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Blackberry's New Phones
During 2013, Blackberry will launch two new smartphones, one with the
famous, patented QWERTY keyboard and another with an all touchscreen
display. This launch could be pivotal for the company that rose to fame
by pioneering the smartphone generation, but fell dramatically behind
when the iPhone and the Android gained popularity. Well known for
designing phones that increase work productivity with flexible email
interface and precise typing platforms, Blackberry dropped behind
competitors by creating operating systems that had limited APP support.
The new operating system will have simple methods for porting over APPs
from other devices, and at the same time, there will be incentives for
users to choose Built by Blackberry APPs. The Blackberry 10 phone will
directly compete with Microsoft's Windows 8 device.
There are mixed reviews in terms of Blackberry's choice in the launch.
By choosing to launch after the holidays, Blackberry missed the busiest
shopping season of the year. However, by launching after other
competing devices were released, Blackberry can answer mistakes made by
other companies and put forward a device that will impress their fans
and attract new users. Though the Blackberry phone lost steam in the
United States, the phones remained popular abroad. The company used to
be called Research in Motion, but the name has officially changed to
Answer the Questions
1. What is the "au" sound in "launch?"
2. What is the "ou" sound in "touchscreen?"
3. In the word "pivotal," which vowel sounds are reduced to the U in "up?"
4. In the word "dramatically," which vowel sounds are reduced?
5. Do the words "operating," "popular" and "holidays" have the same O sound?
6. Is the O sound reduced in "compete?"
Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1. the Open A sound as in "father," 2. U as in "up," 3. O, A, 4. the first and last A, 5. yes, 6. yes
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