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Research In Motion Unveils iPad Competitor

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Research In Motion Unveils iPad Competitor

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Research In Motion Unveils iPad Competitor

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The company that makes the BlackBerry used to dominate the smartphone market. Then Apple introduced the iPhone. Now, BlackBerry's maker, Research in Motion, is coming out with a tablet computer that takes on Apple's iPad. It's called the PlayBook.

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NPR's business news starts with a rival for Apple's iPad.

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SHAPIRO: The company that makes the BlackBerry used to dominate the smartphone market. Then Apple introduced the iPhone. Now, BlackBerry's maker, Research in Motion, is coming out with a tablet computer that takes on Apple's iPad.

Research in Motion's tablet is called the PlayBook. It has a seven inch touch screen and a new operating system to address complaints that the software behind BlackBerrys is too clunky. But the tablet won't come out until early next year here in the U.S - that's after the holiday gift buying season and after other companies have released their competing tablets.

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