Welcome To The 2010s, ReviewTechUSA

Rich has once again won himself a Captain Obvious award and made me question his dedication, ironically, to reviewing technology that his YouTube username might suggest.   😛

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo really?  Smartphones are getting enough horsepower and features to double as computers or gaming platforms?  I would’ve never guessed.  :o)  For the record, I maintain the distinction between PC and Console gaming in my categories list here, but I know full well that Gaming is becoming more ubiquitous by the nanosecond and eventually gaming devices much like computing devices will encompass a far wider range of devices than the traditional categories we tend to associate with things like computing or gaming.  Perhaps whenever Rich finally figures this out he’ll quit being so surprised by it and getting “Well Durrr” responses from other techie geek types like myself.  😉

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Almost But Not Quite 20 Years Ago… :-D

For many folks my age, the 1990s don’t feel like they were really 20 years ago.  For all we know, they could’ve just happened last week……until you start seeing technology from that time…  😛

…by the way, check out those prices for all this neat stuff back in those days.  🙂  Indeed, the $1000 computer was as much of a feat back in those days as the first 1 GHz computer.  😛

The….. iWatch?!! =-O

I thought smartphones replaced the old James Bond computer watches.  Apparently nerd watches are going to be popular in the near future.  Hmmm….  Looks like I have a potential replacement for my Casio WR calcu-watches that I tend to prefer these days.  😀

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/semi-conscious/4407482/Apple-iWatch-Google-Glasses-wearable-computing-surge

I Take It “Crackberries” Are Now “Crapberries” These Days? :-P

I’ve been watching the whole fiasco with Research In Motion, the makers of Blackberries, once known as “Crackberries” among some cynical folks, and it’s amazing how in a few short years a device that once dominated its market has been brought to the edge of going into the history books.  From Yahoo Finance’s latest “10 Brands That Will Disappear” article…

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-brands-that-will-disappear-in-2013.html?page=all

There were some notable service outages in recent years that hurt RIM’s reputation, but I’m thinking some design issues might be at fault here as well.  A couple of years ago, I put a picture of a Blackberry in a Powerpoint show that myself and some colleagues at work were putting together for our managers who were away at a conference.  Several years later, if I go Google Shopping for Blackberries, many of those smartphones for sale look almost exactly the same as the picture I put in the Powerpoint show way back when.

I mean, seriously RIM, get with the times here.  Is that all Blackberry users have to look forward to if they buy a new smartphone these days?  A shinier newer version of what they got back in 2008?  Seriously now.  All these years of the “little pocket-sized touchscreen thingie” form factor smartphones and RIM still insists on putting physical keyboards and unchanging decal icons on their devices?  The Blackberry 10’s looking more like a more contemporary smartphone, but unfortunately it has been delayed to 2013.  :-\

Of course, business users, the usual target demographic of Blackberry products, have more use for a physical keyboard than most other smartphone users out there, and at least there are a few models of Blackberries where the screen slides up to reveal a physical keyboard underneath, but how come if I search for Blackberries, the top results are the newer devices with the old school Blackberry form factor?

I think we have an object lesson in organizational complacency here.  When a business releases a hot new product that takes off like a rocket, don’t stop.  Apple certainly didn’t.  They’ve kept right on going with trying to make the iPhone better over the years while Blackberry was sluggish just to get a touchscreen smartphone to market to begin with.  I hope RIM can come back from where they are now, but time marches on, and if organizations don’t keep an eye on things, it can march on without them and leave them behind.  :-\

Links:

InformationWeek – Blackberry 10 Delay Could Spell RIM’s Doom

InformationWeek – RIM Is Broken, Morgan Stanley Says

CNN – From Crackberry To ‘Depressing’ – The Blackberry’s 5-Year Fall

Side Note: Since I’m keeping a close eye on the Microsoft Surface tablet and tablets and smartphones have become such a big thing to keep an eye on in the world of tech I’m adding a new category for “Mobile Devices” to the topic list on the left.  🙂