Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial on the Blackberry Playbook! Since the advent of the OS2 update and the Android emulation software the Blackberry Playbook is enjoying a brief resurgence in the market. With most tablets many popular apps are region locked. This means if you live outside of the USA you will not get Blackberry Videos, Blackberry Podcasts and many more essential apps. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you all the steps involved in finding a VPN, entering it on your Playbook and installing new apps.
The first step you want to take is to find a solid VPN IP Address. These always change and are often unreliable after a few days of usage. I recommend the service listed HERE. They have a dynamically updating list of USA based IP addresses you can use on your Playbook. Getting an IP to work might take you a few tries.
Once you find a few IP addresses you want to hit the settings menu on your Playbook and then select WIFI. Your home WIFI address should already be saved and you want to use the drop down menu to access your saved wireless access points. Once your home WIFI address is listed you can click on the name of it and this brings up an editing menu. Scroll downwards and check the option that says “Use HTTP Proxy.” Enter the numbers and port number and select the option “Allow Inter Access Behavior.” Next click save and it will use this VPN address to ride an internet connection. A good way to test to see if your IP address works is to use the web browser and open up Google or whatever other webpage. If it loads, your fine and you should then see an update prompt.
Once you update your Playbook and reboot it you will notice some new apps listed on your Playbook. Twitter, Video Chat, Youtube, Podcasts, Slacker Radio and the Blackberry Music Store are all installed!! Speaking of Blackberry Podcast, our own Good e-Reader Radio Show is listed in the technology section! Give it a listen and add it as a favorite!
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.