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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet To Support Android Apps

There's probably never going to be a tablet that unseats the iPad, just as there never was an iPhone killer or a serious iPod competitor. But that doesn't mean that some companies won't make great products and fantastic business decisions. Case in point is RIM, which yesterday announced that the forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps. There are some caveats, of course. For...

Apple Sells 1 Million iPads During Debut Weekend, Completing 1 Million Lives

Big news, you guys: Apple sold a lot of iPad 2s over the weekend. How many? Nearly a million. Granted, another big opening weekend may seem about as newsworthy as a sunrise, but take a second to chew on this: most analysts expected Apple to move only about 350,000 to 400,000 tablets. Instead, the company ended up selling about three times as many as it did last April, when it unveiled the first...

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak wit...

PC Sales Lower Than Expected in 2010

According to market research firms Gartner, Inc. and IDC, 2010 was not a great year for PC sales. Well, perhaps that's an oversimplification. PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose, but not nearly as much as the research firms had expected. Shipments of PCs have risen steadily over the years, as prices have come down and access to computers has become all but required for everything from scho...

Best Tablets of CES: Xoom, VIA, Tab and PlayBook Lead the Way

We're quickly coming up on a year since the iPad was released, and while opinions may have been divided early on, there's simply no questioning now that Apple's take on the tablet PC singlehandedly made that long-failing device category suddenly viable. Apple didn't invent the tablet; it was simply the first to craft one that was compelling enough to finally win over consumers. Along the way, it h...

The Week in Design: A 'Thimble' for the Blind, Rethinking the Soda Siphon

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. Getting ...

HP Slate Aims Higher than iPad with $799 Pricing

We first got a peek at the mysterious HP Slate in January at CES. Since that time, it's made only fleeting appearances on our radar and the project seemed to be all but dead. But HP surprised us all by making the Slate 500 official on Thursday. The Atom-powered, 8.9-inch tablet is available to order now, but units won't start shipping until November 12. Inside the $799 tablet you'll find a 1.86 G...

Steve Jobs: 7-Inch Tablets Are Too Small to Compete

What makes the iPad superior to every other tablet on the market? According to Steve Jobs, it boils down to one thing: size. During yesterday's earnings call, Apple's CEO, as you'd expect, spent a lot of time talking about how Apple's products are way better than anything else mankind has ever known. RIM's business model, according to Jobs, is intrinsically flawed, leading him to conclude that ...

Verizon Pursuing Exclusive Tablet Deal With NFL

If negotiations don't stall, Verizon may add a powerful new feature to its list of services. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL intends to transition its games and programming to tablet devices, but -- for now -- there is still "a question of what shape or form." Verizon hopes its tablets present the solution to that question, and its recent $720 million exclusive mobile deal with the ...

Kno Adds Single Screen Model to E-Text Book Lineup

Kno blew a few minds at this year's D8 with its dual-screen tablet aimed at students. The Linux-powered digital textbook offered two 14.1-inch capacitive touchscreens and a powerful Tegra 2 chipset from NVIDIA for "less than $1,000." Now, the 5.5-pound behemoth has a single-screened little brother that will be priced "much lower" than the two-screened model. The more traditional tablet-style Kno i...

BlackBerry Births the PlayBook: The First 'Professional-Grade' Tablet

It was really a matter of when, not if, RIM would throw its hat into the tablet arena with a BlackBerry branded device. Now the fun and games iPad has an appropriate foil in the all business BlackBerry PlayBook. The 7-inch device runs an "amplified" (to use RIM's marketing speak) version of BlackBerry OS with multi-tasking, a WebOS-like app switcher and a brand new WebKit browser with support for...

Sakshat, the Laughed-At $35 Indian Tablet, Reportedly Set for Early 2011 Launch

Defying skeptics everywhere, the gadget with the funny name and an absurdly low price will reportedly arrive in India this January. Rumors concerning the Sakshat -- a minimally priced, government-endorsed Indian Android tablet -- have circulated for more than a year. The device, which was designed for students and folks typically unable to afford a computer, reportedly has a manufacturer, a price...

E Ink Begins to Sample Capacitive, Color E-Readers

It appears that color E Ink readers aren't as far from being commercially available as most have thought. E Ink Holdings (formally PVI), the group responsible for the screens housed in Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Readers, is leading the way by offering samples of its color panels to manufacturers. In addition to creating color-capable displays, the new screens are capacitive, meaning all their tou...

Dell Streak Tablet/Phone Lands on AT&T this Thursday for $299.99

Apparently today is the day that everyone announces the products we knew were coming. After Motorola and Verizon drew early attention for announcing the extensively leaked Droid 2, Dell and AT&T finally announced the official availability of the Dell Streak. The five-inch Android powered tablet will go on "priority pre-sale" Thursday with general availability coming Friday. What can be descri...

RIM's 'Blackpad' 9.7-inch Tablet Rumored to Debut in November

For quite some time, rumor had it that RIM has been wanting to get into the tablet game, and who can blame it? Microsoft has had a long history in the market, Apple's iPad has proven popular, and it seems that just about every other manufacturer is trying to cram Android into the form-factor. A couple of days ago, we heard that RIM had acquired Blackpad.com, and the world collectively cringed at w...