Tech wrap: RIM’s Playbook recall

May 16, 2011

Research in Motion shares neared a two-year low after the BlackBerry maker said it has recalled about 1,000 of its Playbook tablets due to an operating system bug. Most of the devices affected remain in the distribution channel and haven’t yet been sold to customers, the Canadian company said in a statement posted on

RIM said it will replace faulty tablets and prompted customers who had received one to contact the company for help. Engadget, the technology blog that first broke the news over the weekend, has compiled a spreadsheet of the 935 alleged serial numbers affected by the recall.

Sony began restoring access to its PlayStation Network games service over the weekend, nearly a month after it was shut down due to a massive security breach that exposed personal details of 100 million users. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company apologized to customers for the service disruption and said it had implemented a new early warning system that would help prevent similar attacks in the future. Sony will phase in service on a country by country basis with the aim of having the process completed by May 31.

AT&T plans to launch a wireless security service for consumers next year that will help combat a big spike in cyber attacks on mobile devices, said John Stankey, the company’s head of enterprise business, in an interview ahead of the Reuters Technology and Telecommunications Summit.  Stankey said customers’ current reluctance to pay for such services will likely change as they become more aware of security threats that arise from using smartphones to download Web-based applications.

Barnes & Noble marked a milestone on Monday as it announced that 1 million applications had been downloaded from its Nook Color marketplace after its first week of business. Angry Birds topped the list as the most popular paid application, with Solitaire, Drawing Pad, Aces Jewel Hunt and Astraware rounding out the top five on the list.

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