The Great BlackBerry PlayBook Firesale Might Be Around the Corner

There was some smoke earlier today when word hit that Best Buy's maybe pulling the plug on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and now we have the makings of a fire(sale). The Verge is reporting that RIM employees can now buy the PlayBook at steep, oh-god-please-take-it discounts. » 11/28/11 1:04pm 11/28/11 1:04pm

Today in the BlackBerry Holiday Hall of Fame: the BlackBerry PlayBook

How's that song go again? Deck the halls with boughs of BlackBerry. Fa la la la la la? That sounds about right... Well, expect hear that version a lot over the next few months, because BlackBerry has released a stunning array of phones for the holiday season. Which is why we've been featuring the whole pantheon of… » 11/18/11 11:59am 11/18/11 11:59am

Sad Rumor: The BlackBerry PlayBook Might Be Dead (Updated)

A chip analyst for Collins Stewart, John Vinh, believes that RIM "has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market." Why? According to his research, the PlayBook's manufacturer, Quanta, has "essentially halted production of the tablet." Updated » 9/29/11 11:40am 9/29/11 11:40am

Clearly Video Editing Will Solve All of RIM's Problems

RIM, the maker of all BlackBerrys, is in hot water. It's not boiling yet, but I just dipped my finger in and it's definitely simmering after today's big announcement that RIM's bought JayCut, a video-editing company. » 7/22/11 11:55am 7/22/11 11:55am

The US Government Can Now Play With Tablets—Well, the BlackBerry…

While Obama and colleagues have admitted to owning iPads, it's the BlackBerry PlayBook which the US government has chosen to be the first certified for governmental use, under the FIPS 140-2 certification. Presumably for security reasons, and not because of its apps. [BGR] » 7/22/11 7:00am 7/22/11 7:00am

BlackBerry PlayBook Will Be on Sale in 16 More Countries In the Next…

RIM's bringing the PlayBook tablet out in Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, UAE, Mexico, India, Indonesia and Colombia within the next 30 days. It's already on sale in the UK from today, at the Carphone Warehouse. [BlackBerry] » 6/10/11 7:54am 6/10/11 7:54am

BlackBerry PlayBook Now on Sale at Sprint, as Update 1.0.5 Is Pushed Out

As well as Best Buy, Staples and OfficeMax, Sprint is now selling the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the PlayBook, for $500. This comes as a new software update was pushed out yesterday, pre-loading the Facebook app and adding an in-app payment system plus Wi-Fi hotspot detection. You mean to tell me these features weren't… » 6/08/11 4:50am 6/08/11 4:50am

So 1,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks Have Been Recalled...

...Will this put you off purchasing one? According to RIM, " approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up." » 5/16/11 5:40am 5/16/11 5:40am

Is BlackBerry Planning a 10-Inch PlayBook Tablet?

The Playbook's 7-inch stature didn't bother our reviewer Matt so much, but people are whispering that RIM is preparing a larger 10-inch size, to go head-to-head with the iPad/Motorola Xoom. BGR is hearing it'll be later this year, and that the newly-announced BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 handset's "summer" launch is… » 5/05/11 4:50am 5/05/11 4:50am

Watch How Android Apps Run on the BlackBerry Playbook

This is how Android apps are going to look on the BlackBerry Playbook. The apps run via the Playbook's Android App Player and from the looks of it, isn't a bad experience at all. Regardless of how you feel about BlackBerry relying on another platform for apps, offering this feature gives Playbook users more options.… » 5/04/11 9:19pm 5/04/11 9:19pm

BlackBerry PlayBook Going 3D With a Future Over-the-Air Update Planned

At BlackBerry's big conference today, they forced everyone to don 3D glasses and check out the 3D content that the Astonishing Tribe guys (remember them?) have created for their PlayBook tablet. I know, I know, here you were thinking BlackBerry had all but nixed the 3D ride. » 5/03/11 12:00pm 5/03/11 12:00pm

BlackBerry PlayBook Has Facebook and Video-Chat Apps Too

You guyzzz, BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet can also do video-calls! It's only over Wi-Fi, but considering that's the only model that's actually on sale now, I think we can live with that. From tomorrow, PlayBook owners can download it over-the-air through an update, or by checking into the BlackBerry App World. » 5/02/11 9:25am 5/02/11 9:25am

Only 50,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks Were Sold on Launch Day?

Look, 50,000 units sold isn't too bad (especially when you consider the reviews urged customers to wait), but when you compare it to the first-gen iPad's 300,000 sold on opening day, that's not many either way you look at it. Apparently 25,000 of those PlayBooks were sold through pre-orders. [Economic Times via … » 4/21/11 11:04am 4/21/11 11:04am

A Look Inside BlackBerry's PlayBook

In typical form, iFixit went and kaboomed the BlackBerry PlayBook. IT HAS A SCREEN. IT ALSO HAS A BATTERY. YOU SEE THAT THING?! (If you want to replace it, you'll have to remove the glued-in motherboard). [iFixit via CrunchGear] » 4/19/11 6:21pm 4/19/11 6:21pm

AT&T Isn't Letting Users Download BlackBerry Bridge, Here's How to Get…

For some silly reason, AT&T is not supporting BlackBerry Bridge—the lifeline of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Remember, in order for the PlayBook to access email, contacts, and calendars, it needs to be "bridged" to a BlackBerry via the BlackBerry Bridge app. Without access to BlackBerry Bridge, AT&T is effectively… » 4/19/11 10:40am 4/19/11 10:40am

Hey Look, it's April 19th, Which Means the BlackBerry PlayBook is on…

You can saunter on in to Best Buy, OfficeMax or Staples today, or surf over to RIM's site now, and pick up the 16GB Wi-Fi PlayBook tablet for $500, or the 32GB model for $600 or even the 64GB model for an extra hundred notes. Don't forget that the 3G and 4G models will be coming later in the year, along with Android… » 4/19/11 4:20am 4/19/11 4:20am

RIM Flounders When Asked Why People Should Buy Their BlackBerry…

Promising that "we will have an over the air email client to announce very very soon," RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie also spoke of the reaction to the PlayBook tablet in the first wave of reviews. Labelling that it wasn't "fair" reviewers suggested they rushed the tablet out too fast, he also failed to convince the watcher… » 4/15/11 4:00am 4/15/11 4:00am

iPad 2 to Blame for BlackBerry PlayBook Delays?

According to Digitimes, the PlayBook shipments has been postponed by a month due to the heavy strain factories in Taiwan were/are facing thanks to the iPad 2. Digitimes wrote that "sources from touch screen panel makers also pointed out that PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original… » 4/07/11 7:20am 4/07/11 7:20am

BlackBerry PlayBook: It's $500, Available April 19

Pine away no more, for the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook can be ordered for $500 at Best Buy! Or it's $600 for 32GB or $700 for 64GB. In other words, it's the first tablet to match the iPad's pricing, toe-to-toe. Which is impressive. And it's coming out April 19. » 3/22/11 5:40am 3/22/11 5:40am

Leaked RIM Roadmap Points at BlackBerry OS 7 for October

While there aren't too many surprises hidden in this leaked roadmap, it's reassuring to see that RIM plans to update its BlackBerry OS in October—could that bring some sweet QNX features? » 3/07/11 11:50am 3/07/11 11:50am