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BlackBerry adds BBC shortcuts to PlayBook tablets

All new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets will come with web icons pre-installed for UK public broadcaster the BBC’s News and iPlayer apps.

Existing users will be presented with a software update notification on their status ribbon or can access the update from the software updates item in the settings menu. “The addition of these web icons provides more convenient access to BBC News and a wealth of BBC programmes on demand,” the BBC said in a blog posting.

The BBC News shortcut will link to the desktop version of the BBC News website, and the BBC iPlayer shortcut will link to a browser optimised for portable devices.