Own a BlackBerry? Why RIM Is Doomed

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If you still own and use a BlackBerry, the future is not promising for its parent company, RIM, once a shining star that made mobile email a reality. Once again, it comes down to misjudging what we want.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Goods on June 5, 2012

CNet recently ran a story about the beginning of the end of RIM (Research in Motion), the BlackBerry parent company. Now the New York Times is reporting that RIM is delaying BlackBerry’s next version because the company reported a $518 million loss for the first quarter of the year. While CNet takes the point-of-view that RIM’s hiring of investment bankers is the sign of the apocalypse (which certainly is one indicator), my view is that this tipping point actually happened last year when RIM released its Playbook tablet. In one of the worst product introductions in tech history, RIM shipped the Playbook WITHOUT an e-mail client! That’s right, the company who popularized mobile e-mail shipped a product that COULDN’T do e-mail on its own (you could tether it to a Blackberry but that misses the point).

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Tablet Wars: Apple Mini iPad To Challenge Nexus 7?

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Watch for a September/October launch of an Apple mini tablet probably coupled with the intro of the iPhone 5 (4G LTE capable). But, that gives Google a three-to-four month head start with the Nexus 7, pictured here.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Goods, on July 5, 2012

It’s no surprise that tablet introductions have been prime news in the past month. Between Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, you’d think that the second coming is upon us. But look closer and there’s more to the story. First, there’s a big difference between the Surface and the Nexus 7, and that difference, besides the fact that the Surface DOESN’T have a release date nor price, is size. The Nexus 7 is much smaller, almost three inches smaller. It has received great reviews and PC Mag gave it an “Editor’s Choice Award” along with a 4.5 rating. Not bad. Dave Pogue, The New York Times Tech columnist, also likes the Nexus 7 and gave it a good review. But will the next iPad challenge that?

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Apple’s TV Will Change TV As We Know It And Here’s How

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Apple TV might be changing the game, want to know how?

Editor’s note: Originally posted on The Goods on June 4, 2012

If Steve Jobs was serious in telling author Walter Isaacson that he had “cracked it” –then the TV world is about to be shaken to its core. Once entertainment is available directly to Apple’s TV (or other smart TV), why would you need a content provider like Comcast or DirecTV?

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Why You Should Wait To Buy a Playstation 4 or Xbox One Until After the Holidays

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Fans scream over the Xbox One at the launch party in November. Will you be buying a Playstation 4 or Xbox One?

If you’re an avid or passive gamer or someone in your family is, then you’ve heard about Sony’s new Playstation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s new Xbox One. Both were just introduced a few weeks ago in November and both come to the market with high expectations. However, with the current pricing and game availability, it might be worth waiting until after Christmas to buy a Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

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No Worries About iPad Availability This Christmas

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Shoppers need not worry about iPad mini or iPad Air availability this holiday season. There’s still plenty of time to order before Christmas.

Since the introduction of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in October, pundits have been predicting that these tablets will be in short supply for Christmas and holiday giving. But there’s no need for worries about iPad availability from what I’ve seen.

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VIDEO: Buying As Seen On TV For Your Teen This Christmas

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Teenagers can be hard to shop for this time of year, unless you’re getting direct input from them. But if you want to surprise them, late night infomercials might hold the key to the perfect gift.

Buying gifts for your teenager or maybe a family friend’s can be a bit tricky. They’ve hit that age where they just aren’t easy to shop for anymore. As Seen On TV might be able to save the day. You’ve seen their infomercials and wondered about their products but are not really sure if you should make the leap. Well we at Viewpoints have found a few As Seen On TV products that might be un-reviewed, but the teenager (and possibly adult) on your Christmas list will like regardless.

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VIDEO: Sony PS4 FAQ: What’s Hot & What’s Not?

VIDEO: External hard drives are not compatible with the new PS4, so your only option will be to upgrade the internal hard drive, like in this Gamespot demonstration. 

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As we’re in the thick of the worldwide launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4, video game enthusiasts will have been delighted with the release of the long-awaited Sony PS4 FAQ on the PlayStation Blog, there to answer any residual questions that may have been lingering.

However, not only was the Sony PS4 FAQ painstakingly long, it also will have raised various concerns for music lovers, home theater fans and external hard drive enthusiasts, among others.

Here we summarize the epic 9,212 word document and highlight what is hot and what is certainly not with Sony’s FAQ release.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Don’t Wait For Black Friday, Shop Wal-Mart Now

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The aisles might be crowded but she shelves will be fully stocked at Wal-Mart’s Black Friday sales. However, you don’t have to brave the store if you don’t want to this year. Image courtesy of flickr user: 5goldpieces

Wal-Mart has had some epic holiday shopping news stories surrounding its sales for the last several years, the most infamous one sticking out in my mind being the Tickle Me Elmo incident of 1996 where a worker was trampled in the mad rush of parents to buy the toy. Some shoppers don’t want to deal with the chaos and are afraid to brave the aisles of Wal-Mart on Black Friday. But don’t worry, the super store has both in-store and online deals that will satisfy the at-home and the more adventurous in-store shopper this Black Friday. And, in some cases, you will save even more if you buy now, before the rush.

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