RIM Working on a ‘BlackPad’ Tablet?

rims making changes to compete with droid iphone rim building

Canada’s Research in Motion is holding a press event on August 3 in New York where it is widely expected to unveil a new BlackBerry device to challenge Apple’s iPhone 4 and the growing hoard of Android-powered smartphones on the market. However, Bloomberg is reporting that the BlackBerry maker is also planning a tablet device to take on the Apple iPad—and, if RIM’s recent domain acquisitions are any indication, it may be called the “BlackPad.”

According to Bloomberg, which cites two people “familiar with the company’s plans,” RIM’s tablet device will feature a 9.7-inch diagonal screen and include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. However, instead of building in 3G connectivity or mobile broadband solutions—even as an option, as in the case of the iPad—RIM apparently expects users to pair the tablet device with a BlackBerry smartphone if they want to connect to the Internet using 3G. On one hand, that setup would appeal to folks who are already paying for data service for their BlackBerry device; on the other hand, it makes the hypothetical tablet device more of a peripheral to a smartphone rather than a standalone Internet-connected device.

Bloomberg claims RIM is eyeing a November introduction for the tablet.

Research in Motion recently acquired the domain blackpad.com, fueling speculation that the company plans to call its first tablet device BlackPad, in line with the company’s existing BlackBerry product line.

Some industry watchers speculate that rather than going after the consumer market with an initial tablet offering, RIM may choose to focus on its enterprise and government customers, making the tablet a larger interface to things like BlackBerry email and messaging services those organizations rely on, rather than trying to take on Apple—and the massive App Store—right out of the gate with a consumer offering.

Home Theater

MGM joins the streaming mega-race with launch of Epix Now service

In a widely anticipated move, MGM has launched Epix Now, a streaming platform that combines all four of its live TV channels, and a huge catalog of thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.
Mobile

You can now get Google Fi SIM cards straight from Best Buy

Google's wireless service known as Project Fi, now goes by the name of Google Fi. The company also announced the service is now compatible with a majority of Android phones, as well as iPhones. Here's everything you need to know about…
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for February 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Home Theater

Apple's new AirPods could arrive within months, pack health sensor tech

Apple may release new AirPods in the first half of 2019. A wireless charging case, health sensors, water resistance, and better Siri integration are some of the improvements rumored to be part of the new package.
Emerging Tech

Groundbreaking new technique can turn plastic waste into energy-dense fuel

The world has a waste plastic problem. Chemists from Purdue University have a potentially game changing solution: They want to turn it into a gasoline or diesel-like fuel. Here's how.
Emerging Tech

After a record-setting 15 years, NASA ends Opportunity rover’s tour of Mars

NASA has officially called it quits on its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, eight months after last hearing from the lander. The Rover landed on the Red Planet in early 2004.
Product Review

Yuneec’s Mantis Q will make you wish you bought a DJI drone

Yuneec’s high-end drones are arguably the ones to beat in terms of flight control, design, and their photographic capabilities. But the company has struggled to make a low-end drone that’s worth buying, and the Mantis Q is proof of that…
Emerging Tech

With CabinSense, cars will soon know who’s riding in them and respond accordingly

What if your car could know who's riding in it and customize the entertainment and safety options accordingly? That’s what's promised by the new CabinSense in-car Occupancy Monitoring System.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s ‘Refabricator’ lets astronauts recycle 3D-printed tools to make new ones

The International Space Station just received a fancy new gadget in the form of a Refabricator, a machine capable of 3D printing using recycled plastic materials. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Words are so 2018. The Peeqo robot speaks exclusively in GIFs and video clips

Move over, Amazon Echo! Peeqo is a cute robot that will answer your spoken word questions by displaying a specially selected short video or GIF. Because, you know, it’s the year 2019.
Emerging Tech

Airbus will stop making the world’s biggest passenger plane

Airbus announced this week that it will stop building the world's biggest passenger plane in 2021. The maker of the double-decker A380 said a changing market and lack of orders gave it little choice but to end production.
Emerging Tech

Exploding vape pen battery starts fire on SkyWest flight

A vape pen battery caused a fire in an overhead bin on a SkyWest Airlines flight on Wednesday. It's the latest in a string of incidents where faulty or poorly made lithium-ion batteries have caused gadgets to catch fire.
Emerging Tech

Photosynthesizing artificial leaf may be the air-cleaning tool we’ve dreamed of

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have invented an artificial leaf which could both clean up our air and provide a cost-effective type of fuel. Here's how it works.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.