Tag Archives: PlayBook

Apr

22

BlackBerry School Lesson 22: Updating your BlackBerry PlayBook operating system

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 22, 2011 | Leave a comment

Thanks to the QNX Tablet OS Updating your PlayBook couldn’t be easier. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to the latest and greatest OS.

  • Step one: swipe down from the top frame and select Software updates
  • Step two: select download update (or check for updates)
  • Step three: the software will now download, it can take a few minuets
  • Step four: Select install update
  • Step five: once the OS is installed your PlayBook will update and reboot.
  • Step six: your done and now have the latest PlayBook OS!

So in six simple steps you can have the latest operating system direct from RIM, no carriers to mess with and add extra bloatware.

Filed under: News/Rumors1, PlayBook Comments
Apr

22

BlackBerry PlayBook cases now available from Case-Mate

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 22, 2011 | Leave a comment

Screen shot 2011 04 22 at 10.11.52 AM BlackBerry PlayBook cases now available from Case Mate

The popular case manufacturer, Case-Mate, has started shipping cases for the BlackBerry PlayBook. They currently have two cases to choose from, either the popular, Barely There case or the PlayBook Pop! case. The Barely There case is a lightweight, skin case that offers good protection while leaving full access to all ports. The Pop! case offers a bit more protection for you PlayBook. the Pop! case is constructed from both plastic and rubber to give your PlayBook a high level of protection. The Barely There case is available for $34.99 and Pop! case is $39.99. If you’re looking for a high quality PlayBook case, give Case-Mate a try.

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Apr

22

Poynt for PlayBook updated to v1.0.5

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 22, 2011 | Leave a comment

Poynt for PlayBook updated Poynt for PlayBook updated to v1.0.5

With the release of the PlayBook only 3 days behind us application development is in full force. Poynt for the PlayBook has been updated to version 1.0.5 bringing a few new features. Since RIM has yet to let developers use the GPS chip in the PlayBook they are relying on a wifi connection to pull down your location, but what if there is no wifi and you’re tethering your berry? Well, you don’t get location data. In this recent update Poynt has added the ability to manually enter your location when the PlayBook is unable to provide it.

Along with the location update there are a few minor updates like multi tasking support and speed improvements. What’s your favorite PlayBook application so far? Let us know so we can feature it on the blogs.

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Apr

22

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS updated to version 1.0.1.1710

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 22, 2011 | Leave a comment

TabletOS Update BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS updated to version 1.0.1.1710

RIM really seems to be pushing these OS updates out quite quick as this is the second official update of the week. OS 1.0.1.1710 is now available through desktop manager (on Windows) and OTA directly on the PlayBook its self. While this is a decent update we haven’t noticed anything different other than a little speed boost, if you find anything be sure to shout in the comments.

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Apr

21

More information on Android and BlackBerry apps on the PlayBook

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 21, 2011 | Leave a comment

PlayBook bottom angle More information on Android and BlackBerry apps on the PlayBook

After the PlayBook launched Tuesday morning and people began to fire up App World, there was a lot of disappointment in the air. People were expecting the PlayBook to have access to both Android and BlackBerry OS apps. Now, this is something that we have discussed before and we think RIM has done a pretty good job of making clear up to this point. With all the questions and negative feedback that RIM has been getting about apps for the PlayBook, they have released a post on the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog detailing apps for the PlayBook.

The article goes into much more detail, but I want to summarize the points for you here. First, RIM really wants you to build PlayBook-specific apps using either WebWorks or Adobe AIR. That’s the preferred method and quite frankly, the only method, until app players come later this year. Next is the question of Android apps on the PlayBook. To clarify a question that I have already been asked numerous times. No, the Android Market will not be available on the PlayBook!!! Android developers will have to repackage their existing Android apps to meet RIM’s specifications and then those apps will be submitted and distributed through App World. These “Android” apps will play through the “Android App Player” that RIM plans to release this summer.

And lastly, concerning existing BlackBerry apps for OS 5.0 and 6.0. These applications will have to be submitted to RIM for distribution through App World on the PlayBook. These apps will have to be repackaged to meet the requirements for PlayBook distribution. The “BlackBerry App Player” will be available, as quoted by RIM, “later in the year.” So, right now the list of available apps on the PlayBook is small. As more developers begin to work with both WebWorks and Adobe AIR, the number of apps will grow. Then when summer rolls around and Android developers can begin submitting their apps, App World will grow some more. And when “later this year” finally comes around, App World for PlayBook will grow even more with native BlackBerry apps. It’s just going to take time. You don’t think that when Apple started the App Store it had 300,000 apps, do you?

Source: Inside BB DevBlog

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Apr

21

BlackBerry PlayBook now available at Rogers Wireless

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 21, 2011 | Leave a comment

Rogers PlayBook1 BlackBerry PlayBook now available at Rogers Wireless

For our Canadian readers, If you’re hunting around for the PlayBook trying to see who has it in stock make you check out Rogers. Starting today Rogers Wireless stores will be offering the BlackBerry PlayBook at the same price that other retail stores are offering it at, $499, $599 and $699. So head on over and get your self a PlayBook! If you haven’t already make sure you check out my review on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Apr

21

BlackBerry School Lesson 21: Using App World on the PlayBook

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 21, 2011 | Leave a comment

So hopefully by now you’ve picked up a BlackBerry PlayBook and you’re loving every minute of it, I am too. In this lesson I wanted to help our new and existing BlackBerry users get aquatinted with App World on the PlayBook, and teach you how to download that awesome app onto your tablet. I do want to mention that in this video I download a game called Cave Run and the performance is far from perfect, the developer has assured me that they are working on an update to fix this.

