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Will BlackBerry Once Again be King of Mobility?

2014-18-April-Blackberry-King.jpgRight now at least half of you are laughing at the title of this article, the other half are just being polite. But give me a chance to explain how and where BlackBerry could be the Future King of Mobility.

Wozniak: Apple Could Build Droid Phones, Warns of 'Police State'

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak captivated a tech-savvy audience in San Francisco today by warning that society is moving towards "a police state," calling for public resistance to the unrestricted collection of marketing data, and speculating that Apple could produce iPhones that run on Google's "not-so-fenced-in" Android operating system.

Toss Your iPhone: Windows Phones Could Rule the Enterprise by 2015

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Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise. 

Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.

Can a New Mobile Enterprise Chief Reverse BlackBerry's Fortunes?

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Gartner may have told enterprises to ditch BlackBerry and consumers have largely turned their back on the company. But many enterprises move to a different, slower beat. So news of the company's new hire might keep them interested in the mobile vendor, at least for a while.

What can new hire John Sims, head of Global Enterprise Services, do to restore some lustre and plain old lust for BlackBerry's offerings? And what should CIOs and IT managers ask themselves before switching from BlackBerry to other solutions?

Top Marketing Moments of 2013, Lessons for 2014

Brand Republic has highlighted its top marketing events of the year, covering the genius and perils of marketing and social media. Here are the lessons to be learned when it comes to engaging, selling or increasing your visibility on the web.

Some of the best marketing and social media moments of the year came from spur of the moment decisions or short-term windows of opportunity, proving that marketers and social media managers for businesses of any size always need to be ready to act. 

BlackBerry Pivots to Social Media with BBM Channels

bbmchannels.jpgBlackBerry has introduced an updated version of its messaging app that makes the service a social network — but Android and iOS users will have to wait for the new features.

Owners of BlackBerry 10 and Blackberry 7 devices can use BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to join in social media chat across channels and interact with people, brands, celebrities and communities. In the near future, the feature will also be extended to Android and iPhone users.

With massive user growth of BBM, is this a threat to the likes of Facebook or will others just mimic it as we move to a more mobile social landscape?

The Next Big Social Networks Aren't Social Networks Yet

shutterstock_134112389.jpgGrowth for big social networks like Facebook and Twitter will inevitably flatten as users look for options that better match their needs.

Enter the likes of Steam (a PC gaming service stretching out to TVs) and BlackBerry's BBM (a popular app looking for bigger things). Steam has more than 60 million users and BBM has more than 80 million. What else could come along to shake up social networks in the near future?

BlackBerry Attracts 20M New BBM Users on iOS and Android in a Week

bbm_android.jpgIn just one week, 20 million new users signed up to use BlackBerry's BBM service through a free app available on the iPhone and Android stores. 

But even that good news has a caveat for the struggling Canadian handset maker, which is pivoting to software and services and still looking for a buyer. The app rates only 2.5 stars on iOS and garnered a reportedly suspicious four stars on the Android store.

BlackBerry Talking to Google, LC, Intel, Others About Bids

BlackBerry Talking to Google, LC, Intel, Others About BidsBlackBerry may be slipping in market share and stock price, but it could also become a hotly-bidded property. In addition to an offer on the table from a Canadian investment firm, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is also talking to, or looking to talk to, Cisco, Google, Intel, LC, Samsung and SAP, among possible others.

BlackBerry Bleeds Red As the Z10 Fails To Attract Consumers

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BlackBerry continues to bleed red as it takes a massive hit for the unsuccessful launch of its first all-touch Z10 smartphone. However, it continues to reposition itself as both a company and a smartphone/services player, with several options still available that could see it emerge as a niche but revived vendor. 

Latest Mobile Sales Figures See Microsoft Overtake BlackBerry For No. 3

While at the top both Apple and Samsung continue to see flattening, but dominant, sales and market share, the battle for No. 3 is heating up with Microsoft accelerating and the sad sight of BlackBerry perhaps heading into a terminal tailspin. 

BlackBerry Z30 Superphone Leaked in Video

Amid signs the company is looking for a buyer, BlackBerry's next big thing has been given an early airing via a lengthy video. While the Z30 might not save the company, it looks like a great swan-song device, with the size and styling of the current top Android devices.

BlackBerry Looking At Its Company Options, Sale Possible

bbq5lead.jpgWith no massive fightback in the market, despite positive reaction to its BB10 smartphones, BlackBerry is looking at its options, including the possibility of sale or partnerships to continue fighting the device and mobile enterprise services battle. 

BlackBerry Sours as Rising Shipments Fail to Turn A Profit

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 In its third-place battle with Microsoft for smartphones, the comeback BlackBerry kid continues to make gentle headway, having shipped nearly seven million smartphones, but can't maintain a profit as it gives a gloomy outlook to investors.

Securing Enterprise Collaboration, BlackBerry-Style on iOS and Android

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As recently promised, BlackBerry has released its secure workspace app to enable workers to share content safely on almost any device. Will playing nicely with ecosystem rivals help BB's bank-end sales, or will the move put another nail in its hardware strategy?

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