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RIP Vine 2013

Vine was cool. You could make a six-second video and share it with all of your friends and Twitter peeps. The service was becoming incredibly popular until the powerhouse called Instagram decided to rain on the parade last Thursday. Now with Instagram, you can take a 15-second video, apply a filter and share it with your followers. The Instagram feed is now filled with a mixture of videos and pictures. When everybody found out that Instagram now had video, millions of tweets were sent out as #RIPVINE. It's true, the service definitely has been squashed and I feel bad for the people who worked really hard at providing lots of funny content because now, most people will only check Vine when they are really bored. There will still be some users who stay true to Vine and stick with it - however, I believe the majority will remain on Instagram because they can kill two birds with one stone.

Typeface isn't an issue

The trailer for the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs has been released to the Internet and I must say that this is the most excited I've been for a movie in my whole entire life. Ashton Kutcher is playing the role of the world's greatest innovator. The movie is based on true events, and starts with Jobs dropping out of college to start Apple Computers Inc. in his buddy Steve Wozniak's garage. The movie then proceeds through his life events: getting his first investors, getting fired from the company he started, personal turmoils, drugs, re-hired at Apple, the company going public, the iPod, etc. It looks freaking awesome and any geeks who watch the trailer will be absolutely in love. Watch it here: http://bit.ly/11DsBd4. The movie will be released in August.

I have a confession

I bought a BlackBerry Z10. Bring on the hate! Before you go commenting something absurd, be sure to read this to the end. I was rocking the 9900 and was quite happy with it besides the fact it would stall once in a while -- because it was just getting old. After it kept stalling I decided it was time to buy a new device. I was not sure what I would get: iPhone 5, BlackBerry Q10, and Z10 were on my hit list. Since I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 brand new from Rogers in November, I called Rogers to see what my early upgrade fee would be and I couldn't afford it. I then went over to Kijiji to start browsing devices. I didn't see any good deals on iPhones, so I looked at Q10s. Since they had just come out, everyone wanted ticket prices for them, so I didn't want to do that either. I then started looking for Z10s and found one for $320, so I decided to call the guy and make the deal. After loading up the Z10, I did some comparisons with my good pal Christian's iPhone 5. I found the Z10 had a better feel. I really like the materials it's made out of and how light it is. It's been about a week since I've been using it and I have to say I'm fairly happy with it. However, the swiping controls can get a little absurd sometimes. I think if this device had a physical home button it would be a lot better. The device also turns on and off repeatedly sometimes. I loaded Instagram onto it so I didn't feel left out: It turns out that putting an Android app onto a BlackBerry isn't that hard -- even a dummy like me can figure it out. I will give a detailed review after using it for a few months. If you've been reading my articles, you will know I have extreme ADD when it comes to smartphones and sometimes I contradict myself -- I like to think it keeps my articles entertaining.

QUESTION: I've been getting a lot of lip lately about me unfollowing a lot of people on Twitter, so I have a question: why do people take followers so seriously? Tweet me your response @thedavidbell.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 23, 2013 ??65521

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