BlackBerry Shines at CES 2015

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For a company that many had written off and left for dead, BlackBerry continues to innovate and work hard to remain a major player in the mobile industry. At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada BlackBerry truly showed the world that they are indeed not going anywhere by unveiling multiple new innovations that will truly be RIMarkable in the coming year of 2015.

Here are some key take a ways from yesterday’s CES 2015 session where BlackBerry actually made headlines;

  • iOT (Internet of Things)- BlackBerry announced there platform which details a cloud based solution that will allow you to manage multiple devices and service cross platform. For more detailed information see this link iOT
  • BBM on Android Wear- This has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen from BlackBerry at CES. BBM will be available on multiple Android Wear devices early 2015. See details here BBMDroidWear
  • AT&T- Yes that right, AT&T and BlackBerry continues to have a good long standing relationship. This relationship just got a lot better with the announcement that AT&T will offer the BlackBerry Classic and the AT&T version of the BlackBerry Passport which features rounded edges unlike the initial release featuring the more squared edges of the Passport. Many people have voiced their displeasure with the change in design for AT&T’s version of the Passport but I beg to differ on the issue. The fact that AT&T is still truly supporting BlackBerry devices for consumers is good enough to warrant a design change in which looks pretty nice for the Passport. You can check out the full details here AT&T PassportClassic
  • QNX – What more can be said about BlackBerry’s acquisition of QNX. This was a key business play and shows that the higher ups at BlackBerry are always looking for ways to keep the business positioned for future success. QNX is now used in over 50 million in car systems and with a 50% market share in mobile in dash car systems. BlackBerry QNX is truly the future of the mobile car in dash system industry. See more details here QNX 

BlackBerry is truly showing it resilience by continued innovation with new products and services. In the words of CEO John Chen, “The Brand is here to stay.”

What is Classic?

 

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What is Classic? Well some might define classic as simple as the all new BlackBerry Classic smartphone. The BlackBerry Classic is truly a classy device with a touch of the old school BlackBerry flavor that pretty much everyone loved at one point or another. Some say the Classic should have been launched around the time the BlackBerry Q10 launched and to argue that may have been a good move. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Q10 and it is my co-daily driver alongside my Passport but the Classic just does something different to me.

Here we are once again with yet another nice BlackBerry device that will truly bridge the gap from the Bold 9900 over to the new BlackBerry Classic. Now there are plenty of people out there who just will remain negative about anything that BlackBerry does no matter what. To those people, you must understand that all phones are not for everybody. I would go off on a tantrum but for what purpose as it would just to feed into the negative buzz that some individuals live to create. I have two words to those individuals who continue to talk down and dirty about BlackBerry….BYE FELICIA! Now if you have no idea what that means just Google it.  [Read more…]

Free Gift Giveaways from BlackBerry World

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BlackBerry is giving away 20 apps for BB10 users December 10th-25th, 2014. Make sure you go into BlackBerry World and take full advantage of this Festive Giveaway today!

Here is a list of the apps available in the giveaway;

  • Sportrate Workout
  • HUB++ LED Notifications
  • Super Note
  • Smart Contact Share
  • 2048++
  • What To-Do
  • Bubble Breaker
  • 7 Minute Workout
  • Notification Hub
  • Ultimate Backup for BlackBerry 10
  • Dream Remote
  • Safe Drive
  • Call Manager PRO
  • AntiTheft Alarm
  • Hub Browser
  • Phone Tap-Call Blocker
  • Profile Manager
  • Retro Rogue
  • The Odyssey HD
  • Bricktastic

Enjoy!

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Is There Any Real Use for Tablets Anymore?

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On April 30, 2013 then BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins had some serious questions about the future of tablets. “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. That statement alone rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, especially those supporters of the Blackberry Playbook and other tablet devices. 

I mention that statement because as the years have gone by, smart phones have continued to get smarter and bigger in size. Some of today’s largest smart phones/phablet’s have even reached the 6″ mark in size which is much to be said about the current direction of smart phones. 

With the current selection of 5-6″ smart phones on the market and the emergence of faster and more powerful processors, a majority of smart phones now pack the punch to directly compete and actually out perform most tablets on the market today. 

I have a total of 3 tablets ( iPad Mini, Nexus 7 & the Playbook ) in which I haven’t had a use for any of them in more than 3-4 months. With the recent addition of the BlackBerry Passport to my smart phone family, I have all but abandoned my tablets as there is no real need or want to actually use any of them other than to keep them charged in case I have to demo product software. 

My son uses his Nexus 7 for nothing more than a gaming system and uses his Playbook occasionally as multimedia device. As a 13 yr old, his use case scenarios for tablets is very much different from what I would use a tablet for. I find myself way more productive on my BlackBerry Passport than I can ever be on my iPad Mini or Nexus 7. 

I may be in the minority here, but there is NO way I can see myself investing in another tablet in the near future. Id rather spend the extra money and get me a decent laptop in which I have no limitations as far as productivity and or invest in a new smart phone of my choice. The tablets of today all seem the same, nothing different bringing the same amount of options as the rest; Movies, Games, Facebook, Twitter etc…I can do all that and more on my BlackBerry Passport while truly remaining mobile. 

If mobile computing is really the future are tablets included?  Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

BlackBerry Classic, Is It For You?

 

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The launch of the new BlackBerry Classic smart phone is less than 7 days away. The event will be held in New York City, Frankfurt and Singapore on December 17th, 2014.

There are a lot of people who are very interested in what BlackBerry has to offer with the new Classic as it will bring back that most loved trackpad having the look and feel of what was arguably one of the most  popular BlackBerry devices, the Bold 9900.

I had a chance to play with the Classic and I must say that I was very impressed with the overall design and build of the phone. I also instantly fell in love with the keyboard as it brought back some deep-rooted feelings that I had for my old Bold 9930.

The Classic will come with the BlackBerry 10 OS also preloaded with the Amazon Appstore as well. With  a price tag of $449 via ShopBlackBerry ,If you are looking for a phone that will satisfy your app cravings while keeping you 100% productive, then I would suggest this phone as a choice.

Pre order your BlackBerry Classic today and join in on #INeedMyBB at BlackBerry.com/INeedMyBB. [Read more…]

BlackBerry BES 12 Event Live Today at 9AM PST

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BlackBerry will be hosting its BES 12 event live from San Francisco today starting at 9AM PST.

With the upcoming release of its BES12 software and services, BlackBerry looks to solidify the enterprise market by providing a complete end to end secure cross platform management.

This new version of BES 12 will allow IT managers to handle not only all BlackBerry OS’s but will also allow the management of iOS and Android devices as well.

 

You can watch the stream live here at live.blackberry.events and see what BlackBerry has to offer with BES12.