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Apr

20

BlackBerry World 2011 app now available in App World

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 20, 2011 | Leave a comment

BlackBerry World app BlackBerry World 2011 app now available in App World

Going to Orlando for BlackBerry world? Well make sure you download the mobile application for your BlackBerry, it’s now available in App World. I was kinda hoping that RIM would have had a PlayBook app made but it doesn’t look that way. The BlackBerry app will keep you up to date on what events and keynotes are happening. Most access to the application is only available to guests to BlackBerry World 2011.

Download the BlackBerry World app from BlackBerry App World

Thanks for the tip everyone

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Apr

20

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 20, 2011 | Leave a comment

The BlackBerry PlayBook a Dual Core, QNX rocking, 7″ Tablet

BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook Review

We’ve all been waiting for this day since RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook at the Blackberry Developer conference and now you’ll all be able to BBM and email from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. I was able to get a preview unit and have written what I feel to be the ULTIMATE BlackBerry PlayBook review, so read on after the break.

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Apr

19

iFixit breaks down the BlackBerry PlayBook

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

Screen shot 2011 04 19 at 5.41.19 PM iFixit breaks down the BlackBerry PlayBook

iFixit has brought it’s ever-popular teardown magic to the BlackBerry PlayBook. For those that don’t know, iFixit provides comprehensive teardowns of the top tech gadgets so that you can fix your device without having to take it in and pay a premium for repair. They tore the PlayBook down to the wires and concluded that the device isin’t too bad of a repair job. Using their repairability scale from 1-10, with 10 being easiest to repair, the PlayBook received a 7. The PlayBook breaks down nicely with all the components staying nicely attached to the central circuit board, so if you want to do a battery or screen replacement, you can repair the PlayBook relatively easily. You can view the full teardown over at iFixit.

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Apr

19

FaceBook for PlayBook makes it’s video debut courtesy of Adobe

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 19, 2011 | Leave a comment


To view this video on your BlackBerry, Click Here.

The above video is brought to you by Adobe and is a showcase of some of the new and upcoming applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook. There are some nice apps shown off in the video and we get the first official preview of Facebook for PlayBook. The interface looks pretty nice and it will be a great addition to the PlayBook. The video has some great apps, but if you just want to see the FaceBook portion, you can fast-forward to the 2:55 mark.

Source: BBin

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Apr

19

WebWorks SDK 2.0 and BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR get official as the PlayBook launches in North America

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

Screen shot 2011 01 12 at 10.25.38 PM WebWorks SDK 2.0 and BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR get official as the PlayBook launches in North America

RIM has let us know that both WebWorks SDK 2.0 and the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR have both been updated and are available to the public. First, the WebWorks SDK version 2.0. With the release of WebWorks 2.0, Javascript API’s are now separate from the OS, which allows developers to easily access and modify the use of API’s in their applications. The SDK’s are now open sourced and available on GitHub for all to use. Version 2.0 is now the official version that developers should use for PlayBook and smartphone apps.

Next is the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. This SDK has now been upgraded from beta to the official release version 1.0. This release includes:

  • Special APIs for the BlackBerry PlayBook Plugins for Adobe Flash Builder
  • A BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Simulator
  • A Getting Started Guide

These new updates will give developers even better tools to develop for both the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones. If you’re a developer, or just want to take a look at these new SDK’s, you can get them at the links below.

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Apr

19

BlackBerry Bridge is available but without BBM

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

 

Screen shot 2011 04 19 at 11.16.22 AM BlackBerry Bridge is available but without BBM

Today is the fateful launch day of the BlackBerry PlayBook and we have already encountered some issues. BlackBerry Bridge is available in App World for all carriers except AT&T. AT&T is blocking the download of Bridge. There is currently no statement as to why they are blocking the download, but we can assume that it has something to do with the though of “free data,” something AT&T is adamantly against. If you are on AT&T there is still a way to get Bridge. You can use the download links listed below to get Bridge directly and run it on your AT&T BlackBerry.

The other problem that we have encountered with BlackBerry Bridge is the absence of BBM. We all thought it would be available at launch, but in true RIM fashion, it wasn’t quite ready. We reached out to RIM and got the following statement regarding BBM through Bridge:

“A software update for BBM functionality is expected to be available within a few weeks and customers will be able to download the software update over-the-air.”

Hopefully this is something that RIM will resolve in 1-2 weeks instead of 3-4. Other than these two hiccups, the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook looks to be going smoothly. Let us know if you got your PlayBook and what your first impressions are of the device.

OTA Source: @rr_yy

OTA Via: CrackBerry

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Apr

19

BlackBerry PlayBook officially on sale in the US and Canada

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

PlayBook bottom angle BlackBerry PlayBook officially on sale in the US and Canada

After what has seemed like years the BlackBerry PlayBoook has officially launched in the US and Canada. Just as a little recap the PlayBook comes in 3 different sizes, 16 gig, 32 gig, 64 gig and will cost $499, $599, and $699 respectively. Finding your self a PlayBook shouldnt be a hard task as RIM is selling the new tablet in as many stores as you can shake a stick at, but if you need a tip you can find the list here. Drop a comment below if you picked up a PlayBook today.

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Apr

18

BlackBerry PlayBook camera layout

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Apr 18, 2011 | Leave a comment

PlayBook Camera Layout BlackBerry PlayBook camera layout

RIM has done a good job with the QNX PlayBook OS making sure that all the settings are there for you and easy to get at, just a thumb tap away. Here we have the layout for the PlayBook’s still camera application as you can see there are a few options available to help your get the perfect shot. I’ve been using the PlayBook and its camera for just about a week now and I gotta say that the quality it produces is truly best in class.

Get familiar with the PlayBook so when you get your hands on one you’ll know exactly how to operate it.

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