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Dear Berry: Can I swap between multiple email drafts on the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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News & Rumors | 99 Comments 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Review Design: The 4G LTE PlayBook is still a great looking tablet in my book. It's solid all around with no excess and keeps true to great BlackBerry design. Feel: I still love the feel and form of the 4G PlayBook. It's identical to the Wi-Fi version and the 7" size is perfect for a...

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Oct 09, 2013 TELUS rolls out update for the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE
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If you thought the BlackBerry PlayBook wasn't going to see any more updates, TELUS is here to tell you otherwise. They're rolling out OS 2.1.0.1753 for the 4G LTE PlayBook today to bring along a few fixes and enhancements. 

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Dec 13, 2012 Keep tabs on Saint Nick and countdown to Christmas with Santa Tracker
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Santa Tracker

As we all get into the holiday spirit and scramble to get our shopping done, our little ones are eagerly awaiting the arrival of jolly old Saint Nick. I'm fairly certain they've already begun asking you how long until his arrival. Santa Tracker by Value Apps is a great way for them to follow him as he makes his way around the world to their house on Christmas Eve. This one is sure to keep everyone's attention as you wait for Santa to find his way to you brining all those presents!

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Nov 29, 2012 Chronicle your ideas and memories with A Day in Life - Journal for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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Recently, I took a good hard look at my backup planner and realized that since the rubber is stretched to its limit that I had inadvertently turned it into a journal. Flipping through the pages, you will see not only appointments and reminders, but mementos from events (stickers and badges from BB Jam 10 NYC and CES 2012), postcards for concert announcements, business cards from interviews, birthday reminders, pictures, and even birth announcements. XLabz Technologies, the developer behind Groovy Notes and Sketch with Friends, makes replicating this a breeze with A Day in Life - Journal for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Nov 22, 2012 OS 2.1.0.1088 for the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available
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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.1088 now available for download

With the BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi having long recieved its update to OS 2.1 as a whole, it's now time for the 4G LTE PlayBook to get some love as well. Despite previous reports of it having already been sent out, if you go ahead and check for updates you'll find OS 2.1.0.1088 is available for download. As expected, you'll find this release has all the same goodies added as OS 2.1.0.1032 for the BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi and the fixes from OS 2.1.0.1088.

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Oct 17, 2012 Enjoy nonstop viewing of your favorite videos with AutoPlay for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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AutoPlay Videos

One criterion for judging applications, at least for me anyway, is whether or not the application includes additional functionality to an already existing feature. For those of you who own the BlackBerry PlayBook the stock video application gets the job done but there are some features that are noticeably lacking.

While travelling to Las Vegas for CES back in January, I wanted to catch up on the last season of one of my favorite shows as I had six hours to spare. It would have been nice to be able to just press a button and see them all in succession.

Unfortunately, that is not possible so to fill in the void there is AutoPlay Media Player by Bumblebee Computing that lets you automatically play videos one after another. This comes in handy if you want to watch an entire series back-to-back while streaming to your TV or to entertain the kids on a long road trip with nonstop movies.

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Oct 06, 2012 Get your shooting action on with Birds on a Wire for BlackBerry PlayBook
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If you are looking for some shooting action for your BlackBerry PlayBook you could do a lot worse than Birds on a Wire which is recently new to App World. Similar in concept to some other familiar games, this one involves you shooting different colored birds at other colored birds. You need to get three of the same color in a row to destroy them and they can't reach the end of the wire or it will be game over.

With over 50 levels to keep you going and five game modes you will also need to collect bonuses along the way which can be found in the way of either gold coins or gems that the birds will drop - shoot them and they are yours.

Features include:

  • Battle your way through a whopping 50 levels of avian arcade adventure!
  • Pit your wits against 5 distinct game modes
  • Use the myriad bonuses wisely to clear the levels quickly
  • Cute, not angry bird

For $0.99 this one is quite a bargain. It is fun, exciting, fast and challenging - just what you want from a decent game.

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Sep 20, 2012 An array of Amiga games come to the BlackBerry PlayBook - time to reminisce
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Remember the Commodore Amiga from the old days? If you are as old as me then you may well do. The good news for those of you that are lucky enough to own a BlackBerry PlayBook is that a bunch of Amiga games have arrived in BlackBerry App World over the last day or so. There looks to be about fifteen classics including Turrican, Xenon, Alien Breed, and several others, so if you fancy reminiscing then pop on over and get downloading.

I was more of a Spectrum kinda guy when I was a youngster so no video demonstrations for you on this occasion but our good man Zach may well hop on the bandwagon and review a few. In the meantime feel free to head on over to our forums and discuss the good old days with the rest of the CrackBerry Nation.

