The first touch screen
Among all the turmoil surrounding RIM today (critics say the tech behemoth is falling from relevance because of its reluctance to change) was a very telling quote from Mike Lazaridis. As reported by a sprawling Boy Genius feature, the co-CEO was known to have said in 2005 that "there will never be a BlackBerry with an MP3 player or camera." At the time, his reasoning may have been fine - the U.S. government was their biggest client - but in hindsight the declaration seems woefully short-sighted. And perhaps it was because of such management strategies that RIM was late to market on a number of smartphone innovations, such as MP3 players and cameras (unveiled on BlackBerrys by 2006) and the touch-screen phone, which RIM wouldn't roll out until the 2008 holiday season, when it released the 9530 Storm, about a year-and-a-half after the iPhone began flying off shelves.
The booming tourism industry aimed at putting people on the peak of Mt. Everest has radically changed the lives of Nepal's Sherpas. National Geographic... More The booming tourism industry aimed at putting people on the peak of Mt. Everest has radically changed the lives of Nepal's Sherpas. National Geographic Young Explorer and photographer Max Lowe recently spent two months in Nepal's Khumbu region, documenting some of those changes. Video and photos courtesy Max Lowe.
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