BlackBerry announces September 24 event across three cities, Passport phone launch likely

blackberry passport simple
Read our full BlackBerry Passport review.

Sure, Apple may be about to hold a small event for some new piece of kit, but we’ve recently learned that BlackBerry, too, has a little gathering planned for this month.

Strategically set for September 24 (all the fuss over the new iPhone should’ve died down by then), BlackBerry has lined up its media event for not one, not even two, but three cities around the world. Apple, true to form, is sticking with just the one.

And while the iPhone maker in its press invitation gave nothing away, saying only, “Wish we could say more,” BlackBerry is at least doing the decent thing and putting it on a plate, saying on its invitation, “See the bigger picture.”

blackberry sept 2014 event passport

If you’re still following the trials and tribulations of the once mighty mobile maker, you’ll recall that in mid-June BlackBerry CEO John Chen flashed to investors the forthcoming and somewhat unusual Passport device, a BB10 smartphone that sports a 4.5-inch square display, as well as BlackBerry’s trademark physical QWERTY keyboard, though in this case there are only three rows of keys instead of the usual four.

As commentators started mumbling about what BlackBerry was hoping to achieve with an Instagram-shaped smartphone, a post appeared on the company’s blog in July explaining why it’s hip to be square: apparently a display of this shape brings with it significant amounts of screen real estate, offering healthcare professionals, architects, and artists a bigger picture, if you will.

Related: What we already know about the BlackBerry Passport

The company said in a blog post this week its September 24 events will be taking place in Toronto, London, and Dubai. And that’s pretty much all it says (besides the “bigger picture” bit). There’s no information yet on specific times, or what kind of products will be officially unveiled (a square handset, probably).

At the end of July, Chen pondered whether BlackBerry could ever be great again. If the Passport doesn’t push it in the right direction and help it regain at least a smidgen of its decimated market share, even Chen himself may be forced to admit BlackBerry’s best days as a smartphone maker are well and truly behind it.


Black hole in the screen of Samsung's new Galaxy A8s has a camera inside

Samsung is building exciting, technologically innovative midrange phones, and the latest to be revealed is the new Samsung Galaxy A8s, which may give us an idea of what the new Samsung Galaxy S10 will look like.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.

iOS jailbreak app store Cydia shuts down purchasing

For years, iOS users have been jailbreaking their devices to install software not approved by Apple. But now the popular app store alternative Cydia will no longer be accepting purchases.

Lawsuit alleges Apple falsely advertised the screen size of the iPhone X

A lawsuit alleges that Apple was dishonest in the way that it marketed the iPhone X. The lawsuit alleges that despite Apple's marketing campaign, the new iPhone is not in fact all screen because of the notch.

Apple is still selling iPhones in China despite being ordered not to

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.

Is somebody watching you? How to stop apps from tracking your location

If you don't like the idea of your every movement being tracked by apps on the phone in your pocket, then you may want to turn location tracking off. We take a look at how to do it on an iPhone or Android phone in this easy guide.

Report: Samsung's upcoming foldable phone will cost a hefty $1,800

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy F, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Smart Home

Starbucks teams with Uber Eats for delivery from 2,000 of its U.S. stores

Starbucks has teamed up with Uber Eats to offer customers deliveries from almost a quarter of its stores in the U.S. The major expansion launches early next year, making life even easier for fans of the coffee giant.

Huawei Nova 4 has a hole in the screen, and a 48-megapixel camera on the back

Huawei has launched the Nova 4, a new smartphone that has abandoned the screen notch and adopted a punch hole alternative, and also has a massive 48-megapixel camera. Here's what you need to know about the Nova 4.

Score a Christmas deal with Speck’s half-off sale on its entire range of cases

The holidays might be nearing, but bargains don't take time off. To celebrate the last day for U.S. ground shipping, Speck will be offering a sitewide 50-percent-off deal for one day only on Monday December 17.

Doubts emerge over when LG will reveal its folding smartphone

LG may be working on a folding smartphone, making it the latest device manufacturer to be linked to the technology, which may become one of the standout designs of the coming year.

Walk, run, and stretch with these handy iPhone fitness apps

Working out and getting yourself in shape isn't easy, but it's easier with the right set of apps. These best iPhone fitness apps will help you to track your calories, monitor your sleep, and achieve your fitness goals.