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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

The biggest news this morning, of course, is that Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in a raid by the US Military. And the news was inadvertently broken first on Twitter by one Sohaib Athar, who is now begging media to leave him alone so he can get some sleep! In other news, BlackBerry World is happening now, and we are loaded up with BlackBerry news, including the news that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be getting updates every few weeks to get the somewhat disappointing software up to speed. Already, there is news that the PlayBook will be getting Video Chat and Facebook apps in May. Read on to see all the BlackBerry news, and much more, including Thunderbolt, Nokia, ASUS, Motorola and Apple.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Solution manages Android and iOS phones/tablets too

BlackBerry Enterprise Solution manages Android and iOS phones/tablets too

RIM has already shown it's willing to dip into other platforms if it thinks that will boost its market appeal - the arrival of Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook later this year will be evidence of that - but the company hasn't forgotten that enterprise users will want to securely manage their broadening ecosystem. The new multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will allow admins to control and manage not only BlackBerry smartphones and QNX tablets, like the PlayBook, but also Android and Apple iOS devices too.

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RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM launched the Blackberry Playbook not long ago and started sending the machines out to reviewers to spend some hands on time with. We put up our review of the Playbook last week and noted that the firmware was a wreck. Chris called the firmware "half-baked" at the time he wrote about the device. One of the bright spots was that at least for a while the Playbook users could access the streaming content on Hulu.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

This week's tech news roundup highlights the Apple and Samsung legal battle, our Samsung Galaxy SII extreme unboxing, cloud computing problems for both Amazon and the PlayStation Network, Apple's Q2 earnings, the white iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, and details on various smartphones and tablets including the BlackBerry Playbook, G-Slate, G2x, HTC Flyer, and the Acer Iconia Tab.

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Playbook EULA, A Conversation Between Friends

Playbook EULA, A Conversation Between Friends

This morning my friend Robert Evans over at i4u got his grubby hands on one of BlackBerry's Playbooks. It showed up today and for some strange reason he decided to actually read the EULA instead of ignoring those walls of legalese like everyone normally does. I don't know why he decided to take road less traveled and eschew the phrase, "too long, didn't read" today. But because of his strange life choices he found a few interesting and amusing points.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Firmware May Be Lacking, But Getting Updates Fast

BlackBerry PlayBook Firmware May Be Lacking, But Getting Updates Fast

Enterprise users and BlackBerry aficionados must be tired of coming across reviews ripping on the new PlayBook's half-baked firmware. But you can set down your defenses as we hear today that they at least have been promptly sending out updates. Having just been released about three days ago---April 19th---the device has already received two large updates to the OS of over 200MB each. And it sounds like RIM is also listening intently to user response and feedback.

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Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry Playbook came out just two days ago and although it lacked support for various basic functions such as email, calendar, and contacts without the crutch of having a BlackBerry smartphone as well, it was able to access Hulu, the popular movie and TV show streaming service, via its browser without a problem. That is, until late afternoon yesterday when it was apparent that Hulu nixed the support.

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Verizon Undecided About Carrying BlackBerry PlayBook

Verizon Undecided About Carrying BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook just launched yesterday without much fanfare and doused with lukewarm reviews. And now, it may have a difficult time getting carriers to take on the product. The PlayBook released yesterday was only the WiFi version, with plans for a 4G version to come later. RIM has said that it expected Verizon Wireless to be a distribution partner for its PlayBook, but today the carrier said that it has not yet confirmed the decision.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown Time!

BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown Time!

Are you picking up a BlackBerry PlayBook today? The long overdue tablet has finally arrived and not only has it already gotten our full hands-on review, it's also getting the teardown treatment from the folks at iFixit. So, find out what we have to say about RIM's first tablet and then take a glance at its beautifully photographed innards following the cut.

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