Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T’s current trade-in program to make your 2013-smartphone purchase more compelling. We later go through BlackBerry’s CEO statement regarding tablets, and why this is both ironic and revealing at the same time. Later it’s Nokia’s turn as we discuss their probable plans to bring Lytro-Camera technology to future smartphones. Microsoft is next as we go through their new Windows Phone Facebook app in beta. We end today’s show talking about iOS 7 and all the rumors regarding Jony Ive’s influence [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft’s Cash-For-Apps program and how this is being complained about by the community. Then we turn the page to Amazon, as a $100 tablet seems to be in the works. Later we talk about a new BlackBerry Playbook in the works, even though we doubt it’ll be big either. Later it’s all about Motorola as Guy Kawasaki begins teasing about the X Phone customization capabilities. We end today’s show talking about Nokia’s Solar Charging smartphones in the works.
All this and more after the [...]
Almost since RIM first released the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, we’ve been hearing rumors about a new version that would introduce its own cellular modem, no longer relying on a tethered BlackBerry smartphone in order to get online while on the go. Such devices have popped-up in numerous leaked roadmaps, suggesting we’d end up seeing both an HSPA+ and LTE version of this tablet refresh. About a month ago, we got what may have been our first real look at one of these devices, showing-off the telltale sign of a SIM tray. Today, amidst all the other BlackBerry new that’s [...]
It’s been a promising time to be a gamer on the BlackBerry PlayBook as of late, with plenty of news coming out about new releases of high-profile titles. First we saw Angry Birds Space come to the platform, and then heard about another eagerly-anticipated game that would soon be coming to the PlayBook. Speculation at the time seemed to point to the release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and sure enough, the iOS title now has a PlayBook port. The flow of information on new games isn’t about to dry up just yet, and today RIM announced a bunch of additional games in [...]
We’re coming up on nearly twenty years since Sony first released the original PlayStation back in 1994. Those old games can’t hold a candle to the high-resolution titles we have today from a purely technical standpoint, but we continue to enjoy the platform’s library. After all, so many have become classics with solid gameplay which stands up over the years that Sony itself continues to invest in PlayStation compatibility, as we’ve seen with the Xperia Play. Today, though, we’re not interested in dusting off our old consoles, but instead playing these old [...]
Last night, we caught a tweet from RIM’s Head of Gaming, Anders Jeppsson, mentioning that something wonderful would be available for PlayBook owners today. While there were a number of possible titles thrown around, it started to look likely that the PlayBook would be joining iOS and Android as platforms supported by Rovio’s Angry Birds Space (and beating-out Windows Phone in the process). Sure enough, Angry Birds Space is now out for the PlayBook, but that’s not the end of things; Jeppsson has teased the release of yet another high-profile app on its way to the [...]
With new software updates out, and peeks available at some new hardware that will finally introduce cellular data, RIM’s been having a relatively promising time lately with its PlayBook tablet. Sure, there’s some controversy over the app-signing/sideloading decision, but the tablet’s fate largely seems to have been on an upswing as of late. Tonight there’s one more bit of good news for PlayBook owners to be looking forward to, with RIM announcing “something wonderful” happening for the PlayBook tomorrow.
The RIM employee who tweeted-out the [...]
Earlier this month, we heard from RIM that it was planning on removing the ability to sideload apps in a future release of PlayBook OS. From the sound of things, RIM wanted to both distance itself from the sort of laissez-faire attitude surrounding the Android app economy and put some tighter controls in place to curb the potential for piracy. RIM later clarified that sideloading would still be technically enabled, but with device-specific encryption in place that would make it useless for everything but already-purchased apps. Supposedly, this lock-down would take place upon the [...]
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is our best look so far at a preview of what we can expect from the forthcoming platform-switch over to BlackBerry 10. There have been some pretty interesting developments for the tablet so far, like the introduction of support for interpreting Android apps. That seemed like a boon for the OS, potentially giving users access to a whole different world of apps. On the BlackBerry side, though, that world looks like it’s about to get just a bit smaller. RIM VP Alec Saunders took to Twitter recently to confirm that RIM will be removing the ability to [...]
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was released as a WiFi-only device, requiring you to tether it to your phone’s connection to get online. While at the time RIM might have been thinking of the PlayBook as an accessory to go along with other BlackBerry gear, it seems the company has been reconsidering releasing a PlayBook with its own cellular modem, freeing it up from relying on any other hardware. We’ve heard about plans for such devices, most recently seeing an LTE-enabled PlayBook on a leaked RIM roadmap, supposedly targeted for a release sometime this month. As we [...]
Research in Motion is going through some difficult times and the official fourth quarter fiscal numbers for 2012 aren’t that bright either. The company has reported revenues of $4.2 billion which is 19 percent down from the previous quarter. The GAAP net loss is $125 million while BlackBerry device shipments were down 21 percent to 11.1 million units. 500,000 PlayBook units were shipped according to the first report under new CEO Thorsten Heins.
After Research in Motion’s two co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, stepped down to leave everything to Thorsten [...]