BlackBerry Service Earns Another Black Eye with Outage
Research In Motion confirmed today that its BlackBerry email service is down for some customers. "Some users in Europe, Middle East and Africa are experiencing issues with their BlackBerry service," the company said in a statement. "All relevant support teams are working to resolve the issue. We apologize to any customers who may be affected." RIM didn't offer an explanation for the outage. The problem occurred almost exactly a year after RIM's entire BlackBerry service crashed for several days. RIM took measures after the 2011 crash to improve its network infrastructure. RIM didn't indicate how long it will take to restore service today.
Review: BlackBerry Motion
The latest collaboration between BlackBerry Mobile and TCL is the Motion, a large slab that runs Android and boasts BlackBerry's powerful productivity tools. Mobile pros will be happy with features such as BlackBerry Hub and the Productivity Tab, while businesses that deploy the Motion will appreciate the DTEK security software.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
BlackBerry to Quit Pakistan Over Privacy Issues
BlackBerry today said it plans to leave Pakistan by Dec. 30 due to disagreements with the Pakistani government over privacy.
BlackBerry to Kill Off Advertising Business
BlackBerry today said its BlackBerry Advertising Service will reach its end of life on June 16, 2015, after which the servers will be disabled and the APIs will no longer work. BlackBerry launched the service to help developers generate ad-based revenue via mobile applications.