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It certainly isn't the sort of press that RIM wants: more than 900 of its brand-new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets have been recalled. The good thing is that the faulty batch of tablets was shipped to one vendor: Staples. If you didn't buy your PlayBook from Staples you have nothing to worry about. The bad thing is there's been no official announcement from either Staples or RIM, as of yet. There's no detail on exactly what the hardware fault is, but if you did buy your PlayBook from Staples, even if you haven't seen an issue, it would still be a good idea to take a look at this list of serial numbers... Read more...
There’s no doubt RIM has a strong corporate following. That doesn’t mean the company isn’t interested in what is popular among the average consumer, however. RIM’s PlayBook tablet will be getting Facebook later this month, but that’s not the only consumer-friendly app coming to the tablet. Recently, RIM also announced a new video chat application for the PlayBook tablet. The new BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application will offer one-click video and voice calls over Wi-Fi, letting you connect to friends and family quickly and easily. Of course, you can also use this... Read more...
These days, having a Facebook app is essential to success in the mobile OS marketplace. It's really strange that the iPad still doesn't have a native Facebook app that scales to the tablet's full potential, and even more strange is this: RIM's newly launched BlackBerry PlayBook may beat the iPad to the punch. At the company's annual BlackBerry World event in Orlando this week, RIM has announced a new Facebook app for the slate, which is optimized for the 7", QNX-powered device. The app does everything you'd expect it to do: add friends, view friends, view images/videos, Facebook Chat, etc. It'll... Read more...
With a little more than a week's worth of sales figures to analyze, mega electronics retailer Best Buy said that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC sales have so far been much higher than expected. Whether or not Best Buy is feigning surprise to boost consumer confidence is hard to tell since the chain didn't release any figures, but assuming Best Buy is being sincere, then it would appear that early mixed reviews haven't scared customers away from the PlayBook. "Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were... Read more...
It's not unusual for Hulu to block access on mobile devices, and it's not even expected if the device doesn't support Flash. But when RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launched earlier in the month, a pretty nice Easter Egg was found: Hulu support! But that didn't last too long. Around a day after launching, the PlayBook suddenly stopped loading Hulu, much to the dismay of early adopters who were thrilled with having access. Hulu has made a habit out of dissing mobile devices in order to encourage people to view content strictly on notebooks and desktops. But it looks as if RIM is hoping to change that... Read more...
Know what today is? It's yet another busy Tuesday in the tech world, and part of that is due to Research In Motion shipping their first tablet. The QNX-based BlackBerry PlayBook has been in the works for months upon months. We've known about its existence since the end of last year, and with reviews just hitting the Web this week, it's now time for the public to get their hands on it. Many early critics found the PlayBook lacking in a few instances, namely, the omission of a dedicated e-mail client. As it stands, the PlayBook requires a BlackBerry link to get e-mail, but RIM has made clear that... Read more...
BlackBerry's PlayBook has raised eyebrows and gotten attention from all corners since the company unveiled it early last fall. We've had a bit of hands-on with the unit and covered BlackBerry's attempts to improve the tablet's attractiveness by running Android aps (albeit imperfectly) on its QNX operating system. If a leaked PDF is accurate, the PlayBook is in a great deal of trouble. The system's hardware is fine, with storage options ranging from 16-64GB and 1 GB of memory, dual 1080P cameras, and a dual-core 1GHz CPU. It's the software—or more precisely, the lack thereof—that could... Read more...
For a while now, there's been a rumor claiming RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android apps. Now, RIM has given us some confirmation this is true. In a recent press release, RIM confirmed Android apps will run on the PlayBook tablet, though not in the way you might expect. You see, the Android Market won't be operable on the PlayBook. Instead, users will be able to access Android apps via BlackBerry App World. There's another catch: At least for now, the PlayBook will only support Android 2.3 apps. Considering the number of apps available through the Android Market,... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook remains a big X-factor in the tablet world. Will RIM be able to knock off the iPad and the slew of Android tablets with a new OS designed on QNX? It's a system that people aren't familiar with, and we have seen in the past, it's pretty difficult to get people attached to something that they are not familiar with. Not impossible, but not easy in the least. But as always, it's about the quality of the software and the features that are offered. RIM's software has been lacking lately on the mobile side, but early impressions of the PlayBook have been largely positive. And... Read more...
In this latest edition of "As the Tablet World Turns," Apple's iPad 2 announcement is immediately followed up by word of an imminent launch for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Boy Genius Report claims to have heard from "multiple sources" that RIM's first tablet will launch on April 10, 2011 in retail locations, while the OS will go Gold Master (GM) on March 31st. Interestingly enough, the first time you boot up the device, you'll be prompted to upgrade the OS, BGR says. This is all unofficial, of course, as RIM hasn't exactly been forthcoming about its PlayBook launch plans. However,... Read more...
We spent a little time today at a private event being held in New York City, where RIM—makers of the ubiquitous Blackberry--was showing off their upcoming Playbook tablet. We got some hands on time with the device and think it definitely has promise, although a flaky internet connection at the venue made it hard to get at good feel for the browsing experience. The Playbook’s form factor made it very easy to handle and at under a pound it’s nice and light. The 7” screen (1024x600 resolution) had good viewing angles all around and it felt very responsive when navigating through... Read more...
Loose lips sink ships, they say, it appears that the loose lips of a RIM representative have confirm the rumors that have been going around of late. BlackBerry's QNX platform, which will run its PlayBook tablet and future smartphones, will run Android apps as well. The video below is of a PlayBook demo from Mobile World Congress. There's a decent amount of background noise but if you listen carefully, you can here the person giving the demo say, "We'll also support Android apps" at the 14 second mark. This isn't the equivalent of a press release, but it's been believed for some time that RIM would... Read more...
What kind of topsy-turvy world would it be if Research In Motion (RIM) allowed BlackBerry devices to run Android applications? The awesome kind, that's what. More than just a pipe dream, Boy Genius Report insists such a future is possible, or so "multiple trusted sources" keep chirping in their ear. We already know RIM wants to get a Java virtual machine (VM) up and running on its upcoming PlayBook tablet -- the company has said as much -- but exactly which one it will use hasn't been decided. See where we're going here? According to BGR, RIM hasn't ruled out using the Dalvik VM, which is the same... Read more...
We've heard plenty from tablet and smartphone manufacturers at CES about their upcoming 2011 products. Apple has remained nearly silent about its own plans, but Taiwanese sources have surreptitiously reported that the next-generation iPhone 5 will pose a threat to the best-laid plans of everyone else. According to the Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily, the iPhone 5 will incorporate several new technologies. Apple is expected to ditch the penta-band UMTS antenna currently within the iPhone 4 for a Qualcomm dual-mode chip that supports both CDMA and GSM technologies. This would remove the need... Read more...
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