BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry PlayBook Launch Dates, Pre-Order Dates, and Early Display Photo

BlackBerry PlayBook Launch Dates, Pre-Order Dates, and Early Display Photo

It appears that some leaky ladies or gentlemen have stepped up to Engadget and shared with them some booty with a double "B" attached. In the images you see below, you'll see both a tiny display showing the BlackBerry PlayBook in a Future Shop in Canada with a very incorrect header (Motorola XOOM) and a few details on multitasking. This ad notes "it's what's on the inside that counts," making us feel like it might have gotten dropped as a child. On the other hand, we WOULD like to get our hands on this sassy little number, so we're grateful for any updates on when it'll actually be in our claws for tapping.

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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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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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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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