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By going private, Blackberry may buy time to fix itself

From hero to zero... BlackBerry’s faces slumping market share and cut-throat competition. Photo: AP

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

Oppo aims new flagship at China smartphone market

Journalists check out the latest offering from Oppo, which is seeking to lift its share of China’s smartphone market with its new flagship model. Photo: SCMP

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo will probably ship more than 15 million units in the mainland this year, with foreign expansion also picking up, a senior executive said on Tuesday.

That would put the Dongguan, Guangdong-based company on a par with Xiaomi, which has also said it would meet its 15 million units sales target this year.

24 Sep 2013 - 4:04pm

BlackBerry rescue tycoon's latest test

Investors will be watching whether Prem Watsa can achieve a turnaround at BlackBerry over the coming years. Photo: Reuters

Speculation that Prem Watsa, the man some call Canada's Warren Buffett, would launch a bid for BlackBerry started to swirl as soon as he stepped down from the troubled smartphone maker's board last month.

25 Sep 2013 - 1:56am

Once-cool BlackBerry failed to keep pace with rivals

Six years ago, the word smartphone was synonymous with BlackBerry, but the company failed to keep up with nimbler rivals like Apple and Samsung Electronics. Photo: Reuters

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

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

Apple is betting on its fingerprint scanner to set its smartphone apart from new models of Samsung Electronics and others running the Android operating system of Google. Photo: Reuters

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

BlackBerry plans deep job cuts as new phone launches: report

BlackBerry said last month it was weighing options that could include an outright sale, in the face of persistently lacklustre sales of devices that run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Photo: AP

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

The reception for Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c has ranged from tepid praise to blistering but there’s more to the devices than meets the eye. Photo: AP

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

Samsung analysts ask hard questions as S4 marketing charm wears off

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4 outsold its predecessor in its first month on sale, but analysts say high-end smartphone sales growth is slowing. Photo: AP

Analysts fell under Samsung Electronics’ marketing spell when they made what they now admit were hopelessly optimistic forecasts for its smartphone sales.

Samsung’s huge share of the high-end smartphone market also persuaded some analysts to downplay industry data pointing to a fast-saturating segment, a reality that is already eating into sales of Apple’s iPhone 5.

17 Jun 2013 - 2:40pm

Apple wants patent lawsuit to include Samsung Galaxy S4

Apple has accused Samsung Electronics of massive and wilful copying of its designs and technology for smartphones and tablets. Photo: AFP

Apple has asked a federal judge in Silicon Valley to add Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy smartphone to the list of devices targeted in a patent lawsuit involving Siri personal assistant software.

The motion to amend the lawsuit to include the Galaxy S4 will be on the agenda of a June 25 hearing before US District Court Judge Paul Grewal in the California city of San Jose.

23 May 2013 - 2:01pm

Samsung says fast-selling Galaxy S4 sales hit 10m

Samsung Electronics’ S4 is already on sale in 60 countries, and is due to be on sale in 155 countries by next month. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics said sales of the latest version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone have reached 10 million since its launch in late April, making the model its fastest selling smartphone.

23 May 2013 - 12:25pm

Galaxy sales help push Samsung to quarterly profit record

The Galaxy S4 is part of the company's plan to win back the top spot in smartphone sales in the US. Photo: Bloomberg

Samsung has posted a record quarterly profit as surging sales of Galaxy handsets helped Asia's biggest technology company overcome sluggish demand for its televisions.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:42am 1 comment

Samsung gadgets get bigger and better with launch of S4 and Note 8.0

Models show off the Samsung Galaxy S4. Photo: Nora Tam

Samsung officially launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, and its latest tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE, in Hong Kong yesterday.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Talking points

The public gets a chance to listen in on the latest discussions on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District

The public gets a chance to listen in on the latest discussions on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

Samsung's Galaxy S4 set to launch in Hong Kong

The S4 runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system.

The Galaxy S4, which debuted in New York City about three weeks ago, will be introduced to the local market at a Samsung-hosted media event on April 18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:04am