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  • RIM To Miss Earnings Goals After Half A Billion In PlayBook And Outage Charges

    RIM To Miss Earnings Goals After Half A Billion In PlayBook And Outage Charges

    RIM has announced that it will be taking over half a billion dollars in charges related to two major failures this fiscal year. First is the immense overproduction of the Playbook tablet, the writedown of which inventory amounted to $485M on its own, or $360M after tax. The second charge is related to the prolonged network outage in early October, though it’s unclear whether that money… Read More

  • RIM Shows Off PlayBook Email And Calendar Apps

    RIM Shows Off PlayBook Email And Calendar Apps

    One of the primary criticisms of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and rightly so, was the omission of native email, contacts, and calendar applications. It was troubling then that they hadn’t considered these primary activities as important to address natively, and it’s troubling that it has taken then so very long deliver these elementary functions. RIM originally said these reviews… Read More

  • BlackBerry PlayBook To Come Pre-Loaded With PressReader: Instant Access To 2,000+ Newspapers

    BlackBerry PlayBook To Come Pre-Loaded With PressReader: Instant Access To 2,000+ Newspapers

    RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer will soon come pre-loaded with PressReader, a digital news app from a company called NewspaperDirect. The application offers one-click access to more than 2,000 ‘replica’, full-content newspapers from close to 100 countries. Read More

  • Best Buy Kicks Off PlayBook Sale, Cuts Prices By $200

    Best Buy Kicks Off PlayBook Sale, Cuts Prices By $200

    We reported earlier this week that Staples and Office Depot are running sales promotions for the ailing BlackBerry PlayBook, and today another big-box retailer has jumped into the fray. CNET reports that Best Buy has begun to sell all models of the PlayBook with a hefty $200 discount. That price break brings RIM’s 16GB model down to $299, the 32GB model to $399, and the 64GB model to $499. Read More

  • RIM’s PlayBook Gets Discounted At Office Depot, Staples

    RIM’s PlayBook Gets Discounted At Office Depot, Staples

    Canadian RIM fans have been privy to some solid deals on RIM’s ailing PlayBook tablet recently, and now those price cuts are beginning to pop up Stateside. Both Office Depot and Staples are now offering their selection of PlayBooks with some significant discounts. Read More

  • 64GB PlayBook Gets Price Cut To $550 At Best Buy

    64GB PlayBook Gets Price Cut To $550 At Best Buy

    It may not be quite the savings we got from the $100 TouchPad, but taking $150 off the top of the PlayBook’s price may help move a few more units. We haven’t heard much lately regarding RIM’s first tablet, which received lukewarm reviews and promptly dropped off the radar. The last bit of news had native email and BBM coming some time this month. But wait! A wild news… Read More

  • RIM To Finally Fix The PlayBook Tablet, BBM and Native Email Coming In September

    RIM To Finally Fix The PlayBook Tablet, BBM and Native Email Coming In September

    The BlackBerry PlayBook is impressive upon first look. You pick it up, quickly scroll through the apps, and jump online. It all works like it’s supposed to. But then you find out it can’t hook up to your email; a BlackBerry needs to be connected through the BlackBerry Bridge. This connection also enables BBM, calendar and an address book, but an update due next month will finally… Read More

  • BlackBerry PlayBook Diehard Takes To Stores To Help The Retail Placement, User Experence

    BlackBerry PlayBook Diehard Takes To Stores To Help The Retail Placement, User Experence

    The BlackBerry Playbook has some dedicated fans. Not many, of course, but they are certainly out there. One such fan took to the CrackBerry.com forums with a rather novel idea on how to support RIM and the PlayBook: retail evangelism, ninja-style. His plan, at least in part, is to help the PlayBook cause by sneaking a poster into stores that shows some tips, tricks, and basic functions. Read More

  • Did RIM Cancel The Planned 10-inch Playbook?


