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LTE BlackBerry PlayBook due on July 31st for $550

LTE BlackBerry PlayBook due on July 31st for $550

If you’ve been holding out for a BlackBerry PlayBook with LTE connectivity, you apparently won’t have to wait much longer. MobileSyrup has scored some info that shows the long-awaited tablet will finally be landing next week, or on July 31st to be exact. That date comes by the way of Bell Canada, just one of the carriers planning to offer the LTE variant of the tablet when it does go on sale.

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Leaked BlackBerry 10 roadmap reveals 2013 plans

Leaked BlackBerry 10 roadmap reveals 2013 plans

Things aren’t looking good for RIM, but the company needs to move ahead if it wants to try to survive in such a competitive market. BlackBerryOS have gotten their hands on RIM’s roadmap going forward, which shows several BlackBerry devices planned for release. The first is the elusive 4G version of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Rumors have indicated that this device has been on the cards for a while, and the slide shows it’ll hopefully be landing in the fourth quarter.

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So long, RIM, and thanks for all the phones

So long, RIM, and thanks for all the phones

Oh RIM. Where did it all go wrong? The company has been flailing for some time now, but its dismal financials on the latest earnings call paired with the announcement that BlackBerry 10 won’t make an appearance until the first quarter of next year has almost certainly sealed RIM’s fate. It’s not quite the end of the road just yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel is growing dimmer with each passing day.

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Hacker brings iOS apps to BlackBerry PlayBook

Hacker brings iOS apps to BlackBerry PlayBook

If there's one thing we did not expect to be announced this week, it was that a hacker would have figured out the magic formula that allows BlackBerry devices to run Apple iOS applications. Of course it's not not magic at all, just good old-fashioned hard work in the world of coding - and from what we've seen, this could be a whole new door opened into the usefulness of the infamous PlayBook tablet as well as the rest of the ever-dimming world of BlackBerry smart devices. Would you purchase a BlackBerry PlayBook for less than $200 if it meant you could use iOS apps on it?

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RIM cans 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM cans 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

Say what you will about RIM’s tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, but it does have its audience. Reports have been coming in across the internet that the 16GB model of the PlayBook has become increasingly hard to find, with only existing stock remaining and no new 16GB models due to hit shelves. RIM has now confirmed the move in a statement to Engadget, saying that the 32GB and 64GB models represent better value.

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PixelMags demos BlackBerry 10 magazine app

PixelMags demos BlackBerry 10 magazine app

Aside from general functionality and gaming, RIM also showed off some other aspects of BlackBerry 10, notable magazine functionality. PixelMags took to the stage to talk about its mobile app that it would be creating for Blackberry 10. On top of that, every BlackBerry 10 user will receive 10 minutes of free reading per month. After that, you’ll need to fork over some cash.

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RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

You’d be forgiven for thinking that RIM would want to play it safe with BlackBerry 10 and stick to what it knows best, enterprise support. That’s definitely important, but the Canadian company is also placing a heavy emphasis on games for its next-gen platform. Several developers took to the stage at BlackBerry World in order to extol the virtues of BB10’s APIs and ease of use.

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets fully working PlayStation emulator

BlackBerry PlayBook gets fully working PlayStation emulator

If Angry Birds Space doesn’t satisfy your BlackBerry PlayBook gaming needs, how about original PlayStation games? An enterprising developer on the Crackberry forums has created a PlayStation emulator for the PlayBook, allowing you to play a myriad of 1994 games on the 7-inch tablet. It’s still a work in progress, so some games may fail to load, but hey: it’s PlayStation on your tablet.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.01 update improves Android app support

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.01 update improves Android app support

RIM has released an update today for its BlackBerry PlayBook OS, bringing the platform up to version 2.01.358. Although it's not nearly as big of an update as when the company released version 2.0, which finally brought the long promised native email, calendar, and contacts apps as well as Android app support, this new update does bring some welcome performance improvements and bug fixes.

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