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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
    Categories:
    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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    by Published on 01-03-2012 10:24 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    One of my personal favorite apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook, Blaq, has been updated this evening to v1.6. This new update brings some new features along with plenty of bug fixes that should make this great app even better for its users. Check out the change log below.

    Application
    • Read saved searches - You asked for it and it’s here!
    Options

    Services
    • Bit.ly support (Pro coming soon)
    • Img.ly support
    • Yfrog support
    • Twitter photo support
    • Klout score on tweet card (configurable)
    Main View
    • View your own profile
    Tweets
    • Maximized WebView notifications – Native notifications prompt even when you’re viewing websites within Blaq.
    Bug Fixes
    • Cannot insert mention between text when composing a tweet
    • Mentions and DMs are not sorted
    • Direct message notifications would not show
    • Trending topics don’t load
    • Some tweet links were untappable or broken
    • More stable real-time streaming
    • Tweet Card some times does not display (potential)
    • Search results scroll performance improved
    • When an image upload fails, tweet is still sent
    • Minor internal issues
    Don't worry if you're not prompted for the update right away as its making its way to everyone's PlayBook in the next 24 hours.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 04:14 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    There are reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook has sold out in India. Two retailers in India (Ingram and Redington) said they have sold 12,000 PlayBooks in just four days. RIM’s India Managing Director Sunil Dutt says that “BlackBerry continues to be an inspirational brand and we have seen a huge uptake across the country for the PlayBook during the offer period.”

    Prices were slashed by more that 50% across the globe which spurred the increased sales of the tablet. If you are looking to get your hands on a PlayBook now is the time. Eat your heart out iPad!
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 04:46 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    I've looked high & low for a FourSquare app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, but apparently I wasn't looking in the right places. While looking recently in "Recently Updated" apps on App World, I noticed FourPlay.

    FourPlay For PlayBerry PlayBook
    is exactly what you'd expect from a FourSquare app on your tablet. This 3rd party Foursquare app brings all the features you'll find on your official FourSquare app found on your BlackBerry Smartphone. I was amazed at the fact that my location was more accurate within this app than it is when I use my Bold 9900.

    With many tweaks/updates rumored to be coming to a future build planned to be released around the same time as PlayBook OS 2.0, & with no plans official 4Sq app on the horizon, this application is a must have for anyone who checks-in often.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 01:04 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook




    Get ready for the premiere retro action-platformer for the BlackBerry PlayBook! You are Spencer Corinth on a journey to uncover the mystery behind your father’s death. Run, jump and slash your way to the truth in this non-stop tale of betrayal and vengeance.
    • Retro style side-scrolling gameplay
    • Huge levels filled with HIDDEN WEAPONS and UPGRADES
    • Illustrated Story Scenes
    • Retro and Remixed soundtracks
    • Intuitive controls with left-handed options
    • Complete level challenges to earn medals and unlock BONUS CONTENT


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    by Published on 01-02-2012 04:27 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A early New Year's sale for PlayBooks! This time it's discounted prices right from the BlackBerry website. Sale prices are as follows at $299 across the board:
    • BlackBerry Playbook 16GB: $299
    • BlackBerry Playbook 32GB: $299
    • BlackBerry Playbook 64GB: $299
    Now is a great time to pick up that upgrade if you haven't yet. Sale Ends February 4th,2012

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    by Published on 12-26-2011 10:02 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Have you ever wanted to play a YouTube video on your BlackBerry PlayBook, but the quality playback wasn't that good, or good enough? I am going to show you how to playback YouTube videos, or any video on your 7" tablet with excellent output resolution. The BlackBerry PlayBook is capable of playback crystal clear video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV video output. The recommended video format for local playback on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is...

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    by Published on 12-26-2011 02:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. How-To, Help, Tips,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    So you got a new PlayBook this holiday, that is great. Now its time to learn how to use it, and bring out the full PlayBook experience. Whether you have been a tablet user for a while and are transitioning to the PlayBook or getting one for the first time there is a bit of a learning curve. The more that you know about this device the better your experience will be.
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    by Published on 12-25-2011 04:15 PM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    With so many people waking up this morning and receiving a BlackBerry PlayBook as a holiday gift, I figured I'd let you guys know what my personal favorite PlayBook apps and games are. We encourage everyone to check out App World's Top Free, Paid and Newest Apps list as well as these always change with brand new apps. So here we go...
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    by Published on 12-23-2011 03:29 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook

    (Official BlackBerry PlayBook Demo) Learn how to customize your BlackBerry PlayBook. The demo will show you how to set your home screen wallpaper, move or hide apps, change settings, and much more.
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 04:45 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Scrapbook for the BlackBerry PlayBook has been upgraded to version 2.0. This is great app for adding a little spice to those dull pictures. Version 2.0 now comes with packs that can be downloaded. At this time there are there packs you may choose from. Travel, Christmas, and The 50's. In addition, you can now download Scrapbook Content Packs and connect to Facebook via BlackBerry Bridge. Some nice new features. If you have the app share some of your creations with us or post a comment.


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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:52 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    While I won't receive my precious BlackBerry PlayBook for a few more, long, painful, lonely days.. Okay my point, RIM as released Facebook for PlayBook v2.1 this morning which includes many aspects that many people were hoping for as soon as possible. Some fun new changes include:
    • The addition of Facebook Groups - Be able to post comments, see members and all around interact without having to switch to Facebook on the web (which I'm personally very excited about, I hated having to do that)
    • Improved photo and video access - Uploading either has become much easier and figuring out how is more obvious
    Interact with friends and more on Facebook for PlayBook with all the fun of doing so on your BlackBerry, but with a bigger screen! Remember, if the update isn't immediately available to you, just give it a few hours, this app is hot off the press!
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 06:40 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    The Chesterfield Indiana police department along with the FBI Interstate Theft Task Force are currently investigating the recent theft of over 5,200 BlackBerry PlayBooks's. The PlayBook's valued at between $1.7 million and $5 million dollars, were hijacked from a semi truck that was parked outside a Pilot truck stop. The driver went inside to grab a bite to eat and when he came out his truck was gone.

    Now I wonder if we are going to see a spike in PlayBook sales on eBay and Amazon just in time for the Holiday season. This is certainly one way to get some PlayBook's out to the public.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 04:57 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook

    The BlackBerry PlayBook developer beta OS 2.0 has been updated once again. This time its version 2.0.0.6149. As of right now there is no change log, but users have been reporting the following changes and enhancements:
    • improved browser speed,beating all tablet browsers including iOS 5
    • implemented A2DP (Headsets, audio devices)
    • updated App World, now includes swipe-down menu bar that enables Help & Payment Options
    • upgrades for Bridge connection
    • undefined Media enhancements
    • LED notifications, has a new setting called Sounds & Notifications
    The browser seems to be the biggest improvement as it scored very high on the HTML 5 tests.

    If you have not registered for Beta OS 2.0 you may do so here.
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