BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

RIM's native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook - demonstrated at BlackBerry World 2011 earlier this week - isn't expected until sometime this summer, but one developer has already figured out a way to bypass the existing Adobe AIR environment and get QNX native code running on the 7-inch tablet. Adam Bell discovered that, with a little tweaking, it's possible to copy QNX apps coded on the QNX desktop environment, aka the Neutrino SDP (software development platform), over to the PlayBook and have them run as native code.

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Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

RIM has publicly demonstrated Android apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, showing how code intended for Google's platform will be packaged and run on the QNX slate. Apps will each run in their own instance of a virtual machine, presented to the user as regular shortcuts and with the emulator automatically - and transparently - loading.

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Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been criticized for its shortage of applications - even having to turn to Android later in 2011 to make up the shortfall - but it could get some salvation among artistic types with Adobe's help. Taking to the stage with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis at BlackBerry World 2011, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen confirmed that the company would bring its "creative applications" to the tablet.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

The biggest news this morning, of course, is that Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in a raid by the US Military. And the news was inadvertently broken first on Twitter by one Sohaib Athar, who is now begging media to leave him alone so he can get some sleep! In other news, BlackBerry World is happening now, and we are loaded up with BlackBerry news, including the news that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be getting updates every few weeks to get the somewhat disappointing software up to speed. Already, there is news that the PlayBook will be getting Video Chat and Facebook apps in May. Read on to see all the BlackBerry news, and much more, including Thunderbolt, Nokia, ASUS, Motorola and Apple.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Solution manages Android and iOS phones/tablets too

BlackBerry Enterprise Solution manages Android and iOS phones/tablets too

RIM has already shown it's willing to dip into other platforms if it thinks that will boost its market appeal - the arrival of Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook later this year will be evidence of that - but the company hasn't forgotten that enterprise users will want to securely manage their broadening ecosystem. The new multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will allow admins to control and manage not only BlackBerry smartphones and QNX tablets, like the PlayBook, but also Android and Apple iOS devices too.

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RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM launched the Blackberry Playbook not long ago and started sending the machines out to reviewers to spend some hands on time with. We put up our review of the Playbook last week and noted that the firmware was a wreck. Chris called the firmware "half-baked" at the time he wrote about the device. One of the bright spots was that at least for a while the Playbook users could access the streaming content on Hulu.

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