BlackBerry Experience Event kommt nach Köln

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BlackBerry Experience Event kommt nach Köln

BlackBerry hat letzte Woche eine neue Serie von Events angekündigt. Auch in Deutschland wird es eines dieser BlackBerry Experience Events geben. Am 14. Mai lädt BlackBerry die Teilnehmer ins HYATT Regency in Köln ein, um über Enterprise Mobility Management Lösungen zu sprechen. Diese Event ist also klar an Business Kunden gerichtet. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos und ihr könnt euch auf der Seite unten ganz einfach registrieren. Das Event beginnt um 11:30 Uhr mit der Registrierung. Weiter geht es mit einem Business-Lunch und ab 13:15 Uhr startet die eigentliche Konferenz.

Auf dieser Konferenz erhalten Sie viele interessante Informationen rund um BlackBerry und die BlackBerry Infrastruktur. Sie erfahren Details zu den aktuellen und zukünftigen Produkten, Insights zu unserer Enterprise Mobility Managment Lösung, wie leicht es ist, Business Apps selbst im Unternehmen zu entwickeln – und wir zeigen einige Live Demos zu BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Robert oder ich werden wahrscheinlich auch vor Ort sein, solltet ihr uns also sehen, sagt doch einfach mal Hallo :).

Hier könnt ihr euch anmelden.

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Infografik: Weltweit führende Unternehmen setzen auf BlackBerry

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Infografik: Weltweit führende Unternehmen setzen auf BlackBerry

Im Rahmen der neuen EZ Pass Aktion hat BlackBerry eine Infografik erstellt um zu verdeutlichen, wie groß die Reichweite und der Einfluss von BlackBerry 10 und BES 10 tatsächlich ist. Die Zahlen sind schon ziemlich beeindruckend und mir persönlich gefällt das neue Selbstbewusstsein von BlackBerry zu diesem Thema. Um Kunden der Konkurrenz wie z.B. AirWatch, Good oder  MobilIron den Umstieg auf den BES10 etwas schmackhafter zu machen, können im Rahmen der EZ Pass Aktion alle vorhandenen Lizenzen kostenlos in BES 10 Silver Lizenzen gewandelt werden.

Infografik

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BBM Update für BlackBerry, iPhone und Android bringt Sticker und mehr

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BBM Update für BlackBerry, iPhone und Android bringt Sticker und mehr

Eines der neuen Features für BBM ist bereits seit einigen Wochen in einer Betaphase getestet worden. Dieses Update wird heute im Laufe des Tages an Benutzer von iOS (v2.1) , Android (v2.1) , BlackBerry OS (v8.2) und BlackBerry 10 (v10.3.1) ausgeliefert.

Die wichtigsten Neuerungen in diesem Update:

  • Sticker: Mit den neuen BBM-Stickers habt ihr die Möglichkeit neben den beliebten BBM Emoticons auch weitere Symbole in den Chat einzufügen. Es gibt dabei verschiedene Sticker-Pakete, z.B. für die größere Variante von BBM Smilies. Zusätzlich gibt es noch einige weitere kostenlose und kostenpflichtige Sticker-Pakete. Wie Sticker aussehen könnt ihr unten im Video sehen.
  • Dateigrößenlimit: Das Dateigrößenlimit wurde mit diesem Update auf 16 MB angehoben (nur für BB10, Android und iOS). Ihr könnt nun also auch etwas größere Videos, Bilder oder Dateien per BBM senden.
  • Bilder in Mehrpersonenchats: Bilder können in Mehrpersonenchats nun genau wie in Einzelchats geteilt werden.

Noch einige Details zu den Stickern. Es gibt nun einen eigenen BBM Shop in dem ihr die Sticker-Pakete herunterladen bzw. erwerben könnt. Jedes Paket enthält dabei 20-25 Sticker. Das Update sollte im Laufe des Tages in den jeweiligen Stores angezeigt werden.

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P.S.: Bevor sich jemand auf den Arm genommen fühlt: Nein, das ist kein Aprilscherz.

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BlackBerry World feiert Geburtstag und schenkt euch fünf Apps zum kostenlosen Download

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BlackBerry World feiert Geburtstag und schenkt euch fünf Apps zum kostenlosen Download

Zum 5. Geburtstag der BlackBerry World könnt ihr im Zeitraum vom 31. März bis zum 4. April fünf kostenlose Premium Apps  laden. Die Apps gibt es für BlackBerry OS und BlackBerry 10 Benutzer. Für mein Q10 werden mir dabei die folgenden Apps angeboten:

  • Tilt
  • Scan to Text
  • InstaVenue
  • Doodle Jump
  • Uno

Wir kommen damit übrigens auch unserem eigenen 5. Geburtstag immer näher. Einer der ersten Beiträge hier auf BerryMe.de spricht nämlich genau über die Verfügbarkeit der damals noch App World genannten BlackBerry World. Diese war für uns in Deutschland ca. ab dem 28. Juli 2009 bzw. dem 31. Juli 2009 verfügbar.

