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    BlackBerry BlackPad is On the Way

    According to a report on Bloomberg, Research in Motion Ltd., (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry, is planning to introduce its own tablet computer this November. The report cites two unnamed sources who say that the device, to be known as the Blackpad, will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad and will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that will allow users to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry.

    Although RIM won’t comment on the rumor, the company reportedly acquired the rights to the domain this month. The device will supposedly be priced similarly to the iPad, with the sources saying RIM will be looking to maximize profits from each device instead of attempting to maximize sales by significantly undercutting the iPad’s price.

    With the number of apps available in the App Store (over 225,000 apps as of last month) being one of the major selling points of the iPad, RIM will face a challenge convincing people to opt for a similarly priced device that has access to around only 7,000. One thing the Blackpad will apparently have that the iPad doesn’t is front- and rear-facing cameras to enable video conferencing.

    But the Blackberry’s strength has always been its e-mail capabilities and it is this that RIM will be looking to leverage with the new device. The tablet will reportedly be closely integrated with the smartphone’s e-mail system and will have similar security for messaging.

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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