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The MIR PlayBook App Project: The journey begins

I’ve decided it’s high time we had a PlayBook application for Mobile Industry Review. I’ve been deliberating on this issue for far too long. I’ve made noises. I’ve written occasional tweets, but now I’ve decided to do it. I really do like the PlayBook. I love it. It’s the right size, it’s super-super powerful. I […]

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Deploy your Android or HTML5 to the PlayBook in 5 minutes at DevCon

If you’ve got an Android app or an HTML5 app that you’d like to see working on the PlayBook, I strongly recommend checking out this rather swish offer from the DevCon team. All you need to do is turn up on site with the app code (A “COD” file bundle, whatever the hell that is) […]

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RIM’s PlayBook first to be certified by US Government

I picked this one up via Mobileburn — some organisations simply cannot afford to dance around with the iPad given the myriad of very real security concerns with it. That’s why there will always be some demand for a super-secure tablet such as the PlayBook: The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification means that […]

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PlayBook advertising: “Yeah. You should have waited.”

I burst out laughing when I saw this poster at Manchester Piccadilly Station last night. There’s a load of them spread out across the concourse. I know the photo is particularly bad because of a rather bright light in the way — sorry — however I wanted to capture it for posterity. The poster reads: […]

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BlueBox is a brilliant DropBox client for the PlayBook

Have you picked up your new PlayBook yet? One of the key applications you’re probably going to want to download right-away from App World is BlueBox. It’s a fantastic DropBox client with a whole host of brilliant features that appear to be a heck of a lot better than the official DropBox clients I’ve got […]

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It’s PlayBook Day Today in the UK! (More countries coming)

You can — provided your luck holds — get yourself a brand new BlackBerry PlayBook today in the United Kingdom. Currys, Dixons, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Insight UK and Phones4U will all be making the tablet available this morning. As yet I haven’t seen any PlayBooks ‘in the wild’ in London but after today, I’m […]

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June 16th is BlackBerry PlayBook Day in the UK

The BlackBerry PlayBook will hit the UK marketplace next Thursday (16th June) with prices starting at £399 for the 16GB version. You’ll be able to pick one up from Dixons, Currys, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Insight UK and Phones4U. There have been quite a few US/North American sales figures bandied about recently — I remember […]

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Spotted a PlayBook in the wild today

Sitting at Gate A4 at Berlin’s Tegel Airport this afternoon, I spotted a young chap playing with a BlackBerry PlayBook. Apart from the various BlackBerry and mobile events I’ve attended recently, this is the first time I’ve seen a civilian actually using a PlayBook. I spotted it across the gate — the chap was playing […]

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361 Degrees podcast – Episode 5: BlackBerry Bickering

Listen! In a noisy (and slightly longer than normal) Episode 5 recorded ‘on the go’ in a hotel back-room, we argue about Blackberry… a lot. Well… Ben and I argue. Rafe plays peacemaker. We ‘discuss‘: What was announced at Blackberry World. The platform changes that Blackberry is going through. The RIM / Microsoft partnership. The Playbook tablet device. The new QNX […]

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Joel Keller demonstrates a ported 3D shooter on the PlayBook at BlackBerry World

Here at BlackBerry World 2011, a WiFi-enabled 3D shooter game runs on PlayBook at 60Fps. The well-known 3D shooter Quake 3 Arena can be seen running smooth on a PlayBook with a couple of other apps in the background, including videos. It only took Joel Keller a couple of days to do all the work […]

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BlackBerry PlayBook HDMI-to-TV Demo

Here’s a quick demonstration of the BlackBerry PlayBook’s impressive 60-frames-a-second 1080p HDMI capabilities filmed in my hotel room at BlackBerry World in Orlando last week. One of the most refreshing things about the PlayBook is that HDMI-out just works. It just works. There’s no arsing around like I was forced to deal with with the […]

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Unboxing and first look at the BlackBerry PlayBook

Here’s my first look at the BlackBerry PlayBook that I filmed on the first day of BlackBerry World in my hotel room. As usual I just got stuck in and didn’t bother rehearsing so you can see my raw reactions. (Momchil’s done some editing so that you don’t have to sit and wait whilst things […]