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iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, with global shipments up to 9.3m units according to the latest figures, though its percentage marketshare has declined by over 33-percent thanks to increasing competition from consumer-centric rivals. 61.3-percent of tablets sold worldwide run iOS, analysts Strategy Analytics calculate, with Android taking the lion's share of what remains, at 30.1-percent.

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RIM’s PlayBook manager jumps ship to Samsung

RIM’s PlayBook manager jumps ship to Samsung

RIM's senior product manager on the BlackBerry PlayBook team has defected to Samsung, it's been revealed, where he will take charge of the Korean company's US mobile marketing team. Ryan Bidan confirmed the change in roles on his LinkedIn profile, moving to Dallas, Tx, to work with Samsung Telecommunications America as the Director of Product Marketing. His decision comes a month after RIM's VP of Digital Marketing and Media, Brian Wallace, also moved to Samsung.

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RIM denies PlayBook WiFi cancelation rumors

RIM denies PlayBook WiFi cancelation rumors

RIM has strongly denied reports that the WiFi-only version of the BlackBerry PlayBook could be discontinued, describing the speculation as "pure fiction." The company is yet to confirm sales of the PlayBook, only a 500,000 shipment figure for Q1, and has supposedly slashed sales projections for Q2.

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Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

For many of us, typing on our iPhone or iPad is usually limited to entering passwords or replying text messages. But if you often work on the go and have to bang out emails, picking up an accessory such as the Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard will save you a lot of time and frustration. This portable keyboard is designed to be ultra-compact while delivering the convenience of a traditional keyboard along with some extras.

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BlackBerry Media Box tipped: Apple TV meets Presenter with PlayBook power

BlackBerry Media Box tipped: Apple TV meets Presenter with PlayBook power

RIM is reportedly working on a BlackBerry Media Box, a compact set-top box (STB) that would run the same QNX OS as the PlayBook and the company's upcoming "superphone." According to a trusted source speaking to n4bb, the new STB would be based on similar hardware to the PlayBook and has been described as a crossover between the BlackBerry Presenter and the Apple TV.

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AT&T approves PlayBook Bridge app; $20 if you want to tether

AT&T approves PlayBook Bridge app; $20 if you want to tether

AT&T has finally approved the BlackBerry Bridge app which will allow PlayBook owners to wirelessly connect their tablet to their BlackBerry smartphone. The carrier "has thoroughly reviewed the application" an AT&T representative told AllThingsD, "and at noon today it will be made available via BlackBerry App World."

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RIM slashes PlayBook sales goals for Q2 2011

RIM slashes PlayBook sales goals for Q2 2011

RIM is facing a bleak future right now as its mobile devices are losing ground in just about all categories. The prospects for the many are grim and to help shore up the budgets RIM is starting layoffs of workers. While the layoffs are starting RIM is also reportedly reducing the sales goal for Q2 2011 on the BlackBerry Playbook tablet after dismal sales of the device.

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Good Companies, Bad Products, Part II

Good Companies, Bad Products, Part II

In my last column, I talked about some of the reasons good companies make bad products – and how sometimes, the products are fine, we’re just biased. Or that the product was made by engineers for engineers. Or that the CEO personally pushed for it and no one was willing to contradict him.

Sadly, there are several other reasons why good companies make bad products.

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RIM Shipped 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks In Q1, Announcing Layoffs

RIM Shipped 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks In Q1, Announcing Layoffs

Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced its first quarter results and things are not looking good. The company's net income for the quarter was $695 million, which is down from the $934 million of the previous quarter as well as down from the $769 million of the same quarter last year. RIM is quickly losing ground with the poor performance of its PlayBook tablet and the fierce competition.

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So You Want A Tablet?

So You Want A Tablet?

Scan the headlines, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that everybody had a tablet these days. The iPad broke the market open, and since that point we've seen a torrent of rivals each trying to take the touchscreen crown. It's a tricky segment to judge, and even harder if you're trying to take your first steps into tableteering. Get up to speed with your options - and advice on which slate to select - after the cut!

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RIM using HTC Sense designers YOU i Labs?

RIM using HTC Sense designers YOU i Labs?

RIM is apparently readying a collaboration with UI and user-experience specialists YOU i Labs, the same company that HTC originally worked with on HTC Sense. According to GigaOM's sources, while an acquisition of YOU i Labs was first predicted, in fact the two companies are simply working in partnership; the Canadian interface developers already collaborates with Teknision, the company responsible for the BlackBerry PlayBook's UI.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 3G Version Available Now

BlackBerry PlayBook 3G Version Available Now

It was recently rumored that a cellular version of the BlackBerry PlayBook would be arriving soon and that it would be a 4G WiMAX version. A Google search for the words PlayBook 4G revealed a hidden product page from the big yellow carrier suggesting that it was readying the tablet for a WiMAX launch. But today, it's been revealed that the PlayBook will only be available in 3G for now.

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