BlackBerry’s John Chen on What He Is Doing to Shake Up the Phone Maker

In an op-ed for CNBC, Chen insists he is making the needed changes to allow BlackBerry to survive and return to profitability.
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QOTD: Sneaky Snaps

Back when we had cameras that weren’t in our phones, it would be really strange to just walk up to someone and take a picture of them, or kind of place the camera on the table and try to sneak a picture of someone as they’re ordering food or something.

— Kristen Wiig, talking about the “weird phenomenon” of ubiquitious/surreptitious photographs, on Vulture.com

Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Needs More Time

The Qualcomm Toq features some cool technology, but you don’t want to buy this smartwatch. Not yet, anyway.
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With New Outsourcing Deal, BlackBerry Cancels Two Phones

A small item from BlackBerry’s earnings-related filing Friday got lost in the news of its hardware partnership with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group–sales of its new phones have been so bad that BlackBerry was forced to cancel the rollout of two not-yet-released phones.

BlackBerry Reports Massive $4.4 Billion Quarterly Loss, Inks a Deal With Foxconn

Still looking for a turnaround.
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Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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Maybe BlackBerry Should Focus on Low-End Phones, Become the Hyundai of Mobile

The struggling device maker should focus on producing an affordable, keyboard-equipped phone for the global mass market, says Wedge Partners principal Brian Blair.
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QOTD: It’s-a-Me! Mobile Strategy!

We recognize that there are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there … We’re also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware.

— Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie, in an interview with King 5 News in Seattle. Nintendo has long resisted bringing its IP to mobile devices.

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Two More Executives Leaving BlackBerry

The leadership upheaval at BlackBerry Ltd. continues under interim Chief Executive John Chen, according to people familiar with the matter.

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BlackBerry’s Next Move

When BlackBerry reports its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Friday, investors and analysts expect almost every key financial metric to have worsened.

Sony Plans a 4K Fest for CES

Twitter Tips Its International Strategy