Typo settles with Blackberry, stops making phone keyboards

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Don’t mess with Blackberry, even if you’re Ryan Seacrest. That’s the lesson Typo seems to have learned. After a lawsuit and an injunction, the company has reached a settlement with BlackBerry to stop selling its Blackberry-like smartphone Bluetooth thumb keyboards. It can still make keyboards [...]

BlackBerry gets injunction against Typo keyboard; plans to refocus on keyboard phones for business

By Chris Meadows
March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an update concerning BlackBerry’s suit against the Typo keyboard, a Bluetooth thumbboard add-on for iPhones (backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest!) that hewed a little too closely to Blackberry’s own patented keyboard design. Opining that BlackBerry was likely to succeed in the [...]

Blackberry files suit over Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard case

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

Remember that “Typo” Bluetooth iPhone keyboard case backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? It essentially grafts a BlackBerry style keyboard onto an iPhone. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is not amused that the Typo is effectively a rip-off of the iconic keyboard design from their [...]

Samsung Hogs the Jelly Beans, Eats Apple and BlackBerry For Lunch In Smartphone Fruit Market

By libertyc
October 31, 2013 // 4 Comments

Latest 3Q2013 figures on the state of the global mobile phone market from technology market intelligence house ABI Research show Samsung chewing into other vendors’ market share, and especially at the expense of proprietary OS platforms like Apple and BlackBerry. “Samsung retained its [...]

Kobo for Blackberry 10 Now Available

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Kobo has announced via their blog that Blackberry 10 users can now download a Kobo app of their very own. Users of the Z10 and Q10 models have a new app available to them with all of Kobo’s signature features, including cross-device syncing, day and night modes and Reading Life stats. They [...]

BlackBerry CEO questions future of tablets, says they’re a “bad business model”

By Charles Moore
May 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

Bloomberg’s Hugo Miller and Nadja Brandt quote Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins contending that the popularity of tablet computers may wane, a strong hint that there will be no BlackBerry tablet successor to the company’s ill-fated PlayBook device. Miller and Brandt cite Mr. Heins saying in an [...]

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, “What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?” For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned [...]

Kobo updates BlackBerry PlayBook app, fixes problems for some users

By libertyc
November 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Although the Kobo e-reading app shipped preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook, for the last couple of weeks it hasn’t been working properly for some PlayBook users. However, Kobo has just updated the app to version 1.3.1. There’s no hint of a change log in the release notes, but at least some of [...]

B&N drops support for BlackBerry

By libertyc
October 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble is dropping support for the eReader app for the BlackBerry. The software will still work on BlackBerries, but it will no longer allow new content to be purchased through it, and any old or new content purchased will have to be sideloaded onto the BlackBerry rather than downloaded [...]

Quick Notes: Inexpensive tablets à gogo

By libertyc
September 29, 2011 // 2 Comments

With the Amazon Fire suddenly burning at the front of bargain-conscious consumers’ minds, other cheap tablet news has been coming out of the woodwork. Let’s look at some of it. Not sure how I missed noticing this. In a desperate effort to stem the tide of its stock slumping yesterday, Barnes [...]

RIM cuts production of PlayBook tablets, may have huge unsold inventory

By libertyc
September 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

HP’s Touchpad might have flamed out on launch, but it may not be the only tablet in danger of doing so. Reports suggest RIM’s PlayBook tablet is not selling in anywhere near the numbers analysts had expected. DigiTimes reports (via AppleInsider) that Playbook manufacturer Quanta has cut back [...]

BlackBerry Playbook doesn’t seem to cut the mustard

By libertyc
April 21, 2011 // 7 Comments

I’m always on the lookout for challengers to my iPad, but it seems that the new BlackBerry Playbook isn’t one – at least in its released incarnation. Most of the reviews have been poor and now Tom’s Guide has one of their typically excellent reviews with the title The 6 Best [...]

BlackBerry App from OverDrive Enables Direct Library eBook Downloads

By libertyc
April 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

From an email I received: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well [...]

RIM Developer Relations chief responds to disgruntled PlayBook developer

By libertyc
February 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yesterday I mentioned an open letter from frustrated would-be PlayBook developer Jamie Murai concerning all the problems he encountered trying to register for and use the development tools for the Blackberry PlayBook tablet. He ended up throwing up his hands and giving up in disgust. Today, Tyler [...]

Apple continues to dominate tablet field

By libertyc
February 26, 2011 // 3 Comments

On TechCrunch, guest writer Jim Dalrymple from The Loop looks at why, a year on, Apple’s iPad still has no real competition and all the other hardware manufacturers are still scrambling to catch up. He points out that Apple has done such a good job making the tablet useful in people’s everyday [...]

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