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BlackBerry’s Fuzzy Forecast and Pictures That Never Are (Video)

It was a mobile-filled Digits show on Wednesday.

Katie Boehret kicked off the show with her review of Mango, the forthcoming Windows Phone update. I’ve also been playing around with the new software and think it tells us a lot about where Microsoft is heading with Windows Phone — namely a continued focus away from apps and toward integrating the people we care about with the tasks we do on our phones. It’s an interesting approach.

I stopped by the show (well, turned on Skype anyway) about 15 minutes in to talk about Lytro, the well-financed Silicon Valley company looking to upend the camera market with a photo technology that allows pictures to be focused after they are taken. If you haven’t played with the technology yet, check out the photo embedded here.

After that, we chatted about the latest bad news for the folks in Waterloo. This time it is a DigiTimes report suggesting that Research In Motion has cut its internal forecast for the PlayBook tablet this quarter. RIM, which shipped 500,000 PlayBooks last quarter, now expects to ship between 800,000 and 900,000 of the tablets, according to DigiTimes, down from its earlier 2.4 million unit projection.

Here’s that segment:

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