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Samsung reportedly signs $100 million NBA deal to bring tablets & TVs courtside

“People familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal that the partnership will see Samsung become the “official provider” of NBA technology. As such, officials will get LCD monitors to review calls during a game while teams will apparently be presented with tablets to look at plays. In return, the NBA will supposedly deliver custom content for Samsung’s collections of tablets and internet-connected Smart TVs. The National Basketball Association– which has previously enjoyed partnerships with both Hewlett Packard and Chinese appliance maker Haier – is no stranger to tablets.   As long ago as 2011, 10 NBA [...]
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Struggling BlackBerry lays off 100 staff

The Financial Post reports that the redundancies are for personnel based out of the firm’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, but doesn’t know if this move will effect some divisions worse than others. In a statement, the PlayBook tablet maker said that it was in the ‘second phase of our transformation plan’. This news less than a month after BlackBerry cut another 250 jobs at the company’s HQ. The firm recently established a special committee to look for a buyer.
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NFL playbook iPad app touches down with new funding

The PlayerLync iPad app is apparently used by 16 teams in the NFL – including Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens – with the firm charging these teams $20,000 to $50,000 each year to use the service. The iPad app essentially replaces DVDs and printed scouting reports for learning about their opposition. Using the app, teams can automatically sync content across devices, view match recordings and even annotate footage, documents and playbooks. PlayerLync started on iPad but is also now available for Windows 8 and is expected to come to Android in the near future.
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Executive in charge of BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet is leaving

David J. Smith, executive VP in charge of mobile computing, has resigned for personal reasons, a BlackBerry spokesman said. The move happened within the past few weeks, said a person familiar with the matter. The spokesman added that Mr. Smith “continues to come into work every day and is committed to working with BlackBerry through a proper transition.”  The highly-touted PlayBook stumbled out of the gate due to what many analysts considered a lack of core features and never sold well. Last year BlackBerry wrote down nearly $500 million in unsold PlayBook inventory. Source article
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BlackBerry confirms BB10 won’t come to PlayBook tablets after surprise loss

Announcing the results today, the company revealed that revenues increased from $2.8 billion a year ago to $3.1 billion but reported a GAAP (Generally accepted accounting principles) loss of $84 million. This will come as a blow to the company, which renamed from Research in Motion at the start of the year. The firm has made significant job cuts over the last year and had looked to have turned a corner when it reported a profit of $94 million just last quarter. BlackBerry says that it shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones in Q1, which was up 13% on a quarter-on-quarter basis, and revealed that it also shipped 100,000 PlayBook tablets. However, in a [...]
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