In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with guest host Holly Preston and I talk about the BlackBerry Playbook, calling it a cross between a tablet and a smart phone, while highlighting it’s touch border, lack of apps, user interface, and it’s need to tether to a BlackBerry. We also discuss the GSlate and other Android tablets. Yes, they play flash and it’s powerful and less expensive. We also talk about how the tablet market has taken off – we’ve realized we didn’t want bells and whistles and buttons on our computers, we just wanted functionality – and third party developers are being leveraged to customize every device. What’s next? The restaurant industry.