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    by Published on 01-25-2012 09:25 AM
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    For the last 10 years, Zinio has become one of the most popular apps to bring magazines to consumers on the go. Adding to the wide variety of currently supported devices, the Zinio app will be available soon for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Current Zinio members will be able to access all their purchased subscriptions as soon as they sign in to their account upon launch of the app. If you don't have a Zinio account, you will be able to browse a pretty great collection of magazines in their store. Upon launch of the app, Zinio and BlackBerry will be giving a $25 credit to get you started.
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    by Published on 01-23-2012 06:32 AM
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    Once again the popular jailbreak tool Dingleberry for the BlackBerry PlayBook has been updated, and includes some nice new features. The development team for Dingleberry have been working hard on improving the app and have added some really great features. The last release gave us a patch for Hulu and added auto detect root so that the restore process did not have to be repeated. This release now allows for a selection of Core OS and Full OS. Perhaps the biggest addition to this release is the ability to install .bar files. The installer creates a folder that you can place your .bar files and will install then this is great if you have a nice collection of .bar files and do not want to side-load them every time.

    Take a look at the full change log here:
    • Improved upgrader/downgrader. Allows selection of Core OS and Full OS with a variety of firmwares. Will flash anything!
    • Includes a 'Custom' folder which will install any series of '.bar' files you want (mix and match).
    • Fixed bug with folders not existing. New folder structure. Move 'Firmware' folder to update OS list if new ones become listed.
    • Miscellaneous bug fixes for Mac OSX.

    Warning: BBOS is not responsible for you damaging your device. Please root your device with caution.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 06:38 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    RIM has released Beta 3 of their Native SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS. A few new features have been added as well as updates to the documentation. Take a look at some of the new features and enhancements:

    Tooling enhancements:
    • A new easy-to-use Add Library Wizard, which is designed to simplify the process of adding library dependencies to a project
    • Improved navigation and workflow in the Deployment Setup Wizard
    • Enhancements to the BAR file editor to view localized manifests for each locale
    API improvements:
    • BPS services can now use channels as chosen by the application for multi-threaded messaging
    • Scoreloop social gaming APIs
    Documentation updates:
    • A new “Hello Native SDK” tutorial provides a walkthrough of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Application Project template that comes with the QNX® Momentics® IDE
    • A new “Displaying a dialog” recipe instructs users how to display dialogs on the screen and handle dialog events
    If your a developer there are some nice additions to this update. Happy developing.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:21 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Our friend Ronen from BerryReview has just received information from sources that RIM has set a launch date for February 17th to release PlayBook OS 2.0 to the masses. There have been numerous rumors flying around as to what the actual ETA will be, but if this rings true, we will be updating out PlayBook's shortly after Valentine's Day!
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:27 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    A new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta build has been released for developers, v2.0.0.7111, which can be obtained by re-registering your BlackBerry PlayBook for Beta access.To install the 2.0.0.7111 Beta on your PlayBook, you must register your PIN (see link below) and install the update within the 24 hour window.

    This version of software contains support for developers to test their applications against the following runtimes:

    • Runtime for Android apps
    • Adobe AIR 3.0
    • WebWorks
    • Native API 2.0
    Note: This beta version of OS 2.0 does not contain end user features such as: email, calendar contacts, video store, etc.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:53 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If you're in the market for a data plan, and have never in your entire life had one, AT&T is changing up their prices! Just don't be alarmed if you stumble upon past deals and are painfully alarmed by the difference. As of January 22nd, AT&T's new data plans will be as follows:
    • Data Plus (300 MB) = $20
    • Data Pro (3 GB) = $30
    • Data Pro (5 GB with Mobile Hotspot and tethering) = $50
    In all honesty, and because my data plan grandfathers over, AT&T does have a valid point:
    "Customers are using more data than ever before," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment."

