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Seven-inch tablets are all the rage again thanks to the Nexus 7, but that's not the only game in town. For $199, the 16Gb PlayBook is a very appealing choice (Flash support, anybody?). You'll also be able to upgrade it to BlackBerry 10 when that hits next year.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Some eight months after the device first appeared in Australia, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has finally released version 2.0 of its PlayBook tablet software. The big addition to this release? Native email, calendar and contact apps and the ability to run Android apps that have been optimised for the device.

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I always knew that the PlayBook would be a handy portable video player, and I anticipated using it for that when relaxing during the PlayBook Roaming experiment. What I didn't fully realise until I started planning for the trip was how useful it would be as an ebook reader.

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Tablets have become a staple for business travel, but how can you use them best to complement the existing tech (PC and phone) you already travel with? To find out, I hit the road for a trip to Europe armed with a BlackBerry PlayBook to gain some practical experience.

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As BlackBerry addicts and tablet fiends, we've been excited about the BlackBerry PlayBook ever since it was initially announced. BlackBerry's first tablet device is released in the US on April 19, and Research in Motion has confirmed to us that it will see an Australian release in the second calendar quarter, though an exact date hasn't been finalised.