Wenn jemand noch ein BlackBerry OS Gerät im Gebrauch hat, wären wir über eine Rückmeldung zu den dort verfügbaren Apps dankbar. Happy Birthday BlackBerry World.

Hier könnt ihr die BlackBerry World Geburtstags-Apps laden.

 Update am 31.03.2014, 17:08

Für OS 7 Geräte werden die folgenden Apps angeboten:

  • Keep Cam-o-matic Theme
  • Photo Studio Pro
  • Iron Man 3
  • Color ID

Vielen Dank an Jörg für den Hinweis.

BlackBerry gibt Ergebnisse des 4. Quartals im Geschäftsjahr 2014 bekannt

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BlackBerry gibt Ergebnisse des 4. Quartals im Geschäftsjahr 2014 bekannt

BlackBerry hat heute die Ergebnisse des 4. Quartals im Geschäftsjahr 2014 bekannt gegeben. Q4 erstreckt sich in diesem Fall vom 01.12.2013 bis zum 01.03.2014. Die genauen Details könnt ihr der Pressemeldung unten entnehmen. Einige der wichtigsten Inhalte sind:

  • Der Umsatz liegt hinter den Erwartungen. Angepeilt waren 1,11 Milliarden Dollar, der tatsächliche Umsatz lag bei 976 Millionen Dollar.
  • Die Betriebskosten konnten um einiges reduziert werden. Waren es im letzten Quartal noch 865 Millionen Dollar, konnten diese Ausgaben nun auf 601 Millionen Dollar reduziert werden.
  • 2,7 Milliarden Dollar liegen “auf der hohen Kante”.
  • Die Verkaufszahlen sehen nicht besonders gut aus. Nur 1,1 Millionen der insgesamt 3,4 Millionen verkauften Geräte sind BlackBerry 10 Geräte.
  • Die Bruttomarge konnte um 9% erhöht werden

Die Audiokonferenz hat bereits begonnen, wer noch zuhören möchte kann dies hier tun.

Originalmeldung (Englisch)

BlackBerry Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter Adjusted Loss Per Share of $0.08 vs. $0.67 in Previous Quarter

 

Waterloo, ON  – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 1, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

 

Q4 Highlights:

•                      Cash and investments balance of $2.7B at the end of the fiscal fourth quarter

•                      Adjusted Q4 gross margin of 43%, up from 34% in the prior quarter

•                      Channel inventory down 30% from the prior quarter

•                      Reduced adjusted operating expenses by approximately 51% from Q1FY14

•                      Revenue for the fourth quarter of approximately $976 million

 

Q4 Results

 

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was approximately $976 million, down $217 million or 18% from approximately $1.2 billion in the previous quarter and down 64% from $2.7 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2013.  The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 37% for hardware, 56% for services and 7% for software and other revenue.  During the fourth quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.3 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. During the fourth quarter, approximately 3.4 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the fourth quarter and which reduced the Company’s inventory in channel.  Of the BlackBerry smartphones sold through to end customers in the fourth quarter, approximately 2.3 million were BlackBerry 7 devices.

 

GAAP loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $423 million, or $0.80 per share diluted. The loss includes a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million (the “Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”), a pre-tax recovery of previously recorded inventory charges of approximately $149 million (the “Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery”) and pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $148 million related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency (“CORE”) program. This compares with a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $4.4 billion, or $8.37 per share diluted in the prior quarter, and GAAP income from continuing operations of $94 million, or $0.18 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

 

Adjusted loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $42 million, or $0.08 per share diluted. Adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the impact of the non-cash Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of approximately $382 million ($382 million after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of approximately $149 million ($106 million after tax), and pre-tax restructuring  charges of approximately $148 million ($105 million after tax) related to the CORE program incurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. These impacts on GAAP loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.

 

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was approximately $2.7 billion as of March 1, 2014, compared to $3.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Cash flow used in operations in the fourth quarter was approximately $553 million. Cash flows provided by financing activities in the fourth quarter were approximately $251 million, which includes the additional issuance of $250 million of convertible debentures.  Cash flows used in investing activities included intangible asset additions of approximately $243 million. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.9 billion as at March 1, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $586 million of the total.

 

“I am very pleased with our progress and execution in fiscal Q4 against the strategy we laid out three months ago.  We have significantly streamlined operations, allowing us to reach our expense reduction target one quarter ahead of schedule,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. “BlackBerry is on sounder financial footing today with a path to returning to growth and profitability.”

