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Just as there are too many ways to listen to music these days, I think there are too many ways to get in touch with people. Between email, texting, and phone calls, I’m already swamped. Or, at least, I feel swamped, even if I’m not busy answering a myriad of emails and messages. Social networks don’t make it any easier; actually, they add to the problem. I need another way to keep in touch with people about as badly as I need to be shot in the foot with a double-barrelled shotgun.

Enter BBM, or Blackberry Messenger. Another one of the ill-fated company’s “too little, too late” strategies that makes sure Blackberry is still firmly planted in 2007, BBM for iPhone is almost exactly what it says on the label. I went to school in Waterloo and have a number of great friends there, some of who were working at the company when it was still called RIM, so I mean no insult. In fact, I want the company to succeed — a little competition is always a good thing. But the question remains: is BBM relevant in today’s world? Is it better to show up late to a party than to never show up at all? Read on to see my thoughts.

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It may be hard to believe, but there are in fact plenty of people out there who still own a phone whose primary function is making calls! The rest of us have fully embraced the world of mobile apps and are possibly on our second, third or even fourth smartphone purchase.

So what we want to know today is what the last smartphone operating system you used was before switching over to the iPhone. Were you a faithful Android user, a BlackBerry addict or maybe even a Palm Pre fan? Obviously, despite these being the most popular choices, there have been tons of other systems to choose from, especially in the pre-Android days! Since there is far too many in this last category to list, we’ve included an “other” category for you to write yours into.

After you cast your vote, leave a comment below and let us know the specific handsets that you’ve owned and whether or not you’ve been happy with the switch to the iPhone.

Business Week reported earlier this week that Apple is teaming up with Unisys Corp. to manage relations with corporate and government customers. The article also noted that Steve Jobs made it a point to recently state how well Apple multi-touch devices are doing among Fortune 500 companies.

These events seem to suggest that Apple, not satisfied with stealing away average consumers, is now gunning for RIM’s most sacred turf: the corporate world. Blackberry products are synonymous with professional communication and has had a firm grip on the market even in these recent years after the iPhone’s release. As I consider how Apple will continue to pursue this new customer, one other group comes to mind.

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Ever since rumors surfaced claiming that Apple was working on a tablet, we knew the coming of such a device would launch a new product war. Despite the looming certainty that copycats would arise, in the months following the launch of the iPad, the tablet market has remained fairly lackluster regarding viable alternatives.

However, with a few recent and quite impressive entrants, the tablet war is finally upon us.
Today we’ll look at the new BlackBerry PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, both of which pack a feature set to rival (and top in many cases) Apple’s iconic device.

Will Apple dominate this market as they’ve done with the iPod (what’s a Zune?), or will these shiny new competitors deal a decisive blow to the iPad’s reign? You be the judge.

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