BlackBerry Playbook

Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester has revised its tablet sales estimates for 2011, claiming to have been "too conservative" with their forecast last year, and now predicting that 24.1m units will be sold in 2011. That's more than double the 10.3m estimate Forrester has put on 2010, and the research company expects Apple's iPad to hold the lion's share of sales through 2012. In fact, by 2015 Forrester expects 82 million US consumers - one-third of US online consumers - will be using a tablet.

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RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM has blamed absent power management systems for any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet power issues, claiming that third-party testing would have been looking at pre-beta units without the necessary software. The statement, passed to Erictric, comes on the heals of suggestions by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu that the PlayBook can only manage "a few hours" of runtime and that issues with prolonging usage have delayed the slate's release.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

Despite not having a firm release date quite yet, it looks like Research In Motion's first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook, might be looking at a few delays. According to analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., a significant issue with the battery may be causing RIM to look at delaying the tablet. Wu has heard this from sources close to the matter. As of right now, in its current state, it looks like the PlayBook can only manage a "few hours," and against the major competition which can manage between 6 and 10 hours of battery life, that's simply not good enough.

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RIM talks PlayBook and more on Wall Street call

RIM talks PlayBook and more on Wall Street call

RIM has been hurting of late with also of its smartphones slipping as the iPhone and Android devices put a hurt on Blackberry offerings across all carriers. Despite the fact that RIM is under such pressure from Apple and Android, the company offered up nice earnings predictions this week when it talked to analysts on a conference call.

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Sprint 4G tablet plans confirmed: PlayBook, HTC EVO Shift 4G or something else?

Sprint 4G tablet plans confirmed: PlayBook, HTC EVO Shift 4G or something else?

Sprint has confirmed that a 4G tablet is incoming, with Paget Alves, Sprint's President of Business Markets, telling Forbes that the WiMAX slate is expected to arrive sometime in 2011. Alves declined to confirm the manufacturer responsible for the device, nor indeed the OS that it might run; the carrier currently offers a single (non-4G) model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the exec said there are plans to sell slates based on other platforms than Android.

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BlackBerry PlayBook “best platform for the application” says Lazaridis; no QNX phones until dual-core mobile CPUs

BlackBerry PlayBook “best platform for the application” says Lazaridis; no QNX phones until dual-core mobile CPUs

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has been showing off the BlackBerry PlayBook again, this time at D: Dive Into Mobile, and he's been talking about the differences between the slate and the company's smartphone intentions. Describing RIM's stance as "presenting the best platform for the application", Lazaridis suggested that where Google and Apple had tried to take a smartphone OS onto a tablet, RIM will instead be starting out with a more powerful tablet platform and waiting for the hardware to match. That means, Lazaridis confirmed, that the PlayBook's QNX platform won't arrive on smartphones until there are dual-core baseband CPUs around to support it properly.

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App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

Remember waaay back a month ago when RIM announced a sup-$500 BlackBerry tablet by the name of PlayBook? Well now you can get your developer belt tightened and start submitting apps for it to BlackBerry App World through their vendor portal. Hooray! Terms and conditions below, including the fact that you'll be submitting .BAR files instead of .COD files. Get pumped up and start pumping out!

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BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

You may know Sean Hollister from his post over at Engadget, where he lets us know that although RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was hesitant onstage today on the Web 2.0 Summit stage, he was ready and willing to share with the whole internet world once he was behind it. In a lovely hotel hallway, Balsillie gives Engadget a heft of this device, Hollister saying that the device is warm to the touch, solid yet plasticky, a responsive glass touchscreen front, and a rubberized no-slip back.

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BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad in head-to-head browser test [Video]

BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad in head-to-head browser test [Video]

With the BlackBerry PlayBook not expected in stores until sometime in early 2011, you can imagine our ears will prick up when RIM offers a head-to-head comparison between their 7-inch slate and Apple's iPad. This particular video - which you can see after the cut - focuses on web abilities, more specifically browser speed, Adobe Flash support and HTML5 performance.

Video demo after the cut

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