The Amber Alert system on phones is already annoying people, and that’s dangerous

The problem isn’t that people are seriously inconvenienced when their phone buzzes for an Amber Alert, because they’re not. It’s that the system will desensitize them entirely, harming emergency preparedness in general.

The technology trap: Should you give your kid a smartphone?

Parents are turning to devices to keep tabs on their children, affording the youngsters much-needed independence. Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

We’re asking the wrong questions about phone addiction

Opinion: On their own, smartphones aren’t necessarily a problem. It’s how they’re being used that’s troubling—and who is making us use them that way

Why are MPs browsing their phones during question period?

Whether they’re on Facebook, checking messages or even playing video games, mobile device use in the House is out of control

Is a better rechargeable battery finally in the works?

A better battery would be sweet relief for smartphone users. But there’s another industry that might benefit even more from it.

Smartphones, dissected

From the brick-like Motorola to today’s concerns about spying, Elizabeth Woyke’s fascinating book traces the history of smartphones

Is BlackBerry back in black?

A quick look at BlackBerry’s financial statement confirms the tale of a company trying to shrink its way to profitability


BlackBerry back on death watch

BlackBerry’s “death spiral” appears set to resume. The troubled maker of smartphones has ditched plans to go private in a tentative deal that would have seen Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial and other investors pay $9 a share for the company—ostensibly providing a floor for the flagging stock. Instead, BlackBerry plans to raise $1 billion in cash through the sale of debt instruments that can later be converted into equity if BlackBerry’s shares return to the $10 mark. Investors weren’t thrilled with the deal, which threatens to dilute their holdings. They bailed out of the stock Monday, pushing it down 16 per cent to just $6.50.

BlackBerry saved … for now

Is there such thing as a mercy takeover?

The future of BlackBerry

Who will be willing to buy BlackBerry now?

BlackBerry beats expectations

… but investors will have to wait a little longer for answers