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BlackBerry gets its game on at BBW, scores Jetpack Joyride and Sonic

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

BlackBerry gets its game on at BBW

One of the things BlackBerry has never really had going for it, is a deep games catalog. Now, that isn’t about to change in one fell swoop, but things are about to get a lot better at BlackBerry World 2012. RIM’s head of gaming, Anders Jeppsson, took to twitter to let the world know about the impressive pile of titles heading to the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10. The biggest names are certainly Jetpack Joyride, from Halfbrick (the studio behind Fruit Ninja), and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Other games in the pipeline include Galaxy on Fire 2 and Star Marine, while Tomb Raider fans can get down with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light starting today. Keep an ear out for more to hit during this week’s BBW.

BlackBerry gets its game on at BBW, scores Jetpack Joyride and Sonic originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 11:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Is this RIM’s BlackBerry 10 development device?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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You know the drill — grab yourself a spoonful of Morton’s and get ready for another supposed leak of a gadget. This time around, you’re looking at what’s claimed as being of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 10 “Development Alpha” devices that will be handed out during next week’s BlackBerry Jam — just like the company promised a month ago. Images of the device first surfaced over at Crackberry’s forums and, as the site points out, the touchscreen candy bar seems to share its design DNA with the PlayBook. Keeping in mind that it’s likely to remain a testing device for devs, don’t bank on it ever hitting store shelves. That said, we’re now curious how pivotal a roll RIM’s famous tactile keyboards will play on its next-generation phones — if any. Head over to the sources links below if you’d like to catch more photos from Mr. Blurrycam and extra information in the meantime.

Is this RIM’s BlackBerry 10 development device? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry PlayBook with ’4G’ out and about, wants to know where you put its SIM

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Jim Balsillie might be on the outs, but it looks like his once boastful pet-project — a BlackBerry PlayBook with integrated cellular wireless — is finally coming to fruition. Per CrackBerry‘s forums comes the above snap of the Canadian slate donning a SIM card slot, nary a month after we first spotted the company’s HSPA+ and LTE tablets pass through the FCC. That also lines up nicely with a previously leaked roadmap, promising a summer arrival. Will the mythical 4G-wielding PlayBook ever make it to market? Or like it’s WiMax brother, will it never be given the chance? While you ponder that, more pics await at the source.

BlackBerry PlayBook with ’4G’ out and about, wants to know where you put its SIM originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Apr 2012 01:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zinio finally hits the PlayBook, becomes your Berry own magazine stand

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Zinio finally hits the PlayBook, becomes your Berry own magazine stand
Zinio’s had a comfortable spot sitting on the Android and iOS stores for months, but up until now, it’d been steering clear of a certain App World. Fast forward to today and the digital magazine service is staying true to its tweet, at last making its way to that 7-inch BlackBerry slate. The PlayBook flavor brings along the usual traits, including over 5,000 mags in 33 different languages, multiple device syncing, as well as full subscriptions or à la carte issues . Early adopters have already taken the app for a spin, giving it mixed reviews, and you can do the same directly from your two-dot-oh slab or via the source link below.

Zinio finally hits the PlayBook, becomes your Berry own magazine stand originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry PlayBooks with HSPA+ and LTE radios pass through the FCC

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook may be down, but it’s definitely not out. Over a year ago, the company revealed plans to release an LTE-compatible PlayBook as well as a 3G model that will work on HSPA+ networks. Details surrounding these variants have been few and far between, with some assuming they were simply canceled. As it turns out, two tablets from Research in Motion recently passed through the FCC equipped with HSPA+ connectivity and AT&T compatible LTE radios. BGR in January exclusively reported details about RIM’s plans to introduce a new PlayBook tablet around May or June that will be equipped with a 1.5GHz processor, built-in HSPA+ and NFC support.

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Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, now with developer’s permission

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, this time with developer's permission

Everybody loves happy endings, so it’s with this in mind that we bring you news of the official “sanctioned” arrival of Dolphin Browser within the BlackBerry App World. At version 7.2, this app isn’t quite as fresh as its native Android counterpart — which sits at version 7.5 in the Play Store and offers Sonar voice features — but it still brings its webzine and gesture-driven mannerisms that many appreciate. As you may recall, this isn’t the first time that the Dolphin Browser has graced the App World, but this time around, it was submitted by MoboTap — so yeah, they know it’s in there. If you happen to have a PlayBook and would like to try the alternative browser, be sure to hit up the source link.

Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, now with developer’s permission originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HSPA+ BlackBerry Playbook hits the FCC

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
RIM has been promising an HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Playbook for over a year, and it looks like it’s now one step closer to actually being released. A tablet from Research in Motion recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process and, if the test reports are any indication, it’s a tablet with built-in HSPA+ connectivity. Unfortunately, the FCC hasn’t revealed much else just yet, but earlier rumors have suggested that the new tablet will also see speed bump of another sort: an upgrade to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, as well as the addition of NFC. A leaked RIM roadmap that surfaced earlier this year also suggested that the tablet would be released in mid-2012.

HSPA+ BlackBerry Playbook hits the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM reveals new $120 PlayBook keyboard case [video]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Following the much delayed BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update, the tablet finally has a native email client, other PIM apps and a larger selection of apps thanks to its Android player. Research in Motion is now looking to further boost interest in its debut slate, and it has announced the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for those users looking for a physical keypad option on top of the virtual one. The accessory retails for a lofty $119.99 and is available for pre-order starting today, with shipments going out on March 23rd. The concept of the keyboard is similar to the competition. It includes a multitouch trackpad for browsing, a keyboard for easy input and a battery that last up to 30 days. Unlike the ASUS Transformer Prime, RIM’s accessory does not have a docking feature and is just a carrying case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard. RIM’s video demonstation follows below.

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How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire?

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
The Kindle Fire is less a tablet and more a $200 window into Amazon’s storefront. The 7-inch slate that shares its DNA with the BlackBerry PlayBook lacks any physical features bar a micro-USB port, headphone jack and speaker. Internally, that 1GHz CPU is paired up with 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage, with no option for increased size, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi or 3G. Performance was fine inside the company’s carousel sandbox, but step outside and things became outrageously herky-jerky, especially in the Silk browser, which didn’t live up to its name. We found that there was plenty we’d like to change to make it more of a useful tablet, but did we miss the point? You probably had one bought for you in the Holidays and it’s had three or four months solid use since then, so what do you think? Is it a good companion on your daily commute, did it justify winning our E-Reader of the year prize and if Jeff Bezos was reading all of your comments in anticipation for version two, what would you demand he changes?

How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 said to launch on February 21st

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

When Research In Motion released its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the device had its fair share of problems. RIM promised an operating system update that would address these problems but the launch was delayed by several months. A new report from N4BB claims the official release of the PlayBook 2.0 update is set for February 21st, just over a week later than the company initially planned. The PlayBook OS 2.0 update will include native email, calendar and contacts apps, but unfortunately native BBM will remain absent from the tablet and can only be accessed through BlackBerry Bridge.
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Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook: increase margins

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Apple has argued on multiple occasions that Samsung builds mobile products that ”blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.” Courts seem to disagree for the most part, with only a pair of injunctions having been issued despite dozens of complaints Apple has filed around the world. There are some areas where Samsung does seem to take pages out of Apple’s playbook, however — Samsung’s new anti-iPhone ad strategy is somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac” campaign, for example — and market research firm Allied Business Intelligence may have uncovered another one this week. Read on for more.

ABI recently performed a teardown on Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and the firm analyzed the components found within the handset. Among them was a new version of Samsung’s LTE chipset that is estimated to cost half as much as the chip it replaces.

“The Samsung Galaxy Nexus modem is constructed with the combination of a Via Telecom CDMA/EVDO Rev. A integrated circuit and a Samsung LTE baseband integrated circuit,” the firm wrote in its report. “This combination is now common for Samsung’s Verizon phones, but the Galaxy Nexus sports a new version of the LTE baseband chip. The new chip is estimated at nearly half the cost of the prior chip’s $23 price tag.”

One area where the competition has been unable to keep pace with Apple is profit, and the company’s record-setting holiday quarter was thanks largely in part to the huge margins it enjoys on iPhone sales. Asymco’s Horace Dediu estimates that Apple took in approximately 75% of mobile phone industry profits last quarter despite accounting for just 9% of global cell phone shipments, or an estimated 23.5% of all smartphone channel sales.

