BlackBerry might soon become a mobile ATM.
Speaking to Recode in an interview published on Tuesday, BlackBerry enterprise president John Sims said the company is meeting with firms in emerging markets around the world to explore the possibility of transferring money through BBM.
"Money movement is an important thing," Sims told Recode.
If BlackBerry delivers a full payment service, it wouldn't be the first time the company has dipped its toe in the water. Last year, in fact, BlackBerry provided a money-transfer service through BBM on a test basis in Indonesia.
Although BlackBerry's 85 million monthly … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed two new phones were on their way this year.
The first, codenamed "Jakarta," but known as the BlackBerry Z3 will launch first in Indonesia in April before moving to other markets. It will retail for less than $200.
The second phone, the BlackBerry Q20 (which Chen dubbed "BlackBerry Classic" because of its keyboard) is designed for big business and government clients and will launch by the end of the year. It was also designed by Foxconn.
"We are definitely here to compete and make up some lost ground," … Read more
Ford has partnered with Microsoft for its Sync in-car infotainment system for years, but it's looking like the car giant may be switching to BlackBerry.
The automaker is swapping out Microsoft for BlackBerry for its next-generation in-car entertainment and communications technology, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. Apparently, the car maker believes BlackBerry's system could be cheaper and more reliable.
Ford partnered with Microsoft in 2007 to create a fully integrated, flash memory-based system to enable drivers to call hands-free and to control a range of digital audio via voice commands and buttons mounted on the … Read more
BlackBerry Messenger will expand its reach in the coming months.
In a blog posted Monday, BBM product and marketing chief Jeff Gadway revealed that the Messenger app will debut for Windows Phone users sometime this summer. The app will also travel to the newly-announced Android-powered Nokia X platform, though Gadway didn't reveal an ETA for that rollout.
"BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for … Read more
The latest headphones from Plantronics are flexible and sweat-proof, making them perfect for gym rats and runners. The BackBeat Fit can connect with up to eight devices through Bluetooth, and also double as a wireless headset thanks to a built-in microphone.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
A play and pause button, along with volume controls, sit on the left earpiece, while the power and phone buttons are located on the right side. Additional controls, such as the ability to skip songs or go back, can be accessed with a long press or double tap of the play … Read more
You might think that Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion suggests that BlackBerry is sitting on a gold mine with its BBM messenger service.
Well, not so fast.
Facebook shocked the market on Wednesday with the purchase of messaging app WhatsApp in a deal that included $16 billion in cash and stock, and another $3 billion in restricted stock that would vest over the next four years.
The deal set a new, much higher benchmark on the valuation of mobile messaging companies. Based on the $19 billion figure, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $42 per monthly active user (450 … Read more
T-Mobile on Wednesday attempted to squash a feud with BlackBerry and its small, but devoted, fan base with an olive branch in the form of a promotion.
Although brash T-Mobile CEO John Legere may have set off another flame war with his final dig at BlackBerry CEO John Chen.It was T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert who played the role of peacemaker, and introduced in a blog post an offer of a $200 credit toward a new device when you trade in a working BlackBerry at T-Mobile. Customers who want to upgrade to a BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10 … Read more
A new update for the Xbox One didn't quite go smoothly.
Many Xbox One users who downloaded the latest update say their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers. A number of them commenting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit's Xbox thread report that the audio remains alive even as all screen activity goes dark. Some have responded to the bug by unplugging and replugging their consoles, while others were able to recover by holding down the power button to reset the machine.
In response to a tweet from … Read more