John Chen, BlackBerry’s Executive Chairman and interim CEO, has written an open letter to the company’s Enterprise customers.
He begins “We are very much alive, thank you” and adds “Our ‘for sale’ sign has been taken down and we are here to stay”.
It's oh so quiet...
Mark Bridge writes:
It was a relatively quiet time for tech news last week, with many companies taking a day off to celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA and then planning for a present-buying retail frenzy on ‘Black Friday’. Today the focus on Christmas shopping moves online; a day that’s called either ‘Cyber Monday’ or ‘Mega Monday’ if you work for a news organisation.
Yet it wasn’t an entirely newsless week.
Podcast - 27th November 2013
This week we're talking about two big announcements from BlackBerry: a luxury smartphone and some major management changes.
We also discuss the latest Samsung/Apple patent ruling, Vodafone's new mobile wallet, Android licensing, Doro's anti-virus deal, BYOD and the rise of the 'selfie'.
BlackBerry says its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer have both left as part of the company’s ongoing reorganisation.
In addition, Roger Martin has resigned from the BlackBerry board of directors after more than six years.
New P'9982 smartphone announced
BlackBerry is producing a new smartphone in conjunction with Porsche Design. It’s called the Porsche Design P’9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and is based on the Z10 device.
There’ll be two versions: one made from stainless steel with a leather back panel, the other a limited-edition model with a crocodile-skin panel.