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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

Oppo aims new flagship at China smartphone market

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

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

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

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

Samsung analysts ask hard questions as S4 marketing charm wears off

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 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

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