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Sep 06, 2012 Check out this cool 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook custom car mount by CrackBerry member Mark PPG!
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We have no shortage of great car kits and mounts in the CrackBerry store, but sometimes that's simply not enoughc. Take for example CrackBerry member Mark PPG. He was inspired after watching the video of the QNX Jeep and set out to complete a similar project on his car, modifying the dash a bit so he has a home for his 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. By relocating the existing car stereo into the space previously occupied by the air vents and altering the stock radio trim, and building custom brackets to hold the PlayBook, Mark now has the perfect setup for his car. The mount tilts out so that the tablet can be inserted/removed and so that he can plug in an audio jack to play music through the car stereo. He says future plans may include a BlackBerry Music Gateway and a power source for the PlayBook.

Mark currently has just a few applications installed on the PlayBook, including a music player and a couple of navigation apps. He's looking for more so if you have any suggestions that you think would be great on a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook in a car mount, feel free to leave them in the comments or in the forums at the link below.

Interested in mounting your BlackBerry PlayBook in your vehicle, but not comfortable making alterations like this to your dash? Head on over to ShopCrackBerry and check out the car kits and mounts; you're sure to find something that will suit your needs.

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Sep 03, 2012 Dear Berry: Can I swap between multiple email drafts on the BlackBerry PlayBook?
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Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. This week's question comes from one reader who asks:

If I'm responding to various emails, either for work or personal, how do I switch between those drafts and can I compose more than one message at a time?

Thank you.

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

Thank you so much for sending this in. As a multitasking powerhouse the BlackBerry PlayBook allows users the ability to create multiple messages at the same time. It offers tabbed email that lets you go up and back between the drafts and your inbox if you need to reference a prior message or open another application to pull information from.

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Sep 02, 2012 Fancy a bit of off-road racing? Check out Acceler8 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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When it comes to decent driving games on the BlackBerry PlayBook there isn't a huge list of options. We do have some good ones, but the selection is quite small compared to other operating systems. Acceler8 is new to the PlayBook and I am happy to say that it falls neatly into the category of quality games. If you fancy testing your racing skills off road then you should definitely pick up Acceler8.

The graphics are pretty good, gameplay is smooth and even navigating around the menus and options is fast and responsive. The developer has clearly worked long and hard to get things right and he/she gets the thumbs up from me. If you don't just fancy racing the computer you can also race real people. Yes - there is WiFi multiplayer support for up to 4 players. Acceler8 won't break the bank either. It holds a very reasonable price tag of $1.99 and for that you get 13 different tracks, a selection of vehicles and more tracks will be added in the future.

Full features of the game include:

  • 13 tracks in multiple locations (with more to be added in the future)
  • 3 different race modes - Race against the clock, AI opponents, or your friends.
  • Brand new wi-fi multiplayer for up to 4 players
  • Stunning 3d visuals!
  • Online leader-boards so you can compete with players across the globe.
  • Huge, open, environments. Drive wherever you want!
  • Collect prize money by winning races, and use it to upgrade to faster and better vehicles.
  • Optimized for BlackBerry® PlayBookTM

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Aug 31, 2012 Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation arrives for the BlackBerry PlayBook - Time to shoot some bad guys!
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Fantastic news today for BlackBerry PlayBook owners. Visiting App World earlier I discovered Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation was available to download. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus has always been a favourite of mine on the PlayBook so it's great that we finally get the sequel. If you enjoy shooting bad dudes and blowing stuff up this one is a must have app. Priced at $3.00 it won't break the bank and with 13 campaigns it should keep you occupied for hours.

What is hugely encouraging here is the fact that if this version of the game is now working on the PlayBook I can't see any reason why we won't see it in the future BlackBerry 10 App World. I have played the game on the iPhone and Android and the experience is just as good as on a tablet in my opinion. Should be perfect on the BB10 all touch device. Bring it on!

Features of Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation include:

  • An intense 13-mission campaign with impressive cinematics and memorable moments.
  • High-tech modern weaponry with modifications and attachments.
  • Next-gen high-quality visuals that will compete with the RAGE and UNREAL engines.

If you would like to read our full review of Modern Combat: Fallen Nation before purchasing the game fear not. We should have it complete within a few days. 

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Aug 25, 2012 Manage and track your medications with PillPad for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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PillPad

Laid across my kitchen table is what my Mother calls her own personal pharmacy. Years of being a heart patient and Type 1 diabetic have left her with quite a collection which for many years was up to me to fill the container you see above each week, call in the refills, and pick up the prescriptions from the pharmacy.

If there's one thing I've learned when managing her medications the more there are, the harder it is to keep track and remember them. Her daily regimen includes five pill bottles, two insulin bottles, one box of insulin needles, and one set of prescription eye drops and each of them have different dosages, instructions, and frequencies.

This is especially true when they need adjustment, when providing a list to a new doctor, or when it involves taking more than once a day. PillPad by Alade designs for the BlackBerry PlayBook helps keep track of medications, refill your prescriptions, and provide quick medical reference information right at your fingertips. 

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Aug 24, 2012 BlackBerry Balance made simple
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BlackBerry Balance is a product that we have covered a few times here, but it is also one of those topics that many people may not have actually paid too much attention to as it doesn't affect us all. For business users who supply BlackBerry smartphones or tablets to employees, BlackBerry Balance is the perfect way to keep business and personal content separate and the above new video from RIM demonstrates this in a simple fashion.

