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Weekend Open Forum: Do you like product leaks?

By Shawn Knight
Jun 6, 2014
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  1. A few months ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen filed a lawsuit against a party for leaking confidential information about a future BlackBerry product before it was released. The executive said at the time that leaks can be misleading to shareholders...

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,260   +223

    Sure, who doesn't. Gets my geek "panties" wet.
     
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  3. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    Do I like leaks? I want more leaks! The reason I visit TechSpot is to get news about what's coming up next. The reason I visit TechSpot multiple times a day is that I'm looking for any new scrap of potentially reliable information about what's coming up next.

    I don't much care about cellphones and stuff, but I'd sell my soul to know when the next AMD or Nvidia graphics card series is due to launch. Not to mention news about Intel and AMD CPUs/APUs.

    Usually, leaks aren't really leaks. It's a marketing strategy. It's like a teaser trailer.
     
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,564   +2,372

    Can't say I particularly care about leaks. Although this is probably rooted in my complete disinterest in having the "best" or "latest" product, I see no real benefit in leaks. They are only good for getting hits and generating ad revenue.
     
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +598

    Depends on what it is. iPhone leaks don't seem like leaks at all, but pre-advertisements. I take any portable device "leak" with a grain of salt.

    Hardware and software though - it's fun to know when something is coming down the pike. Except for Half-Life 3 of course. There's been so much speculation on that game that at best it warrants a "meh" now.
     
  6. Oh for... Leaks? I don't think we even have these in most cases nowadays - these are rather controlled marketing sneak-peeks disguised as leaks.
     
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    It annoys me, they're pretending to leak info. Its like the terms "gaffe" "buzzy" "viral" "leaked". I hate them all.
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,704   +1,887

    High Tech product "leaks" seem to me like someone peeing their pants accidentally on purpose, to see if there's a market for rose scented "Depends".
     
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  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    I'm more interested in reviews after a product has been released. Leaks can be misleading, and therefore less interesting.
     
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  10. Just marketing and publicity ploys and in most cases great free advertising! I wish I could get that level of publicity for my IT business but the only leaks I have are the ones in the workshop roof!
     
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Yes and No.

    If the leak has been engineered by a company to spread FUD, then no. DonanimHaber and semi-pro guerrilla marketer "Coolaler" for example, encapsulate all that is wrong with tech "journalism".

    A source devoid of spin (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts) can be both entertaining and engender a wider valid discussion.

    Then I guess there's a third category. Entertaining semi-pro guerrilla marketer. Thanks for the laughs Charlie D. Living proof of the self evident truth "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day".
     
  12. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Not just that but leaks seem to only have parts of data about the product when we want to see everything about it and most leaks arent exactly the kind of leaks we want.

    If leaks gave us every bit of details a normal product has then I would love that and I hate it when someone takes a picture with a crappy phone....
     
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,059

    I like leaks BUT not with my house plumbing.
     
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,059

    I really don't really pay attention to them unless it's something I stumble upon and find interesting then I usually forget about them.
     
  15. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 290   +73

    Depends on what is being leaked. If I have interest in it, than yes. I dislike how some information is "leaked", but really no new information is actually given.
    A weekly article about all the leaked information that came up during the week would be better than each "leaked" item getting its own writing. Get the viewers involved by have a poll to determine the what the best leaked item was for the week. Just my 2-cents, take it or leave it.
     
  16. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +340

    Leaks are not always true, like it was with Galaxy S5 and many others. One other reason I dislike them is because it feels like I have to wait longer for a product to come due to leaks being released way before the unveiling.
     
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I especially love Apple leaks.
     
  18. Moxiy

    Moxiy TS Member Posts: 38

    I do LOVE leaks.., though I tend to think it has became more of a marketing strategy. You pretend your product leaked and people get all exited about it and pass on the information... and that became s free marketing for you.. hehe
     
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    I usually like leaks but understand it's just a marketing stunt xD
     
  20. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Meh.

    I'm a patient enough person that leaks do not make much of a difference to me. If some great product is leaked, so be it. I'm gonna wait till it is on sale anyways before showing much interest.
     
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  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Stop me if you've heard it before....

    A man walks into a bar...
     
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  22. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,665   +312

    Ephemeral thrice-curst distractions.
     
  23. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Leaks are great when they show how a company is about to make a huge mistake. It gives the public a chance to penetrate the echo chamber and hopefully save the morons from themselves.
     
  24. I'm interested in new things and real leaks in general support that interest. It does of course depend on the source, the subject and if it's real or just a marketing ploy. I have seen some leaks that were more speculation than any real leaked fact. I have seen some leaks that were pretty much on the mark. If the leak seems real and has pertinent information I will be interested however until said product/software is released you can only take this information so far.
     
  25. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,180   +73

    I could live without leaks. They have some benefits but I'm more interested in reading about actual products than rumoured ones.
     
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