Z10 smartphone in the vitally important U.S. market.</p> <p>The well-reviewed device, whose success is essential if BlackBerry is to re-establish itself as a power in the smartphone industry, finally hit U.S. store shelves early on Friday, nearly two months after being formally unveiled.</p> <p>Several analysts and media reports found the debut lacklustre.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/blackberry-faces-crucial-test-us-launch-z10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BlackBerry Blackberry Computing Information appliances Smartphones Software Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:45:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791142 at http://www.globalpost.com New BlackBerry phone launched in US in key test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/new-blackberry-phone-launched-us-key-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone went on sale in the United States on Friday in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm.</p> <p>The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&amp;T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy.</p> <p>The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm's last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/new-blackberry-phone-launched-us-key-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Computing Information appliances Smartphones AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:01:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791420 at http://www.globalpost.com New BlackBerry phone launched in US in key test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/new-blackberry-phone-launched-us-key-test-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone went on sale in the United States on Friday in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm.</p> <p>The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&amp;T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy.</p> <p>The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm's last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/new-blackberry-phone-launched-us-key-test-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BlackBerry Blackberry Business Information appliances Smartphones AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:16:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791509 at http://www.globalpost.com