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We’ve seen tones of photos of Poynt for the PlayBook but not one video. Today I’m going to take a quick look at Poynt on the BlackBerry PlayBook which, is available in App World. If you haven’t used Poynt before let me give you a little break down. Poynt is a location-based application for BlackBerry that gives you up to date information on movies, gas prices, restaurants and more, even allowing you to book a reservation at your favourite place to eat. For full details head over to Poynt.com or you can always watch out Poynt for the PlayBook video.
9:30 am on Apr 18, 2011 |
We’re less than 24 hrs away from the launch of RIM’s first stab at the tablet market, did they hit the nail on the head? or will this just be an evolution and not a big leap ahead of the competition.
First thing you’ll notice when you buy your PlayBook is that RIM changed up the packaging a little, since they don’t have to cater to the cellular provider they are now able to spice up the box your device comes in. Take a look at the video and keep an eye out for our full review.
10:09 am on Apr 17, 2011 |
NYC skyline from the event rooftop
There’s a lot going on within the BlackBerry community and I wanted to share some of the photos from the NYC launch event that happened last week. First off I want to let everyone know the PlayBook is awesome and we’ll have our review up asap, but in the meantime check out some of the photos from the event after the break.
6:45 pm on Apr 14, 2011 |
RIM has just updated BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both Mac and PC. This update adds support for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the Desktop Manager interface. The PC version has been updated to v188.8.131.52 bundle 43 and the Mac version is now at 2.0.1 build 14. The update also features some important bug fixes and 64-bit support. You can update Desktop Manager now from the link below. Those that have a PlayBook on pre-order will definitely want to grab the update today.
4:08 pm on Apr 12, 2011 |
Until now, RIM has been rather quite on how the BlackBerry PlayBook would be governed under BES policies. This is quite odd considering the fact that RIM seems to be targeting the PlayBook at enterprise and giving it the title of the “first professional grade tablet.” Today, RIM has divulged some of how the PlayBook will work in accordance with BES.
The PlayBook does not have a traditional PIN so it can’t be directly controlled by BES unless RIM were to issue some sort of update between now and launch day. Instead of directly managing the PlayBook with BES, IT administrators will manage how BlackBerry Smartphones interact with the PlayBook. There will be two main features that BES admins can set up for the PlayBook at launch. One will be the use of BlackBerry Bridge and the other is the submission of BlackBerry PlayBook logs. You can read on past the break for all the info on the PlayBook BES policies or click the link below to view the info directly from RIM’s Knowledge Base.
3:16 pm on Apr 11, 2011 |
With RIM selling the PlayBook directly to customers they had to change how their warranty was handled. Currently, if you are experiencing issues with your BlackBerry handheld, you would be required to take your phone to your carrier for service and while you could call RIM directly, the cost is quite high starting at about $45.00 a call.
RIM is doing a first for them and they’re setting up a direct warranty exchange program for 12 months and phone support for 90 days, which is quite similar to Apple’s support program.
The direct RIM PlayBook warranty will include:
- A direct 1-800 number
- 90 day accessory and “how-to” warranty
- Out of the box limited 12 month warranty (covers device, accessories, setup inquiries)
RIM also intends to offer a BlackBerry total care program for up to two years from date of purchase, my guess would be this is an add-on service but the details are few and far between at the moment.
So what’s everyone’s thoughts on this program? Would you rather have a place to take your PlayBook and show someone whats wrong or is RIM going in the right direction with phone support? Let us know in the comments.
Have you registered for BlackBerry World? With BlackBerrys newest event just around the corner, 20 days to be exact, I wanted to make sure everyone who wanted to go has registered for the event as the window will close soon. For those who aren’t familiar with BlackBerry World its pretty much the biggest BlackBerry hosted event of the year, with hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests BBW is a meca for all things BlackBerry and hopefully some product announcements to go along too.
TheBerryFix team will be there in full force providing you with up to the minute news and live coverage of the keynote on May 2nd at 8am est. Make sure you keep it locked to TheBerryFix.com for all your BlackBerry news and reviews.
1:00 pm on Apr 8, 2011 |
OfficeMax has announced, by way of press release, that they have opened online pre-orders for the BlackBerry PlayBook. They will only be accepting pre-orders for the 16GB version of the PlayBook. On April 19 you will be able to stop in at your local OfficeMax and pick up a 16GB in person. To order a 32 or 64 GB PlayBook from OfficeMax you will have to place a special order either in-store or by phone. We’re not real sure why they are only offering the 16GB in-store, but if you want a larger capacity you can stop in at pretty much any other electronics retailer and pick yourself up one on April 19th. The full press release continues past the break.
