Windows Phone web usage tops BlackBerry, flat overall

Microsoft Windows Phone devices are responsible for mobile web traffic than BlackBerry smartphones in North America, according to a new report from Chitika. As a proxy for mobile engagement and usage, the stat is more unfortunate news for an already-ailing BlackBerry, and not as good for Microsoft as it might seem at first glance. Windows Phone web traffic was basically flat from February… Read More


Android widens lead in U.S. smartphone market as BlackBerry continues to slip

After the buying extravaganza that took place over the holidays, the U.S. smartphone market has largely reached a quiet equilibrium while customers waited for manufacturers to release new phones. According to new results from ComScore, the market share of major players in the smartphone wars has remained largely unchanged from December through March. Android rose to… Read More

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T-Mobile sees 15-fold increase for BlackBerry trade-ins after special offer

BlackBerry CEO John Chen started a fight it seems like he couldn’t finish when he attacked T-Mobile for marketing the new iPhone to BlackBerry users. After Chen called a marketing email T-Mobile sent to BlackBerry users “ill-conceived,” T-Mobile announced that it would offer BlackBerry users a $200 trade-in credit for their old handset to put toward… Read More

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere responds to angry Blackberry users: ‘I’m hearing you loud and clear’

Several BlackBerry users were up in arms over a recent email blast from T-Mobile that encouraged them to “upgrade” to an iPhone 5. Now, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is letting customers know that he hears them “loud and clear.” Last week, T-Mobile sent an email that noted a “great offer for BlackBerry customers,” which angered… Read More


Pendrell subsidiary sues Apple, Amazon and more over alleged DRM patent infringement

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Bellevue-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corporation, announced today that it has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, Huawei and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. At issue is digital rights management (DRM) technology for protecting content from piracy on devices including smartphones and tablets. ContentGuard’s complaint implicates Amazon’s Kindle app,… Read More


Tech Moves: Katie Couric joins Yahoo; Shakeup at BlackBerry; Crosscut’s Shaw returns to Microsoft

—TV host Katie Couric plans to join Yahoo as “global anchor,” the latest key media hire for CEO Marissa Mayer. She plans to join the Internet company some time next year, and her appointment follows the hiring of David Pogue of The New York Times in October. “Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and… Read More

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Boeing preps for possible future without BlackBerry, tests Android alternatives

Boeing is telling employees that it’s sticking with BlackBerry as its “standard mobile platform” after receiving assurances from BlackBerry executives about the smartphone maker’s dedication to providing a “secure, private environment” for business. However, as a contingency, the aerospace giant is also accelerating its certification of Android devices as a potential alternative. It’s one example… Read More


T-Mobile to drop BlackBerry inventory from stores

Struggling BlackBerry got another piece of bad news this week when T-Mobile USA — the country’s fourth largest wireless carrier — said that it will stop carrying BlackBerry devices at its stores. Reuters reports that Verizon and AT&T continue to sell BlackBerry devices at retail, and that T-Mobile will continue to ship devices to customers. “The… Read More


Investor group to buy BlackBerry for $4.7B

Ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry has finally found a buyer. Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has a 10 percent stake in BlackBerry, will lead a consortium that plans to buy back shares not held by Fairfax at $9 per share, which comes out to a total of roughly $4.7 billion, taking the company private in the process…. Read More


BlackBerry’s ‘strategic alternatives’ include possible sale of company … but who’s buying?

BlackBerry said this morning that a special committee of its board will “explore strategic alternatives,” and anyone who has heard that phrase before knows what’s on the table. “These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions,” the company says. It’s another… Read More


Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More


Can this name change really save BlackBerry?

BlackBerry continues to wither on the vine, with market share for the once iconic smartphone maker slipping to under five percent. So, can a company name change salvage what’s left? I guess it’s worth a shot. As anticipated, Research in Motion — the maker of the BlackBerry — changed its corporate name to BlackBerry this… Read More


iPhone sales stay hot as shipments of smartphones set to pass feature phones in 2013

Smartphones are taking over the world. Well, not really. But the latest estimates from the International Data Corporation indicate that 2013 will be the first time worldwide smartphone shipments exceed those of feature phones. The IDC said today that it expects 2013 smartphone shipments to grow by an astounding 32.7 percent from last year to 958.8… Read More