Pentagon says it didn't buy 80,000 new BlackBerry phones

The government is not going to save BlackBerry with a massive order of 80,000 phones, despite earlier reports that sent the struggling company's stock soaring.

The Department of Defense confirmed to The Verge on Thursday that "absolutely no new orders have been placed for new BB devices." The 80,000 phones mentioned in a January 16 press release -- that, it seems, many of us in the media misread -- was referencing already existing devices.

The press release does indeed say the program "currently supports 1,800 unclassified mobile devices," which includes items like … Read more

BlackBerry may have some life left with Pentagon order

CNET Update talks BlackBerry, Apple and Samsung, and Facebook.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- BlackBerry lands a large Defense Department order.

- A judge pares down Samsung's patent claim against Apple.

- Facebook could lose 80 percent of its users, according to a study.

- Snapchat makes sure users are real people.

- China experiences an Internet glitch.

- Edward Snowden will participate in a Q&A.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch CNET every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what'… Read more

Report: BlackBerry World to offer Android apps

BlackBerry is placing its last hopes on Android, though not in the way you think. Instead of incorporating Android into its smartphones, the company's forthcoming 10.2.1 update to its BlackBerry operating system will support native Android apps.

And to make sure that it has enough applications for its users, the company has been approaching developers to upload their apps to a new section on its online app store, BlackBerry World.

The news comes from a report from Web site Good e-Reader, which claims to have spoken to at least four different game developers at CES last week … Read more

BlackBerry cancels two phones before release

BlackBerry had to cancel more than its conference this year. Fearing poor sales, the beleaguered company also had to cancel two phones that were still in development.

"The company also made the decision to cancel plans to launch two devices to mitigate the identified inventory risk," reads BlackBerry's third-quarter earnings report published Friday. The Wall Street Journal came across the buried tidbit Monday.

The two phones were code-named Café and Kopi, and BlackBerry had plans to market them as low-cost devices, unnamed sources told the Journal.

The news coincides with BlackBerry's announcement that it's … Read more

BlackBerry enlists Foxconn as Q3 loss hits $4.4B

It may not have seemed possible, but the news keeps getting worse for BlackBerry.

The staggering mobile phone maker announced Friday a third-quarter loss of $4.4 billion, a stunning freefall from the loss of $965 million suffered in the second quarter of this year. Revenue also tumbled, nestling in at $1.2 billion, down from $1.6 billion in the prior quarter.

BlackBerry managed to sell only 1.9 million smartphones last quarter, an ugly decline from the 3.7 million sold in the previous quarter. And talk about a vote of no confidence by customers: the company said … Read more

BlackBerry Z10 Porsche Edition debuts at grand price

Your BlackBerry Z10 might be all well and good, but it's not going to impress your oil-baron, airline-owning friends, is it? What you need is the Porsche P'9982 BlackBerry phone, which takes the internals of the Z10 and wraps it up in a Porsche-designed body. BlackBerry couldn't tell me the exact price, but it did say it'll cost well more than a grand.

The bulk of that money is, of course, going on the Porsche name, but you do at least get some good materials for your money. The body of the phone is constructed from … Read more

Connect with an expert on Google Helpouts

CNET Update always offers expert advice:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Google's new service called Helpouts, which uses Hangouts video chats to connect to people with expertize in different subjects.

- Get the latest on BlackBerry's struggles, as the company fails to find a buyer to go private and appoints a new CEO. Perhaps there's still hope in the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, hitting Verizon later this month.

- Watch Netflix go after Oscar glory by picking up a documentary called "The Square," while Amazon plays catchup and launches its first TV series next week. … Read more

Cerberus, Qualcomm may join bid with BlackBerry co-founders

Just days before Fairfax Financial Holdings is set to firm up its $4.7 billion offer for BlackBerry, bidding for the embattled smartphone maker has become more intense.

Cerberus Capital Management is now officially in talks to team up with BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin for a possible joint bid for the smartphone maker, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Although it's not entirely clear who else might join their effort, it looks as if Qualcomm, too, is in talks to join the Cerberus group, the Journal said.

Reports had surfaced early last month that … Read more

BBM for Android and iOS can't beat the competition

Seven years after BlackBerry Messenger debuted exclusively on BlackBerry phones, the service finally comes to iOS and Android. The hope is to catch the attention of both early Blackberry users who miss their tried and true messaging service, and those who never got to use BBM in the first place.

Though BBM introduced many innovations commonly found in messaging apps today, such as sharing photos or seeing when your friends read your messages, the service hasn't aged well. Up against today’s top communication apps on both iOS and Android, BBM gets smoked on both design and features.

Getting … Read more

BlackBerry reportedly propositioned Facebook for a bid

BlackBerry is playing the field and courting all types of potential suitors before it sells itself to the most attractive bidder. The company is said to have even visited California last week to flirt with Facebook and solicit a buyout bid, the Wall Street Journal reported.

When reached for comment, Facebook declined to discuss the matter as the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.

After years in decline, BlackBerry officially put itself up for sale last month and forged a tentative arrangement with Fairfax Financial Holdings, which is considering taking the smartphone company private for $9 per share, … Read more