Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo’s lap

Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo's lap

By Carmi Levy, Betanews

What’s a mobile device prototype worth?

Depends on who you are. If you’re Apple, it’s priceless. When you tightly control every aspect of the product development process, anything that subverts the message is a potential risk to the brand. Loss of control to a company like Apple is unthinkable. If you’re Gizmodo, the answer is ,000 — which is the amount the tech blog reportedly paid to an unnamed individual who supposedly found the prototype of Apple’s upcoming fourth-generation iPhone in a California bar.

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April 21, 2010

RIM approaches the edge: BlackBerry needs a reboot, fast

RIM approaches the edge: BlackBerry needs a reboot, fast

By Carmi Levy, Betanews

Is the BlackBerry beginning to go bad?

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the rising volume of speculation that the smartphone that started the smartphone revolution may be moving into a bit of a middle-aged funk. The share price of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion took a hit Thursday after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings for the last quarter. Although bottom line revenue rose by 37% and the company added 4.9 million subscribers globally, the numbers failed to meet expectations and spawned growing concern that RIM’s best days may be behind it.

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April 2, 2010

Shut up and drive: The menace that is mobile technology

Shut up and drive: The menace that is mobile technology

By Carmi Levy, Betanews

I like my toys behind the wheel as much as everyone else. Between my GPS, iPod, BlackBerry, and DVD player, I’ve got enough technology to avoid getting lost, stay entertained, stay connected, and keep my seat-belted kids from beating each other silly. I have no idea how my Luddite parents survived the Dark Ages before in-car electronics, and I’m not sure I ever really want to know.

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December 21, 2009

Microsoft, don’t hang up on Windows Mobile, but do call for help


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

It hasn’t been a good day for anyone working on Microsoft’s Windows Phone team. This morning, IDC made the ridiculous prediction that the number of iPhone/iPod touch applications would triple to 300,000 by end of 2010. Later, here at Betanews, Carmi Levy slammed Microsoft’s Windows mobile strategy.

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December 4, 2009

Cloudy forecast? Gmail outage shouldn’t cast such a chill over Web apps


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By Carmi Levy, Betanews

Will this week’s Google Mail outage frighten you out of shifting more of your computing solutions into the cloud?

On balance, it shouldn’t, as no technology is perfect and failure is part of the landscape whether we keep our stuff in a data center, in a box under our desk, or on some unseen Web server on the other side of the country. But any failure of this magnitude offers up a prime opportunity to discuss — and hopefully improve — the weaknesses that can still bite us.

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September 4, 2009