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5 Hilarious Tim Cook and Phil Schiller Quotes During the Apple iPhone 5 Keynote

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The iPhone 5 has been announced and to be totally honest, it looks like a really solid iPhone, but in the way a Mercedes will always be a really solid car. You’re not really buying anything tremendously new, you’re just buying an upgrade to a device that is essentially the same as its predecessor. Are the new Macs really all that better than the models just before it? Not at all. They’re just a little better. The best news is probably the price reductions of the 4 and 4S, which are basically just as good as 5 but now much more affordable. That being said, Tim Cook and Phil Schiller will not slow down Apple’s Reality Distortion Field which is apparent in the following 5 quotes.
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Ironic Fact: Steve Jobs Created the Most Popular BlackBerry Game Ever

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Before Steve Jobs was with Apple, he worked at Atari and was assigned to design a prototype for for a single player Pong game called Breakout. Breakout was a game where you had to use a ball to deplete a wall of bricks without missing the ball on its rebound. Sound familiar? Of course, it’s BrickBreaker.

BrickBreaker has been preloaded on BlackBerry as far back as some of the first color screen devices. It’s hard to trace the origins of BrickBreaker and which device was the first to load it, but we remember it being on a 7100 and possibly the 7510 in 2004 when RIM had only around 2 million subscribers. Today, there are over 50 million BlackBerrys sold, and BrickBreaker has been installed on probably an equal number of devices. This makes Steve Jobs the creator of the most popular BlackBerry game and maybe the second most popular mobile game in history. The only mobile game with more installs is probably Snake, which became a standard install on Nokia devices in 1998.

While everyone is giving RIM flack for copying Apple, it must suck to know that the first and most popular BlackBerry game was created by Steve Jobs.

Jim Balsillie Shoots Back at Apple CEO Steve Jobs About PlayBook and Tablets

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It’s great to see RIM firing back at Steve Jobs and not letting him get away with snide remarks about the PlayBook. As you may or may not know, Jobs had this to say about 7″ tablets: “The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA, dead on arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small.” In response, Jim Balsillie had this to say:

“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7″ tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”

The 7″ PlayBook looks like a size that makes a lot of sense. It looks like you could fit the PlayBook into a blazer pocket which would make the size very portable.

What do you think? Is 7″ a good size or do you think the PlayBook should be bigger?

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of July 19th

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The big news this week is all about Antennagate. Apple took a jab at a few other smartphone manufacturers trying to claim that their antenna issue isn’t confined to the iPhone and that other smartphones, including the Bold 9700, also have antenna issues. RIM’s CEOs responded to this claim with a stern letter to Steve Jobs calling it a “self-made debacle”. RIM is normally a pretty tight-lipped company that sticks to their own and this was definitely out of character for the company. Regardless, the letter was very much needed as Jobs’ statements needed a response.

Be sure to check out this past week in BlackBerry as we have a ton of content you may have missed.
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BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of July 12th

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There was a lot of news this week about the upcoming BlackBerry tablet. So far, we know it’s a companion device like the Palm Foleo, and it will feature Flash support. It’s hard to have an opinion on it as it’s so speculative and we haven’t even seen a leaked picture of it yet.

Also in the news this week, today Steve Jobs claimed at his iPhone 4 Antenna Press Event, that the Bold 9700 is one of several other smartphones that has an antenna issue and is affected by a “Death Grip”. Personally, I’ve never had this issue and I have no idea what Jobs is talking about. One user even sent us a video of trying to Death Grip his Bold 9700 in every way possible and it simply doesn’t work. It would be great to hear RIM engineers sound off on this one because if Apple is making false claims about the device, they could be liable. Click through after the jump to catch up on a week of BlackBerry news, reviews and community discussion.
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Steve Jobs Claims BlackBerry Bold 9700 Has Antenna Issues

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At Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference today, Steve Jobs tried to deflect criticism from the iPhone’s antenna issues by saying that other devices, including the BlackBerry Bold 9700, have antenna issues and that these devices will drop from 5 bars to 1.

From a purely anecdotal standpoint, I have no idea what Jobs is talking about. Any time my Bold 9700 has dropped in signal strength, it has been very obvious why. If I’m in a basement, or away from a cell tower, the reception drops naturally, but I have never experienced anything like the iPhone 4′s “Death Grip”.

This seems like a totally unsubstantiated attack on RIM and it would be great to see RIM’s engineers respond. Have you ever experienced a Death Grip issue on a Bold 9700? Let us know in the comments.