4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook to be released by RIM in Canada

Tablets are abound in the tech market place nowadays. Ever since Apple launched their first iteration of the iPad, companies have started and raised to delve into the business.

Even fledgling companies are trying to develop their own in their bid to bounce back and reclaim lost glory.

Such is Research In Motion’s idea. Seeing a major drop in their smartphone business, RIM entered the tablet arena with their BlackBerry Playbook. The first Playbook has not faired well in the tech tablet market, compared to the iPad.

Now, RIM tests the 4G LTE waters as they launch their latest 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook this month. First announced at the Mobile World Congress a year ago, the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook tablet will be released on July 31. Hints and rumors have circulated over the Web regarding this device. Leaked images have been released but no official announcement has been made public.

According to mobilesyrup.com, they have been notified that the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook will be released via Bell. But they say that other Canadian telcos are set to carry the tablet. The 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook has a 1024 x 600 screen resolution with a 1.5 GHz processor. It also comes with a 1 GB of RAM and a 5 MP rear facing camera.

It is set to retail at $549.95.

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BlackBerry to act as credit card?

Cash, credit or BlackBerry?

Retail outlets may start asking Canadians these three words when checking out an item as CIBC and Rogers Communications announced a partnership that will harness the Near Field Communication technology that is a feature in newer BlackBerry’s that would allow your BB to act as your credit card.

Senior vice president of retail and business banking for CIBC David Williamson said, “Some people might not carry a wallet but they’ll always have their smartphone.”

But a research released by Google said that Canadians are not keen on the idea of using their smartphones to make purchases online. After polling about a thousand individuals who have smartphones, only 20 percent said they already purchased an item using their devices and 16 percent said they are going to increase mobile shopping next year.

Mastercard estimates that only 15 percent of Canadian consumers are willing to use a mobile device to pay for their items.

Ian Shelly from KPMG said that this figures are quite low. “The 15 percent number is really just the tech-savvy individuals who have kept up with the mobile payments agenda. But once these sorts of announcements come up I think you’ll see much greater adoption.”

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Google Chrome hacked with sandbox bypass

A Russian student who studies in Canada has successfully hacked into a fully patched Windows 7 64-bit version. He used a remote code execution vulnerability/exploit in Google Chrome.

Sergey Glazunov is a security researcher who finds security holes in Chrome and reports it directly to Google.

He earned $60,000 due to his exploits. He targeted two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities in the sub-system of the Chrome extension. Google is trying to partner with hackers to find holes in the system. In exchange they pay the hacker for his job. They call the Pwnium hacker contest which they are running this year.

Justin Schuh of Google said that, “It didn’t break out of the sandbox [but] it avoided the sandbox.” Glazunov’s exploits bypassed the browser sandbox in its entirety.

He also added, “It was an impressive exploit. It required a deep understanding of how Chrome works. This is not a trivial thing to do. It’s a very difficult and that’s why we’re paying $60,000.”

Sergei is a regular contributor in the Google bug bounty program. He also did a similar sandbox bypass bug before that is similar to his work. Schuh said that these types of full code execution that executes code outside the browser sandbox from a very small percentage of bug submissions.

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