Smartphone sales to flatten out in 2018 as devices fail to impress

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In previous years, mobile phone models saw big differences from one generation to the next. Smartphone sales are expected to flatten out this year, according to a Canaccord Genuity forecast. Last year, the growth rate reached only 2.7 percent. The Wall Street firm predicts that consumers don’t have many reasons to upgrade this year. This prediction takes the mobile phone growth rate in a different direction than other respected forecasts. The Garner market research firm, on the other hand, said that smartphone sales growth would reach almost 5 percent. Still,…

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Microsoft protects Office mobile apps with BlackBerry security

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The software giant has partnered with the former handset manufacturer to make its suite safer. Microsoft has entered into a new partnership to add BlackBerry security to its Office apps. The goal is to improve the security level of its popular suite of mobile apps. It will be adding the applications to the BlackBerry Dynamics container software. The new partnership between Microsoft and BlackBerry was first announced last week. Microsoft will be adding BlackBerry security to ensure that customers know they can safely use their apps. Among the Microsoft Office…

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BlackBerry patent lawsuit filed against Nokia

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The struggling Canadian is working to claw its way back to relevance in part by increasing its software revenues. A recently filed BlackBerry patent lawsuit is aimed directly at Nokia Corp, accusing the latter company of infringing on the former company’s property. This is the latest step in BlackBerry’s ongoing efforts to boost its royalty collections on its patents and earn more revenue through new software deals. Clearly, the company’s goals include legal actions to try to ensure it will collect on all patents it holds. Bloomberg reported on a…

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BBM Enterprise to offer businesses secure communication

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IT departments have pricked their ears at the news that text-based communication will be safer. BBM Enterprise has undergone an important overhaul and is being launched as a secure text communication option for businesses. This plays into the company’s strong reputation for getting security right. The BlackBerry Messenger enterprise-level app has end-to-end encryption over all methods of communication. This means that regardless of whether voice, video or text communication is used, BBM Enterprise will keep it secure. The new application may be the tool businesses have been looking for when…

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BlackBerry hardware to shut down following plummeting quarterly revenue

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The struggling Canadian company has now announced its cessation of phone manufacturing. Though it didn’t come as much of a surprise to most, the announcement that new BlackBerry hardware is a thing of the past still raised eyebrows. CEO John Chen has been determined to save the smartphone side of the business. That said, after a quarterly report showing plummeting revenues, Chen has now accepted the inevitable. After this fiscal year, BlackBerry will no longer design, make or sell smartphones and other hardware. The second quarter revenue report revealed a…

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