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Vector 14: Chris Umiastowski on sell-side analysis

Chris Umiastowski, former sell-side analyst, talks to Rene about the state of the mobile market, including what led BlackBerry to the brink of sale.

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Vector 13: Kevin Michaluk on what happened to BlackBerry

It happened to Palm. It's happening to BlackBerry. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung might be insulated by their revenue from other businesses, or they might not. No company stays on top, or even in the game, forever. So, we interrupt our usual programing to get Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com back on the line so he can explain to us what the hell is happening with BlackBerry. The reaction to the iPhone, the detour of the PlayBook, and the launch of BB10. No. Holds. Barred.

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BBM for iPhone not coming back this week

BBM's much anticipated launch on Android and iOS very publicly didn't go according to plan this past weekend, resulting in the release being halted. While some iPhone owners in locations such as New Zealand and across Asia managed to snag a copy before it was pulled, for the rest of us, we're not likely to see it return to the App Store this week. At least, not according to Andrew Bocking, the man in charge of BBM at BlackBerry:

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BBM for iOS rumored to finally land September 21 [Update: Official for September 22!]

This week might be all about iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but somewhere in the background BBM for iOS may finally appear too. The latest rumors suggest before the week is out, BlackBerry's messaging service may finally go cross platform following a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Update: No longer a rumor, it's now official. BBM will be launching on Android and iOS on Saturday September 21.

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for iOS submitted to App Store, waiting on approval

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), once the crack in crack-berry, is going multi-platform this month, including iOS and Android. While no firm release date has been set, BlackBerry's Alex Kinsella has just stated that BBM for iOS has already been submitted to the App Store. Twitter:

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Landing page for BBM for iPhone and Android appears briefly

A landing page for BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android has appeared online briefly. The page initially announced that "BBM for Android and iPhone is Here", though the app is obviously not available for either platform yet. However, the site did have buttons to take you to each app when they go live eventually.

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User guide for BlackBerry Messenger for iOS appears online

The user guide for BlackBerry Messenger for iOS has accidentally appeared online. The 13-page guide is pretty standard fare with no images, and outlines features like creating a Blackberry user account and viewing the profiles of other BBM users

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BBM hitting the BlackBerry Beta Zone for Android, reports of iOS beta also surface

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) may be entering the final furlong as it approaches its much hyped, long awaited cross-platform release with a new version hitting the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Emails are reportedly hitting selected inboxes inviting participation in the cross-platform program for Android 4.x devices, while the same report claims that iOS beta testing is also being conducted.

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Win yourselves an iPad, courtesy of Crackberry.com?!

It's been a rough end to the week for our BlackBerry loving friends over at CrackBerry. The PlayBook, the one and only tablet from BlackBerry, long promised an update to BlackBerry 10, has basically been killed. A sad day for those who clung to their PlayBook waiting, hoping, but CrackBerry is determined to turn the mood around by giving away any tablet that isn't a PlayBook. That's right; you could win an iPad on CrackBerry!

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