Fill up your BlackBerry PlayBook with these FREE Pinoy apps

The BlackBerry PlayBook may be lacking in the app department but Filipino PlayBook app developers made sure that there are a handful of useful apps that would cater to Pinoys. Check out these free apps made by Filipino developers for the BlackBerry PlayBook. MMDA for BlackBerry If you bring your PlayBook with you whenever you drive around the city then this app is a must to navigate your way through Metro Manila traffic. Plan your trip by checking the traffic situation in areas like EDSA, C5, SLEX, Roxas Blvd, Ortigas, Commonwealth, Marcos Highway, Katipunan, Espana, & Quezon Ave. MMDA FAQs and a Directory are also included for your guidance. PH Weather Whever you’re planning to take a trip it is important to have an idea on what the weather it might be like during those dates. It may be sunny in Manila but it may not be when you arrive in Davao. PH Weather app shows updates on Philippine weather conditions, forecasts and news, gathered from the DOST-PAGASA and other media sources. The satellite images cover not just the Philippines, but also Taiwan and neighboring South East Asian countries. Images can be animated and supports panning, zooming and pinch-to-zoom. Deal Detector Pinoys are really fond of those deal sites sprouting everywhere and it’s getting hard keeping track of new deals, expiring deals, or basically every deal that they offer. If you don’t want to floor your mail from newsletters with these deal sites, get the Deal Detector for the BlackBerry PlayBook instead. With Deal Detector, you can see all the best deals in town, check how far away you are from them, get notified everytime a new deal is available, and browse through local deals even without internet connection. Dama Fancy a game of Dama with your pops? If you still know how to play it that is. The Dama app for the PlayBook showcases two popular forms of Filipino Dama – Dama and Perdigana, as well as the standard English Draughts, also known...

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BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS Review, major changes ahead

Mar 04, 12 BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS Review, major changes ahead

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

The BlackBerry PlayBook got a major OS upgrade that made this solid tablet from RIM more complete. When the PlayBook was first launched, the limitations it presented made it only appealing to existing BlackBerry users because it depended a lot on a paired BB smartphone. With the OS 2.0 upgrade though, even non-BlackBerry phone owners can enjoy this tablet almost as much as those who have BlackBerries. Let’s take a deeper look at what the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 has to offer and see if it’s now really ready for prime time. Folders and Favorites First thing I noticed in the main screen was that there are no more Tabs (All, Favorites, Media and Games) which is what I prefer since there’s not much apps to go around anyway. What’s left are six slots which you can customize to hold your favorite apps. Swipe up and you will see the rest of your apps divided into pages. You can now also create folders to group your apps, similar to what iOS is doing. Press the app until you see it pulsating then drag and drop it on top of another app to create your folder. Accounts One of the first thing you would definitely do once you upgrade to 2.0 is to set up your accounts. You can set up E-mail/Calendar and Contacts accounts, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This will serve as your starting point before you can make use of the other new apps. One thing I noticed though is that you can’t enroll multiple Twitter accounts which is something that RIM should allow on the next update. Messages One of the major update here is the Messages app which is more than just a native e-mail app. Previously you can only access e-mail from your BlackBerry phone via Bridge. RIM decided on this one for security reasons but it really gave the PlayBook a huge limitation especially for non-BlackBerry users. With the new Messages app, you can enroll different e-mail accounts including...

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available

I’ve been waiting for this news to break since this morning and finally, the confirmation that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is already available has reached us. PlayBook owners rejoice! We did a preview on some of the major features the update has to offer but if here it is again for good measure. Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter®, as well as personal and work email accounts. Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps:  The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it.  Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts. New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook. Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™...

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Plants vs. Zombies makes its way into the BlackBerry PlayBook

Feb 21, 12 Plants vs. Zombies makes its way into the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted by in Gaming, Laptops & Tablets

Feb 21 has come and almost gone and we still haven’t heard of the 2.0 update for the BlackBerry PlayBook. However, fans of casual gaming might be happy to learn that one of the top games from PopCap games, Plants vs. Zombies, has finally made its way to the PlayBook. I know it’s not a new game and you’ve probably finished it already but to those who are looking for quality games for the PlayBook should definitely get Plants vs. Zombies. It’s available in the BlackBerry App World for $4.99 which is cheaper than the iPad version ($6.99). Related posts: BlackBerry PlayBook finally gets Angry Birds...

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Preview: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update

Feb 15, 12 Preview: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update

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Earlier we were able to get a sneak preview of what’s coming for the BlackBerry PlayBook and its QNX 2.0 OS which should be coming our way real soon. Like this month soon. The 2.0 update on the BlackBerry PlayBook took care of most of the features that were lacking in the current build. And here we’re going to walk you through on the highlights that you should expect from the PlayBook OS 2.0 update. Native E-mail App This is one of the things that made non-BlackBerry users shy away from the PlayBook before. But now with a built-in native e-mail app that supports unified inbox, you can make sure that you have all your e-mails with you on your PlayBook. Not only can you add your Outlook Exchange, Gmail and Yahoo! accounts but you can also add your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts as well to view messages from them. You can view all messages in one view or by separate accounts so you won’t get overwhelmed. Native Contacts App Now with the built-in Contacts apps, aside from storing contacts from your BlackBerry smartphone, you can also pull contacts from the different accounts you registered into the PlayBook. Contact list from Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! or what have you can be easily transferred to the PlayBook Contacts App. We were told that the 2.0 update can automatically link multiple accounts of a single person. If you have Jose pulled from your phone’s contact list, the PlayBook will automatically link Jose’s other information pulled from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Native Calendar App The new Calendar App on the PlayBook is nicely made I should say. You can easily see which dates have events on them and has a very intuitive way of creating events. You can also include people from your contact list as you create meetings and appointments and have the option to shoot them an e-mail or a message for that event. It can also pull calendar from your Gmail, Facebook or other...

