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    Over the years, we've seen many a smartphone manufacturer move into tablets. Some, like Samsung, take to the form factor like a fish to water, and tablets become an established part of their mobile lineups. Some, like LG, saw their tablet efforts go dormant for years, only to recently rekindle things. Then there are companies like HTC, which had some early dalliances with tablets, but seem to have moved on altogether. Where does BlackBerry fall in all of this? We had the PlayBook, sure, but that's coming up on three years old by this point. Will there ever be another? Nothing's certain, ...

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    The BlackBerry quarterly earnings call to investors is giving us more than just raw numbers on how the BB10 launch has been going, and we also get a few updates on other aspects of BlackBerry news. Unfortunately, just like those sales figures themselves, there are some more upsets in store here. The PlayBook's QNX-based OS made it the forerunner of the BlackBerry 10 devices we know today. When full-on BB10 launched back in January, we heard from the company that it intended to deliver the PlayBook an update to transition it over to BB10 proper – the idea of an all-new BB10 tablet was ...

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    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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    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 over it. All this and more after the break. ...

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    One of the big unanswered questions regarding BlackBerry 10 and the direction the company's heading has been what role tablets will play. We've heard conflicting comments from various company execs that have made it hard to get a solid read on what might some day arrive as the follow-up to the PlayBook. Today we get a little insight into why this might be such a contentious issue, after hearing some very anti-tablet comments from CEO Thorsten Heins. In a recent interview, Heins declared, "in five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," going on to call them ...

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    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 break. Stories: - Microsoft Defends Cash-for-Apps Program - ...

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    The BlackBerry PlayBook ultimately got the ball rolling for BB10, and while it's still running its pre-BB10 QNX-based OS, we've heard that a full-on BB10 update is in its future. What about a new, BB10-from-the-ground-up tablet? Last we heard, BlackBerry was still iffy about the idea of a new tablet, but some recent comments from company executives have us reconsidering what it's really up to. CEO Thorsten Heins makes it sound like a new tablet is very far from a sure thing. He recently mentioned BlackBerry working on a few tablet designs, but said the company was still trying to work out ...

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    If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook by Research in Motion, the company which since yesterday will be know as simply, BlackBerry, you will be able to update to the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system. The company's CEO, Thorsten Heins, dropped the information yesterday at a Q&A session following the BlackBerry 10 event. All existing seven-inch flavors of the PlayBook tablet will be updated to BlackBerry 10. However, plans on future tablets are not yet crystallized, as the CEO acknowledged that it takes more than selling hardware: "We are looking for specific value added services on ...

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    Following all the signs that a new 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was in the works, rumors had been pointing to the possibility for the refreshed tablet to finally launch late last month. We've missed that date, but RIM's not about to keep us guessing. In a statement released today, the company announces the coming availability of the tablet next week, while CEO Thorsten Heins separately discusses RIM's future, including how the business may change with the arrival of BlackBerry 10. First off, the PlayBook: this LTE-capable version also gets a CPU boost over the initial WiFi ...

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    Ever since the BlackBerry PlayBook first launched, we've been wondering about the chances for seeing a couple other variants on the model. The first, one that would be cellular-enabled, rather than relying on a WiFi connection, looks like it's nearly about to become a reality, and may launch as soon as tomorrow. The other change would be to introduce a larger version of the tablet, and so far this one's only been in the rumor stage. Back in February, we heard that such a 10-inch PlayBook had been spotted, but no imagery of the hardware emerged. Today we get out first full-on look at the ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are unique among the company's current-generation hardware as they're the only ones, according to leaked RIM documents, at least, that are on-track for getting upgrades to BlackBerry 10 when it arrives early next year. We've been hearing that sometime before then, RIM would come out with a 4G-capable PlayBook, and we caught a glimpse at what looks like the tablet back in April (above). More recently, there have been rumors that the manufacturer would use the opportunity of introducing a new model to upgrade the tablet's processor, as well. Now the new 4G ...

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    "BlackBerry," you may be ready to ask, "isn't that a dead platform?" Sure, RIM's long-term prospects are a bit uncertain, at best, but the company's PlayBook tablet is still an interesting piece of hardware, and for today only you can snag one at what might be the lowest price we've ever seen. Daily Steals, the same site that had the Sony LiveView smartwatch for just $20 last month, is selling refurbished 16GB PlayBooks for only $120 plus $5 shipping for the rest of the day. Why would you want a year-old tablet? For starters, the leaked RIM roadmap we took a look at yesterday shows that ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook already has a name for itself as the tablet of choice for users looking for cross-platform compatibility, thanks to its ability to run repackaged Android apps. That was cool enough on its own, but a new software package has the potential to revolutionize the tablet's ability to run apps from competing smartphone platforms, supporting iOS programs. Demonstration videos of the system first appeared over the weekend, and following some initial bouts of skepticism, it's all seeming very much real. The developer has also prepared an iOS simulator for Windows, where it ...

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    February 21 was a memorable day for BlackBerry Playbook owners who are around one million all over the world, because the platform refresh brought some changes like native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta should land today, if Michael Clewley's tweet, (he's the PlayBook Product Manager) is to be believed. He said "end of May" and it doesn't get more "end of May" than today. There is no change log yet attached to the platform refresh beta but according to the image above we can guess that it will at least ...

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    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 floating about, ...

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    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 the pipeline for ...

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    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 titles through an emulator on more ...

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    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 PlayBook, one that will ...

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    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 message that this treat will be waiting for us in ...

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    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 delivery ...

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    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 sideload apps ...

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    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 await some kind of ...

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    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 Heins, Jim Balsillie has ...

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    You might know it as BBX, RIM's QNX-based operating system, which was renamed to BlackBerry 10 after Basis International, an Albuquerque-based company, has claimed trademark ownership of the "BBX" moniker. However, RIM has recently confirmed that PlayBook tablets will get an update to BlackBerry 10, which is currently running PlayBook OS 2.0 (also QNX-based). "We've said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that's still firmly the case. At some point after the launch we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes", said Rob Orr, Vice ...

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    The BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard Case is a highly anticipated accessory for all RIM tablet users and we've just recently heard it was on an exclusive pre-order up in Canada. However, you can now grab your unit directly from RIM. It will cost you $119.99 and it will ship on March 23. You will be able to use the touchpad to navigate and control your PlayBook, have access to the entire screen while typing (which is great now that PlayBook OS 2 brought a dedicated e-mail client), it also acts as a case and it even charges using your PlayBook charger (with up to 30 days battery life). For a ...

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