Blackberry has basically given up. The dusty old smartphone pioneer is releasing its second Android phone, even after investors (and an uninterested public) urged CEO John Chen to ditch the handset business altogether. But alas, here we are, and so is Blackberry's new smartphone, the DTEK50.
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While Apple has been waging a very public battle, it turns out that Canadian police have been decrypting the messages of millions of Blackberry users. Rather than apologising for the breach, Blackberry CEO John Chen defended his company's approach.
Blackberry — the financially floundering smartphone maker that prides itself on end-to-end encryption — may have finally met its match in the form of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Motherboard reports that the RCMP, as part of a criminal investigation, was able to intercept and decrypt more than a million Blackberry messages over the course of two years.
From tomorrow, PRIV by BlackBerry — the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android — will be available in Australia. "While PRIV will provide a choice in operating system to new and existing customers," Blackberry said in a statement, "the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements".
When it comes to clandestine meet-ups with drug lords, screw WhatsApp. Turns out BBM is indispensable for interviewing the most wanted fugitive in the world.
Americans can now preorder The Priv, one of BlackBerry's strangest creations (and it's made some weird stuff), for $US700. $US700! That puts BlackBerry's latest in direct competition with some of the best smartphones you can buy.
Blackberry's newest phone, the Priv, runs Android. That's an unusual move for Blackberry; so unusual, in fact, that it's confused poor CEO John Chen, who completely blew this exclusive first look at the Priv.
One of the weirdest little pocket devices in 2015 is Blackberry's still "rumoured" Venice, a slider smartphone with physical keys running near stock Android. With a new hands on video with an evaluation unit of Blackberry's new smartphone Frankenstein, Baka Mobile's brief four-minute tour shows off some cool stuff.
Intrigue! Mystery! Really shitty phones from 2008! We have a strange situation on our hands: The former co-CEO of BlackBerry recently broke his years-long silence on the company to reminisce about one of its worst failures, the BlackBerry Storm, but he told a weird lie that made the Storm sound like an even bigger trashcan nightmare than it actually was.