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BlackBerry PlayBook Home Screen Icons

The BlackBerry PlayBook has icons on most of its screens. Enable the PlayBook Video Chat, Messenger, or the calendar with icons, or turn off airplane mode, the BlackBerry Bridge, or Wi-Fi with the icons [more…]

Using BlackBerry PlayBook Bridge

BlackBerry Bridge allows Internet tethering between the PlayBook and current BlackBerry smartphones (and some third-party smartphones) with Bluetooth communication. Plus, BlackBerry Bridge adds more apps [more…]

Using BlackBerry PlayBook Messenger

Send instant messages with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The PlayBook offers BBM as part of the BlackBerry Bridge. Wirelessly connect your tablet to a BlackBerry smartphone to send and receive instant messages [more…]

Setting a Password for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Creating and using a password for your BlackBerry PlayBook makes the device more secure. To set a password, make the password easy to remember but tough to guess. [more…]

BlackBerry PlayBook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can control BlackBerry PlayBook apps, including Video Chat and BBM, from home screen icons. Use the Bridge to connect to a Blackberry smartphone and send instant messages. Don't forget to protect your [more…]

Examining the HP TouchPad’s Capabilities

The TouchPad puts considerable computing power in your hands. But what, exactly, can an HP TouchPad do? Read on, to get a few ideas about what this handheld computer is capable of. [more…]

Unboxing Your HP TouchPad

The TouchPad comes in two distinct models: [more…]

Charging Your HP TouchPad's Battery

Like any new electronic device, your HP TouchPad may come out of the box with a little bit of battery power, but before you can do anything substantial, you'll need to charge the battery. Follow these [more…]

Completing the Initial Setup of Your TouchPad

When you turn on your HP TouchPad for the first time, you have to do some setup. The only two requirements are that your TouchPad should have a full battery charge, and you'll need access to a Wi-Fi network [more…]

Unlocking, Locking, and Password-Protecting Your TouchPad

Because your HP TouchPad’s touchscreen is its interface, it’s important to know how to allow and restrict access to the screen. When the touchscreen is locked, you can have your TouchPad ignore inadvertent [more…]

Turning Off Your TouchPad

Under normal use conditions, it’s usually sufficient to have your TouchPad remain in sleep mode, which blanks the screen and draws minimal power from the battery. If you’re not going to use your device [more…]

Preloaded Apps on Your TouchPad

Depending on where you purchased your HP TouchPad, it should come with about 15 preloaded apps. Some of these apps are preinstalled; others are just placeholder icons that use your network connection to [more…]

The Exterior of Your HP TouchPad

Your TouchPad’s black casing makes it look like one seamless unit, but on closer inspection, its anatomical features become readily apparent. Here is a brief rundown of these parts and their functions, [more…]

The HP TouchPad's Home Screen

The Home screen is your TouchPad’s default base of operations, equivalent to the desktop on your computer. The primary view of your TouchPad is Card view, shown in the following figure. [more…]

Change or Reorder Saved Networks on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Once you’ve connected to a network, the BlackBerry PlayBook makes it easy to reconnect when you’re in the same electronic neighborhood. If more than one of the saved networks is within reach, the PlayBook [more…]

What You Need to Use the BlackBerry PlayBook

Well, obviously you need a BlackBerry PlayBook. But you won’t be able to do anything with it, at least at first, until you connect to the Internet and configure it for the first time. Here’s a list of [more…]

Get to Know the Inside of Your BlackBerry PlayBook

An area that few BlackBerry PlayBook users will ever see is the inside. Here the clever engineers and designers have managed to squeeze all of the electronic parts that make this plastic case into a computer [more…]

Three Regions of the BlackBerry PlayBook Touchscreen

Consider some metaphorical places on the front touchscreen of the BlackBerry PlayBook when you are looking at the home page. Although the entire screen can display a single image or document page, the [more…]

Set Up WiFi or Cell Connection for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Although the BlackBerry PlayBook isn’t alive, it does have certain needs that must be dealt with before it can do that thing that it does so well. You can mostly just sit back and respond to questions [more…]

ID Yourself and Upgrade the BlackBerry PlayBook OS

As part of the setup process for your new Blackberry PlayBook, you will need to apply for a BlackBerry ID or apply an existing one to your new PlayBook. [more…]

How to Pair Your BlackBerry PlayBook to a Smartphone

At any time you can pair a BlackBerry smartphone to your BlackBerry PlayBook. This is one of the key differences between this tablet and the others.

The process of pairing uses a utility called BlackBerry [more…]

Attach Your BlackBerry PlayBook to PC or Mac

With all the BlackBerry PlayBook’s wireless capabilities, it is still necessary (and sometimes easier) to connect to a personal or laptop computer with a wire [more…]

Master BlackBerry PlayBook Basic Gestures

You can accomplish just about anything you want on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using one or sometimes two fingers. They’re called gestures. The active area for the touchscreen of the BlackBerry PlayBook [more…]

Advanced Gestures to Use on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Some advanced gestures help you get into the innards of the operating system and the exteriority of the apps and utilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook. [more…]

How to Change the BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard

The basic keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook is a recognizable version of the familiar QWERTY device that most of us have learned to master to some degree or another. [more…]

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