    Customers are encouraged to keep their device's Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer's monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T's 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide - the nations's largest Wi-Fi network. **Customers can get more information at www.att.com/wifiaccess.
    Next comes the reveal of tablet data plan prices, included are going to be BlackBerry PlayBooks when they're finally 4G compatible:
    • DataConnect (3 GB) = $30
    • DataConnect (5 GB) = $50
    Current customers will have the option of keeping their current data plan, but also can decide to switch to one of the new ones. The 250 MB data plan for $14.99 will also still be up for grabs for tablet users.
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    by Published on 01-14-2012 02:07 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show InsideBB met up with Eric Wood from Electronic Arts to discuss the gaming experience on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Beyond the benefits of the 7-inch form factor for easy access to game controls and the top hardware performance for titles like Dead Space, they even got a sneak preview of Plants vs. Zombies, which is on its way to BlackBerry App World and the BlackBerry PlayBook platform!
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    by Published on 01-13-2012 04:33 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Accessories


    This year in the BlackBerry Booth at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas there was a Porsche 911 convertible on display loaded with QNX and BlackBerry technology, including mounted BlackBerry PlayBooks and custom digital displays. Check out the video to view a demonstration of the features and functionality straight from the QNX team. The Porsche won Best in Show for CES 2012 in the Auto Tech category.
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    by Published on 01-13-2012 01:59 AM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    See what's happening with BlackBerry at CES 2012. Check out some new features coming to your BlackBerry PlayBook with OS 2.0, and catch a glimpse of some of the great new apps for your BlackBerry smartphone or tablet. Be sure to watch for the upcoming release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 as we'll keep you posted the second it becomes available.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 07:56 PM
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    Security researchers at this years Infiltrate security conference have discovered a new vulnerability that has potential to allow malicious applications to access personal information. Zach Lanier & Ben Nell both of the Intrepidous Group are responsible for finding the vulnerability.

    This particular vulnerability relates to the PlayBooks native applications. When a native application for the PlayBook is created the developer has access to a unique file called the .ALL file. This file on the QNK based system allows them access to shared data or files. In short, there is a flaw which allows native developers access to files they should not have access to.

    The .ALL file when used security researchers allowed them to access a PlayBook owners bookmarks, Wi-Fi access points, BBM username and info, desktop manager token, and the BlackBerry Bridge token. This token is pretty much the key that connects the BlackBerry device to the PlayBook. The Bluetooth connection between the PlayBook and phone is secure, but the problem is that this token can be used by a native developer to query the bridge for data they should not have access to.

    RIM has spoken out about this vulnerability in the following official statement:

    Media Statement: Infiltrate conference
    “The BlackBerry PlayBook issue described at the Infiltrate security conference has been resolved with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which is scheduled to be available as a free download to customers in February 2012. There are no known exploits and risk is mitigated by the fact that a user would need to install and run a malicious application after initiating a BlackBerry Bridge connection with their BlackBerry smartphone.”
    So there you have it. It looks as though RIM will not be fixing this, as they state that OS 2.0 has resolved the issue. It seems as though the PlayBook and its QNX based OS is getting its fair share of security testing.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 06:41 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Retro gaming has always been a favorite thing for me to do on my spare time. There is nothing like breaking out the old Nintendo Entertainment System and playing a few classic levels of Super Mario Bros. Yes, you could always blow the dust off that old NES or SNES system, and spend a bit of time trying to get the game to work or you could use an emulator. Emulators have been around for quite a while, and exist on almost every platform. Perhaps one of the most popular NES emulators FCEUX, has been around since 2008, and is one of the most solid NES emulators out there.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 01:34 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    And the cool features just keep on rolling in at CES 2012. The above video posted by Inside BlackBerry's official blog shows off how the new Bridge app that's coming in February will allow us to do a few awesome things on our PlayBooks. February is going to be an awesome month for BlackBerry users everywhere. If you haven't gotten a PlayBook yet, maybe this will convince you to do so.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 12:46 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook



    CES 2012 is in full effect in Las Vegas and BlackBerry is making their presence felt. With the big announcements yesterday of BlackBerry 7.1, and BBM 6.1; the preview of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 was the next thing on the agenda for BlackBerry. Today Inside BlackBerry has posted a new video highlighting these great features.

