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Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices. The company was backed by Google, which bought it out in 2005. The first Android-powered phone was sold in 2008.

By going private, Blackberry may buy time to fix itself

A tentative deal to take BlackBerry private will not necessarily resolve challenges that pushed the smartphone maker into a corner in the first place, but it gives the struggling company some breathing room.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 11:23am

Microsoft's new surface: tablet or laptop? - REVIEW

Is Microsoft’s Surface a tablet or a laptop?

I’m not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad.

7 Oct 2013 - 11:09am

Once-cool BlackBerry failed to keep pace with rivals

In just a short time, BlackBerry went from being the coolest gadget-maker on the planet to one apparently destined for the history books.

The firm, which agreed to a US$4.7 billion buyout to take the firm private, appears close to a breakup, which might salvage some parts of the once high-flying Canadian tech pioneer.

24 Sep 2013 - 9:09pm 1 comment

BlackBerry admits defeat as consortium bids US$4.7b to take it private

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has agreed to go private in a US$4.7 billion deal led by its biggest shareholder, allowing the on-the-go email pioneer to regroup away from public scrutiny after years of falling fortunes and slumping market share.

24 Sep 2013 - 8:52pm

We’ve cracked Apple’s fingerprint scanner: German hackers

A group of German hackers claimed to have cracked the iPhone fingerprint scanner just two days after Apple launched the technology that it promises will better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.

24 Sep 2013 - 12:56pm 2 comments

Hackers eager to crack fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S

Hackers are gearing up for Friday’s release of the iPhone 5S, aiming to be the first to crack the device’s first-ever fingerprint scanner, a security feature that Apple Inc hopes will set the new model apart from the competition.

20 Sep 2013 - 10:30am

BlackBerry plans deep job cuts as new phone launches: report

BlackBerry plans to slash thousands of jobs by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, just as the company launches a flagship smartphone intended to revive its fortunes.

19 Sep 2013 - 12:57pm

Review: the new Apple is evolutionary, not revolutionary

In Aesop’s fable of the fox and the lion, the fox was initially terrified when he first saw the lion. But after a time, he got over his fear and even passed the time of day with the king of beasts. And the moral of this story? “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

When Apple launched its smartphone in 2007 the world swooned.

18 Sep 2013 - 2:43pm

Icahn says bought more Apple stock as shares fell: CNBC

Activist investor Carl Icahn said he bought more shares of Apple Inc. on Wednesday as the company’s stock price slid.

“At these levels, we’re buying quite a bit of stock,” Icahn told cable television network CNBC. He added that his investment firm “bought quite a bit today” as Apple shares traded in a range of US$465-467 per share.

12 Sep 2013 - 8:40am

Microsoft says wins patent trial against Google’s Motorola

Microsoft said on Wednesday a jury decided in its favour in the second of two trials in federal court in Seattle concerning Motorola Mobility’s licensing of so-called standard, essential patents used in Microsoft products.

5 Sep 2013 - 10:38am