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What’s new with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0?

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is in need of an update to keep up with what other tablet’s are capable of and the company just previewed the upcoming OS 2.0 during the recently held CES 2012. What everybody’s expecting is the Android sandbox which would allow PlayBook users to download, install and run apps from the Android market. Unfortunately, it’s not included in this update. What RIM focused on are connectivity and productivity enhancements including the much-needed native e-mail app. Here are the list of updates included in the PlayBook OS 2.0: Advanced Messaging Experience: New unified inbox – a powerful unified inbox within the built-in messaging app allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter®, LinkedIn® and others – all in one place. Multi-tasking within email – by extending the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s multitasking capabilities to ‘tabbed email’, users are able to reference one email while they compose another. Rich-text email composing and editing – new features within the Messages app enable users to benefit from full support of fonts, formatting and editing of email threads, offering a robust email experience similar to that of a PC or laptop. Inbox management tools – allows for powerful inbox search across multiple email accounts, as well as the ability to set out-of-office messages and email signatures directly from their tablet. Deep Integration of Social Relationships: Innovative people-centric calendar – in addition to standard calendar features that help users plan and organize their day, the powerful built-in Calendar app provides the unique ability for users to view their calendar by who they are meeting with that day and review valuable information about that contact. Information is consolidated automatically from social networking sites about that contact and/or their company. Relationship-centric contacts app – more than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub – merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels)...

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RIM slashes price off BlackBerry PlayBook to $299 for all models

Still not decided whether to get a BlackBerry PlayBook or not? Maybe this limited offer from RIM might push you to get one. Until February 4, you can get a BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM’s US online store for just $299. That’s for any models. Whether it’s a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. It’s a $400 discount for the 64GB version. You might want to act quick because that 64GB stocks might not last. Even so, a $299 16GB is already a steal anyway. RIM is clearly moving stocks on the PlayBook because they really can’t do it without having some sort of a fire sale. If they can’t make a profit on the PlayBook maybe they can force you to spend on their accessories. Hehehe. The BlackBerry PlayBook is beast of a tablet and the only thing it lacks are apps. If you’re not too concerned much on apps then at best it’s a great multimedia device. Or you could wait for the Android sandbox app to be available so you can install apps from the Android market. I know I am that’s why I’m not to keen on letting go of my PlayBook. Now if only the Philippine market will follow suit. [Shop BlackBerry] Related posts: Take Php8,600 off a BlackBerry PlayBook when you buy a BlackBerry phone BlackBerry PlayBook demoed, looks blazing fast Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook The BlackBerry PlayBook Experience BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook mail client and Android player screenshots...

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BlackBerry PlayBook finally gets Angry Birds app

If you’re done or tired with Need For Speed on your BlackBerry PlayBook, you might be happy to learn that everybody’s favorite birds and pigs are now available in the App World for PlayBook users. For those who cannot wait for the Android sandbox app for the PlayBook, the Angry Birds trio (Original, Rio and Seasons) will have to satisfy your cravings for Android apps. Unlike in the Android Market though, these games aren’t free and each costs $4.99. If you can’t afford it maybe you can use the “Gift Request” feature of the new App World. Related posts: RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook Review BlackBerry PlayBook in Canada gets $300 price slash Take Php8,600 off a BlackBerry PlayBook when you buy a BlackBerry...

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Take Php8,600 off a BlackBerry PlayBook when you buy a BlackBerry phone

To give Pinoys more reasons to get a BlackBerry PlayBook this Christmas, RIM is having a promo where you can get Php8,600 off on your PlayBook purchase whenever you buy any BlackBerry smartphone from any authorized resellers. The BlackBerry PlayBook is still a versatile tablet despite the lack of apps and would be a great companion for that new BlackBerry smartphone. You can buy any BB phone, even the Pearl or old Curves but I would suggest getting a one that is capable of 3G so you can share your BIS to your PlayBook. You can tether your BlackBerry’s internet connection to the PlayBook so you can enjoy surfing the net on a bigger display. This promotion is already ongoing and will last for the whole year. Related posts: BlackBerry PlayBook demoed, looks blazing fast Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook Review BlackBerry PlayBook mail client and Android player screenshots...

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BlackBerry PlayBook in Canada gets $300 price slash

My goodness. If you live in Canada or have a friend who lives there, you might want to take the opportunity to avail of the BlackBerry PlayBook for as low as $199 (16GB). That’s around Php8.5k for a nice, premium-looking tablet! From now until Nov. 24, all models of the BlackBerry PlayBook gets a $300 price slash all over Canada (until the 22nd in Quebec). That means the 64GB version is cheaper than the original price of the 16GB, $399 against $499. These discounted BB PlayBook are available in Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Future Shop and Staples across Canada. In fact, you can even order online from BestBuy Canada. Trivia: Canada is the home of BlackBerries, one of their major contribution to the world aside from Justin Bieber. 😛 [RFD] Related posts: RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook lands at Globe, comes with Curve or Torch BlackBerry PlayBook Review BestBuy slashes price on BlackBerry PlayBook by...

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