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BlackBerry PlayBook Gets a Healthy Update with Facebook, App World, Charging Improvements and More

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Jim Dog overseeing the fun.

The PlayBook is a great tablet. Don’t listen to the haters. It’s a rock solid piece of hardware and the software has huge potential. The problems with it stem from the fact that it’s a brand new OS and still needs a few updates. Recently, BlackBerry users were sent a pretty big update to the PlayBook and it improves many of the features you use on the device such as Facebook, App World, charging the device and video chat connectivity. These updates are welcome and we’re looking forward to more. Hopefully the summer vacation season won’t slow down QNX and we’ll see another big update soon.

New BlackBerry PlayBook OS v1.0.5 features include:
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The Associated Press Launches 2 News Apps with Localized Content Delivery

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American news agency the Associated Press launches two news apps on App World. AP Mobile world edition utilizes location-based services to deliver localized news. AP Móvil América Latina brings localized news to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries in either Portugese or Spanish.

AP Móvil América Latina delivers news to 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon choosing their region, users receive news, weather and other information in Spanish or Portuguese specific to their chosen location.
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Free Spanish Audio Lessons and Learning Materials App From S4BB

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S4BB have a new free app in App World called LearnSpanish that comes with 295 self-contained Spanish audio lessons that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. The app is based on useful phrases and dialogues, a technique that has been known to be successful with adult learners. There is a great deal of value here for any student looking to complement their Spanish courses so they can learn on the commute to school. Also, considering materials such as Rosetta Stone will cost you $700, this is a bargain.

Download LearnSpanish by S4BB from App World.

App World arrives in Latin America – expect more to come

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App World has arrived in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. It’s not clear whether this will be the same App World that we see here in North America, but chances are that the same applications will be distributed.

The only major difference is that users can choose to download BlackBerry App World in English or Spanish. A Portuguese version of the client interface is expected to be available later in 2009

Not only is this good for Latin America, but it should prove fruitful for the entire BlackBerry nation. App World does a great job of spreading smartphone application awareness, and teaching users that everyday tasks can be made much simpler with the use of a BlackBerry app. This smartphone lifestyle will promote more young Latin Americans to take up development as a career, and hopefully bring more bright minds to the BlackBerry platform.

This also reflects RIM’s strategy of making a tremendous push into Latin America as an emerging market. According to a recent interview with Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the region could prove very profitable for RIM. “The thought that Latin America and Western Europe could someday be like North America in terms of market penetration gets us very, very excited,” says Balsillie. Let’s hope he’s right!