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BlackBerry is working on Boeing’s long-awaited self-destructing phone

Boeing’s mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company is collaborating with the defense contractor to bake its end-to-end BES 12 platform into the long-gestating Android device.

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Oh no, there’s another Porsche Design BlackBerry

In 2012, Porsche Design and BlackBerry produced the extravagantly overpriced P’9981 limited edition of the then-flagship BlackBerry 9900 phone. 2013 followed with the P’9982 variant of the Z10, and now 2014 will apparently have its own Porsche Design handset in the newly leaked P’9983. It’s a return to the austere matte black look and hardware keyboard that have been consistent hallmarks of BlackBerry devices. What’s bemusing about the persistence of this series of handsets is its ability to find a willing audience: they only ever add cosmetic changes to BlackBerry’s regular phones yet command prices in the thousands of dollars each. Bearing the codename ‘Khan,’ the P’9983 doesn’t have an obvious base model upon which it is built, though…

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President Obama may ditch his BlackBerry for an Android phone

President Obama has long complained that his job doesn’t permit the luxury of carrying an iPhone. Prior to his election, Obama owned a personal BlackBerry that was replaced with a custom, highly-secure model once he reached office. But it seems Obama may have the chance to switch to Android before his term concludes. According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House is currently testing smartphones from Samsung and LG for internal, official use. The White House Communications Agency — which directly oversees Obama’s communications — is taking part in the effort along with an “internal technology team.”

These tests are still in the early phase, according to the Journal’s source, so Obama won’t be able to drop his longtime phone…

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94 percent of T-Mobile upgraders dump BlackBerry as CEO complaints backfire

BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, blasted T-Mobile last month after the carrier launched an apparently innocuous promotion that would reward customers for switching from a BlackBerry phone to the iPhone. In response to the outrage, and in a move that appeared designed to appease Chen and his company, T-Mobile introduced a deal that would offer money off a phone upgrade to T-Mobile customers with BlackBerry phones. Those switching from BlackBerry to another manufacturer’s device would receive $ 200, while those moving from an older BlackBerry to a newer model would receive $ 250.

Chen’s outrage appears to have backfired on BlackBerry. According to what purports to be an internal T-Mobile memo seen by TmoNews94 percent of the people that…

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BlackBerry set to lose two more executives as leadership cull continues

A source close to the beleaguered BlackBerry has told The Wall Street Journal that two senior staff members will soon be leaving the smartphone manufacturer. Chris Wormald, head of BlackBerry’s mergers and acquisitions, will reportedly be leaving by the end of December, while Rick Costanzo, executive vice president of global sales, will be out early next year.

The news comes less than a month after three other executives were ousted from the company. BlackBerry was on the verge of breaking up in October after a buyout was mooted. To save the ailing corporation, new CEO John Chen — appointed to the position after Thorsten Heins quit the company in November — has adopted aggressive reconstruction policies. Chen reportedly told…

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BlackBerry Z30 will come to Canada’s largest carrier after all

BlackBerry got yet another piece of bad news last week when it emerged that Rogers, the largest carrier in the beleaguered smartphone maker’s home country of Canada, would not sell its latest flagship device. Rogers has reversed its decision on the 5-inch Z30, however, citing an outcry from fans in BlackBerry’s traditional stronghold.

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BlackBerry reportedly in talks with Google, Samsung, and others about potential sale

In September BlackBerry received a $ 4.7 billion buyout offer from Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial, but it’s still pursuing possible deals with other companies — and Google may be among them. Reuters reports that BlackBerry has asked for “preliminary expressions of interest” from a number of tech companies, including the search giant, Intel, LG, Samsung, and Cisco. It’s asking to hear from the companies by next week, though it’s not clear which of the them, if any, will actually bid on BlackBerry, and if the bids will be for the company as a whole or for a particular portion of its business.

Despite its failure in the commercial smartphone space — last month BlackBerry announced it was retreating from the market…

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Blackberry Messenger is now available for iOS, coming soon to Android

Consumers may be bidding farewell to Blackberry, but the Blackberry Messenger service is sticking around. BBM for iPhone is currently available in the App Store, although it doesn’t officially launch until Sunday. The Android app is reportedly arriving this weekend, although it has yet to be spotted in the Play Store. Instead, Android users searching for “BBM” will be met with more than a dozen fakes. The official link should be available soon.

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Spec Sheet: does BlackBerry go big enough with the Z30?

A lot of products come out each week — we don’t highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.

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BlackBerry could be torn apart as potential buyers weigh their options

BlackBerry is looking for a buyer, but it appears that buyers are interested most in stripping the struggling cellphone maker for parts. Reuters reports that a number of potential bidders have been eyeing BlackBerry’s operating system as well as the patents around its famous keyboards, but not the company as a whole. Selling portions of its business is reportedly an option that BlackBery is willing to consider too, as it looks for a quick sale. But while this may be the mindset of most potential buyers that Reuters has talked to, it does note that at least two parties have considered teaming up to buy the company outright.

BlackBerry is reportedly hoping to sell itself off as soon as November. Though it’s been struggling of late to…

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