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Not counting iPad usage makes this analysis useless. Android's days are numbered as the iPhone exclusivity with AT&T draws to a close. Once Americans can choose a carrier they like, iOS will crush Android. An interesting comparison would be looking at the trend among AT&T customers. I'll bet that all of the iOS devices are destroying the 'droids in that arena. Android is getting its 15 minutes of fame, just like its parent, Linux, did a few years ago. Linux as...
The Mac thing is a stunning surprise! You'd think Apple became the iThing company and got out of the computer business altogether, but BAM! They sold more Macs than any quarter in history! Keep in mind Apple's taken maybe 10% of US market share and I think is still less than 5% internationally. I still think they have a lot of room to grow.
That would totally suck all of the oxygen out of the latest Droid release day, which I think is Thursday. Let the bumper madness begin!
Google searches are getting worse and worse. In the early days, it was almost scary how Google seemed like it could read your mind and return perfect info given only vaguely-worded search terms. Now, it seems that big companies have gamed the PageRank system and searches have devolved into requests for obliquely related ads. Instead of maintaining the quality of searches, they've haphazardly bolted on small companies and irrelevant services. Do YouTube, Picasa and...
That's better than the first story, but the real status of the health of the iPod lives somewhere between the low-ball of what Apple explicitly calls iPods and the sum total of all devices that are supersets of iPods. What will drive the bean counters crazy is figuring out what fraction of an iPhone (or iPad) is really used as an iPod. Personally, I use my iPhone primarily as an iPod, but I barely use the iPod feature on my iPad. The iPhone has completely negated any...
This is how accountants defraud people. They show charts and graphs based on arbitrary definitions and half-truths to lie without actually lying. iPhones ARE iPods. iPads are less so, although they do have iPods built in to them. Considering iPod hardware as a standalone entity is also kind of crazy. The real success was the iPod/iTunes Store ecosystem that really made Apple's solution much more compelling than any of the myriad combinations of me-too hardware and...
Things like this make me really appreciate Steve Jobs' genius. Huge, rich companies often fail trying to glom on to some passing fad by snatching up some little company and trying to bolt it onto their giant corporation. M$ fails at this time and again, and Google is beginning to follow in their footsteps. Steve's guidance of Apple is much more reasoned and logical, so the acquisitions make sense now (PA Semi), or often they pay off in the long run (what's up with...
Apple will give away free bumpers. Remember when they had that big SNAFU with MobileMe and ended up giving customers something like 90 days of free service? Same thing. The exposed antenna is just a bad idea. Looks great, but having it in direct contact with customer skin is just a mistake. In all of the iPhones <4, the bumper was the cover. Notice the original had this gorgeous metal back, but they had to switch to plastic to allow 3G.
I don't understand the surprise at the influence of the pr0n industry on technology. Porn and gambling made the Internet what it is today. Without them, the 'net would just be an obscure means for universities and government institutions to share data.
With a price war breaking out over dedicated e-Readers, it makes sense for Amazon to get out of the hardware business as soon as possible. With the huge price drop, it is likely that Amazon loses money with each Kindle device it sells (or the margin is razor thin, at best.) Hoping that people buy enough books to make it profitable is a risky strategy. Amazon's strategy going forward should be to focus on making the Kindle software for iDevices as good as possible and...
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