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Lazaridis: “It took RIM 24 years” to achieve “true mobile computing”

Lazaridis: “It took RIM 24 years” to achieve “true mobile computing”

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has admitted that it has taken the Canadian company 24 years to achieve their vision of "true mobile computing", and unsurprisingly it's the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G that has managed it. Speaking at a Sprint event at CES 2011 while demonstrating the PlayBook 4G to SlashGear, the outspoken exec joked that "it only took, what, [since] '87: 24 years!"

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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS SDK Shown Off on Video

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS SDK Shown Off on Video

The PlayBook is seeing quite a bit of video love today. Earlier, we saw how Flash and HTML5 work on the tablet device from Research In Motion, along with the Browser having some time in the spotlight. And now, thanks to RIM's Developer Relations Team, we get to see what the tablet OS Software Development Kit will look like, for those who want to take some time and develop applications for the device.

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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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