Whether or not Samsung’s mobile devices are “copycats” as Apple claims is up to the courts of the world to decide, but Samsung would be wise to follow Apple’s lead where margins are concerned. Samsung shipped about as many smartphones as Apple during the holiday quarter, but the $2.32 billion in operating profit it took in from its mobile business pales in comparison to Apple’s mobile profits.

Making significant cuts to component costs while still managing to sell 4G devices at premium prices could help the South Korea-based vendor hold its ground in the first quarter while the world awaits the launch of its next-generation flagship smartphone, the quad-core Galaxy S III.

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Fujitsu announces Stylistic Android tablet for taking care of business, working overtime

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The BlackBerry PlayBook blues got you down? Fujitsu thinks you should consider riding the Android train to work. The company today announced the awkwardly named Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet, a seven-inch enterprise-focused slate aimed at folks looking for a sales terminal, catalog displayer or e-reader. The Stylistic has a WSVGA display and a battery that should give you around six hours on a charge. You can pick one of these guys up in mid-February, if you’re in Japan. An equally exciting press release can be found after the jump.

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Fujitsu announces Stylistic Android tablet for taking care of business, working overtime originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 04 Feb 2012 08:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shocker! New RIM CEO targets existing BlackBerry users for upgrades

Friday, January 27th, 2012

All of new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins’ fresh ideas will apparently still be revealed to the company’s board in a couple of weeks, but he’s already dropped some gems in interviews with the Wall Street Journal and Reuters (update: and Bloomberg). First item on the agenda? Getting current users upgraded to the latest and greatest BlackBerry hardware. Citing internal statistics that indicate 80- to 90- percent of the company’s customer base aren’t running BlackBerry 7 hardware yet, it will work closely with US carriers to promote upgrades until the new BB10 devices hit later this year. There’s no word on what the carrier deals include, but he hinted at device or preloaded app bundles. He also promised an LTE version of the PlayBook would arrive this spring, with LTE connected handsets also planned for the BlackBerry 10 lineup. Is that enough to turn around RIM’s fortunes in the US, where he acknowledged the company is “a turnaround candidate”? We’ll find out, but as obvious as the need to placate the already BBM-addicted may be, execution of the plan is everything.

Shocker! New RIM CEO targets existing BlackBerry users for upgrades originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM’s 2012 roadmap: 3G PlayBook, Curves, and possible London delay

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

We reported on RIM’s 2012 release schedule earlier this week and now we’re back to paint a more complete picture with RIM’s full 2012 roadmap, which is loaded with information. The deck provides details on everything from the company’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook with built-in 3G, to the new Curve lineup including the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and BlackBerry Curve 9320, to new features like Wi-Fi media server sharing and more. From the calendar in the document, it looks like the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, codenamed London, is currently scheduled for release in late September, but could be pushed to October based on the roadmap, which is a long way off considering we’re looking a a relatively slow three quarters leading up to BlackBerry 10. We’ve dropped 15 slides from this massive deck into a gallery, so check out all of the images below!

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MOTOACTV torn down and rooted, turned into a tablet for ants

Saturday, December 24th, 2011
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Chris Wade, the intrepid dev behind the DingleBerry PlayBook hack, has turned his attention to new device. One that occupies the exact opposite end of the size spectrum — the MOTOACTV. The man started poking around inside the Android-powered sports watch, actually tearing it open and splaying its innards across his palm for all of us to see. Under the hood he discovered an OMAP 3630 clocked at 600MHz and 256MB of RAM. Then he put the whole thing back together and the real fun began. Wade managed root the underlying Gingerbread platform and turn it from a GPS tracker to 1.6-inch tablet by sideloading the stock Honeycomb launcher. Wade even managed to bless the tiny device with Market access, allowing him to install a certain title featuring a flock of furious fowl. You’ll find a few more photos in the gallery below and a video of the hacked up sports watch cum micro-tablet after the break. If you’re looking to create your own super-charge Android wristwear hit up the source link for instructions from the so-called “bad boy of IT.”

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MOTOACTV torn down and rooted, turned into a tablet for ants originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM Has $1.7 Million Worth Of PlayBooks Stolen From an Indiana Truck Stop [Rim]

Monday, December 19th, 2011

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