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RIM CEO to deliver imminent PlayBook refresh as stock dives

RIM CEO to deliver imminent PlayBook refresh as stock dives

New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins will jump straight into finessing the reworked BlackBerry PlayBook for a launch early this year, ex-CEO Jim Balsillie has confirmed, though the prospect of a refreshed tablet hasn't helped the company's diving share price. Described as "a revamp of the poorly selling PlayBook tablet expected early this year" by the WSJ, the new PlayBook is believed to be the replacement 7-inch "3G+" model tipped in a leaked RIM roadmap earlier this month.

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RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

2011 wasn't Research In Motion's year and 2012 is shaping up to be equally dismal one, with dramatic PlayBook price cuts paving the way for an underwhelming financial quarter. It's easy to see why RIM went down the tablet route: the iPad made slates fashionable, and the Canadian company was stinging from criticism over its underwhelming touchscreen smartphones. The PlayBook was an opportunity to show that RIM could legitimately compete and perhaps even drive some ecosystem shopping in the same manner that iPhone users often pick up an iPad, and vice-versa. Yet in the process RIM managed to forget everything that gave it unique appeal in the mobile segment.

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RIM planning 10- and 7-inch PlayBooks for 2012 tips roadmap leak

RIM planning 10- and 7-inch PlayBooks for 2012 tips roadmap leak

RIM has two more BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the pipeline for 2012, according to a roadmap leak, including a 10-inch LTE-enabled model targeting late holiday sales. Despite the poor reception of the first-gen PlayBook - recently slashed to just $299 apiece - product information leaked to N4BB indicates a new 7-inch "3G+" PlayBook is expected in April, with a 10-inch LTE-equipped PlayBook due in December. There's also word on when we might expect to see the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones; more after the cut.

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BlackBerry 10 delay prompts more “half-baked QNX” speculation

BlackBerry 10 delay prompts more “half-baked QNX” speculation

The reasons behind RIM's BlackBerry 10 device delay continue to be debated, with analysts joining the ranks of those doubting simple chipset patience is the cause of the late-2012 launch and instead suggesting significant problems with the new software. Speculation that the slower than expected debut of the next-gen smartphones was down to poorly functioning software came to a head last month, with controversial claims allegedly from an exec at RIM accusing co-CEO Mike Lazaridis of lying to investors.

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets Angry Birds, and there was much rejoicing

BlackBerry PlayBook gets Angry Birds, and there was much rejoicing

The BlackBerry PlayBook isn't exactly one of mobile's greatest success storied, and RIM's attempt at making BlackBerry function as a tablet-sized OS hasn't quite taken off yet the way they'd planned in the beginning, but all that is set to change amid news this week that finally, at long last, Rovio has released Angry Birds for the device. And not just one game, three! You'll now be able to download Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio from BlackBerry App World for your PlayBook, just in time for the holidays!

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Unlucky thieves snatch $1.7m-worth of PlayBook tablets

Unlucky thieves snatch $1.7m-worth of PlayBook tablets

Ah, the irony: over the past few weeks even RIM has admitted that the BlackBerry PlayBook is so unloved it can't even give it away, and now $1.7m-worth of the 7-inch slates have actually been stolen. A truck transporting 22 pallets of the PlayBook to Ontario, Canada, was parked up for the driver to take a rest break, The Herald Bulletin reports, when it was stolen by person or persons unknown.

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RIM reports Q3 earnings, falling profits, shipped only 150k PlayBooks

RIM reports Q3 earnings, falling profits, shipped only 150k PlayBooks

RIM released its fiscal Q3 2012 earnings report today and although the numbers are dismal, the company remains chipper about what lies ahead. Profits fell to just $256 million with a revenue of $5.2 billion, just shy of the projected $5.6 billion for this quarter. These numbers are down from $329 million in profit from the previous quarter and $911 million from the previous year.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 reveals 4G LTE icons, 1280×768 resolution

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 reveals 4G LTE icons, 1280×768 resolution

When you're in the business of developing software and producing awesome bits of hardware, especially in this modern "what's next" consumer market of ours, you often toss a loss aside in favor of producing something much better in a second generation - this appears to be what RIM is doing with the BlackBerry PlayBook's next release. What's been found today at N4BB courtesy of intrepid code-sniffer Lucky45 is a couple of clues regarding RIM's next play for tablets (or very strange smartphones.) Both 4G and 4G LTE icons have been found in the guts of PlayBook OS 2.0 aside screen resolutions of 1280×768 pixels.

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RIM swallows $485m Q3 hit over unsold PlayBooks

RIM swallows $485m Q3 hit over unsold PlayBooks

RIM will take a $485m hit for its stockpiled BlackBerry PlayBook mountain, the company has announced, though insists it is still "committed" to the 7-inch tablet and its believe that "the tablet market is still in its infancy." The Canadian company recently slashed the entry-level PlayBook to sub-$200 and it looks like such discounting is likely to stick around; RIM "now believes that an increase in promotional activity is required to drive sell-through to end customers" and claims that the cut-price QNX slate saw significantly increased demand.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Root achieved, Hulu what’s good so far

BlackBerry PlayBook Root achieved, Hulu what’s good so far

When it comes to tablets and operating systems we'd like to see hacked open for greater access, the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook and its custom PlayBook OS aren't exactly at the top of the list of must-haves - but regardless of this, it has in fact happened. WIth a tool that's sure to capture both your heart and your giggles, one that's called DingleBerry, of all things, a team of three developers have found their way to true device freedom inside this recently deeply discounted tablet. Now with a root method out there and Best Buy sold out of the device, can we commence with the popularity?

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