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Report: Samsung in talks with BlackBerry about potential buyout, company responds with ‘Oh No You Didn’t’ statement

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Reuters is today reporting that Samsung is in talks with BlackBerry for a potential US$7.5 billion buyout of the enterprise-focused Canadian phone company. This isn’t the first time that the company has made headlines over a potential acquisition, though with BlackBerry moving away from the consumer market to an enterprise focus, it could be a great match for Samsung, who aren’t exactly known as a powerhouse in the business world. Though don’t let your imagination […]

BlackBerry 10 updated with easier Android app installs, improved lockscreen, and FM radio support

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Despite significant changes to the company, BlackBerry haven’t stopped working on updates to their BlackBerry 10 OS, today releasing 10.2.1. While the version-number may say otherwise, the new update, rolling out worldwide from today, has some interesting features for owners of the new BlackBerry 10 lineup. Update on Australian rollout below. The biggest change is the new ability to install Android apps from the device, without messing around with desktop […]

BREAKING: Apple acquires BlackBerry

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Just weeks after the announcement of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, BlackBerry and Apple have today unveiled plans to merge. Rather than dissolving either role, both Thorsten Heins and Tim Cook will become joint-CEOs. Although there will be major changes. First of all, BlackBerry 10 will be replaced with an upcoming version of iOS compatible with both platforms. Mike Lazaridis will taking charge of the iOS design team, with […]

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem […]

Telstra, Optus to bring BlackBerry Z10, possibly in mid-March

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BlackBerry Australia has confirmed that Telstra and Optus have signed on to be the launch carriers of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which was announced today in a huge media event back in New York. However, fans of the smartphone will have to wait a bit – unlike the UK, who are getting it tomorrow, Australians could possibly wait until mid March. BlackBerry Australia have not released actual pricing and availability, […]

BlackBerry to Devs: “We’re Going To Keep On Loving You” (in song, no seriously)

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Ah, BlackBerry. Remember every cheesy movie scene where the boy serenades the girl below a balcony? It appears that’s the same strategy that RIM has adopted to keep its developers on its side and away from the others. By singing “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon. Of course, they changed the lyrics. And you can watch the full video below – but at least RIM is doing something than […]

RUMOUR: RIM considering Microsoft alliance, selling network business

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After announcing a larger-than-expected quarterly loss, delaying the release of its new smarphones and stock plunging 18 percent, Research in Motion is rumoured to be considering selling its network business (leaving it to manufacturer phones) or even considering an alliance with Microsoft and adopt Windows Phone 8. According to Reuters via anonymous sources, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had approached RIM a couple of months ago and was looking for them […]

RIM’s “WAKE UP” promotion lands, and misses the consumer market entirely

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RIM’s hilariously-stupid “WAKE UP” campaign has said something will happen today, and it has landed. The website now redirects you to another website, listing a manifesto about how businesses choose RIM because they have “been in business from the very beginning”. “These days being ‘in business’ means you’re the kind of person who takes action and makes things happen. You don’t just think different… you do different,” the manifesto reads. […]

BlackBerry developers guaranteed $10,000 by RIM

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With the release of BlackBerry 10 development tools to developers, RIM has made a huge promise to BlackBerry developers. Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of Developer Relations today announced that RIM guarantees that developers will earn $10,000 in their first year of sales and if you don’t quite reach $10,000 then RIM will pay you the difference. Sounds enticing to make a BlackBerry app now doesn’t it? However, there is a […]

Could RIM say goodbye to co-CEOs Lazaridis and Balsillie?

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2011 for RIM was a horrible year – outages, a lackluster reception to their tablet and phones for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS delayed till the middle of this year. Now, speculation is heating up over a plan to oust the two worst CEOs of all time from the company. According to the National Post, a review by the company’s independent directors could see current co-chairmen and CEOs Mike Lazaridis […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

DIVIDED BY PHONES: Map shows Android/iPhone popularity in USA

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au An interesting graphic released today by the folks over at JumpTap, a mobile ad firm, that shows the United States divided – but not on the typical political lines. This one, however, is on what they carry in their pocket – what smartphone do they carry. Surprisingly, the results show that despite the numerous complaints of iPhone users in New York, it is deemed a “Blackberry” states. […]

Apple, Microsoft bid for Nortel patents now under antitrust investigation

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With news that six of Google’s rivals – including Apple, Microsoft and RIM – combined forces to prevent the company from aquiring over 6,000 patents from the now-collapsed Nortel Networks, antitrust investigators are examining if the deal could make it unfair for Google and could stifle Android’s growth, according to the Washingon Post. Google paid only $900 million for the patents, while this company called Rockstar Bidco – which now […]

BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Australia – 20 June, starts at $579

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The much-anticipated (for every BlackBerry fan) BlackBerry PlayBook is now heading to Australian shores, with the company announcing that the tablet will hit store shelves on Monday June 20, and the pricepoints for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The carrier has also announced that the tablet will be available on all three major carriers – Optus, Telstra and Vodafone – and will be sold as well at Harvey Norman. […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]