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13Apr/110

Blackberry Playbook Training Guide Now Available

Apr

13


By Michael

 

 

If you cannot wait until the 19th of this month to get your hands on inaugerial tablet from Canadian based Research in Motion you are in luck! Today we got our hands on a training manual that basically explains the entire Playbook and all of the hardware and software features.

The interactive guide is full of little tips and tricks that users will find instantly gratifying. For example, if you press the spacebar type, it will automatically add a period and capitalize the next word.  Also it verifies it will play Flash and be able to handle Android applications.

Check it out HERE.

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7Apr/110

Apple mainly responsible for Blackberry Playbook Launch delay


Research in Motion is all set to launch the PlayBook on the 19th of April though it now seems evident we wouldn’t have been kept waiting this long to lay our hand on a wonderful piece of hardware namely the PlayBook tablet PC. And believe it or not, Apple has something, or rather a lot of thing to do with the delay. Inadvertently it might be though its a mater of serious debate if Apple is really lamenting the way things have worked out in the last few weeks.

It all started with an acute shortage of touch panels, which again can be attributed to a sharp increase in consumer preference for tablet PCs. Obviously, touchscreen manufacturers have been caught off guard while Apple, making good use of its superior economic clout contracted for most of the touch panels the manufacturers are able to produce, leaving precious little for all the other to make do with. While the iPad and iPad 2 have been selling in millions, all the other tablets now available,  comprising of the Galaxy Tab, the XOOM along with the vast plethora of other Android tablet too lead up to a sizable demand for touch panels.

As a result of all this, RIM had no other choice but to push back the launch of the PlayBook by about a month. However, this isn’t the first time the PlayBook has suffered a delay as it had changed its chipset partner mid way while the tablet was still under development. So while its Marvell that was earlier contracted to supply the PlayBook’s processors, RIM later found favor with the 1 GHz Dual Core OMAP4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Not a bad move it now seems though it had added 6 months to the development time. The one months’ delay is also being attributed to the extensive software testing that the PlayBook was subjected to.

In the meantime, RIM’s development partners such as Quanta Computer or Foxlink that is supplying the connector for the PlayBook is seeing big opportunity in the PlayBook order. Quanta is already in the process of ramping up production to make the most of the PlayBook order. Also it is fair to note that RIM wanted the device to launch in the second quarter of the year in order to boost their profits.

via slashgear, via digitimes

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7Apr/110

Apple mainly responsible for Blackberry Playbook Launch

Research in Motion is all set to launch the PlayBook on the 19th of April though it now seems evident we wouldn’t have been kept waiting this long to lay our hand on a wonderful piece of hardware namely the PlayBook tablet PC. And believe it or not, Apple has something, or rather a lot of thing to do with the delay. Inadvertently it might be though its a mater of serious debate if Apple is really lamenting the way things have worked out in the last few weeks.

It all started with an acute shortage of touch panels, which again can be attributed to a sharp increase in consumer preference for tablet PCs. Obviously, touchscreen manufacturers have been caught off guard while Apple, making good use of its superior economic clout contracted for most of the touch panels the manufacturers are able to produce, leaving precious little for all the other to make do with. While the iPad and iPad 2 have been selling in millions, all the other tablets now available,  comprising of the Galaxy Tab, the XOOM along with the vast plethora of other Android tablet too lead up to a sizable demand for touch panels.

As a result of all this, RIM had no other choice but to push back the launch of the PlayBook by about a month. However, this isn’t the first time the PlayBook has suffered a delay as it had changed its chipset partner mid way while the tablet was still under development. So while its Marvell that was earlier contracted to supply the PlayBook’s processors, RIM later found favor with the 1 GHz Dual Core OMAP4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Not a bad move it now seems though it had added 6 months to the development time. The one months’ delay is also being attributed to the extensive software testing that the PlayBook was subjected to.

In the meantime, RIM’s development partners such as Quanta Computer or Foxlink that is supplying the connector for the PlayBook is seeing big opportunity in the PlayBook order. Quanta is already in the process of ramping up production to make the most of the PlayBook order. Also it is fair to note that RIM wanted the device to launch in the second quarter of the year in order to boost their profits.

via slashgear, via digitimes


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7Apr/110

BlackBerry App from OverDrive Enables Direct Library eBook Downloads

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From an email I received:

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social Animal” by David Brooks and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, which can be borrowed and enjoyed using OverDrive’s app for BlackBerry. Popular business eBooks and audiobooks, as well as titles in virtually any subject, are also available from the library using the BlackBerry app.

The OverDrive app for BlackBerry is available from OverDrive’s website and the MobiHand Superstore. The app will also appear in BlackBerry App World™ in the coming weeks. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search.

