10 must-see videos of the week

It's Friddday! Which means it's time to roundup the best of the week in CNET video.

In our latest installment of our new How-To, DIY-tech series, The Fix, our resident how-to guru's offer up expert advice on building the ultimate home theater. They'll show you how to easily and affordably install a TV, give you tips on choosing the right screen size, as well as our top three ways to add audio to your home theater. You'll be your own home theater specialist by episode's end.

Earlier this week, Amazon revealed that it would … Read more

BlackBerry chief gives turnaround 50-50 chance

Will BlackBerry recover from its financial struggles and once again turn a profit? BlackBerry Chief John Chen is at least honest -- and sees the company's future as a coin toss.

In an interview with the Financial Times conducted during last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and published Tuesday, BlackBerry's CEO said that recovery and restructuring strategies have a "50-50 chance" of success.

Where there is a chance, there's hope, right? Despite the company's financial woes, Chen remains optimistic, saying during the interview:

"I think when you look at turnaround history … Read more

The monetized future of BBM

BARCELONA, Spain -- If anything can keep the good ship BlackBerry sailing, it's BBM. John Sims is the man charged with taking this slice of the BlackBerry pie and make it do two things -- grow and make money. He's been in the role just two short months, but speaking with CNET on the last day of Mobile World Congress 2014, he has a lot of big plans on both accounts.

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"Clearly, in the longer term, we have to monetize that investment in BBM," said Sims. "… Read more

Ford 'not married' to Microsoft for next-gen Sync, but BlackBerry isn't necessarily in

BARCELONA, Spain -- There's been no shortage of talk and speculation of late surrounding Ford's relationship with Microsoft.

Microsoft has, since the beginning of Sync, provided the software underpinnings that make the infotainment system work. With millions of Sync-equipped vehicles on the road, it's big business, and with rumors of a switch to QNX making the rounds, that's potentially bad news for Microsoft.

However, Ford is saying not so fast. Here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress we spoke with Ford managing director Pin van der Jagt about the situation. He said that Ford is always … Read more

Unique smartphones boast encryption, e-ink

CNET Update explores the quirky side of smartphones:

These are not your typical smartphones. In this episode of Update, learn about new smartphones that stand out with unique features, including:

- The Blackphone, made by Geeksphone in Switzerland, which encrypts calls, texts and data. It's arriving in June for $630.

- Panasonic's rugged Toughpad, designed for tough jobs that may involve barcode scanning.

- BlackBerry's upcoming Q20, which goes back to basics with a trackpad. It's also selling the Z3, a sub-$200 all-touchscreen phone that will be sold in emerging markets.

- The dual-screen YotaPhoneRead more

Blackberry targets serious users with new Z3 touch-screen handset

BARCELONA, Spain -- Here at MWC 2014 BlackBerry announced its newest touch screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3. Once codenamed the Jakarta, the Z3 will offer a big 5-inch high-resolution display and rely on an all-touch interface, rather than a physical keyboard. BlackBerry plans to sell the Z3 for under $200, unlocked.

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The BlackBerry Z3 will also run the company's latest version of its operating system, BB 10.2.1. Additionally, BlackBerry has pledged to equip the Z3 with a high-capacity battery boasting enough juice to last a good while between charges. … Read more

Blackberry flaunts new Q20 keyboard phone at MWC 2014

BARCELONA, Spain -- BlackBerry pulled the wraps off of the new Q20 handset at MWC 2014. Billed as the "BlackBerry Classic" by company CEO John Chen, the device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard along with fresh BlackBerry 10 software. Alongside the Q20, Mr. Chen unveiled a touch screen handset once codenamed the Jakarta, now called the BlackBerry Z3.

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The BlackBerry Q20 will rely on a similar hardware keyboard to that of the previous Q10. Other physical buttons include end, send, and back keys. BlackBerry also says the device will … Read more

BlackBerry blasts T-Mobile's campaign to switch phones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen -- with the backing of some loyal and vocal customers -- freely bashed T-Mobile's recent e-mail marketing campaign Tuesday.

The campaign was "inappropriate and ill-conceived," Chen wrote in a blog post. T-Mobile e-mailed customers last week in a campaign to encourage BlackBerry customers to switch to an iPhone.

BlackBerry users on Twitter responded with a campaign of their own, tweeting at T-Mobile President John Legere with the hash tag #CHOOSEBLACKBERRY10. Legere responded with his own tweets, saying, "We may still send e-mails w/device choices, but you don't have to give … Read more

Hope for BlackBerry? One analyst sees tailwinds ahead

There's reason to feel a small measure of confidence in BlackBerry's ability to stabilize the business -- you just need to exercise some patience.

That's according to Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um, who raised his estimate on BlackBerry's valuation range and slightly lifted his revenue estimate for fiscal 2015, which begins in March. He said that by fiscal 2016, the company could see higher cash flow from adjustments made to the business.

BlackBerry, under new CEO John Chen, is still trying to figure itself out after making some major shifts in the company. Chen has essentially … Read more

Octa-core BlackBerry reportedly in the works for 2015

A new rumor of an unreleased BlackBerry smartphone is picking up steam on Monday, with BlackBerry-watcher site N4BB claiming that the struggling device-maker is working on a phone with an octa-core processor by the summer of 2015.

The mystery phone will apparently use Qualcomm's eight-core Snapdragon MSM8994 chipset, which relies on 64-bit architecture to attain it's up-to-2.5GHz speeds per core.

In the meantime, we're already seeing our first eight-core Android smartphones cropping up, and Apple has set the tone for 64-bit mobile computing with its iPhone 5S.

BlackBerry fans shouldn't have to wait until 2015 … Read more