 

 

Outlook

 

The Company anticipates maintaining its strong cash position and continuing to look for opportunities to streamline operations. The Company is targeting break even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

 

 

Gross Margin(1) (before taxes)

Gross Margin %(1) (before taxes)

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

Loss from Continuing Operations

Diluted loss per share from continuing operations

As reported   $

553

57

% $

(557

) $

(423

) $

(0.80

)
Adjustments:
CORE charges (2)

17

2

%

148

105

0.20

Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debenture Fair Value Adjustment (3)  

382

382

0.73

Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery (4)  

(149

)

(15

)%

(149

)

(106

)

(0.20

)
Adjusted   $

421

43

% $

(176

) $

(42

) $

(0.08

)

 

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

 

(1)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $553 million or 57% of revenue.  Excluding the impact of the CORE charges included in cost of sales and the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery, the adjusted gross margin was $421 million, or 43%.

(2)   As part of the Company’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company incurred charges related to the CORE program of approximately $148 million pre-tax, or $105 million after tax. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits, facilities and manufacturing costs. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, charges of approximately $17 million were included in cost of sales, charges of approximately $21 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $110 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

(3)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Statements of Operations.

(4)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a recovery of previous charges against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $149 million, or $106 million after tax, to reflect increased sell through rates, relative to the estimates and assumptions previously considered, resulting from discounted pricing and revised orders on hand for devices and components of BlackBerry 10 products.

 

 

Fiscal 2014 Results

 

Revenue from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014 was $6.8 billion, down 38% from $11.1 billion in fiscal 2013. The Company’s GAAP net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2014 was $5.9 billion, or $11.18 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $628 million, or $1.20 per share diluted in fiscal 2013. Adjusted net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2014 was $711 million, or $1.35 per share diluted. Adjusted net loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share for fiscal 2014 exclude the pre-tax impacts of an LLA impairment charge of $2.7 billion ($2.5 billion after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of $1.6 billion ($1.3 billion after tax), the Z10 inventory charge of $934 million ($666 million after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $382 million ($382 million after tax), charges of $512 million ($398 million after tax) related to the Company’s CORE program and strategic review process and the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of $149 million ($106 million after tax). These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

 

 

For the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014

Gross Margin(1) (before taxes)

Gross Margin %(1) (before taxes)

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

Loss from Continuing Operations

Diluted loss per share from continuing operations

As reported   $

(43

)

(1

)% $

(7,184

) $

(5,873

) $

(11.18

)
Adjustments:
CORE charges (1)

103

2

%

512

398

0.76

Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debenture Fair Value Adjustment (2)  

382

382

0.73

Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery (3)  

(149

)

(2

)%

(149

)

(106

)

(0.20

)
LLA Impairment Charge (4)

2,748

2,475

4.71

Q3 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Charge (5)

1,592

23

%

1,592

1,347

2.56

Z10 Inventory Charge (6)

934

14

%

934

666

1.27

Adjusted   $

2,437

36

% $

(1,165

) $

(711

) $

(1.35

)

 

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

 

(1)     As part of the Company’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. Further, the Company announced the formation of a special committee to conduct an organizational strategic review on August 12, 2013. During fiscal 2014, the Company incurred approximately $512 million in total pre-tax charges related to the CORE program and strategic review process. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits, facilities and manufacturing costs related to the CORE program and legal and financial advisory costs related to the strategic review process. During fiscal 2014, pre-tax charges of approximately $103 million were included in cost of sales, charges of approximately $76 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $333 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

(2)     During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Statements of Operations.

(3)     During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a recovery of previous charges against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $149 million, or $106 million after tax, to reflect increased sell through rates, relative to the estimates and assumptions previously considered, resulting from discounted pricing and revised orders on hand for devices and components of BlackBerry 10 products.

(4)     During the third quarter of fiscal 2014 the Company performed a long-lived asset impairment test and based  on the results of that test, the Company  recorded  a non-cash  LLA  Impairment  Charge of approximately $2.7 billion pre-tax, or $2.5 billion after tax.

(5)     During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $1.6 billion, or $1.3 billion after tax, which was primarily attributable to BlackBerry 10 devices.

(6)     During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $934 million, or $666 million after tax, which was primarily attributable to BlackBerry Z10 devices.

 

 

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

 

 

BlackBerry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Region

 

 

For the quarter ended

March 1, 2014

November 30, 2013

August 31, 2013

June 1, 2013

March 2, 2013

North America $

297

30.4

% $

340

28.5

% $

414

26.3

% $

761

24.8

% $

587

21.9

%
Europe, Middle East and Africa

412

42.2

%

549

46.0

%

686

43.6

%

1,343

43.7

%

1,227

45.8

%
Latin America

127

13.0

%

135

11.3

%

196

12.5

%

449

14.6

%

479

17.9

%
Asia Pacific

140

14.4

%

169

14.2

%

277

17.6

%

518

16.9

%

385

14.4

%
Total $

976

100.0

% $

1,193

100.0

% $

1,573

100.0

% $

3,071

100.0

% $

2,678

100.0

%

 

 

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