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How to Launch the Pictures App on the BlackBerry PlayBook

The pictures app is one of the utilities that come as part of the basic operating system for the BlackBerry PlayBook. You can load it one of three ways: [more…]

Camera Pictures, Photos, Wallpaper, or All Pictures Folders on Your PlayBook

On your BlackBerry PlayBook, the Camera Pictures, Photos, Wallpaper, or All Pictures folders offer you plenty of options. Here’s what you can do with the Camera Pictures, Photos, Wallpaper, or All Pictures [more…]

Set Up a Video Shoot on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The video cameras in the BlackBerry PlayBook use the same lenses (and much of the same electronics) as the digital still cameras. Again, the rear-facing camera [more…]

Play and View Videos on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

To watch a video on your BlackBerry PlayBook, go to the Videos folder and select one of the files. Then simply tap the image. The PlayBook comes with a three-minute high-definition video demonstration [more…]

Browse for a Book with Kobo on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The Kobo store on the BlackBerry PlayBook is essentially the same as the online bookstores for Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, the Apple iBookstore, the Google eBookstore, and others. You can browse the [more…]

Buy Books from Kobo on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

If one part of using the BlackBerry PlayBook has been tested six ways to Sunday, it’s user efficiency and satisfaction in the purchasing process. After all, that’s where the money is; although Research [more…]

Read a Book on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The actual process of reading a book on your BlackBerry PlayBook is about as simple as, well, reading a printed book. The BlackBerry PlayBook comes with the Kobo Books Reader app. [more…]

Reading Menu Options on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

You can read digital books from your BlackBerry PlayBook. When you swipe down from the top bezel of the screen (or tap in the center of the screen) in the Kobo Books Reader app, the following reading menu [more…]

Sources for Reading Material for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The Kobo Books Reader is intended for use with titles that are downloaded from the Kobo site. That doesn’t, however, mean that this is the only possible source for reading material for your BlackBerry [more…]

How to Hang Wallpaper on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

On your BlackBerry PlayBook, your home page is kind of like your rec room; it’s a place where you hang out while you think about where you want to go next. You can choose to have a subtle, unobtrusive [more…]

Arrange Desktop Icons on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

It doesn’t take long for your clean BlackBerry PlayBook desktop to begin to look like the aftermath of an explosion in a cartoon candy store. The total of basic apps alone is about 40, and most users will [more…]

Place Icons in a Folder on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Properly arranged folders on your BlackBerry PlayBook are a beautiful thing — a work of organizational art. It also helps you find things in a hurry. The catch-all folder is the one with the appropriate [more…]

Choose a Keyboard for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook, as first delivered, can work with three slightly different keyboard layouts: QWERTY, QWERTZ, or AZERTY. The tablet, as sold in the United States and Canada, comes with the familiar [more…]

Password Protect Your BlackBerry PlayBook

To secure your BlackBerry PlayBook, you need to set a password for access to your PlayBook. Choose a password that’s easy to remember but difficult to guess. And please don’t write it down on a sticky [more…]

Crop Photos without an App on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

It isn’t the same as importing a digital image file into an image editing program — not even close — but if you want to make a quick but imperfect crop of an image taken with the BlackBerry PlayBook camera [more…]

Do a Factory Reset of Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Stop, wait, and think: if you’ve done all there is to do (including calling Research in Motion for their advice), you may have to wipe out your BlackBerry PlayBook’s memory. Think of Hal singing “Daisy [more…]

BlackBerry PlayBook Battery

Most BlackBerry PlayBook users are cordless for much of their time with the tablet because the PlayBook uses a high-tech rechargeable battery. The battery itself isn’t something you should ever expect [more…]

BlackBerry PlayBook Battery Charger

Your BlackBerry PlayBook battery is rechargeable. Research in Motion (RIM) is kind enough to include a charger in the nifty box that comes with the tablet. [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Your BlackBerry PlayBook Battery Charger

The BlackBerry PlayBook charger is a small sealed black box. You can only assume it is working when you plug it into your tablet. (It doesn’t even have an LED light to tell you if it’s working.) [more…]

Get the Most from Your BlackBerry PlayBook Battery

Usually, when you look at the things that use up battery in a computer, you consider things like the hard disk drive, CD/DVD motors, and fans. But the BlackBerry PlayBook has no moving parts. Instead, [more…]

Software Updates for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

You can count on Research in Motion (RIM) to notify you any time there’s an important update to your BlackBerry PlayBook’s OS. But you can also check whether a [more…]

Get Service Help for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Computers of all sizes — including the tiny BlackBerry PlayBook — come with almost no printed manuals (for which the authors of For Dummies books are thankful) and the advice from the pros is this: If [more…]

Find Out About Your BlackBerry PlayBook

One of the first things you should know how to do is to obtain the whys and wherefores of your BlackBerry PlayBook. To know the basics, consult the About screens [more…]

Generate General Logs for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is almost a sentient being; it clearly knows what’s going on within and without itself any time it’s powered on. Just check the logs. Nearly every element of the operating system [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Your BlackBerry PlayBook Browser

What should you do if your browser won’t browse? The first thing to do is figure out who is at fault: you, the BlackBerry PlayBook, your Internet connection, or the web page itself. If the PlayBook isn’t [more…]

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