- ‘Gay Jeans’ that fade into rainbow-colored denim created
- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
RIM to sell PlayBook tablet for under $500 in Q1
NEW YORK (AP) - When Apple has a hit on its hands, expect competing devices to start rolling in.
Research in Motion Ltd., maker of BlackBerrys, said its PlayBook tablet will go on sale in North America in the first quarter of 2011 for less than $500. The least expensive iPad costs $499.
With a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally, the PlayBook is smaller than the iPad. However, it has features the iPad lacks _ namely, the ability to pair the device with a BlackBerry phone. The phone’s content can then be seen on the tablet’s bigger screen.
The tablet also has two cameras, one of which can be used for video chatting. It also has a port, so one can connect the device to a high-definition television and watch a movie stored on the tablet.
The PlayBook wasn’t intended as an iPad clone, though. It will be marketed toward larger businesses, particularly information-technology staffs buying equipment for employees. By contrast, the iPad has been marketed toward consumers, although it has found its way into businesses, too. In some cases, employees bring their own iPads to the office, expecting to get work done on them.
RIM’s PlayBook is the latest tablet to get attention. Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday began selling its Galaxy Tab tablet, which also has a 7-inch display. It is now available through T-Mobile USA Inc. and will soon work with other U.S. phone companies, including Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp.
RIM has said that it will eventually release versions of the PlayBook that can get online over cellular 3G connections, but it has not yet announced any agreements with phone companies, nor has it said when it might sell those tablets. The ones coming first use Wi-Fi connections.
TWT Video Picks
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend
- Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Washington Redskins' 2014 schedule opens with Texans
- Texas is next! AG warns BLM wants 90,000 acres after Bundy ranch standoff
- Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws
- Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers, La. GOP chair charges
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014