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  Lower prices? Not really. It's more about profit margin. For example, the garment industry moved most shoe and clothing manufacturing to low wage countries decades ago but there was no plunge in retail prices when they did so. It wasn't motivated by passing along the savings to the customer. They simply continued to charge the same prices they always did while pocketing more profit. If it were about lowering prices, companies like Nike wouldn't charge $100+ for shoes...
  Hilariously incorrect...China's central government has far more power over the business operations in China than the U.S. government has in the U.S. It's not even close. That's because China is not a democracy, and it has one of the largest centralized bureaucracies in the world. China's government doesn't even need a legal reason to shut something down. They can just do it if they want to. That's why corporations like Apple are willing to apologize for fake...
Of course, Ellison is ignoring the fact that none of Apple's competitors have Steve Jobs either, so I guess the entire tech sector is supposed to be doomed?
China's economy is apparently completely lopsided towards investment vs. consumption. Their consumer economy is functionally only a bit larger than Japan's.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most common trends in corporate America: combine two jobs into one in order to make the balance sheet look better in the short-term. Never mind that it's unlikely to have a positive impact on the products/services that the company is selling. Never mind that eliminating jobs on a regular basis is the ultimate boneheaded strategy when the largest segment of the American economy is the consumer economy, and the largest part of that consumer...
  What did Microsoft and Sony spend most of their time doing in the current generation? Why do people believe that gives them the better answer for console success in the next? Have they announced anything yet that provides a guarantee that they'll make a big profit this time around?
  You're underestimating inflation rates. The 2012 dollar equivalent of a .49 cent single from 1965 would be $3.52. Likewise, a $3.99 album from 1965 would be $28.66 in 2012 dollars. Prices for entertainment are not actually that high when you adjust for inflation. 
  Seems more likely that it will be the opposite, i.e., the phablet is a temporary bridge device for people who don't own a tablet yet, or who thought the last wave of tablets were too heavy.
I find the Samsung adverts to be the equivalent of deodorant or beer commercials. Quirky and entertaining, but intentionally superficial in regards to the actual product. The carpet bombing approach of the marketing is also similar.
IMO, you could question the idea that phablets have that big of a growth curve. They seem more like a bridge product that exists primarily for people who don't already own a tablet or think that tablets are currently too heavy. iPad mini has already made quite a bit of progress on that second part.
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