Things are heating up again in the world of tablets. While talk of a tablet war is buzzing, with the latest player soon to be Microsoft, existing tablet makers are struggling to catch up with the iPad.

This week, Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 operating system on tablets at the Build conference and RIM announced its Playbook tablet sales had fallen far below expectations. 

Chris Nuttall

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday. It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services. Much more is missing too, as we found out in a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. 

Tech news from around the web:

  • Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney has broken down some of Google’s opportunities for new billion-dollar businesses, says TechCrunch. According to his estimates, YouTube’s gross revenues hit $825m in 2010 and will reach $1.3bn in 2011 and $1.7bn in 2012.


Tech news from around the web:

  • Wednesday sees the launch of the latest version of Apple’s iPad. The Cult of Mac blog says it has spoken to a Apple insider who says that while the new model will be thinner and lighter than first iPad and have both front- and rear-facing cameras for FaceTime…

Don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.


Tech news from around the web:

  • RIM is considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, according to BGR. The company is looking at using a Java virtual machine that would allow the forthcoming PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.