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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken 63

Posted by timothy
from the hardware-wants-to-be-free dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "A group of researchers is claiming that they've found a root exploit that enables them to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet made by Research In Motion. In a video demonstration of the jailbreak, one of the researchers shows off the ability to change the settings on a PlayBook and says that he also has the ability to install the Android Market app on the tablet."
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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken

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  • Almost worth it... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by rickb928 (945187) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @05:46PM (#38232368) Homepage Journal

    Best Buy is trying to dump these for $199.

    Only about $99 too high for me. Sorry, almost worth it, but I'm not springing $200 for what is a short-lived product. The hardware will not be supported much beyond warranty, I fear.

    Still, RIM is on track to convert to Android. So long as their mail client is better on Androidt than it is on iOS, they have a chance. Even Google is stumbling out of the iOS gate. There is still time for RIM to maintain some relevance.

    And privacy isn't much of a problem for RIM any more. They are no more or less secure than Facebook, and their corporate clients are losing any hope of being safe from the prying eyes of sovreign states. Welcome to the party, security is an illusion.

  • Re:Does this mean (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 01, 2011 @06:25PM (#38232694)

    You miss the point. It's not difficult.

    It's just ridiculously bozo-the-clown-shoes stupid

  • by taylortbb (759869) <`taylor.byrnes' `at' `gmail.com'> on Thursday December 01, 2011 @06:28PM (#38232720) Homepage
    RIM has been quite clear they're not abandoning the PlayBook, and have stated so officially on multiple occasions. Already there are starting to be rumours about a PlayBook 2. The OS on the PlayBook will power their next generation of phones, so they've got strong incentive to keep software development going. Despite all the bad press RIM remains quite profitable, making many hundreds of millions per year and selling over 40 million devices per year. They're not going to go bankrupt any time soon, and short of their bankruptcy the PlayBook won't be abandoned.

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