You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Research in Motion may be getting plenty of ridicule over its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but now iPad users have at least one reason to envy the device -- it’s getting the very first official Facebook app for tablets.
In case you missed it on Wednesday night, the embargo was lifted on early reviews for Research in Motion’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. A veritable flood of reviews hit the web for the device, which debuts on Tuesday, April 19 -- but it’s off to a bit of a rocky start so far.
While BlackBerry maker Research in Motion isn’t pointing the finger at Apple directly, a new report out of Taiwan suggests that the Canadian company’s new seven-inch PlayBook tablet was delayed a month due to shortages caused by Cupertino’s touch panel consumption.
There’s a new tablet coming on April 19 with a familiar pricing matrix: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. But this isn’t a new iPad -- it’s Research in Motion’s long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook, a seven-inch tablet which intends to go toe-to-toe with both Apple and a slew of Android-based slates.
Well, one and all, Research in Motion has pulled the wool off their entry into the tablet pool, at a developer conference on Monday. Their tablet will feature a 7-inch screen, Flash-capable video and a front and rear high-definition camera. But will it be enough to take down the iPad?