Blackberry Playbook demo at CES 2011

I’ve known about the Blackberry Tablet, Playbook, for a long time now.

Don’t know why I never blogged about it, especially considering the fact that it’s the only non-Android, non-iOS , tablet out there.

What reminded me was this video of the Playbook demo at  CES 2011.

The display looks great, the form-factor seems about the right size and it has compatibility with the Blackberry Enterprise Server.

That should be a big deal for existing Blackberry users.

Some of the other features of this tablet are :

  • Multitouch Capacitive touch screen
  • 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430-based ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • QNX-based Blackberry Tablet OS
  • Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Support for HTML5
  • 3G as well as 4G network access
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 5 MP rear-facing and 3MP front-facing camera
  • 1080p Full HD video output
  • Seamless pairing with your Blackberry smartphone
  • Compatibility with Blackberry Enterprise Server

Here’s another demo by the BGR guys, which shows of the capabilities of the device in more detail.

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iOS 4.2 Released with New Features and Updates

The much awaited iOS 4.2 has been released by Apple.
If you just plug-in your “iDevice” to your PC and run iTunes, you should get the pop-up for the new update. If not, just click on “Check for updates”.

Here are some new features in iOS 4.2 :
AirPrint : To wirelessly print photos, docs, etc. from your device to an AirPrint-compatible printer

I’m pretty sure I saw a similar App already on the App Store. Or was it on the Cydia store. Anyways, if there wasn’t one, I think this is pretty awesome … but only if you have a compatible printer.

AirPlay : Wirelessly stream your videos and music to AirPlay-enabled speakers, recievers and even AppleTV.

This is a pretty cool feature since usually you will carry most of your favourite media content on your phone. The only hitch, as with AirPrint is, that you have compatible devices.

Find my iPhone : This is a MobileMe feature that let’s you find your missing device.

Once you set it up, you can locate your lost device on the map, send a distress message on the screen, remotely set a password lock and even remotely delete all your data. And the best part is, once you retrive the data, you can restore everything back from your backup.

Find Text on WebPages : Search for terms on the current web page on your Safari Mobile browser using the search field next to the address bar.

I really wanted this feature. It’s surprising Apple didn’t have this form the start. Typical Apple , eh ?

New Dock Controls : Among other things, double-tapping the Home button will bring up a list of all open applications.

This was something Nokia devices already had and was much needed in iPhones/Touches since a long time. However, I think this feature is available only on the modern devices that support multi-tasking , like, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th Generation.

The above-mentioned are just some of the major features. iOS 4.2 also has the following features :
Notes with Fonts : Marker Felt, Helvetica and Chalkboard.
Thank God for small mercies !! I hated the native Notes’ fonts.

Keyboard and Dictionary enhancements : Support for over 50 languages and 30 new international keyboards and dictionaries.

Custom Message tones : 17 new alerts you can assign to people on your contact list.

For a complete list of features, check out the official iOS 4.2 page on Apple’s website.

Just be wary of two things :
1) Not all features are supported on all devices. So be sure to check if your device is supported before you get excited about a feature.

2) Don’t hold your breath for the update. History tells us that it’s difficult to update to the latest firmware in the first couple of days since everyone is busy downloading at the same time. And anyways, considering the iOS 4.0 fisaco, I would definitely wait a few days and read the reviews for my iPhone 3G device before going for the update.

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iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master jailbroken a few hours after Developer Release

Apple announced the developer release of iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master edition, for iPhone 4 , 3GS, 3G and iPod Touches, a few hours ago.

And already, Redmond Pie has announced that this version can be jailbroken using Redsn0w 0.9.6b2. However, there is a heads-up for those of you who plan to do this immediately.

Cydia, the un-official App Store in Jailbroken devices, won’t work on the jailbroken iOS 4.2.1 . This is mainly becase Apple has changed a few APIs that Cydia uses, because of which you will find that all the application does is , crash.

However, the new and improved Cydia is already ready and will be available to “jailbreakers” as soon as iOS 4.2.1 GM is available to mere mortals (a.k.a. general public)

Now, from personal experience, I can say that make sure you have Redsn0w 0.9.6b1 handy with you when you make the release alongwith 0.9.6b2.  This is because when I tried to jailbreak my iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1 with Redsn0w 0.9.6b2 as per the Redmond Pie site, it gave me an error … something about “unable to patch the Kernel”.

After reading a few forums, I dug out the fix : Jailbreak with Reds0w 0.9.6b1 rather than 0.9.6b2 !!!

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