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BlackBerry PlayBook gets Adobe AIR video demo

BlackBerry PlayBook gets Adobe AIR video demo

RIM came in for some criticism for not only keeping their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet behind glass after the slate's official unveil, but for not even having a unit on-stage during the announcement, leading to speculation that the Canadian company didn't even have a working unit to show.  That's obviously not been the case at this week's Adobe MAX conference keynote, during which RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis whipped out a PlayBook for a demo.

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RIM Releases BlackBerry PlayBook Simulators for Mac and PC, SDK Included

RIM Releases BlackBerry PlayBook Simulators for Mac and PC, SDK Included

While Research In Motion's first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook may not be ready for the prime time quite yet, that's not stopping the company from releasing the things developers will need to get a head start on creating new and interesting things for the tablet by the time it does launch, in early 2011. RIM has just announced the immediate availability for the Software Developer Kit (SDK), as well as simulators for the PlayBook. What's better, though, is that RIM has released the tools necessary for developers not only on PCs, but also Macs.

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Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe's ambitions for cross-platform software are getting a boost today, with the release of Adobe AIR 2.5.  Now eyeing TVs, mobile devices, desktops and tablets - including Samsung's SmartTVs, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Android smartphones - AIR 2.5 includes support for a broader range of hardware, such as the accelerometer, camera, video, microphone and GPS, together with multitouch and gestures.  The company is also kicking off another round of arguments with Apple, saying that "after Apple changed its App Store policies, we have revived our efforts to bring AIR onto iOS."  Finally, there's a new distribution system called Adobe InMarket, for developers wanting an easier way to release apps in multiple download stores.

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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB confirmed, plus 5,300mAh battery [Video]

BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB confirmed, plus 5,300mAh battery [Video]

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet won't be reaching the market until 2011, but the company has shared a few more hardware details at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) this week.  According to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie, the PlayBook will be available in a 64GB version as well as the 16GB and 32GB models already confirmed, and use a 5,300 mAh battery.

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BlackBerry Storm 3 not dead after all? Three models tipped; PlayBook 2 in 2H 2011?

BlackBerry Storm 3 not dead after all? Three models tipped; PlayBook 2 in 2H 2011?

Talk of the BlackBerry Storm 3's cancellation may have been premature, according to analysts Jefferies & Co., who blame multiple SKUs of the third-generation touchscreen smartphone for the confusion.  They claim RIM was working on three BlackBerry Storm 3 devices, a haptic touch model that has indeed been cancelled, a non-haptic version "with similar thickness, more memory, and [BlackBerry 6]" which is still on course for a release by the end of November, and then a Storm 3 with a "new iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer," that could run QNX.

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The Daily Slash: September 29th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 29th 2010

It's the middle of the week, but in better news, we're coming to the end of September. And that also means we're just about into the fourth quarter of the year. Counting down the days now. Tonight, though, in the news from around the Web, we've got a Jaguar concept car that looks amazing. And then, as usual, we'll wrap up things from around the R3 Media Network. So, welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Daily Slash.

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BlackBerry PlayBook to Feature Kobo eReader Service Pre-Loaded

BlackBerry PlayBook to Feature Kobo eReader Service Pre-Loaded

While the announcement of the tablet device from Research In Motion, known as the PlayBook, is still hot in some people's minds, it looks like company's tied to the release of the tablet are starting to show their support. After Amazon announced that they would be making the Kindle software available for the PlayBook after its launch, Kobo is making their own announcement. But this time around, this eReader service will be made available right out of the gate, from the device.

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QNX Operating System Will Replace BlackBerry OS in the Future, a RIM VP Says

QNX Operating System Will Replace BlackBerry OS in the Future, a RIM VP Says

The announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion's brand new tablet device featuring a new Operating System from QNX, is still fresh on the mind of many out there, but this bit of news, suggested today at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference (DEVCON), may breathe some new life into the BlackBerry lineage, even if it isn't going to happen any time "soon." But, according to a RIM VP, it looks like the QNX Operating System originally developed for the PlayBook will indeed be seen on other devices in the future.

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The Daily Slash: September 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 27th 2010

We're at the start of another week, and it's already seen a huge announcement. Let's see if the rest of the week can keep up with the momentum put out today. In news from around the Web, Segway's boss passed away today. After that, we'll take a look around the R3 Media Network, and see what's been happening. Welcome to the Monday edition of The Daily Slash.

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BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad

BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad

As with any tablet release that garners any kind of attention, the inevitable has to happen: how does it compare to the iPad, Apple's own tablet device? Unfortunately, unlike other tablet releases of late, comparing the BlackBerry PlayBook versus Apple's iPad is a bit tough, as RIM made sure that their tablet was hidden behind some pretty thick Plexiglas. But, we can project what we imagine the differences may be, and we can compare sizes, where many people will wager their buying decision. It may not be as in-depth as we'd like, but it's a start, at least until we can get our hands on the final build of a PlayBook.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Hardware Upclose

BlackBerry PlayBook Hardware Upclose

At DEVCON today, Research In Motion unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet device. It's a 7-inch display, with a 1GHz processor under the hood and a capacitive touchscreen. It's positioned by RIM as the first "professional tablet," and with that in mind we were looking forward to getting some preliminary hands-on time with the device, but that didn't happen today. Unfortunately, the three models that RIM had on display were unreachable, so our "close-up" was not as close as we would have liked.

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