— iPad 2: The iPad 2 will start getting shipped by manufacturer Foxconn Electronics in late February 2011, according to reports from Taiwanese component makers. The device had originally been expected to ship in January but got held up by tests being done to the device’s firmware. The sources say Foxconn shipped about six million iPads in Q3 of 2010; with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) announcing it had sold 4.18 million units in that quarter, that means there were about 1.8 million units of inventory carried over to the fourth quarter. (via Digitimes)
— PlayBook: Gearing up for the launch of its tablet device, RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) today said is now accepting PlayBook apps on its BlackBerry App World app store. To motivate developers, RIM is offering free PlayBooks to all developers who submit and get their apps approved before the device launches in North America. The actual launch date, and therefore the deadline for the offer, has yet to be confirmed but the U.S. release is roughly scheduled for the early part of 2011.
— Helio: Remember Helio, the MVNO that was acquired by Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM) in 2008 (now Sprint) and then shut down as a separate brand? If you were one of its 170,000 customers you may be eligible for a refund if you paid an early termination fee to leave the service: apparently the operator was over-charging ETF customers and there is now a class-action suit underway to recover the money. (via IntoMobile)