BlackBerry Playbook

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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Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

The BlackBerry PlayBook has not been successful on the market. There were so many issues with the RIM tablet that it never caught on, yet RIM refused to kill the tablet despite the fact that even at fire sale prices the PlayBook didn’t sell. The latest blow to the PlayBook comes as Best Buy pulls its listings for the tablet and reportedly cancels orders. Electronista reports that its checks indicated Best Buy cancelled orders at one location, while multiple Best Buy forum users claim the same thing.

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Blackberry PlayBook’s long-awaited email client spotted in new screenshots

Blackberry PlayBook’s long-awaited email client spotted in new screenshots

To the bafflement of many, the Blackberry Playbook launched without a native email, calender or contact manager, leaving long-time Blackberry users who depended upon the phones' famous email features puzzled. It's been a long time coming, but it appears that the built-in email client will finally appear soon. At the latest Blackberry Innovation forum, RIM showed off screenshots of the apps, due in an update to the Playbook's software in February of 2012.

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Adobe yanks Flash Smart TV strategy but RIM won’t let go

Adobe yanks Flash Smart TV strategy but RIM won’t let go

Adobe isn't just axing Flash Player for Mobile, but refocusing its approach toward smart TV as well, pushing native apps rather than Flash compatibility. Although the company will continue to support existing licensees of its Open Screen Project, an Adobe spokesperson told GigaOM, it now believes "the right approach to deliver content on televisions is through applications, not a web browsing experience." Meanwhile, RIM has confirmed that it will independently develop Flash for the BlackBerry PlayBook, telling AllThingsD that it has licensed Adobe's source code.

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