Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blackberry Playbook: RIM's Rival Tablet to IPad Available By 2011

Research in Motion (RIM), the company that currently hogs the smartphone limelight in North America with its Blackberry product line, is set to make available its enterprise-grade tablet PC in the market by 2011. Dubbed the Blackberry Playbook, the 7-inch touchscreen device was recently launched and is now making gadget-conscious heads turn with a sleek, handier exterior while maintaining a reliable, powerful and -- dare I say it -- Flash-friendly system.

It seems that RIM is taking advantage of every negative point against the Apple iPad from consumer surveys and has incorporated them into the Blackberry Playbook. These include true multitasking and interoperability with Flash-based technology -- something that Apple is yet to adopt for its iPad device.

Despite the announcement, RIM shares fell by 2.75 points which analysts take as a criticism against RIM management particularly for the odd-timed release of the Playbook, set after the year-end holidays. Perhaps RIM executives are anticipating loyalty sales from existing Blackberry users especially since the Playbook has device-pairing integration with Blackberry smartphones. This should encourage consumers to hold-on to their hard-earned cash and snub the latest iteration of the iPad this holiday season. The same goes for corporate and institutional buyers looking at distributing tablet computers for their organization since the Blackberry Playbook is largely targeted for the enterprise setting.

That said, I think the delay is a smart move. However, we'll have to wait until next year whether this gamble will pay off for RIM.

The Playbook is also equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi and uses the Blackberry operating system although RIM pledges a Playbook OS soon. See the video preview of the Blackberry Playbook below. How about you -- Are you going for Playbook or the iPad?

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

J-Lo Gets High Pay For American Idol Stint

Jennifer Lopez (珍妮弗·洛佩兹)Image by pamhule via Flickr
Jennifer Lopez gets a relatively hefty paycheck for signing up for the American Idol panel. Reports say she's getting some $12 million plus perks for filling in the seats left vacant by Paula Abdul and recently by Kara DioGuardi. With the earlier departure of Simon Cowell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler took up the third spot on the judge's ring to complement the only remaining original Idol judge Randy Jackson.

In another story, singer George Michael suffered a double whammy over the weekend. He smashed his Range Rover into a photo shop in north London while driving under the influence of cannabis and was subsequently charged and sentenced for an eight week jail term.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Apple's Ping Could Tune Out MySpace

What's next? Apple on Broadway?!
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to make another hit with their latest project "Ping", a new social network thingamajig for their iTunes music software. Ping is a type of Facebook/Twitter/MySpace Web platform that connects iTunes users to their friends as well as to their favorite artists.

This is a natural progression for iTunes which already boasts of over 150 million users worldwide, many of whom are already paying customers of digital music. The ability to tap into that network and engage them in discussions as well as in online and mobile interactions (through Apple's iPod Touch, iPhones and iPad product lines where iTunes is already integrated) creates another multi-million dollar revenue stream for Apple.

Some have commented that Ping may just usher in the demise of MySpace and similar other social networking sites as far as playing a launchpad role for bands, individual artists and their music. However, the question remains -- Do we really need another social network? Share to us what you think.

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