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
For this week's tech news roundup video, we highlight the launch of the HTC Sensation smartphone and their HTC Sense 3.0 UI along with several news items involving Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 Mango update. Continue after the jump for the video and the full list.
We've got a freaking BlackBerry PlayBook just burning a hole in our desk (we've only got one desk, so what?) and we want to give it to YOU. That's right! And all you've got to do is click a few times and POOF, you'll be entered in the contest where a completely random selection drawing will take place and BAM, you'll have a chance at winning this BlackBerry PlayBook for free!
The time has come, RIM fans, BlackBerry's PlayBook has begun to be seeded in the press and the reviews are leaking inward, toward your screen at an alarming rate. What are all these people with tapping fingers and eyes for the Canadian OS giant saying? We've got just the formula for you to find out: a roundup post. That's right, find out right here and right now what the 7" BlackBerry tablet has to offer, with its 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi models having their $499, $599, and $699 prices respectively. Behold the words of the judges!
If you hadn't already noticed, SlashGear and our sibling site Android Community are in a tablety-mood at the moment, with a handful of Motorola XOOM slates that we're simply desperate to give away to our readers. Office Depot has generously given us a BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi tablet to give away too; check out exactly how you can win this QNX slate after the cut.
If you are anxious to see the BlackBerry PlayBook, you can get a little preview from a leaked guide for retail salespeople. The guide is quite thorough, and includes information about everything from hardware features to usability to accessories. It also reveals (not surprisingly) that RIM is positioning the tab for consumers, not just its business users. See the guide and read more after the cut.
Behold, the day has come when the great one, mister Steve Jobs himself, will be releasing an official biography of his whole entire life. This book will be called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," and will be blasting out on shelves (we're assuming it'll be printed on paper too,) inside 2012. Between that and Photoshop integration famous art software into the iPad, I think we're pretty much set for news today. Oh you'd like a whole lot more? Well let's take a look then - perhaps there's more deeper in the bag.
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has struck out at critics, questioning "why there's this negative sentiment" within the industry which maintains the company has lost its momentum. "Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don’t appreciate our growth?" the outspoken exec asked the NY Times. "Why is it that people don’t appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don’t appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170 countries with products in almost 30 languages?"