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Blackberry cancels two phones and a conference

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Tue Dec 24 2013, 11:28

HARDWARE FIRM Blackberry has cancelled an upcoming conference and two handsets as its looks to its future.

The firm has blogged about its decision, and the new chapter that is opening up in front of it.

"Blackberry events have always been purpose-driven, designed to help get your hands on new products, get familiar with our services, to learn about our future plans and roadmaps, and to demonstrate the powerful capabilities of Blackberry platforms," it said.

"We've taken a look at how to best meet our goals with Blackberry events, and today we're announcing that we will not be hosting a Blackberry Live conference in 2014."

Instead of its Blackberry Live main conference the firm will host a number of smaller meets and greets around the globe. It said that the events will be more tailored to attendees, and will focus on specific business, developer and partner audiences. People, we read, will be able to get more out of the events.

"We want to take this opportunity to celebrate Blackberry Live and all of the amazing memories that we have, as well as collecting a few of yours," it added. Our favourite, since it has asked, was that time it covered a song by REO Speedwagon.

Earlier this week US paper the Wall Street Journal noticed the cancellation of two phones lurking in a Blackberry financial document.

The two phones were codenamed Café and Kopi, and in its filing the firm said it would "cancel plans to launch two devices to mitigate the identified inventory risk".

Blackberry recently revealed that it was turning to Foxconn for the manufacturing of low-cost phones.

Last week it reported a $4.4bn (£2.68bn) third quarter loss for 2013. µ


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