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. Show More Summary
BlackBerry’s hardware division needs a miracle to pull the company out of the slump it finds itself in. All smartphones it has released over the last couple of years haven’t exactly proven to be global hits. BlackBerry only made one foray into the tablet market, that too back in 2011 with the ill-fated PlayBook. Show More Summary
The thingCharger is a crowdfunding campaign that has been funded over 100x its original asking price. The device works by being plugged into the wall socket and it's made to look exactly like the original plug, except this one has USB ports and a charging dock on top. It's a pretty great idea but it also has a couple flaws.
BlackBerry first allowed PlayBook users to install Android apps on the tablet, hoping that allowing Android apps would attract more users seeing as how the company’s own app market isn’t exactly bursting with quality applications. Installing apps wasn’t easy though, users had to sideload them on to the tablet. Show More Summary
Now that the speculation about BlackBerry’s sale has finally ended, people have moved on to asking what’s next for the Canadian manufacturer. Earlier this year BlackBerry said it will now focus more on the enterprise market, while releasing only four devices each year. Show More Summary
Nautilus Mobile, maker of Song of Swords for BlackBerry 10 has decided to launch the game on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. Already the top Paid BlackBerry 10 RPG on BlackBerry World, this new tablet version should draw even more users...
Be honest: when’s the last time you got excited about something BlackBerry released? Don’t worry, I’ll wait… For me it was their first tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook. The Playbook looked good, showed potential, but was DOA. The highly anticipated relaunch of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iOS will be no different and here’s why. Show More Summary
ITS turnaround playbook turned out to be every bit as disappointing as its lamentable PlayBook tablet computer. Having tried and failed numerous times to revive its fortunes, BlackBerry announced on September 23rd that it had struck a preliminary $4.7 billion deal with a group of investors who want to take it private. Show More Summary
While the BlackBerry Playbook will not be getting the update to BlackBerry OS 10, well fret not because it seems that the folks at BlackBerry have not completely forgotten about the tablet and have since released an update for the device. Show More Summary
Research In Motion BlackBerry may have to rename itself again. Or Thorstein Heins will have to do a Vogue cover spread. Or the company will have to take a page from the Amazon playbook and revel in its losses (with the help of a few DE Shaw algos of course). Show More Summary
By Kofi Bofah: On October 31, 2012, Apple (AAPL) released an annual report for its fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. In 2012, the Apple iPad accounted for $32.4 billion of the company's $156.5 billion in total net sales. These top line figures were the result of Apple shipping 58.3 million iPad units during its 2012 fiscal year. Show More Summary
By Matthew Levy: "There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is NOT being talked about" (Oscar Wilde). With the recent talks on a buyout or breakup, I would like to evaluate BlackBerry's business and potential (and why a buyout might not be the best option). Show More Summary
BlackBerry is still working on its turnaround, and it's losing a lot of workers in the process.
David Smith, the BlackBerry executive in charge of the company's PlayBook tablet, will leave the company, the Wall Street Journal has confirmed. BlackBerry told the WSJ that Smith is leaving for personal reasons. However, Smith's departure comes a few weeks after BlackBerry essentially declared its PlayBook tablet dead. Show More Summary
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...Show More Summary
David J. Smith has resigned, as the tablet is no longer supported.
Editor’s Note: Related tickers: BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Head of BlackBerry’s PlayBook Tablet Is Leaving (WSJ) A senior BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) executive who was in charge of the largely unsuccessful PlayBook tablet is leaving the company. Show More Summary
So we know that the BlackBerry Playbook will not be getting an update to BlackBerry OS 10, which we’re sure disappointed many loyal customers, and it seems that in addition to that, it seems that apart from possible security and [...] Like It, +1, Tweet It, Pin It Original content from Ubergizmo.
Back in 2012, BlackBerry Playbook owners were pleased to hear that the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system will be making its way onto their tablet. Unfortunately it turned out to be a pipe dream as BlackBerry ultimately decided against it, [...] Like It, +1, Tweet It, Pin It Original content from Ubergizmo.
BlackBerry is no stranger to inventory writedowns -- the company ate nearly half a billion dollars in PlayBooks not long ago. It may have to do the same with its growing inventory balance.