OverDrive’s BlackBerry app provides untethered access to EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library. The app’s “Get Books” feature makes it easy to find a local library, and then browse for titles, check them out with a library card, and download directly to BlackBerry. Digital books from the library will automatically expire in the app, so there are never late fees. Users will also benefit from enhancements, such as an orientation lock and custom bookmarks.

The free eBook app from OverDrive can be installed on BlackBerry touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.7 (or newer) and non-touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.5 (or newer). The BlackBerry app joins the previously released OverDrive apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, which have been installed nearly one million times.

6Apr/110

BlackBerry PlayBook getting 100+ apps from Polar Mobile|Lastest Ipad News]

BlackBerry PlayBook getting 100+ apps from Polar Mobile
Canadian developer wants to help media brands get onto RIM's iPad 2 rival as quickly as possible It's rare to see a developer announcing plans to launch more than 100 apps in a calendar year, let alone doing it for one device. Canadian developer Polar Mobile said last week that it's doing just that for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook this year. It's a ringing endorsement of a device ...
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1Apr/110

Blackberry PlayBook can be tethered to any smartphone

If there is one aspect that consumers dislikes the most about the PlayBook then it perhaps is the lack of a 3G module. What this meant in real world terms is that users will either have to make use of the tablet’s Wi-Fi capabilities to hook on to the internet or get online via a BlackBerry. Well, its the latter bit that has made one and all to believe its imperative to have a BlackBerry smartphone in order to get the best out of the PlayBook tablet.

However, the good folks at crackberry has some better news for us in that they have discovered, the PlayBook can as well be tethered to any smartphone and not just the BlackBerry. This should come as a boon to those who’d like to have 3G speeds or do not have access to Wi-Fi hotspots a lot of times. All they need to do is to get connected to a smartphone via bluetooth though the smartphone need to have tethering capabilities.

However, this is all about just getting connected to the internet an a BlackBerry smartphone continues to be in the picture in that the BlackBerry Bridge is still needed to get access to the email, calendar, contacts, and so on on the PlayBook. However, here too, RIM has promised all the requisite apps to be made available on the PlayBook as well though one will have to wait a bit longer for that.

Click here for the step by step guide of tethering the PlayBook to any smartphone.

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28Mar/110

Future Shop opens pre-orders for the Blackberry Playbook

Canadian electronic retailer Future Shop has just opened up pre-orders for Research in Motion’s latest offering: the Blackberry Playbook. Futureshop has 3 different versions available for pre-order; 16 GB WIFI for 9.99, 32 GB for 9.99, and the 64 GB for 9.99.

Futureshop is one of the sole Canadian electronics stores to open up pre-orders for the Blackberry Playbook, which is set to go on sale April 19th 2011. It looks like we will not have to wait long to get the latest tablet from a great Canadian company.

This time last year Canada was far behind the curve in getting tablets after the USA launch, in 2011 things are getting here much faster. Canadian stores and dealers are catching on to the fact that they can cash in on the hype that surrounds a new device launch by captilizing on it quickly. For excample the Apple iPad 2 only launched in the USA just a few weeks ago and already it is here in Canada. The iPad 1 launch had almost a 3 month delay in reaching Canada, and the Dell Streak 5 took 6 months. The Motorola Xoom was the recent big name tablet to drop here in Canada only about less than a month after the USA launch.

We at Good e-Reader certainly approve of great tablets and gadgets taking less time to reach us and are eagerly looking forward to getting our hands on the first tablet RIM has launched. In the meantime, check out our CES hands on video of the Blackberry Playbook.

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17Mar/110

What you need to know about the Blackberry Playbook

The PlayBook tablet PC from Research in Motion is all set to be unleashed in the heavily contested tablet segment soon. However, things have undergone some drastic changes ever since the PlayBook was first unveiled in September last. Perhaps the most noticeable change has been the coming of the Android version that has been developed exclusively for use on a tablet like device – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. There has also been a lot of tablets that have been built based on the Honeycomb with the most prominent amongst them right now being the Motorola XOOM – an extremely competent piece of hardware. Of course there are a lot more coming and the most striking aspect of the new breed of tablets is that nearly all of them boasts of a dual core heart to ensure things move at a fast pace. Then perhaps, the most important change right now is that it’s now iPad 2 that the PlayBook will be up against, a much improved tablet compared to the already formidable iPad. So how does the PlayBook match up to the competition that is going to be all the more relentless in the coming days? Let’s find that out.

To begin with, one unique aspect with the PlayBook is that it will start shipping sans one important feature – a built in 3G component. Why so? RIM has designed the PlayBook to work in conjugation with BlackBerry smartphones. The PlayBook will have Wi-Fi to get online but will have to get all its work done in conjugation with a BlackBerry. The central theme here is to present a highly secured environment and the tablet will communicate with the Blackberry over a highly secured Bluetooth connection to have access to corporate or consumer email along with other features such as address book, calendar, BlackBerry Messenger and so on. Once the link is broken, everything from the PlayBook is instantly deleted to be stored on the BlackBerry.

