While Apple fights to prevent law enforcement agencies from breaking the encryption features on iPhone and other iOS devices, BlackBerry seems happy for them to gain entry. New court documents show Canadian police have had BlackBerry’s global decryption key since 2010.
In a blog post, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has blasted Apple over its stance on privacy, encryption and refusal to help government authorities. Chen highlights the incident where Apple refused to give access to a drug dealer’s account in an investigation as it would “substantially tarnish the Apple brand.”
BlackBerry has today confirmed that it has agreed to a settlement with Typo, the creator of the BlackBerry-style keyboard case for iPhone. As part of the deal, Typo has agreed to stop selling its keyboards for devices with screen under 7.9 inches in size.
Way back when, BlackBerry was the house to rule all smartphones. Nokia had a stake in that claim, too, but for many BlackBerry was the dominant force to be reckoned with.
While Apple and Ericsson start 2015 in the courts, Samsung is looking to start the year with a pretty big splash.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Friday confirmed that the Waterloo-based handset maker received 200,000 orders for its new Passport smartphone following its launch earlier this week. The all-new BlackBerry 10 device is catered towards business users in the enterprise, featuring a square screen and physical keyboard that doubles as a touchpad.
Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a new “#gate” situation has broken out and started to gain traction across the ‘net. As people become increasingly paranoid that their new iPhone might bend, BlackBerry took the “issue” to task while on stage announcing their new smartphone, the Passport.
As someone that lives in southern Ontario, the birthplace of the BlackBerry makers formerly known as Research in Motion, I have to admit that I am quite disappointed with how quickly the company has faded into irrelevancy in the consumer electronics industry. BlackBerry Assistant is its latest last-ditch effort that is far too late.