RIM PlayBook Posts

RIM’s PlayBook Gets Taken From U.S. Retailers, Hinting That A New Tablet Is On The Way

The RIM PlayBook tablet has been pulled from the shelves at major U.S. online retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and RadioShack.  These companies are no longer listing the tablet, but RIM’s official website still has the PlayBook available for sale.  By pulling the tablet from the shelves, I can only predict that a new PlayBook generation is on it’s way.

WATCH: Developers Port iOS Apps On BlackBerry PlayBook


On Saturday, there was a thread that appeared on the Crackberry forums by businesscat2000. The thread was titled iOS apps running on PlayBook called “iOS Apps running on PlayBook!” The thread linked to these videos on YouTube, which shows a demo of iOS apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook including Super Monkey Ball, Tiny Tower, Tom Tom, Sushi Cat, and iFart. In the thread, there was a link to another YouTube video that shows iOS apps running on Windows. The developer explained his approach to getting the iOS apps to work on BlackBerry below:
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RIM May Have To Writeoff $1 Billion In Unsold Inventory

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There is a massive number of unsold inventory created by Research In Motion sitting on the shelves across the world. This includes Blackberry phones and PlayBook tablets. The total value of these unsold devices could be over $1 billion, which puts RIM in a tough position when it comes to their financial results for the next quarter. In March, RIM had to write charges of $485 million and $267 million in December and March, respectively. This was to write down the value of the PlayBook and BlackBerry inventory. In June, the company will have to place another massive write-down. We most likely will not see a full $1 billion write-down in June, but a lot of people have stopped buying BlackBerrys until the BlackBerry 10 operating system is released.

Netflix Not Planning To Bring Streaming Service To PlayBook or BlackBerry


Streaming movie and DVD-mail rental company Netflix doesn’t have any plans to bring their streaming service to RIM’s BlackBerry or PlayBook devices. “We don’t have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook,” said Netflix on Twitter.
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RIM Releases PlayBook OS 2.0 With Integrated Email and Android Support


RIM has announced that they have released PlayBook operating system 2.0. The problem is that this update is too little, too late. PlayBook OS 2.0 finally gives the tablet integrated e-mail, which RIM has already been criticized for not having in the original release of the tablet.
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RIM’s Profits Are Down 71% In Q3 Due To PlayBook


Research In Motion Limited (TSE:RIM) has announced their third quarter earnings earlier today. RIM reported $265 million in earnings, which is 51 cents per share for the quarter. This is down 71% from $911 million during the same quarter a year ago. The reason for the drop is because of the $485 million hit RIM took due to unsold PlayBook tablets.
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RIM Taking $485 Million Charge Related To Unsold Tablets


Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) will be taking a $485 million noncash charge in the fiscal third quarter after making down the value of their large PlayBook tablet inventory. RIM also needed to lower their project for earnings and revenue for the rest of the year. BlackBerry shipments are expected to fall in this quarter.
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RIM Showcases E-Mail Client For PlayBook At BlackBerry Innovation Forum


I’m still shocked that Research In Motion (TSE:RIM) did not include a native e-mail, contact, calendar, GPS, and BBM client on their tablet. These are basic functions that are available on the tablets of all their competitors. However I knew that RIM would be developing software updates in the future for the PlayBook.
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