The thinking behind the move is that the PlayBook has been conceived for use mostly in the enterprise sector and almost everybody here already own a BlackBerry. Security of data is also of paramount importance for business professionals and the PlayBook will certainly suffice to their business needs. However, company officials have stated there will be software upgrade later on that will include native email, calendar and address book apps in the PlayBook tablet itself. The tablet though will come pre-loaded with the entire suite of editable word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Further, PlayBook with 3G modems integrated into them are also planned for a release later in the year. The 3G PlayBook versions will be compatible with high-speed WiMax, LTE and HSPA+ networks and will also include the options to communicate directly to RIM’s enterprise servers. RIM has already named Sprint to be their carrier partner in the United States.

Another interesting aspect of the PlayBook tablet is that its bezels are also sensitive to touch inputs, perhaps the first tablet to be so. Hence, a gentle up swipe from the bottom will minimize what is on screen while the opposite gesture will lead to in-app options. Similarly, a sideways swipe action will toggle between the applications while to launch the virtual keyboard, all that is required is a gesture at the bottom left corner.

The rest of the tablet specs are impressive too to say the least. Like the PlayBook is based on a 1 GHz OMAP 4430 dual core processor from Texas Instruments coupled to a 1 GB RAM. Running the show for the tablet is RIM’s own QNX based operating system that supports multi-tasking. Then the PlayBook is also equipped with the now almost common features such as a twin camera setup – 3 megapixel camera at the front along with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB , micro HDMI and DLNA connectivity along with support for both Adobe Flash as well as HTML 5.

A 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel LCD display makes up the PlayBook’s display area with external dimensions measuring just 130 x 194 x 10 mm. The tablet is also handy with a weight of only 495 gms.

However, while all of these surely makes the PlayBook to stand apart from the tablet me-too’s that are getting launched almost every other day, the two all important piece of the PlayBook puzzle continues to elude us. We yet don’t know for sure when the PlayBook will be launched or how much will it be priced at. RIM though has been kind enough to provide us with some indications. Like company sources have announced the tablet will eventually be priced below 0. The PlayBook will be available in memory size options of 16, 32 or 64 GB and its now known if the highest speced tablet will have a price tag of below 0. However, if that turnes out to be true then there shouldn’t be any reason to complain. As for the tablet’s availability, the PlayBook is expected to be a market reality towards April. In fact, it can be even before April as some unconfirmed reports point out the PlayBook might be released on March 27, the same day that Motorola has confirmed the launch of Wi-Fi only XOOM. Meanwhile, OEM parts has already reached TrueSupplier which now has stocks of the screen and bezel along with the digitizer in black for for .99 and .99 respectively. This shows the PlayBook isn’t too far from its official release.

via reuters, via n4bb

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13Mar/110

BlackBerry PlayBook to come loaded with video conferencing app

Mar

13

By Sovy

The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, among many other features, also boasts of a front facing camera that will allow its users to engage in video calling. Now while many thought its third party apps such as Skype that would make it to the Playbook to enable video calling, RIM surprised all by introducing its own video calling app that aims to make the best use of that front facing camera.

Hardly has there been any tablet that got to see the light of day without a webcam integrated in the front. Also, none ever missed a chance to highlight the presence of the integrated front facing webcam, perhaps more so since the famous Apple iPad lacked this feature. In fact, so glaring has been the omission of a built in camera in the original iPad that Apple made sure the same does not get repeated in the new iPad 2 as well. As a result, FaceTime happens to be one of the USP’s of the new iPad 2.

However, further details of the app are yet to come by, as is a video demonstrating the new app. The latter will surely be made available as we approach the Playbook’s launch schedule.

via ubergizmo

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4Mar/110

BlackBerry PlayBook to cost $600, slated for April 10 market debut

Mar

04

By Sovy

Research in Motion is yet to come clean with its pricing and availability details of the PlayBook tablet. There is some information coming in from BGR indicating the 7 inch tablet will be hitting markets in the US on the 10th of April. For the rest of the world, the wait is going to stretch until the second quarter.

Right now, at least the retailer Mobile City is already accepting pre orders for the PlayBook for a price of 9.99. However, this particular version of the PlayBook is going to be the Wi-Fi only version with no mention of either or 3G or 4G coming.

Meanwhile, in another interesting development, the little known company Negri Electronics is also accepting pre-orders for an unlocked 4G enabled version of the PlayBook for 8.50.

A few words of confirmation from the company will surely do a lot of good to clear all the confusion.

via liliputing via netbooknews

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