OfficeMax Enables Customers to Pre-Order 16 GB BlackBerry PlayBook Online
–Customers can pre-order a new tablet through Office.com now until April 19, 2011 –
CHICAGO, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Significant technological advances and the emergence of portable tech tools continue to redefine day-to-day productivity of businesses everywhere. OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office supplies and services, recently announced it is expanding its tablet offerings by adding the new BlackBerry® PlayBook(TM) to its suite of technology products beginning on April 19, 2011. OfficeMax will allow customers to pre-order a new 16 GB BlackBerry® PlayBook(TM) tablet (retail price: $499) through www.officemax.com now through April 19, 2011.
12:00 pm on Apr 8, 2011 |
BlackBerry App World has been one of the biggest question marks for the PlayBook. We knew that it would be there and was totally redesigned for the PlayBook, but we had only seen a limited few screenshots so far. Today, we have the first live video of App World on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. And quite a video it is, running nearly 12 minutes. The version of App World in this video is very unfinished with many features not yet enabled. This is something that i’m sure RIM will have worked out before official launch. Not only does this video cover App World but it also has a nice walkthrough of the entire PlayBook OS. If you’re anxiously awaiting April 19 be sure to check this video out to get your PlayBook fix until then.
11:20 am on Apr 7, 2011 |
If for some reason you doubted the PlayBook would launch on April 19th and not get delayed then this should be all the proof you need that RIM is standing to their word on this product.
Looks like RIM will kick off the event at 6pm and have a small bounty of PlayBooks for everyone to experience and hopefully get to see some of the features that RIM has intently not showed us, like notifications. Just think that only five days after this event North America will have the PlayBook in hand. Don’t worry TheBerryFix.com will be there in full force bringing you live updates.
9:08 pm on Apr 6, 2011 |
Looks like the worst is starting to come in with Sprint wanting to charge their customers an extra $29 to tether their BlackBerry to the PlayBook.
Though to be honest I didn’t expect American carriers to offer tether service for free as they already charge for tethering on other devices like the iPhone and Android phones. My question now is will this put you off from buying a PlayBook knowing if you want to surf the web while on the go you’ll have to pay for it on top of the data you already pay for, let us know in the comments below.
4:57 pm on Apr 5, 2011 |
RIM has released the third beta update to the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for the Tablet OS. This new version brings even more functionality to developers using this SDK for their PlayBook applications. There are also some major improvements for developers using Mac OS. Developers will need to run your WebWorks apps in this new SDK and update them to work with the functioning Tablet OS version. This is most likely the final update to the WebWorks SDK before the PlayBook launches and the apps that are created with this will be the apps that run on the PlayBook at release. The changes to the app are as follows:
- Code Signing Enabled – you can now secure your application using the BlackBerry code signing process for BlackBerry Tablet OS.
- Loading screen image – Developers can define a loading screen and transition effect in their config.xml file to improve the user experience during application startup.
- Major improvements in Mac support – Absolute paths now allowed in ZIP archive; _MACOSX folder no longer being included in BAR file; Format of bbwp command line arguments changed from “-” to “/”
Source: Inside BlackBerry
10:08 am on Apr 1, 2011 |
This question has been burning in my head since the day of it’s inception, what else does RIM have in store for BlackBerry ID? Currently the BlackBerry ID system is used for App World and BlackBerry Protect, but does it end there or is there more that can be done?
Looking at it right now RIM could easily implement BlackBerry ID to manage your email BIS accounts instead of using a user name and password that people often forget, but what else. A few weeks ago RIM introduced their BlackBerry Travel application allowing BlackBerry users to login and track/manage their upcoming trips but once again this application requires a login and BlackBerry ID seems to fit the bill and from what I’ve heard this feature is being implemented in a future release.
So I’ve covered a few of the current possible applications for BlackBerry ID but what about the out of this world theories like using your BlackBerry ID to log into BBM? We’ve all been hearing that BlackBerry Messenger would someday be coming to other platforms like iOS and Android, how would the device handle BBM without a PIN? One way is by using the IMEI of the phone to create a PIN that could talk to the RIM servers but why not use a BlackBerry ID? Honestly it all seems to fall into place, by using the ID system RIM could theoretically make cross platform BBM a paid service quite easily.
I know I’ve asked a lot of open ended questions in this article but thats all there are at the moment, and until the pieces of the puzzle start coming together all we can do is guess.
6:54 pm on Mar 31, 2011 |
Telus is the latest retailer to officially announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is coming soon to their shelves. Telus has a page up on their site highlighting some of the features of RIM’s soon-to-be-launched flagship tablet. You can check out the Telus BlackBerry PlayBook page at the link below.
3:57 pm on Mar 31, 2011 |
Looks like RIM is really trying their best to keep the FCC details of the PlayBook hush as they’ve requested that the information they have sent to be kept under wraps until April 19th. Honestly I find it odd that they are asking for this to be done, because hasn’t it been RIM showing of this device for the past three months? So in their request they’ve asked that all external photos, test setup photos, user manual and internal photos be kept confidential until launch.
We’re in the final stretch boys and girls as of April 19th the BlackBerry PlayBook will be in our hands for good.