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BlackBerry PlayBook 2 Release Date

Ever gluttons for punishment, BlackBerry mulls PlayBook sequel

February 28th, 2014

The original BlackBerry PlayBook was certainly not the company’s crowning achievement. In fact, the PlayBook was such a notorious dud that BlackBerry never even bothered to upgrade it to BlackBerry 10 and former CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry was basically done with tablets for the foreseeable future. However, a new management team has taken …

BlackBerry PlayBook Executive Resigns

Exec responsible for the PlayBook quits BlackBerry

July 24th, 2013

The mass exodus of BlackBerry executives continues. According to The Wall Street Journal, David J. Smith, the executive who led the team that created the failed PlayBook tablet, has left the company. A BlackBerry spokesperson confirmed the report, noting that he “resigned for personal reasons.” Despite releasing two new smartphones running its new BlackBerry 10 operating …

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BlackBerry CEO says the PlayBook will never get BlackBerry 10

June 28th, 2013

The dozens of loyal BlackBerry PlayBook owners out there were dealt a major blow on Friday when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that he’d stopped plans to bring the new BlackBerry 10 platform to BlackBerry’s 7-inch tablet. Heins said that he was “not satisfied with the user experience” that BlackBerry 10 provided on the PlayBook, …

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BlackBerry CEO wary of producing a PlayBook sequel

March 18th, 2013

The BlackBerry PlayBook was not one of BlackBerry’s (BBRY) more successful products, which is why CEO Thorsten Heins is understandably wary about producing a sequel in the near future. Australia’s Herald Sun reports that while speaking at the BlackBerry Z10 launch in Australia this week, Heins said that he didn’t want to produce a followup …

RIM announces 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook, hits Canada first on August 9th

August 2nd, 2012

Research In Motion (RIMM) on Thursday took the wraps off of a new version of its PlayBook tablet, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. Rumors had previously pegged July 31st for the new slate’s launch. RIM’s revised PlayBook features specs that are in line with the original model with one main addition: 4G LTE connectivity. “We’re excited to …

As Apple preps smaller iPad, RIM’s 10-inch tablet takes shape in leaked photos

July 30th, 2012

While Apple (AAPL) prepares to attack the affordable tablet market with a smaller, cheaper iPad, Research In Motion (RIMM) is taking the opposite approach. RIM has been toying with a 10-inch tablet for quite some time, and the project was reportedly sidelined last year as focused shifted to the struggling vendor’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphones. …

A month with the new iPad

April 17th, 2012

Apple released its third-generation iPad on March 16th and I purchased mine one day later on the 17th. There were no lines at my local Best Buy when I went to buy the new model. In fact, there were still more than 100 new iPads in stock when I picked up my iPad more than …

Research In Motion is dead

March 30th, 2012

I saw from the inside and outside how RIM transformed the mobile landscape, and how the company even battled its own inner demons throughout the years. Here are my thoughts on the company’s worst quarter in five years: RIM grew incredibly fast. It grew faster than the company knew how to manage, and RIM slowly …

RIM reports Q4 miss; Balsillie resigns as director, CTO and COO both out

March 29th, 2012

With expectations at an all-time low and analysts lowering estimates left and right, Research In Motion on Thursday reported its results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012. RIM posted a surprising beat in the third fiscal quarter when it managed earnings of $1.27 per share on $5.2 billion in sales. At the same time, …