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Jim Balsillie Hints at NFC Chips and More Cool Things Coming

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The Web 2.0 Summit interview with Jim Balsillie wasn’t great because it seemed like John Battelle, the interviewer, wasn’t totally educated about BlackBerry and seems like he isn’t much of a BlackBerry user. Battelle had questions such as whether the PlayBook will be available to enterprise users which we all know because the fact that the tablet is BES-ready was a central part of the PlayBook announcement.

Speaking of the PlayBook, Jim dropped that the BlackBerry tablet has an open module and there is a lot of potential for the device. It would be strange if the module he was speaking of was the radio for carrier connectivity, because this has already been announced by RIM. So what else could this module be?

One of the cooler parts of the interview came when Balsillie came to the subject of NFC chips. During the interview, he said “We’d be fools to not integrate an NFC chip. And we’re not fools.” For those who don’t know, an NFC chip is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology that allows data exchange between devices at a range of about 10 centimeters. The chip is great for mobile payments which will open up BlackBerrys to more BlackBerry Wallet potential. I can’t wait for the days when I can completely ditch my wallet and keys for my BlackBerry.

On another note, it’s great to hear Jim Balsillie talk about the possibility of a quad-core, QNX OS BlackBerry that renders the web just as well as the PlayBook.

SquareTrade Releases Data About Smartphone Reliability and Accident Rates

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SquareTrade, a company that provides extended warranties and insurance for smartphones, released some data they collected about the various smartphones, their return rates and reliability. Here are some highlights:

  • The iPhone 4 has the greatest reliability with 2.1% experiencing a non-accident related malfunction in the first year.
  • Motorola and HTC came in at 2.3% and 3.7% malfunction rates in the first year, respectively.
  • BlackBerry devices had the lowest first-year accident rate, at 6.7%.
  • iPhone 4 had the highest first-year accident rate at 9.4%.

This seems in line with what we know about BlackBerry and iPhone. How many iPhone users do you know who have a cracked touchscreen in the first year of owning a device? By contrast, I have dropped my BlackBerry countless times and it keeps on ticking. In terms of reliability, I have had many devices brick for apparently no reason and the iPhone doesn’t have the same software issues. We can expect to see these numbers change significantly in RIM’s favor with QNX.

BeAmplified BlackBerry PlayBook OS Theme On Sale for 40% Off

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The PlayBook QNX OS looks pretty sweet. The device’s multitasking looks really powerful and we’re excited to see more demos of this device before it hits the market. Just as we saw BlackBerry 6 themes before the launch of the OS, we’re starting to see QNX OS themes hit the market now. One of these themes is BeAmplified and it comes with the BlackBerry 6 icons and a PlayBook style carousel with tiled app icons. This theme also comes with hotkeys that let you access features such as the browser, pictures, music, clock, SMS and more with a single key.

The BeAmplified PlayBook theme is available on sale for $2.99 (normally $4.99) so grab it while it’s priced so low.

QNX and RealVNC Team up for Terminal Mode: BlackBerry Automotive Integration

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Terminal Mode is a cool system based on RealVNC’s technology that uses VNC protocol to duplicate your BlackBerry’s screen on the car’s head unit to allow you access to mobile apps and content while on the road. The system bills itself as a safe solution but is it really all that safe? Why would staring at a car’s head unit be any more safe than looking at a BlackBerry screen? Granted, you have to strain your eyes a little less, but it’s not exactly Heads Up Display. Even though the system may not truly be safer, it’s definitely cool. You can play your BlackBerry’s music while using the native music controls, and navigation apps would really come to life with something like this.

More details available from RealVNC.

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Adobe MAX: RIM Announces the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR

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The PlayBook Tablet is expected to attract a wide range of new developers to the BlackBerry platform and at Adobe MAX, RIM announced the new BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The SDK will allow developers to create AIR applications for the PlayBook tablet using familiar development tools. The PlayBook will be the world’s first tablet built from the start to run Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR applications in a fully integrated, fully optimized fashion.

Adobe AIR developers can start building their applications today for BlackBerry PlayBook and will be able to start submitting their AIR applications for BlackBerry PlayBook to BlackBerry App World by end of this year.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, along with the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator, are both currently available in beta and can be downloaded for free from blackberry.com/developers/tabletos.

The full press release is available here.

BlackBerry PlayBook Admin Screen Proves QNX Software Isn’t Ready?

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UPDATE: This was actually an app being demo’d that was left on the screen. The screen you see isn’t actually anything from the PlayBook OS layer.

It’s pretty obvious that the QNX OS for the PlayBook isn’t ready to be handled yet, and that’s why RIM had the PlayBook behind glass cases (and still does). When something is demoed for the first time it’s almost always under very tight conditions and while it seems RIM rushed to demo, the expectations were a little low considering the PlayBook isn’t available until early 2011.

At the Gartner conference, the PlayBook was on display and big to show something like a dashboard/admin screen. It’s hard to tell if this is proof that the PlayBook OS isn’t ready, or if the demo units have some added admin software.

In any case, we’re all looking forward to getting our hands on the PlayBook and especially to get the QNX OS on BlackBerrys.