BlackBerry Playbook

PlayBook gets OS Update, Not the One We Were Waiting For

PlayBook gets OS Update, Not the One We Were Waiting For

BlackBerry PlayBook owners can now update their Tablet OS to v1.0.5. This free over-the-air update was announced by RIM yesterday, and is the second update to BlackBerry’s new Tablet OS. The update included some needed features like the ability to charge your PlayBook while the device is powered down. The new features look like a good addition to the PlayBook, but this update does not include all the updates and fixes we would have liked to see.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 2 Details Surface?

BlackBerry PlayBook 2 Details Surface?

The BlackBerry PlayBook 4G version has yet to launch, and talk about version 2 is already cropping up. Early this month, rumors pointed to a 10-inch model to arrive sometime before the end of this year, but little has been heard about it since. Now, some insider sources are confirming the claim and providing a few additional details.

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PlayBook 4G WiMAX Version Revealed By Google Search

PlayBook 4G WiMAX Version Revealed By Google Search

The BlackBerry PlayBook has not been getting much attention lately thanks to the slew of new tablet developments including this morning's ASUS Padfone, but a little Google search revelation has brought the PlayBook back on the radar, if even only a blip. The WiFi version of the PlayBook has been out for some time now, and it's 4G brother may finally be ready to make an appearance.

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PlayBook returns “much higher” than XOOM tips retail source [Update: RIM responds]

PlayBook returns “much higher” than XOOM tips retail source [Update: RIM responds]

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook may not be the sales success analysts insisted, it seems, with reports that the 7-inch tablet is being returned at a higher pace than the Motorola XOOM. According to a BGR source at a "major retailer", sales of the PlayBook at that particular store missed internal targets by more than 90-percent.

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BlackBerry PlayBook UK release priced and dated

BlackBerry PlayBook UK release priced and dated

RIM isn't hanging around with the BlackBerry PlayBook; the 7-inch QNX slate is up for pre-order in the UK ahead of a June 16 release date. Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy have confirmed pricing for the PlayBook, which will kick off at £399 for the 16GB, WiFi-only model. That, unsurprisingly, matches Apple's 16GB iPad 2 WiFi in the UK.

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RIM Recalls 1,000 PlayBooks for Faulty Software

RIM Recalls 1,000 PlayBooks for Faulty Software

RIM has issued an official statement saying that it has determined that one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, the 16GB model shipped with an OS build that resulted on the devices being unable to properly load software on initial set-up. This is another hiccup in the somewhat rocky launch of the PlayBook (review here), calling into question the confident tagline RIM is using: "Amateur hour is over." More on this story after the cut.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.

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BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

RIM's native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook - demonstrated at BlackBerry World 2011 earlier this week - isn't expected until sometime this summer, but one developer has already figured out a way to bypass the existing Adobe AIR environment and get QNX native code running on the 7-inch tablet. Adam Bell discovered that, with a little tweaking, it's possible to copy QNX apps coded on the QNX desktop environment, aka the Neutrino SDP (software development platform), over to the PlayBook and have them run as native code.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 10-Inch Version Arriving For the Holidays?

BlackBerry PlayBook 10-Inch Version Arriving For the Holidays?

Fresh from the BlackBerry World 2011 press conference in Orlando, Florida, comes speculation that RIM may be planning to release a 10-inch version of their BlackBerry PlayBook in time for the holidays this year. With the WiFi 7-inch PlayBook having just been launched last month to critical reviews on its firmware and a 4G version yet to be confirmed, would a larger slate be too soon?

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Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

RIM has publicly demonstrated Android apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, showing how code intended for Google's platform will be packaged and run on the QNX slate. Apps will each run in their own instance of a virtual machine, presented to the user as regular shortcuts and with the emulator automatically - and transparently - loading.

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Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been criticized for its shortage of applications - even having to turn to Android later in 2011 to make up the shortfall - but it could get some salvation among artistic types with Adobe's help. Taking to the stage with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis at BlackBerry World 2011, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen confirmed that the company would bring its "creative applications" to the tablet.

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Angry Birds for PlayBook confirmed

Angry Birds for PlayBook confirmed

RIM may be calling the BlackBerry PlayBook an enterprise tablet, but it can't seem to leave consumers alone at BlackBerry World 2011. After video chat and Facebook apps were announced yesterday, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis confirmed today that Angry Birds for the PlayBook is coming sometime this summer.

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