Opening Cross: Is the Pad Just a Fad, or Should BlackBerry Beware?


Take the iPod, which allows you to take your entire music collection anywhere, and listen to it even on packed commuter trains. Ah, isn't it liberating? But not for long: then someone came up with podcasts and realized they could get employees to download morning call meetings or analyst presentations and use their own iPods-not to mention their own time-to listen to them. Charlie Chaplin's depiction of an industrial breakdown in Modern Times seems almost naïve in comparison.

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