Fairfax Scooping Up Another $250 Million in BlackBerry
BlackBerry today indicated that Fairfax Financial Holdings will purchase another $250 million in debentures from BlackBerry, which should help improve its cash position. Fairfax already owns a 14% stake in BlackBerry and late last year bought $250 million in debt financing. Today's investment boosts its share of BlackBerry debentures to $500 million. BlackBerry took on the investment late last year after failing to sell itself to private investors. The company has struggled to sell smartphones in the face of fierce competition from rivals such as Apple and Samsung.
Alcatel Reveals the Fierce XL for MetroPCS and T-Mobile
Oct 29, 2015
Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Fierce XL, a budget phablet headed to MetroPCS and T-Mobile. The XL is the third Fierce-branded handset from Alcatel and features a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen.
Alcatel Windows 10 Fierce XL Hits T-Mobile's Site
Feb 10, 2016
T-Mobile has made the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL with Windows 10 available from its web site. The phone, announced earlier this year, has a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen, a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, an 8-megapixel main camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front camera.
Alcatel Reveals the Fierce 4 for MetroPCS
Aug 29, 2016
Alcatel today announced the Fierce 4, a large, budget-conscious Android smartphone that will be sold by MetroPCS. The Fierce 4 features a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen and is powered by a quad-core, 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Alcatel Adds Windows 10 to the Fierce XL
Jan 6, 2016
Alcatel today announced a Windows 10 variant of the Fierce XL smartphone. The phone is a direct carry over from the Android version, which was announced last year.
Apple Addresses Face ID and Safari Privacy Concerns
Sep 16, 2017
Apple this week provided more detail concerning some of the behaviors of its forthcoming Face ID tech on the iPhone X and Safari in iOS 11. Concerning the former, Apple executive Craig Federighi explained to Techcrunch that "[Apple does] not gather customer data when you enroll in Face ID, it stays on your device, we do not send it to the cloud for training data." Instead, all the data created by the dot projector is processed locally on the A11 bionic chip.
Granted, BlackBerry has the indispensable portrait QWERTY design, but world is largely moving on. And yes, BlackBerry still has an edge over the competition when it comes to mobile device security, but this is not something that sells nearly as well in the consumer market as it does in the enterprise market. Sure, BlackBerry could still make a decent comeback in emerging markets, but I doubt they'll make a comeback in the US after the launch of their lead balloon otherwise known as BlackBerry 10. The iPhone has already taken the token proprietary UNIX-based mobile OS slot, which causes QNX UNIX-based BB10 to look a bit redundant.
I don't think this will end well, but that's just me, and I don't claim to be...