Meet #TheNewBlackBerry

Technically, this phone isn't announced and there's no name or specifications given just yet - but TCL and BlackBerry still showed it off today at CES 2017.

For months, we've seen indications of this phones arrival, but it's great to finally see something tangible for us to drool over. Next month, at MWC17, we're going to hear a lot more about this device... and maybe another? What's clear is TCLs R&D + BlackBerry makes for an incredibly appealing device. So far ...

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TCL Unveils The Future Of #TheNewBlackBerry At CES17

BlackBerry and TCL finally announced the long-awaited New BlackBerry -- otherwise recognized as the DTEK70 or Mercury within the community. Officially, BlackBerry's chosen to announce more about the device (including a name and availability) by next month around Mobile World Congress time.

...the latest BlackBerry smartphone, focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability. Previewed at CES, the smartphone draws on unparalleled mobile security and software expertise to offer the most complete end-to-end smartphone security available on Android.

It's definitely an odd unveiling ...

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Happy New Year 2017

Welcome to the end of 2016, a year filled with new challenges and changes. For BlackBerry, 2016 was a year of full transition; we've heard Chen mention Software Company many times, but this past year was full of changes that proved this intention was in motion.

As we approach the new year, we all sit in anticipation for what may be next. For most, the curiousity lays in handsets -- will the DTEK70 / Mercury be what we've really wanted all along since the Android ...

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BlackBerry & TCL Communication Enter Software and Brand Licensing Deal

A couple of days ago, BlackBerry and TCL signed into a long-term software and brand licensing deal - an extension of their pre existing parnering on devices like the DTEK50 and DTEK60.

BlackBerry LTD. & TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited ("TCL Communication") announced they have entered into a long-term licensing agreement, providing acceleration to BlackBerry's transition into a security software and services company. Under the terms of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its security software and service suite, as well as related brand assets to ...

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BlackBerry At CES17: #TheNewBlackBerry

If you've been following along with news from BlackBerry on Social Media, you may have heard about Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL in Canada and the US.

His Tweets and other TCL execs have been using #TheNewBlackBerry to gear up for some exciting news early January at CES 2017. For example, Steve tweeted (and dropped a major hint) relating to a keyboard: 

Remington No. 2 of 1878  

The Remington No. 2, according to various sources, regards the Remington as the first ...

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Chen: Can Do Better Than 70% Profit Margin

Speaking with both BNN and Bloomberg, Chen was quick to assert his opinions on the Q3 earnings reports:

“I hope sometime next year we will do that [post total revenue growth].  I think the software growth is now fast enough that we’re starting to cover the [system access fee] decline.” - John Chen to Ambar Kanwar at BNN

"... A normal, growing software company could definitely do better than 70% [maintain a higher profit margin] -- it would take us a while, but it [BlackBerry] could ...

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Titanium Transportation Taps BlackBerry Radar

BlackBerry Radar is a cloud-based asset tracking system that aims at improving delivery times, reducing theft and lowering costs to logistics carriers.

Basically, a device is installed in a company vehicle with a secure cloud connection, enabling a company to know the vehicle’s location, if its doors are being opened or closed and inform personnel when a shipment is close to delivery among other features.

Today, Titanium Transportation (a leading asset-based transportation and logistics company serving CAN & USA) announced a plan to integrate BlackBerry Radar into its ...

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Q3FY2017 Results

Below is a table outlining the main highlights of the Earnings Report along with the comparisons between last quarter and Q3FY2016. Following the table, you will see my Bullish (good points) and Bearish (bad points) to the report. Additionally, keep in mind I am using Non-GAAP numbers, mainly because those are the ones which BlackBerry focuses on.  Finally, note that I have not found the quarter’s device sale numbers yet.  It just shows how little focus the company has on handsets these days.  If/when ...

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