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BlackBerry PlayBook video chat app work-in-progress admits exec

BlackBerry PlayBook video chat app work-in-progress admits exec

RIM are currently working on a new peer-to-peer video conferencing app expected to launch alongside the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and taking advantage of the slate's front and rear facing cameras. According to RIM VP of enterprise strategy David Heit, talking to CIO, the company opted for home-grown software rather than relying on a third-party app like Skype.

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BlackBerry PlayBook dumped Marvell for TI chip (and six month delay)?

BlackBerry PlayBook dumped Marvell for TI chip (and six month delay)?

It's obviously chipset roundabout day, with word that Apple is ditching Samsung for the Apple A5 SoC in the iPad 2 followed by news that Texas Instruments scooped Marvell on the BlackBerry PlayBook processor six months into its RIM contract. According to TechEye's source at Marvell, the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 at the heart of the PlayBook was not RIM's first choice, and in fact the Canadian company had been working for over half a year with the chipset rival.

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital MP3 download store

BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital MP3 download store

RIM has inked a deal with digital music provider 7digital for a Music Store on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The app will see over 13m MP3s available for on-device purchase on the QNX slate, when it launches in the US and Canada later this year, as part of RIM's attempt to take on iTunes and the iPad 2.

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BlackBerry PlayBook release on April 10?

BlackBerry PlayBook release on April 10?

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook has been tipped for an April 10 launch, with multiple sources apparently confirming the date - and an immediate software update - to BGR. According to the leaks, the QNX OS is set to hit Gold Master status on March 31, and the first thing new PlayBook owners will be prompted to do is upgrade to a new version.

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HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

Maybe it's the fast-approaching iPad 2 making them cranky, but HP and RIM have taken time out of their busy schedules for a little back-and-forth over tablet UI design and the settling point of inspiration. HP kicked things off, telling LaptopMag that "from what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities" between the webOS UI on the HP Touchpad and the QNX interface on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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BlackBerry PlayBook “will also support Android apps” says RIM rep [Video]

BlackBerry PlayBook “will also support Android apps” says RIM rep [Video]

A BlackBerry rep has seemingly confirmed that the PlayBook tablet will indeed run Android apps, as rumored over the past few weeks. The demonstrator told MobileMondayRio that "we will also support Android apps when we release the Dalvik engine on top of QNX" during MWC 2011.

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RIM testing Android apps on BlackBerry phones tips developer

RIM testing Android apps on BlackBerry phones tips developer

Android developers ShopSavvy have spotted what looks to be evidence of three BlackBerry smartphones running their Android-only app, lending weight to rumors last month that RIM is considering adding an Android-compliant virtual machine to its smartphones. The BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and 8520 were all caught in ShopSavvy's flurry logs, running the software at various points in January and February this year.

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Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

The tablet marketplace is about to get crowded, but it took almost a whole year since iPad's launch for competitors to catch up. Some real contenders, such as the Motorola Xoom, are stepping up to the plate while the 2nd-gen iPad gets its unveil next week. It will be interesting to see how the market divides up as Android devices are expected to take a big chunk of the pie. But for now, the iPad is still king and ABI Research looked back at some numbers from Q3 of last year showing just how amazing the iPad performed.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Android app support coming in 2H 2011 tip insiders

BlackBerry PlayBook Android app support coming in 2H 2011 tip insiders

Speculation last month that RIM would adopt an Android app-compatible VM for its BlackBerry PlayBook looks increasingly based on some truth, with a new leak suggesting that the company has been internally developing a system that would allow Android software ro run on the QNX slate. According to Bloomberg's sources, RIM expects to have the system ready in the second half of 2011.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB for $499 at Office Depot

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB for $499 at Office Depot

More and more details about availability and pricing for BlackBerry’s PlayBook are popping up and the latest is from Office Depot where the 7-inch tablet can be yours for $499.99. The release date says “week 17” which puts it around the last week of April.

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BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

RIM has pushed out an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, complete with a fully embedded BlackBerry browser so that would-be PlayBook devs can test out their web-apps, Flash 10.1 and general site performance. In addition to the Adobe support, the PlayBook will also handle HTML5 Video and Audio (though the simulator doesn't have the full range of codecs that the final hardware will).

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RIM Releases New BlackBery PlayBook for Business Video

RIM Releases New BlackBery PlayBook for Business Video

Those of you fiending for a hit of PlayBook are in luck today. RIM has just posted an official video that shows the new BlackBerry tablet in action. This demo is geared towards enterprise customers/users. It highlights the way the PlayBook syncs up with and pulls data from a BlackBerry.

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