So when BlackBerry CEO John Chen calls QNX one of the crown jewels of the company, he's not kidding. Here's what Chen said in December on BlackBerry's last earnings call:QNX is probably one of the crown jewels. Every time I come here, … Read more
I'm extremely partial to hugging.
However, I find it strange when people choose to hug trees rather than people. Not only is it odd to think the tree will be grateful but then there are the splinters in the face as well.
I haven't ever, though, seen anyone try to hug a wall.
Perhaps I just go to the wrong parties, but it would seem somewhat impossible to stretch your arms wide enough to encompass a wall's breadth.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't agree with me. Indeed, he believes that everyone who uses an iPhone constantly … Read more
Former Apple CEO John Sculley reportedly is planning to launch a smartphone brand in India, according to a report by tech-news site BGR that didn't cite sources.
Smartphone usage is exploding in India, with major players like Apple and Samsung pushing their phones through distribution networks and Indian companies like Micromax luxuriating in annual growth in smartphone sales between 200 and 500 percent. Last year, Strategy Analytics said India had surpassed Japan to become the third biggest smartphone market in the world.
Sculley, known for firing Steve Jobs from Apple in 1985, is said to be one of the … Read more
BlackBerry is attempting to draw a line in the sand when it comes sponsored ads reaching BBM users.
In a blog posted Tuesday, BBM product and brand marketing head Jeff Gadway acknowledged that BBM Channel creators will be able to send sponsored posts and invites to their subscribers, but such content won't seep into the actual chats. The sponsored content itself will be "direct, relevant, friendly," Gadway promised.
BBM Channel users will potentially see three different types of sponsored content from channel owners, according to Gadway.
Featured placements will be promotions designed by channel owners looking to … Read more
Will BlackBerry recover from its financial struggles and once again turn a profit? BlackBerry Chief John Chen is at least honest -- and sees the company's future as a coin toss.
In an interview with the Financial Times conducted during last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and published Tuesday, BlackBerry's CEO said that recovery and restructuring strategies have a "50-50 chance" of success.
Where there is a chance, there's hope, right? Despite the company's financial woes, Chen remains optimistic, saying during the interview:
"I think when you look at turnaround history … Read more
T-Mobile's $200 trade-in deal reportedly snagged a lot of BlackBerry owners. But 94 percent of them opted to switch to a rival device, according to the folks at TmoNews.
Announced on February 19 and ending today, the T-Mobile promotion promised $200 to any BlackBerry owner who traded in their device for a new phone. As part of the deal, customers could opt for any phone -- another BlackBerry or a different device, such as an iPhone or Android phone.
To sweeten the deal in BlackBerry's favor, T-Mobile slashed $50 off the price of a new BlackBerry Q10 or … Read more
Like at any technology show, the biggest product releases of Mobile World Congress dropped in the first couple of days. But the latter days of an event remain just as interesting. You actually have time (well, a few minutes anyway) to roam the show floor to find hidden gems and underdog products, and you can dig up a few juicy scoops. All of that is just what happened on day 3 of the world's biggest wireless show.
The return of BlackBerry? By now you may have forgotten about BlackBerry, but the former smartphone powerhouse showed up in Barcelona with … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- John Chen was at a recent charity event when an announcer unexpectedly called out his name and introduced him as the man who was taking over BlackBerry.
Almost immediately, several attendees pulled their BlackBerry Bolds and began holding them up. At that point, he realized he couldn't keep sitting, and stood up and said a few words of encouragement and to keep the faith.
"There are some moments that are really great," Chen told CNET in an interview. "This is why there's quite a bit of good chance for us to turn … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Hard to believe it's only day 2 of Mobile World Congress, which already feels like it's been going on for months. The CNET team is now fluent in Catalan, cannot remember any food that isn't tapas, and has renounced all other religions for that of Lionel Messi.
With most of the main announcements out of the way, it's time for some of the smaller companies to share the limelight. Speaking of which...CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress