BlackBerry Playbook

Playbook EULA, A Conversation Between Friends

Playbook EULA, A Conversation Between Friends

This morning my friend Robert Evans over at i4u got his grubby hands on one of BlackBerry's Playbooks. It showed up today and for some strange reason he decided to actually read the EULA instead of ignoring those walls of legalese like everyone normally does. I don't know why he decided to take road less traveled and eschew the phrase, "too long, didn't read" today. But because of his strange life choices he found a few interesting and amusing points.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Firmware May Be Lacking, But Getting Updates Fast

BlackBerry PlayBook Firmware May Be Lacking, But Getting Updates Fast

Enterprise users and BlackBerry aficionados must be tired of coming across reviews ripping on the new PlayBook's half-baked firmware. But you can set down your defenses as we hear today that they at least have been promptly sending out updates. Having just been released about three days ago---April 19th---the device has already received two large updates to the OS of over 200MB each. And it sounds like RIM is also listening intently to user response and feedback.

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Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry Playbook came out just two days ago and although it lacked support for various basic functions such as email, calendar, and contacts without the crutch of having a BlackBerry smartphone as well, it was able to access Hulu, the popular movie and TV show streaming service, via its browser without a problem. That is, until late afternoon yesterday when it was apparent that Hulu nixed the support.

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Verizon Undecided About Carrying BlackBerry PlayBook

Verizon Undecided About Carrying BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook just launched yesterday without much fanfare and doused with lukewarm reviews. And now, it may have a difficult time getting carriers to take on the product. The PlayBook released yesterday was only the WiFi version, with plans for a 4G version to come later. RIM has said that it expected Verizon Wireless to be a distribution partner for its PlayBook, but today the carrier said that it has not yet confirmed the decision.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown Time!

BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown Time!

Are you picking up a BlackBerry PlayBook today? The long overdue tablet has finally arrived and not only has it already gotten our full hands-on review, it's also getting the teardown treatment from the folks at iFixit. So, find out what we have to say about RIM's first tablet and then take a glance at its beautifully photographed innards following the cut.

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A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

If there's one message that comes through loud and clear about the BlackBerry PlayBook - both in our review and in others - it's that RIM's first tablet is half-baked in its current state. The 7-inch slate is dependent on a phone for half of its key apps, glitchy in more places than it should be, and has left reviewers warning would-be early-adopters that it might even be too early for them to consider, well, adopting. Welcome to the firmware nightmare, where every device is a work-in-progress and nobody is ever quite satisfied.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Review

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

Until today, the consumer tablet market has been defined by the battle between iPad and Android. Apple's best-selling slate has set expectations for mobile utility and usability, managing to persuade users that - despite years of Microsoft Tablet PC promotion - the company pretty much invented the tablet segment. Google's Honeycomb (review) has launched its offensive against the iPad titan, and now it's the turn of RIM and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Initially billed as the enterprise-focused slate a BlackBerry phone toting business person would covet, the PlayBook's scope has gradually grown to encompass the consumer market too. Has that spreading focus left RIM with the jack of all trades or the master of none? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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AT&T blocks BlackBerry Bridge app for PlayBook [Update 2: AT&T responds]

AT&T blocks BlackBerry Bridge app for PlayBook [Update 2: AT&T responds]

AT&T may have undermined an integral part of the BlackBerry PlayBook's functionality, over what looks to be concerns regarding tethering use. BlackBerry Bridge is the system by which RIM allows for email, contacts, calendar and other app access on a PlayBook tablet from a BlackBerry smartphone; however, it also allows for tethering, something which seems to have prompted AT&T to block the app.

Update 2: AT&T statement after the cut

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