PlayBook 2.0

Messaging app for Playbook OS 2.0: Explanation of the Unified inbox

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Unified inbox

The Unified Inbox may very well be the "killer feature" of Playbook 2.0. Having one place in which to read and send all your messages is the future of mobile communication.

Prior to the OS 2.0 upgrade, the only way to email or message was to "Bridge" your BlackBerry to the Playbook. Even when bridged, you only had access to your various email accounts that were on your BlackBerry.

The Playbook surpasses virtually every other platform with the inclusion of a unified messaging inbox. What that means is that in one place - the Messages app - goes not only your email, but also Facebook messages, LinkedIn messages and Twitter Direct Messages.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Walkthrough

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A full walkthrough of the new features introduced in the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update!

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update

While the original release of the BlackBerry PlayBook left many users wondering where native email, contacts and calendar were, the long-awaited PlayBook 2.0 software has finally arrived and brings good news. It's sporting a load of new features including the noted native apps, a revamped home screen UI, updated BlackBerry Bridge features including BlackBerry Remote, notifications and much, much more. Let's dive in and see just what makes the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 software tick.

How to get Kindle, Google Maps, DropBox and other Android apps that are not available in App World onto your BlackBerry PlayBook

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Android App Player

If you're looking to get some big name apps like Kindle, Google Maps or DropBox onto your BlackBerry PlayBook after upgrading to OS 2.0 - have no fear. You now have the ability to sideload (aka load outside of BlackBerry App World) many Android apps with just a few simple steps.

How to sync your Outlook contacts and calendars to the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Calendar, Contacts, and the PlayBook

Okay, this may be a bit of a shocker, but Research In Motion released the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS today! We here at CrackBerry have spent of most of the day poking and prodding the new OS to learn of its secrets. It seems you have as well. One of the biggest questions we're seeing from you is how do you sync Microsoft Outlook contacts and calendar entries with the PlayBook?

Outlook is a very powerful email and scheduling client used by many companies and individuals. At the moment, it appears that those users who connect to a Microsoft Exchange server have no issues with syncing - though web access to that account might be required. Not everybody uses an Exchange server though.

For the many who use Outlook as an email reader - perhaps with accounts like siteowner@mywebsite.com, the PlayBook won't be able to retrieve your contacts without a little outside help. To do that, I'm going to suggest you sync your Outlook contacts and calendar with a GMail account. How-to's after the break.

Setting up email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

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BlackBerry PlayBook Account Setup

Setting up your accounts on the BlackBerry PlayBook is one of the first things you'll want to do. This gets all your email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn messages into your inbox and it only takes a few steps. For the most part you just need to enter your account login and password, and the PlayBook does the rest. No messing with SMTP servers or crazy setup information - it's dead simple. Keep reading for a step-by-step of how to setup your accounts on the BlackBerry PlayBook

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