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Research in Motion finally releases the PlayBook’s make-it-or-break-it software upgrade

The much-anticipated software upgrade for RIM’s PlayBook is finally here (yes, the same one that we were told in April 2011 would arrive ”very, very soon”). As expected, the free PlayBook OS 2.0 update includes an email inbox that integrates accounts from various social networks, a built-in calendar and support for Android apps—but still no BlackBerry Messenger. Is it enough to save a gadget that has received tepid reviews, had its price slashed and been overshadowed by executive misbehaviour? Actually, it might be. Techies approve, and deep discounting increased RIM’s share of the Canadian tablet market to about 15 per cent. It also doesn’t hurt that the PlayBook now has a few hockey players on its team (although we’re not sure that it’s helped much, either). Read the entire story [Globe and Mail] »

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