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Jul 31, 2014

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics. The growth in Android p... #Microsoft Corporation #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc.

Jul 29, 2014

BlackBerry focuses on security for the enterprise

Now that BlackBerry has fallen significantly behind Apple and Google in the race to offer features and third-party apps for its smartphones, the company is concentrating on providing devices that, it claims, have the strongest available security—the ... #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc.

Jul 30, 2014

Is BlackBerry Smart?

As BlackBerry searches for its escape velocity, we need to keep an eye on one key question: Will BlackBerry be smart in the way the company applies its capital to acquisitions and how... #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc.

Jul 23, 2014

BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners

Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners. The BES10 service can manage and secure iOS and Android devices, as well... #Europe #IBM #Lotus

Jul 21, 2014

New BlackBerry COO is ex-Sybase exec Marty Beard

BlackBerry has recruited a new chief operating officer, Marty Beard, recently CEO of cloud customer service company LiveOps and before that an executive at Sybase. Beard’s responsibilities will include marketing, BlackBerry 10 application development... #North America #Mark Wilson #Sybase, Inc.

Jul 22, 2014

vCita Goes End-To-End For Small Business Customer Engagement

I first heard of vCita a few years ago when I was in Israel. At the time it was creating an online scheduling tool – similar to that offered by Tungle (since acquired by Blackberry and shuttered) and ScheduleOnce. vCita however was focused more on sm... #North America #Mark Wilson #Sybase, Inc.

Jul 23, 2014

Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone

The more I use Amazon's Fire phone, the crazier it seems that Amazon is launching its first smartphone in 2014. The smartphone market is now saturated with iPhones and Android handsets, and they've become so sophisticated that smaller competitors hav... #North America #Mark Wilson #Sybase, Inc.

Jul 16, 2014

BlackBerry has a digital assistant, too

There's a new member of the digital assistant club: the BlackBerry Assistant, which will debut on the new square BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry Assistant will join Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana as digital assistants integrated in... #Microsoft Corporation #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc. #Siri

Jul 11, 2014

BlackBerry's BBM comes to Windows Phone in beta form ahead of widespread launch

In response to “an incredible number of requests,” Blackberry will soon bring its BBM messaging app to Windows Phone. For now, the app is in a filled-up  closed beta , though you can register to join the waiting list . Blackberry says it will open th... #Microsoft Corporation #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc. #Siri

Jul 08, 2014

BlackBerry makes its case for a square (!) phone

The [BlackBerry] Passport, the company's upcoming square -- yes, square phone -- is "like the IMAX of productivity," according to the company. No, that's no typo. BlackBerry is betting its future on a square phone, and the company laid out the reason... #Microsoft Corporation #Google Inc. #Apple, Inc. #Siri