    The messages app has a great look and seems pretty easy to use. It brings something new and fresh while at the same time having the BlackBerry email reliability that we're all use to. The fact that it's integrated with social media just makes it that much cooler. Same can be said for the calendar and contacts apps as well. The tight integration between apps is something we've seen more and more in our BlackBerry smartphones but that has been missing from our PlayBooks. This is apparently being addressed in 2.0.

    I've been called a BlackBerry fanboy because I get excited about the smallest little new features that others may not think are so great, but honestly this is pretty awesome. Yes, these are features that should've been implemented on the PlayBook since the beginning but can we please let that go and focus on what is here now?

    Now it's RIM's time to make sure this OS gets polished and shipped out in time to inject a little credibility in the time frame they've put out for their future devices and products. Keep the momentum going RIM.
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 08:04 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    Monday mornings tend to be lazy for most of us, but RIM decided to change that today!

    After surprising us this morning with the official release of BlackBerry OS 7.1 (including BBM 6.1 coming out of beta), we've received confirmation that CES 2012 attendees who visit the BlackBerry booth (South Hall 3 Booth # 30326) will get the opportunity to preview the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 functionality, including:

    • New unified inbox - a powerful unified inbox within the built-in messaging app allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter®, LinkedIn® and others - all in one place.
    • Inbox management tools - allows for powerful inbox search across multiple email accounts, as well as the ability to set out-of-office messages and email signatures directly from their tablet.
    • Relationship-centric contacts app - more than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub - merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file for each person in their address book. Each contact file includes information such as recent status updates, conversations, related news articles and mutual contacts that are kept up-to-date automatically.
    • Remote control for the BlackBerry PlayBook - new BlackBerry® Bridge™ features allow a user's BlackBerry® smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for their BlackBerry PlayBook - effectively providing a wireless remote control for their tablet. Perfect for pausing a movie when a BlackBerry PlayBook is plugged in to a TV with an HDMI connection, or for using the tactile QWERTY keyboard on a BlackBerry smartphone to compose a message or document on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
    • Print To Go application - this app allows users to wirelessly "print" from their laptop or PC directly to their BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi-Fi®. A digital printout is created on the BlackBerry PlayBook so that users can view, sort and manage their digital printouts as though they were physical sheets of paper. The Print To Go app is the perfect way to consolidate info from various related sources like a hotel web confirmation, an airline boarding pass email, the show event schedule or even a map of the destination city and make them available for quick access on the go.
    • Video store (available in the United States @ launch) - a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows will be available through the integrated BlackBerry Video Storefront* with new releases to be made available for purchase or rent the same day they come out on DVD. Users will be able to begin watching media as soon as they start to download the file, so users won't have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can enjoy great entertainment on the tablet's high resolution display, or on an HDTV via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's HDMI output.
    • Enhanced web browsing - the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 browser also includes a new reading view, which is designed to make web sites even easier to enjoy by eliminating page clutter at the touch of a button. What's left is a cleaner format that is great for reading online news articles, blog posts, or websites that contain heavy amounts of text.
    Tons of awesome features, right? We've only highlighted a few of the features above, but you can see the extensive full list in our forums.

    They've also confirmed that PlayBook OS 2.0 software update will be available for all BlackBerry PlayBook users in February 2012.

    If you didn't feel excited about OS 2.0 for PlayBook before, I don't see any reason now that you won't be jumping on the opportunity to purchase one of these tablets prior to the new OS launching.


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    by Published on 01-06-2012 06:46 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The long awaited PlayBook OS 2.0 is set to have a guest appearance at this months Consumer Electronics Show (CES) RIM has been sending out invitations to an "intimate event" that will allow attendees to experience the BlackBerry PlayBook's new OS 2.0. This also suggest RIM is not going to have a very strong presence at the years biggest electronic show.

    Back in October we heard that PlayBook's OS 2 would be delayed until February. Does this mean that we could see an early release? Over the past few months we have seen glimpses of OS 2.0 and have been really impressed. I was able to get hands on at the BIF 2011, and I can confirm it is everything that has been missing from OS 1.0 and much more. The release of this OS is a make or break for the PlayBook device so I am looking forward to updating to OS 2.0.
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