News@10: BlackBerry Playbook Unveiled, Amazon Kindle App Beta Released & Microsoft Kinect

Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion has pulled the wraps from its first non-smartphone product, the Blackberry Playbook, a tablet computer that is set to target business users. The device was unveiled at a developer's conference in San Francisco on 27 September.

Amazon has released the beta version of its Kindle for the Web application. The application will allow consumers to sample Kindle e-books directly from a Web browser. The company is also encouraging bloggers and website owners to embed sample's of Kindle books on their platform, using the Kindle for the Web tool.

Microsoft has claimed that its Kinect motion sensing peripheral will have the biggest hardware sales launch in history. In an interview with Edge, Microsoft Game Studio's corporate vice president Phil Spencer said that the new gaming peripheral will have the biggest hardware launch ever - bigger than Xbox 360's.

A new version of the Apple iPad tablet may be released by June 2011 according to a pair of analysts from investment bank and securities firm, Goldman Sachs. report published by Henry King and Kevin Liu point to an iPad 2 that will come with a 9.7-inch display but which will be not only thinner but also lighter.

Microsoft has updated the Bing for iPhone app with enhanced search and map features. The updated Bing app, which rivals Google Mobile app for the iPhone, will come with a new travel feature, some improvements to its maps service and a new 'nearby' feature.