    It seems that RIM might have gotten the memo that consumers aren’t exactly flocking to the BlackBerry Playbook. The same site that broke specs about the 10-incher a few weeks ago is now reporting that it’s been axed. Like killed dead. Read More

  • No Native Email On Playbook Due To Blackberry Restrictions And Poor Planning By RIM

    The Playbook is a study in missed opportunities. The sexy form factor, interesting new UI elements, and distinct, recognizable branding should have set it apart and made it a real player in the tablet game. Instead, it’s a mishmash of consumer and pro features, and missing things that would give any shopper pause. Why would they go to market without even a native email client? Sources say… Read More

  • Is the PlayBook 4G Delayed Until This Fall?

    Somehow we missed this yesterday, but it seems as if the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G is shelved until the fall. This broke during the RIM earning call and ironically only hours after we reported that O2 wasn’t going to carry the 3G PlayBook at all. RIM’s CEO Mike Lazaridis didn’t come out and say “We suck and are delaying the PlayBook until this fall.” Nope, he… Read More

  • O2 Dumps BlackBerry PlayBook Due To "Customer Experience Issues"

    Here in the States, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook hasn’t exactly been greeted with open arms. In fact, even Sprint, the only carrier to release the tablet thus far, is only carrying a Wi-Fi 16GB version, with 32GB and 64GB models left in the dust. Plus, Verizon teetered back and forth over the PlayBook for a while, only recently deciding to move forward with the slate. Unfortunately… Read More

  • RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook Hitting 16 Additional Markets Over The Next 30 Days

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) this morning announced intentions to debut the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in an additional 16 markets over the next 30 days, including the UK, Hong Kong, France, India, Spain and Australia. So far, RIM’s iPad competitor has only been available to customers in North America (since April 19, 2011), and has drawn mixed reviews. Read More

  • RIM Deals Out OTA Update For The BlackBerry PlayBook

    So maybe RIM’s initial foray into the tablet arena wasn’t as mind-blowing as the company would’ve liked, but it’s nothing a few updates can’t fix, right? Well, maybe not, but that’ll be up to existing BlackBerry PlayBook owners, who should be seeing the OTA update hit their tablets any minute now. Read More

  • WSJ: AT&T, Verizon Ambiguous About BlackBerry PlayBook

    Just a few days after the BlackBerry PlayBook’s one-month birthday, the nation’s top two carriers are still pretty ambiguous in their adoption of the device. AT&T has yet to approve the BlackBerry Bridge app, which turns the tablet into a portal to any BlackBerry smartphone and allows users to access email, contacts, and calendar apps, three things missing (in native form) on… Read More

  • RIM Issues Statement On Recall Of About 900 Playbooks

    If you own a Playbook, you’d best check your serial number. There is a very minor issue in some Playbooks that cause it to freeze or fail during an initial software update. Read More

  • Weekend Giveaway: A 16GB BlackBerry Playbook

    A few weeks ago we gave away a BlackBerry Playbook and, much to your disappointment, you didn’t win. In order to right that wrong, we present The Return Of The Attack Of The 16GB BlackBerry Playbook, Part II featuring a brand new BlackBerry Playbook with your name on it. How do you win? I think you know. Read More

  • Fly Or Die: The BlackBerry Playbook Vs. The Color Nook

    Tablets and electronic book readers are on a collision course. In this episode of Fly or Die , ChrunchGear editor John Biggs and I discuss the pros and cons of the new BlackBerry Playbook and the Color Nook from Barnes & Noble. The PlayBook is fast and a solid effort from our much-beleaguered Canadian friends. But is it too little, too late? If you are a BackBerry user and want a tablet… Read More

  • The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard Is On Its Way


    Settle down, PlayBook owners. You’re chance to buy high profit accessories is almost here. According to Pocket-Lint a Qwerty keypad is in the works and should be released in the coming months. Chances are it will look a lot like the the prototype keyboards previously leaked and picked up by both BlackBerryRocks and IntoMobile. [via NetbookNews] Read More

  • Fly or Die on Playbook Vs. Color Nook

    Fly Or Die: The BlackBerry Playbook Vs. The Color Nook

    Tablets and electronic book readers are on a collision course. In this episode of Fly or Die , ChrunchGear editor John Biggs and I discuss the pros and cons of the new BlackBerry Playbook and the Color Nook from Barnes & Noble. The PlayBook is fast and a solid effort from our much-beleaguered Canadian friends. But is it too little, too late? If you are a BackBerry user and want a tablet… Read More