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My boys (ages 9 and 11) have stopped playing the Wii. They wanted the fighting games available on the PS3. I was loathe to buy a PS3 because if you look at the top 200 games on amazon.com, nearly all of them are fighting games, some of which are too violent for young, impressionable minds. We've replaced the Wii and those expensive games with iPads and now a PS3 as well. The upfront cost is nothing when you factor in how many apps are free or 99 cents. I would think...
I'm with you on rounding the iPhone out a bit. I'd also like some innovative coating or knurling around the rim that gave it a satisfying grip. Back in the day when I lifted weights, we had this one expensive bar that had awesome knurling. It had such a satisfying grip that made other bars seem like grabbing glass. Another product that comes to my mind is my Global cleaver. Global knives are well loved partly because they feel like they have a rubber grip. But it's...
I can't wait for a new, magnetic data/power connector. I've been desiring this for years. I hate those headphone jacks, even though Apple's is the tightest I've seen. The 30-pin connector is inelegant and stands out like a sore thumb on my beautiful Bose Zeppelin speakers. Plus it's hard to dock. Friction is bad. Sealed and magnetic is good.
Steve wasn't impressed by Obama and told him he was going to end up a 1-term president. I hope Steve is right and those words are in Obama's thoughts as he discusses the American dream tonight. Maybe he can explain how more burdensome regulations and higher taxes create an environment where entrepreneurs and small businesses feel emboldened to take risks to create something great or expand.
I bet the majority of those Chinese workers would fight to keep their jobs. Their standard of living is increasing, thanks to Apple. The alternative is a much lower standard of living, perhaps starving while toiling endlessly on some farm. People in this country with lower incomes rejoice at the affordable products and services offered at Wal-Mart. Be careful to keep in mind what the alternative is. Capitalism raises all boats. It's the only economic system ever...
How much looting and rioting happened in Japan during the last nuclear crisis? How has our entitlement society created better workers? There are so many variables to consider when discussing standards of living and keeping manufacturing jobs here. Don't forget that when Apple manages to make a world-class product such as an iPad cheaply, millions of Americans buy it and benefit. Our standard of living goes up, even if it's not reflected in wages, per se. Compare...
Yep. I watched them install fiber optic into my garage, which then hooked into my phone system for speedy DSL. The fiber optic cable is tiny, like a strand of hair, but then they bolt this plastic box onto the wall the size of a suitcase. It's virtually empty other than the hair-size optic cable and a few other connections.
I have two boys and both have iPads with both games and educational apps onboard. The math apps, in particular, are really engaging and have broadened their skills. There are quite a few apps that teach math tricks which I find very interesting and helpful. Just playing around in Garageband and other musical apps has moved them to learn how to play the piano (a real one). The interactive textbooks looked amazing at first glance. I wish I had this technology available...
For everyone who's been victimized inside college bookstores, paying $100+ for a textbook that returns $.50 at the end of the semester, this is good news. I hope Apple turns the textbook business inside out. Another good thing is it will reduce the weight of backpacks our kids are being forced to carry all over school.
I don't know the guy personally, but from what was presented in the article - he is political and doesn't get along with Ive and leaves a trail of destruction behind him - he sounds like a volatile personality. My gut reaction from watching keynotes is he's probably a software genius and best left in a position where he can guide iOS to greater heights. Not often does someone have multiple gifts. Nerds don't often make great CEOs. Vision is important. But so is the...
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