BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has little to lose if his company is eventually bought out.
BlackBerry recently released a proxy filing dating back to May in which the company outlined its handling of CEO Thorsten Heins in the event it's acquired and he's removed from his post. According to the filing, which was obtained by Bloomberg, Heins would make $55.6 million in salary, incentives, and equity if he's ousted from BlackBerry.
Heins will also be quite rich if BlackBerry shareholders don't give up ownership and decide to fire him -- he'll make $22 million … Read more
A new video has popped up on the Web showing what appears to be a new BlackBerry handset.
Vietnam-based site S Forum posted a video and images last Thursday of what the site says is the BlackBerry Z30. The device comes with a large, 5-inch AMOLED display, according to the site, as well as a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 16GB of storage.
The handset appears to be the same A10 that has been pictured a few times in the last couple of months. In earlier videos, the A10 boasted the same design and features, which means the devices … Read more
BlackBerry is paving the way for a major change -- perhaps even routing itself toward a sale of the company.
The beleaguered smartphone maker said Monday that it has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" for its itself. The company specifically said that it's trying to "enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment." However, BlackBerry noted in the next breath alternatives could range from joint ventures to partnerships to a sale of its operation to another firm.
"During the past year, management and the Board have been … Read more
For a while last year, almost every week it seemed there were reports and rumors that BlackBerry, which at the time was in a less than ideal financial situation with tepid forecasts, was fielding buy-out offers from rivals and competitors.
On Friday, sources speaking to Reuters said the company and its board are "warming up" to the idea of pulling itself from the stock market in efforts to give it some "breathing room" to fix its problems out of the public eye.
No decisions have been made yet, but the "change of tone" on … Read more
It seems like it was ages ago when BlackBerry dropped the news that BBM would find a home on Android handsets. Apparently the wait is about to end, at least for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones.
A new report from the folks at N4BB claims that Samsung has officially committed to the messaging app. Specifically, BBM addicts will be able to download BlackBerry Messenger software via the Samsung app store and Google Play store "soon." With BBM, Galaxy users will have access to their BBM accounts, including BBM chats and BBM Groups.
It also appears that BBM functionality … Read more
BlackBerry users seem to be struggling with missing messages in the wake of the latest OS update.
Following installation of a new maintenance release for BB OS 10.1, many users say their text messages have vanished, blog site N4BB reported on Wednesday. Others say the messages appear but the message thread shows no history, while some say that text messaging no longer works at all.
Several tweets uncovered by The Next Web reveal the problem among BlackBerry smartphone owners.
"A small number of customers have reported an issue with their SMS message history after updating to BlackBerry 10.… Read more
Nobody likes bugs in their peaches, but in computer security terms, the goal of the new "Peach" tool from BlackBerry and Mozilla is to fight back against the critters.
Peach is an open-source "fuzzing" tool, which automates tests designed to expose hidden security holes, so they can be fixed before people have been put at risk. Created by Michael Eddington of Deja Vu Security, its developers are working on its third major version since 2004. That BlackBerry and Mozilla are advocating its use to detect bugs is a big win for the tool and Eddington.
The … Read more
With an overall rating of two stars out of five (at the time of this story), Twitter for BlackBerry 10 hasn't exactly been embraced by its users. Fortunately, the app today gets a big update, in the form of a significantly redesigned user interface with a wider timeline and a number of new features.
The official Twitter for BlackBerry 10 now lets you view, reply, and send DMs from within the app, view recent and saved searches, and save pictures being shared on Twitter. These capabilities, along with the new Discover page and support for multiple Twitter accounts, mean … Read more
Though still cloaked in mystery, BlackBerry's next anticipated flagship phone, the all-touchscreen A10, has seemingly surfaced for the first time in video form in a YouTube clip from smartphone accessory maker Vivix.
The short video shows what appears to be an unreleased BlackBerry device matching the description of the rumored A10 "Aristo," which is said to have a 5-inch touchscreen, an 8MP camera, and a quad-core GPU optimized for gaming. The device also seems to resemble the one pictured in a photo that BGR dug up last week.
CNET previously reported that Sprint Nextel would sell the … Read more