Tag Archives: CES2012

Playbook QNX finds a home inside a Porsche 911 a Dynamic Duo.

Blackberry Playbook running QNX finds a home inside a Porsche 911 (video)


Blackberry’s QNX division wants to expand its footprint and the next major push is inside your car. To that end, a handful of QNX engineers ripped out the stock (and pretty damned good) Porsche head unit on a 911 convertible and stuffed it with a new capacitive screen running the latest build of the OS. As you can see in the video after the jump, it’s an attractive and quick setup, that does everything from VOIP calls to navigation, and since it’s running the same software as the Playbook, it can theoretically run Android apps to boot – even if the reps on hand wouldn’t admit it.

via QNX finds a home inside a Porsche 911 (video) — Engadget.

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle BlackBerry integration!

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle BlackBerry integration..Its 2012, the RIMpire is going to strike back… Time to get ride off those (An)droids….

Ford has quite the presence at CES 2012. From the slick Evos concept car to the upcoming Focus Electric (with nice mobile app integration) and 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford has a strong showing (which is impressive, when you consider that the Detroit Auto Show is also this week). In addition to the mobile integration going with the Focus Electric, Ford’s moving forward full stream with their in-car infotainment system Sync. Powered by Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, Sync has been leading the in-car media game for a few years now, and the latest version naturally kicks things up another notch. Sync integrates with BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices, allowing a driver to control apps on the device with a combination of voice commands, steering wheel controls, and the center stack and touchscreen.

via Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle BlackBerry integration | CrackBerry.com.

First Look: Full Video Walk Through of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 Native Email, Calendar, Contacts and more!

Full Video Walk Through of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 Native Email, Calendar, Contacts and more! 

Native. Email. Contacts. Calendar. Are. Finally. Here. REJOICE!!!! You know what they say, better late than never. We would have loved to see native email, calendar and contacts at CES 2011 when we first went hands on with the BlackBerry PlayBook last January, but good things take time and we’re really excited by what we’re seeing with RIM’s implementation of native email, calendar and contacts here on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2. As you’ll see in the video above, RIM went beyond the basics here to provide really value-added integration of the entire messaging experience on the PlayBook.

Beyond just email, you have full out social integration within the messages app delivering a unified inbox for all your messaging, being able to add accounts for things like Twitter and Linked In easily from Settings Menu (and I’m loving the ability to easily compose and jump between multiple email drafts). The contacts app is much more than just contacts, becoming more of a social hub where tapping on a contact will pull in a person’s data from connected services. And even the calendar brings people more cleanly into the experience. Toss in autosuggestion/correction on the PlayBook (finally!) that looks pretty solid in its implementation, and things are looking really promising here for the PlayBook OS 2 and the upcoming release of BlackBerry 10.

One of the things I’m sure will get talked about a lot this week is the fact that ActiveSync is being used as the transport here vs. the traditional RIM NOC, but that doesn’t seem to be a bad thing for users as the two way syncing back and forth is instant. And for enterprises that have fleets of BlackBerry Smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBooks can be provisioned and managed (control IT policies, etc.) with BlackBerry Fusion running on top of BES. With PlayBook OS 2.0 being the basis of BlackBerry 10, it makes for some interesting thinking though on what will happen to NOC going ahead (and RIM’s licensing fees/revenue) down the road.

We’ll be following up soon with more of a deep dive feature by feature post of the new apps and what it all means, but in meantime check out the video above and get intimate with native email, calendar and contacts on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Now we just need February to get here so PlayBook owners can download the update!

via First Look: Full Video Walk Through of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 Native Email, Calendar, Contacts and more! | CrackBerry.com.

RIM brings update for PlayBook and BlackBerry in 2012, OS2

CES 2012: RIM brings update for PlayBook and BlackBerry


The BlackBerry update has already been rolled out while the PlayBook update is expected to arrive in February this year.

As The Mobile Indian reported earlier, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a major update of its QNX operating system which runs its PlayBook tablet. Along with that the Canadian company has also announced some minor updates for its iconic BlackBerry smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, USA.

The new PlayBook 2.0 operating system comes with in-built email, calendar and address book functions. Notably, RIM has some time back released the Software Development Kit or SDK of PlayBook OS2.0 OS for app developers. With this, PlayBook owners can now expect popular application from various different platforms like Android to be made available for their devices.

“BlackBerry PlayBook is already recognised for delivering powerful performance, true multi-tasking, advanced web browsing and HD multimedia in an ultra-portable design,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer at Research In Motion. “With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 we are building on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day.”

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update will be available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook users and is expected to be available in February this year.

via CES 2012: RIM brings update for PlayBook and BlackBerry.

Victorinox to launch 1TB USB / eSATA II flash drive with built-in LCD at CES! Nice gadget.

Victorinox to launch 1TB USB / eSATA II flash drive with built-in LCD at CES


Well it looks like everyone’s favorite pocketknife company is readying a 1TB combo USB 2.0/eSATA II flash drive for a CES launch next week — yes, one TERABYTE. From the looks of it, the Victorinox drive will come in black and red finishes with two bodies — one with a scissor and knife, and a TSA-friendly version without. Besides the optional implements, both drives appear to be virtually identical, with a key ring and plastic clasp to keep the drive safely covered when not in use. Once you’ve wrapped your head around that gigantic one-terabyte capacity, take a gander at the built-in monochrome LCD, which will be used to display drive contents and possibly a custom message. All we appear to be missing at this point are pricing and availability, and with an entire terabyte of storage, we can’t imagine this thing will be cheap.


via Victorinox to launch 1TB USB / eSATA II flash drive with built-in LCD at CES — Engadget.