BlackBerry Passport Review: When the Best You've Got Isn't Good Enough

When you hear the word "smartphone," what image pops into your mind? Maybe it's the phone you own or the one you desperately want. Maybe it's even a favorite pocket companion from years past. Whatever it may be, one thing is likely certain: it looks nothing like the BlackBerry Passport. » 9/24/14 10:00am Wednesday 10:00am

BlackBerry's Finalllllllllllllllly Getting Its Own Siri-Like Assistant

Today, BlackBerry is giving us our first look at one of the key features of BB 10.3: A voice assistant. Like everything else the company formerly known as RIM does these days, BlackBerry Assistant would have been revolutionary years ago. Today, it's just an obvious feature that's too late to make it a differentiator. » 7/16/14 11:29am 7/16/14 11:29am

Blackberry Confirms Its Bizarre Box-Like Phone Is Coming This Fall

According to the folks over at Mobile Syrup, during Blackberry's quarterly earnings report, John Chen confirmed the existence of the company's next phone—and it's a head-scratcher. Previously known as the Windermere, the device is now officially known as the Passport and features a square 4.5-inch 1440×1440 pixel… » 6/19/14 12:34pm 6/19/14 12:34pm

Why You Can't Build a Smartphone

Every day or so I read another blog post (or ranting comments) about how BlackBerry could be rehabilitated, or how Nokia could restart Maemo and build the ultimate smartphone again. Things came to a head after Jolla announced their first phone for sale. Surely this phone with an amazing user interface will vindicate… » 12/03/13 3:00pm 12/03/13 3:00pm

Is BlackBerry Getting the Android Google Play Store?

I think at this point we can pretty safely say that BlackBerry’s BB 10 relaunch was a bit of a disaster for the once-mighty Canadian smartphone makers. I mean, you don’t give your CEO the boot for nothing right? And it now seems the company is ready to fully capitulate to its Android rival. » 11/11/13 7:30am 11/11/13 7:30am

This Week in Time Capsules: How 'Bout That iPhone 89?

This week in our time capsule round-up we have a 9/11 memorial time capsule in Pennsylvania, the not-at-all symbolic burial of a BlackBerry tablet in California, and letters from Canadian kids addressed to people of the future—including one that wonders what version of iPhone they'll have a hundred years hence. » 9/27/13 5:25pm 9/27/13 5:25pm