BlackBerry third-quarter revenue falls more than expected, shares drop

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone is shown during a display at the launch event in New YorkBy Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $ 793 million from $ 1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $ 931.5 million. "It's a number that obviously, to us, is not satisfying," Chief Executive Officer John Chen said on a conference call, noting that the focus has been on margins and cash flow. …



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BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooWATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure. …



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BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry CEO John Chen introduces the company's new phone, the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.



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Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. …



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Flying with a falcon? Lufthansa design is suitable for birds of prey

BERLIN (Reuters) – What is the point of having a luxurious private jet if you can’t transport your own falcon? Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of the German airline which also specializes in fitting cabins on big VIP and executive jets, has come up with a gadget for those who want to keep their bird of prey by their side when traveling. Called the Falcon Master, the platform and stand for transporting falcons or other birds can slot above a folded-down seat in a range of Airbus or Boeing aircraft. …
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It’s Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It’s Okay to Miss the Old iPod

It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPodRecently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative cinch: I'd put the music on iTunes, plug in my iPod, and drag the songs over. Now, anytime I dare hook my iPhone up to a computer, there's software that needs updating, apps and photos I need to clear away for extra room, and esoteric rules regarding what is allowed to "sync. …



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Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphonesMarques Brownlee has earned a lot of well deserved praise for his terrific gadget video reviews and now he’s put out another one that takes us back through the year that was in smartphones. At the end of the day, Brownlee lists the HTC One (M8) as the year’s best overall phone, followed by the 2014 Moto X, the iPhone 6 and the LG G3.  RELATED: The sleekest Android phone of the year is getting a massive upgrade next year Regarding the highly acclaimed One (M8), Brownlee called it “an all-around winner from HTC” and “an improvement in almost every way from the M7.” Brownlee said that he prefers the Google Play Edition of the device, which runs on stock Android and



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Luxury brands capitalize on Art Basel

Would you like a designer tie with that painting, a collage on your new Mercedes? Or how about an art iPad app to complement your stock tips? Art Basel Miami Beach often makes for unlikely pairings as …
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Steve Jobs’ video testimony transfixes courtroom

OAKLAND, California (AP) — More than three years after his death, legendary Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit that accuses Apple of inflating prices by locking music lovers into using Apple’s iPod players.
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Ex-Android user explains why he happily ditched his Nexus for the BlackBerry Passport

Ex-Android user explains why he happily ditched his Nexus for the BlackBerry PassportThe BlackBerry Passport isn’t for everyone but there are definitely some people who will absolutely love the phone because it’s offering something you won’t find with any iPhone or Android phone. Business Insider’s Mike Bird, a self-described “finance and economics person,” recently ditched his old Nexus for a BlackBerry Passport and has found it to be a revelation in terms of what he values in a smartphone. RELATED: Tech reporter explains why she dumped her iPhone for the ‘sexy’ BlackBerry Passport While most consumers will never use their smartphone to look extensively at spreadsheets and charts, Bird does do this on a regular basis. Because of this, he found the Passport’s big square display to be a perfect fit for what



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