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BlackBerry PlayBook still a gigantic flop
Research in Motion's answer to the iPad, and as one might expect, it failed miserably. Despite avoiding a HP-esque TouchPad firesale-like situation, it was a massive sales disappointment. Its launch was no doubt a management failure -- which ultimately helped result in the ousting of the two co-founders, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.
The tablet, despite its excellent hardware, was marred with problems during its initial 2011 release, and things didn't get a whole lot better in 2012. By September, RIM said it had sold 1.74 million PlayBooks since it first launched. Compare that to the estimated 14 million iPads and 7.5 million Android tablets in the third quarter alone, it's clear to see that the BlackBerry PlayBook was an abysmal failure.
- Read more: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: Déjà Vu?
"Metro," or "Windows 8" as it is now
First it was Metro, and then it was something like Modern. And then it was Metro again. What are we talking about? Actually, for a while, not many were actually sure. Microsoft's user interface design for Windows 8 was initially dubbed "Metro," but after suspected legal troubles the software giant changed the name to "Windows 8," which was also the name of the operating system.
Eventually, Microsoft said that "Metro-style apps," such as those that would run on the Start screen, would be called "Windows 8 apps," as one might expect -- although it should've been called that in the first place; one has to 'love' Microsoft for its overuse of codenames -- and the new Start screen that was dubbed at first the "Metro UI" would in fact be called... the Start screen. How exciting.
Apple v. Samsung battle it out in the U.K. courts
If you're told by a court to do something, you'd better do it or face contempt of court charges -- no matter how big or powerful you may be. Samsung prevailed in a lawsuit brought by Apple in the U.K., which dubbed Samsung's tablets as "not as cool" as the iPad. Apple was told to publish a statement on its Web site stating this, as a result of the tarnished image suffered by the Korean technology giant as a result of bringing the failed lawsuit.
So, Apple did. But Apple embellished the court-ordered statement with additional detail that riled the court. It then re-ordered Apple to include an 'apology' at the bottom of its U.K. Web site explaining that it had stuffed up the first time around.