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Have All of the Blackberry's Been Picked?

Is the end of Blackberry as we know it? Another version of Office? 128gb iPad? All of these questions are answered in this weeks column.

 

Lets rewind to 2009, just after the second iPhone came out. Research in Motion’s market share was 55.3% of the total smartphone market. Today, they hold merely 5%. After the widespread adoption of Android and iOS, Blackberry suffered. They are trying to reverse this with BB 10, their latest operating system. In March and June of 2013, Blackberry will release a keyboard (the Q10) and touchscreen model (z10) for the new operating system. Many consider this “Do or Die” for the company, because if this doesn't catch on, they will never recover from their downward spiral. If it is mildly successful, then they have a chance of getting back on their feet. Their most recent failure was their attempt at the tablet, the Blackberry Playbook. It was dinged for lack of apps, which is also a weakness for its phones, and the necessity for using it with Blackberry phone to get the full experience. 

Office 2013: Microsoft changes it up

The latest version of Microsoft’s Office suite was released this week, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook. It features a more modern interface compared to the old versions. Word now has the capability to edit .pdf files, which is very useful. In all products, you now can hide the infamous ribbon for more minimal editing of your documents. Due to the rise in Windows Tablets, all of the apps can now be put into “touch mode”, making buttons easier to press with a finger. It is now available in a new pricing scheme then previously offered. You can purchase 1 license for $140 or subscribe to Microsoft's new subscription model. For $100 per year, you receive 5 licenses for use on either Macs or PC’s, 60 minutes of Skypes minutes a month, and additional storage to Microsofts Skydrive, which is like an online flash drive. So the better deal depends on how many computers you have.

You want storage? Apple’s 128gb iPad has you covered

Apple announced that they are planning to make a 128gb iPad for those people who always seem to be running out of storage. All of this room to store your Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition box set comes a high premium. It will cost $799 for the wifi edition and $929 for the cellular model.

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