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Research In Motion sounds off on managing jailbreak issues; says jailbreaking (rooting) voids warranty

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JailBreaking is Bad....

RIM published a post on their Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog this morning, regarding jailbreaking (aka "rooting"). BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry 10 owners will want to take note of this one, as it outlines RIM's official stance on jailbreaking:

To be clear, RIM recommends against installing any jailbreaking tool. Customers who use a jailbreaking tool on BlackBerry products void the manufacturer warranty and also increase the long-term risk of negatively impacting the stability and user experience of their BlackBerry products. 

To my knowledge, this is the first time we have seen RIM say that jailbreaking voids warranty. Jailbreaking has less of an allure these days since the OS 2.0 update has been released for the PlayBook, since Android Apps can now be easily sideloaded onto the PlayBook without having to first jailbreak the device. In the article, RIM further outlines  the process they take in addressing security vulnerabilities. Keep reading for all the details and be sure to join the discussion on this one in the forums.

Dingleberry updated to v3.3.2

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The Dingleberry jailbreak tool for the BlackBerry PlayBook has received another update and now sits at v3.3.2. The new update brings some minor tweaks and fixes along with a new script. Each version of the tool seems to get better and better as we go along, so hopefully they'll keep coming. Updates to v3.3.2 include:

HuluBerry not working? CrackBerry.com has a solution!

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Top 10 Android Market apps that work on a jailbroken BlackBerry Playbook

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BlackBerry PlayBook running Android apps

After struggling with previous versions of the Dingleberry jailbreak, I'm happy to say that version 3 works like a freakin' charm. It bundles a downgrader, so you can get your PlayBook into a prime jailbreaking state, and Dingleberry handles all of the backing up and restoring on its own. So, what can you do with root access on a BlackBerry PlayBook? Well, there's some neat stuff going on with USB host capabilities, but the most obvious application right now is direct access to the Android Market. Sure, you can sideload the apps if you acquire them through less-than-savory means, but Android Market access means you can easily download anything you've already paid - provided it works. 

There's a teeny, tiny caveat, though. PlayBook 2.0 is still very much beta, and seeing as RIM isn't even intending on providing access to the Android Market, opting instead to get developers to repackage their creations for App World. Notifications actually work well in the few apps that manage to load, but for the most part, anytyhing downloaded through Google's mobile software portal perform inconsistently at best. Generally, anything you get will simply force close as soon as you open it, but there are a few gems tucked away that perform admirably. That said, here are the best Android Market apps I've been able to run on a jailbroken BlackBerry PlayBook. 

DingleBerry updated to v3.1.0

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DingleBerry 3.1 allows you to choose your OS

HuluBerry brings Hulu back to the BlackBerry PlayBook

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HuluBerry from the DingleBerry 3.x crew

We've known even before the BlackBerry PlayBook first went on sale that it could support watching Hulu videos. Hulu was started as a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp (Fox) that allows US internet users to watch TV shows online. It's a great way to legally watch TV over the internet. The PlayBook's flash-running browser has no problem playing the videos; it's Hulu itself that blocks content to the tablet. Within 48 hours of the tablet's release, Hulu blocked PlayBook users from viewing that content.

DingleBerry 3.x changes that; Hulu is back on the PlayBook! Included with the latest release of the rooting tool is a new browser called HuluBerry. After following the extremely easy instructions for rooting the tablet, you'll find the HuluBerry application already installed on your device. This custom browser only browses the Hulu website. And Hulu looks great on the PlayBook.

Please note: As of late Wednesday night, it appears that the the 2.0.0.7111 developer's build of the PlayBook OS breaks HuluBerry functionality. To keep watching Hulu videos on your PlayBook, I would recommend staying on version 2.0.0.4869 or 2.0.0.6149 

Rooting your BlackBerry PlayBook is easier than ever with DingleBerry 3.x

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DingleBerry 3.x makes it easier than ever to root your BlackBerry PlayBook

If you've ever wondered if it was worth your time and effort to root/jailbreak your BlackBerry PlayBook, wonder no longer. The latest DingleBerry rooting tool, DingleBerry 3.x, makes rooting your PlayBook a simple matter of activating Developer Mode on your PlayBook and following the instructions in the DingleBerry program.

With the release of DingleBerry 3.x, Mac and Linux machines get some love too. It should be noted that these Linux and Mac users will need to have certain libraries already installed on their computers first. Since I'm a PC, you find a helpful tutorial and links to the necessary libraries at the DingleBerry.it website.

We've written about rooting your PlayBook using DingleBerry before. That process involved pushing some files to your PlayBook, backing up data from and then restoring data to your PlayBook, and finally you might have to pray to the gods of Technology that you unplugged your USB cable fast enough to complete the root.

DingleBerry 3.x is light-years ahead of that process. Downgrading, rooting, and confirming whether or not the root was successful are all accomplished within the rooting tool itself; BlackBerry Desktop Software is not required. The process is straightforward and easy to do; still, there are a couple of things that can ruin your day. Keep reading past the break to find our helpful guide on using this amazing tool to gain root access to your BlackBerry PlayBook.

DingleBerry v3.0 with downgrader and Hulu now available!

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*UPDATE* - 3.0.1 has been released for those of you who had issues on Mac

How to connect a USB flash drive (pen drive) to your BlackBerry PlayBook

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Connect USB Drive to your PlayBook

A few weeks back we saw a video sporting USB support on a rooted BlackBerry PlayBook. Well now guillem has posted a little how-to that shows off just how to get USB support up and running on your rooted BlackBerry PlayBook. You'll need a few supplies including a rooted PlayBook, a USB OTG (On-The-Go) adapter (or a Female USB A to micro USB cable and a soldering iron) and a bit of tech knowledge to get going. Keep reading to find out just how it's done!

Want to root your PlayBook? You still can - downgrade your OS today!

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DingleBerry now an option again

With the release of OS 2.0.0.6149 (Beta), Research In Motion successfully plugged the security hole that DingleBerry 2.11 used to gain root access to the BlackBerry PlayBook. What's more, Research In Motion also broke the Android Market by disabling Accounts & sync in the version of the Android operating system that runs-- on top of the PlayBook's OS. Even if you managed to jailbreak .6149, the Android Market - the most visible benefit of rooting - wouldn't work.

The issue boils down to the fact that OS 2.0.0.4869 (beta) is no longer available for downloading. If you somehow had access to this version of the operating system, you'd be able to both root your PlayBook and access the Android Market. Now, the folks over at OpenSourceBB have come up with a rather clever way making that version of the OS available again. They've even put up a top-notch guide to accomplishing this feat.

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