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Sprint Branded BlackBerry Torch 9850 Surfaces

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

BlackBerry 7 devices are starting to show up sporting their carrier brand. Now, the Torch 9850 has revealed itself, but this time for Sprint. The device has shown up in a lot of leaked inventory slides, but we pretty much knew it was for Sprint.

This gives us further confirmation that Sprint will be unveiling the Torch 9850 very soon. So will you be carrying a torch for this one when it arrives?

RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

Sad news for folks working at RIM. Research In Motion has announced that they will be cutting 2,000 jobs. That’s about 10 percent of their workforce. They will also be moving some of their executives to different positions in the company.

It’s part of a streamlining at RIM and anyone who looked at the situation would have seen it coming. The company has struggled to compete with Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS devices, and has been losing its smartphone sales share for awhile.

BlackBerry App World Hits 1 Billion Downloads

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

RIM has announced that BlackBerry App World has finally reached 1 billion downloads, and that BlackBerry owners are now downloading over 3 million apps per day. This comes after BlackBerry launched App World just over two years ago, and users in 100 countries around the world have been downloading applications ever since.

Just for the sake of comparison, Apple’s iOS App store recently reached 15 billion downloads, while Google’s Android Marketplace hit 4.5 billion downloads a while back. Still, it gives RIM something to be happy about.

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets A Teardown On Video

Posted in Playbook by Reuben Drake on May 24th, 2011

We’ve seen PlayBook teardowns, but DirectFix has now posted a nine minute teardown and screen repair video for the PlayBook and its fun to watch. This video actually shows the steps needed to disassemble and reassemble the device if you want to do it yourself.

The video shows you how to replace the LCD and touch screen panel on the PlayBook so take notes and only do it when you are confident in your skills.

BlackBerry PlayBook hitting the UK on June 16th

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Those of you in the UK who are eager to get your hands on the first 7-inch BlackBerry device have just under a month to wait. UK retailers have now unveiled the date and prices for RIM’s PlayBook. It will cost you £400 (16GB), £480 (32GB), or £560 (64GB) for your tablet, starting on June 16th. That’s not too long of a wait.

Availability will be widespread. You can get it at Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, Insight, and Best Buy UK to name a few that have already announced that they will be stocking the tablet.

RIM recalls some BlackBerry PlayBooks

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a pretty solid piece of hardware, and a popular tablet choice, but it looks like there was a problem batch of the tablets. According to an inside source nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they are being recalled by the company.

Hopefully Staples and other retailers will let their customers know about the problem right away, but if you want to be sure about the one that you bought, just hit the link below and check out the searchable spreadsheet of all 935 alleged serial numbers.

RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

According to multiple sources, RIM is planning on releasing its sequel to the BlackBerry PlayBook around the holidays. The screen size is the main difference. The PlayBook 2 would likely be an additional PlayBook model as opposed to a second-generation tablet.

And it looks like this tablet will be in the 10-inch size. The current model has a 7-inch screen. The first model is selling well if you believe some analysts, so a larger version with an updated OS that includes an email client, BBM and more could be a home run. Makes sense. Hopefully we will hear more on this soon.

Angry Birds Coming To BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

It’s official. RIM has confirmed that Angry Birds is headed to the BlackBerry PlayBook, and it should be available on the PlayBook some time this summer. The new game is called Angry Birds: Anger Management and gameplay has changed a bit. Now they sit in an anger management class and talk about their issues. Okay, I made that up. But the game is coming to RIM’s tablet.

We don’t know if Rovio Mobile will be launching a paid version of Angry Birds for the PlayBook, or whether it will be a free version supported by ads. We do know that this game is a massive hit and you will likely buy/download it.

BlackBerry PlayBook gets a tear down

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Do you know what’s in your PlayBook? Well, we already knew most of the specs, but some things we were unsure of. Like whether the 7-inch tablet had a gyroscope. Now we know that it does, thanks to the guys over at iFixit who have done their usual great job of prying a gadget open and digging inside. What would we do without them?

They gave it a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is pretty good. Replacing the front glass is a bit hard, but that is true of most devices. Hit the link below for the full details and lots of awesome pics. And don’t try it at home unless you are very confident in your skills.

BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

As of today the wait is over. The Blackberry PlayBook can be yours for $500 for the 16GB model, $600 for the 32GB version, or $700 for the 64GB-equipped version. So, now that you can buy one, will you? With basic productivity apps like native email and calendar not yet available, many might look elsewhere.

Then there’s the fact that Android app compatibility hasn’t yet been introduced, and that the PlayBook needs a BlackBerry smartphone nearby in order to be a better tablet. So at this stage, it clearly isn’t for everyone. Will you be buying?

BlackBerry announces PlayBook pre-order, pricing

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Looks like we finally have the pre-order details and pricing info for the PlayBook. There will be three different models in all. First up is a BlackBerry PlayBook featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage for $499, $599 and $699. Just to make things nice and competitive, that pricing is the same as the iPad 2 with WiFi only.

You can expect the PlayBook to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada. In fact the device should be available in more than 20,000 stores on launch. But why wait? You can pre-order the PlayBook starting today at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop.

BlackBerry PlayBook to launch with video conferencing app

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

Video calling is now a major trend in mobile devices and so the BlackBerry PlayBook wants it on board as well. It ships with both front and rear cameras, for just that reason. But it was assumed that the PlayBook would be using a third party app like Skype for video calling, but according to RIM, they will be releasing their own video conferencing app that will be launching with the tablet.

Aside from that, we don’t have any details on the app. We aren’t sure if it will be limited to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets or if it will show up on other phones and computers. The tablet will be arriving very soon, so we will learn more anytime now.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets OS 6

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2011

It took a while, but finally T-Mobile has rolled out the BlackBerry OS 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone, although this news doesn’t come from T-Mobile officially. The update has not yet gone live on their website, but Bold 9700 owners who connect to BlackBerry Desktop on their PCs should be able to install it without a problem.

This release build is version 6.0.0.448, and is the first version of OS 6 made available to Bold 9700 users via T-Mobile. So the wait is over.

BlackBerry PlayBook has 17-hour web browsing battery life?

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2011

RIM has been keeping pretty quiet about how long their upcoming tablet’s battery life is, but now some leaked screenshots of the tablet’s “Battery Assistant” app are shedding some light on the issue. If these pictures are the real deal, then we won’t have to worry about the tablet’s battery life. It is amazing.

They show the tablet at 50% battery life and the indicator says that it can last another 8.5 hours of web surfing. If 50% is 8.5 hours, then that means that the tablet will be able to surf the web for 17 hours on a full charge.

BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 10th?

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2011

According to BGR, multiple sources have said that RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook will hit store shelves on April 10th. They also have news that the BlackBerry Tablet OS will reach Gold Master status on March 31st, so it will be delivered as an update when you first boot up your device.

It matches what we’ve been hearing and RIM did promise a release for the first quarter of 2011, though we still don’t know which carriers will be providing connectivity on the tablet. Hopefully we will learn more soon.