The application allows IT managers to partition the BlackBerry so staff are not able to copy and share work data to their personal applications. There is also a big advantage to the employee with BlackBerry Balance - using the app will allow them to still use all the personal apps they want, such as social networking, therefore eliminating the need to carry a second 'personal' device - everyones a winner. BlackBerry Balance is all about giving businesses peace of mind and from an outsiders point of view it looks to be the perfect tool.

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Aug 20, 2012 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Review
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"Everything is just a bit faster on the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook"

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Aug 17, 2012 Contest Reminder: Win your very own 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook!
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4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook While Bla1ze is working away at our full review of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook, we wanted to remind you that CrackBerry is giving one away to a lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is head over to the original contest post and leave a comment. (Don't leave a comment here for the contest, it won't count!) We'll choose a winner 48 hours after the full review goes live, so get your entry in now!

In the meantime, you can check out some quick looks at the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook:

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing!
BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi vs. 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook - Does the extra power really matter?
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Aug 15, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi vs. 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook - The reboot test
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After my last video covering the differences between the BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi vs. 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook in terms of speed between apps and such, many folks also addressed their interest in seeing whether or not the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook booted or rebooted faster than the BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi.

There was all sorts of other questions as well such as 'Will you be doing a Wi-Fi vs. Wi-Fi test?' and 'Why weren't both devices charged the same amount'. After reading those questions, I did quickly test them out but I'll tackle those concerns in the full review. In short, changing the variables didn't really change the outcome. For now though, check out the reboot comparison videos.

I won't spoil the ending for you but instead just say that I hope overall, RIM does improve upon the reboot times at some point all around. At this point, I've not tested the latest developer build against the 4G LTE PlayBook as it wasn't relevant to this comparison which was intended to match the two devices as best as possible.

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Aug 14, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.840 for developers now available
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PlayBook Software Update

If you're riding the beta train of BlackBerry PlayBook OS', you'll be happy to know that OS 2.1.0.840 is now available. This is a beta release and meant for developers only, and as such will most likely have a good amount of bugs. If you haven't installed a PlayBook beta OS before, we suggest you steer clear and just wait for an official release. If you're a developer or just want to give the beta a go, you can do so from the link below. Just register your PlayBook PIN, sit tight for a bit and the update should be available to you. Be sure to drop a comment letting us know how it is!

Register for OS 2.1.0.840 for the BlackBerry PlayBook 
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Aug 13, 2012 How to connect to and switch mobile networks using the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook
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4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook

Out of the box, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is fairly easy to set-up. If you managed to place your SIM card in the device already, it will pretty much just take control over the situation and connect you right away.

However, given that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook also has HSPA+ built into it and LTE is not exactly everywhere at the moment, maybe you don't want it to constantly be search for an LTE network to connect to?

In that case, there are some options available to help you address that situation. Go ahead and jump below for the full details on how to get connected and enable and disable certain networks, should the need to arise.

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Aug 11, 2012 Watch out for the zombie chickens with Bad Egg for BlackBerry PlayBook
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Every once in a while I download a PlayBook game from App World with no intention of recording a video for the site, as many just are not up to par. Bad Egg was one of those but after playing it for a while I discovered it is actually a pretty cool game. As you will see in the video, your job is to control 'Peeps the chicken' and knock off from your platform the eggs that fall from the sky. Failing to do so before they hatch is a disaster as they will hatch into zombie chickens!

There are two versions of the app - a free one and a paid edition (for £1.00) although I can't see what the difference is. Both have the same three levels - so for now I would stick with the free one. The game is probably targeted at kids and they will love it for sure, however there is something strangely satisfying about the game and I found myself getting quite into it.

The gameplay is smooth and the graphics are decent, however sounds are limited with just the occasional noise when a zombie chick hatches. It would be nice to have some funky music to play along to. For a free PlayBook download Bag Egg is worth checking out. It may not be the most exciting game but for killing some time or keeping the kids entertained it is perfect.

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Aug 10, 2012 Usain Bolt - Fastest BlackBerry User Alive
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Aug 09, 2012 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing!
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With a new BlackBerry device on the market that means it's time to partake in the ritual unboxing. This time around, there isn't a whole lot that has changed cosmetically. Most of the hardware changes going from the original BlackBerry PlayBook up to the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook take place internally. But we wouldn't doing our jobs if we skipped over an unboxing for that reason. Sidenote: In the video I said .688, it's actually .668.

Hit play on the video above to check out the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing and settle in for the rest of what is to come. Over the next few days we'll be working on some 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook specific stuff, doing some comparisons, running some speed tests and generally just putting the new hardware through it's paces. And don't forget, while you wait for our full out review, you can enter our contest to win a free 4G LTE PlayBook!

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