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Creating such shortcuts can save you time, since they eliminate the need to open your tablet browser and type in a specific Web address. To create a PlayBook home-screen shortcut, launch your browser and navigate to the page for which you want to make a new shortcut. Next, tap the star icon with a plus sign in the top-right corner of the browser to bring up an on-screen menu--you may have to drag a finger down from the top of your browser to see the star icon, depending on your browser settings.

Finally, click the Add to Home Screen option from the menu, and the shortcut will be automatically added to your PlayBook's "All" pane. One of the best things about RIM's PlayBook tablet is its ability to "multitask," or run multiple applications at the same time. So, for example, you can listen to music via the core music-player app while responding to e-mail using BlackBerry Bridge. But the PlayBook ships with a default setting that "pauses" some applications when you navigate away from them, which can be both a good and bad thing.

It's good if you're playing a videogame, and you quickly hope over to Bridge to check a new e-mail or BlackBerry Messenger BBM message because your game pauses on its own.


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However, you may not always want apps to pause when you leave them. I constantly employ Amazon's Cloud Drive to listen to my music on-the-go, but since Cloud Drive tunes are accessed via the PlayBook browser, I don't want the browser to pause when I jump to my e-mail inbox because my music then pauses, as well. So I changed the default app-setting from Paused to Showcase.

To modify this setting, open your PlayBook's General Settings menu by tapping the gear icon in the top-right corner of your home screen. Then scroll down to and select the General option to display additional settings. On the General page, tap the drop-down menu next to Application Behavior and change the setting to Showcase. As such, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the various PlayBook Wi-Fi settings, since you'll presumably be using Wi-Fi often.

When, or if, you connect a BlackBerry smartphone to your PlayBook using BlackBerry Bridge, the tablet automatically imports your Wi-Fi profiles, so you don't have to re-enter all of your network information. But sometimes you're in areas with more than one available Wi-Fi network. Thankfully, the PlayBook lets you prioritize your networks, so you connect to the network of choice first. To prioritize one network over another, again open your PlayBook's General Settings menu by tapping the gear icon in the top-right corner of your home screen.

Finally, locate the networks you wish to connect to, and prioritize them by touching and holding a network name, then dragging it to the top of the networks list, with the network you wish to connect to first at the top. Then simply order your networks according to how you want to connect them, from top to bottom, with your preferred Wi-Fi networks on top. If you share your tablet with others, or just don't like leaving a digital trail, you may want to employ the PlayBook's private browsing feature, which stops your browser from storing certain information about where you've been on the Web.

Private browsing doesn't eliminate all traces of your whereabouts, but it covers up the majority of easily accessible on-device information, like browser history, cookies, etc.

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To enable private browsing on your BlackBerry PlayBook, first launch your tablet's browser. Next, open your browser options by dragging a finger downward from the top of you display, and then click the Options gear icon to show some more settings. Your PlayBook's browser remains in private mode until you switch it off, so simply reverse the process described above when you want your browser to resume collection of your browsing data. Follow Al on Twitter ASacco. Follow everything from CIO.

Email Al at asacco cio. Former CIO. Al also managed CIO. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover and Red Sox fan. Here are the latest Insider stories. More Insider Sign Out. Sign In Register. Sign Out Sign In Register. Latest Insider. Digital Magazine. John E said on April 25th, at pm quote. Do you not check things out before you buy? Personally I knew all about the issues before I purchased the playbook, its not the end of the world!! It was one month before they came out with an update.

I was losing my internet connection every two minutes. Desrosiers said on April 25th, at pm quote. I checked it out before I bought, read hundreds of reviews and have been doing embedded development for over a decade. I know how these things work, inside and out.

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No, of course it can. Desrosiers said on May 30th, at pm quote. Big difference. Also, people will watch full-length movies on their PlayBook, just like they do on other tablets. At 64GB of storage, what do you expect to put in there? Not likely.. Your entire music collection? Possibly, but then again, songs can exceed 5 minutes in length, breaking this design. If not, someone will root the hardware and stick a proper OS on it like Android, and get the function out of the hardware that it was designed to have.

Lou said on July 27th, at pm quote. Honestly, why waste so much of your time complaining in an article on the internet? You obviously have enough time to critique every little aspect of something so insignificant. If you think you have all the solutions, then go right ahead and make yourself a device that works absolutely perfectly.

You must have a certain disregard when it comes to tact, for in reading even one sentence I could see the smugness practically dripping from each word. My advice? If you want your Playbook to last longer, turn off the wifi when not in use. That is, unless you spend your existence on the internet. If you had displayed the article in a much better light, perhaps your specific and somewhat obsessive notions would hold some weight.

I rest my case. Ranger said on September 8th, at pm quote. I just purchased a playbook and also have a BB I have not had any of the issues mentioned above. I love both of my devices and they work perfect seperately and together. I highly recomend the Playbook!! PhilipP said on November 17th, at pm quote. Kevin said on November 25th, at am quote.

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Every time other device says file transfer failed. When I try to re connect in playbook, Connect Device button is disabled. Andrew said on December 28th, at am quote. You must be logged in to post a comment. Bad Behavior has blocked access attempts in the last 7 days. Boy was I wrong. No wireless, no tablet.