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RIM’s BlackBerry 7 a simple OS 6.1 rebadge?

RIM’s BlackBerry 7 a simple OS 6.1 rebadge?

RIM may be closer to releasing BlackBerry 7, its new mobile OS, sooner than we thought, though it's not quite the software revolution we were hoping for. According to CrackBerry's sources, RIM intends to launch BlackBerry 6 at its BlackBerry World 2011 event next week; however, rather than being the QNX-based smartphone platform rumored before, it's expected to be a more straightforward rebrand of what has, until now, been known as BlackBerry 6.1.

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HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

Maybe it's the fast-approaching iPad 2 making them cranky, but HP and RIM have taken time out of their busy schedules for a little back-and-forth over tablet UI design and the settling point of inspiration. HP kicked things off, telling LaptopMag that "from what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities" between the webOS UI on the HP Touchpad and the QNX interface on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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TeleNav teams up with QNX

TeleNav teams up with QNX

Today TeleNav Inc. announced their partnership with QNX Software Systems. Their plan is to integrate connected GPS navigation to sync with the QNX car application platform. This will vastly expand the possibilities of automakers to help integrate 3D turn-by turn navigation and voice/audio prompts" to a much wider audience.

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BlackBerry PlayBook “best platform for the application” says Lazaridis; no QNX phones until dual-core mobile CPUs

BlackBerry PlayBook “best platform for the application” says Lazaridis; no QNX phones until dual-core mobile CPUs

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has been showing off the BlackBerry PlayBook again, this time at D: Dive Into Mobile, and he's been talking about the differences between the slate and the company's smartphone intentions. Describing RIM's stance as "presenting the best platform for the application", Lazaridis suggested that where Google and Apple had tried to take a smartphone OS onto a tablet, RIM will instead be starting out with a more powerful tablet platform and waiting for the hardware to match. That means, Lazaridis confirmed, that the PlayBook's QNX platform won't arrive on smartphones until there are dual-core baseband CPUs around to support it properly.

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BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

You may know Sean Hollister from his post over at Engadget, where he lets us know that although RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was hesitant onstage today on the Web 2.0 Summit stage, he was ready and willing to share with the whole internet world once he was behind it. In a lovely hotel hallway, Balsillie gives Engadget a heft of this device, Hollister saying that the device is warm to the touch, solid yet plasticky, a responsive glass touchscreen front, and a rubberized no-slip back.

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