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  Lose money on every one made and make it up in volume. I like.
  Amazon makes money selling books and anything they and partners can sell online. Fire helps direct customers their way. Google is mainly in the advertising business, and Android also helps with that. Both also sell cloud services (storage, ability to run distributed apps).   Apple does most of that as well as making steep margins on hardware. A sweet place to be but not the only one.   I don't know what business Microsoft thinks they are in, and I'm not sure they know...
  What's your source for this? This article says you're wrong. This article agrees with your figure but points out that the figure of merit is the % of funds collected that get to the victims, and in the RC case, this is 92%. Here's a more recent article that puts the CEO salary at $500k (one year, 2010, she was paid double to cover relocating costs), and looks the most authoritative of the three.   The nice thing about the Internet is you can find stuff out so easily....
Great they are doing this. Don't forget also countries like Haiti that, in terms of ability to provide their own relief, were hit much harder.
  When Surface was announced, I had my doubts. Now we know more, and Apple has announced a new version of the full-sized iPad, those doubts are reinforced.   Microsoft's key dilemma: how do they scale up to a low-cost app market that's comparable to Android or iOS without destroying the profits on their current expensive product line? If you could get Office on Windows RT for an iOS/Android-level price, wouldn't that annoy Windows users paying far more?
  So 90% of blocked web traffic will now originate from iPads?
  Something you can't fix with more platters: rotational latency. On average you wait half a rotation before the disk head is at the data you want and a faster rotation rate reduces that delay. More platters can speed up transfer time but that only helps with bigger transactions. 5400rpm = 90r/s, i.e., half a rotation takes 5.6ms. 7200rpm = 120r/s and half a rotation takes 4.2ms. By contrast, at 1Gbit/s, it takes 0.03ms to transfer 4KB, so moving the transfer rate up or...
  Is it just me or does anyone else agree that iPad 4 is really the big announcement, not iPad mini? Mini may turn out too expensive to take on the huge bottom-feeder market for low-cost devices that Amazon and Samsung already own. This one is the Surface killer. This review http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/microsoft-surface-1085839/review says “Microsoft is intending to go toe-to-toe with the Cupertino brand in the tablet arena”. No doubt the way they did...
  Yes, suck profits from the competition.   When does Apple get big enough to be subject to anti-trust? Maybe they will let Microsoft live just so they can dodge that bullet.
Some people are paid to guess. Unless they have done a poll of survey that's all it is.   You can’t e.g. base this off what happened when Apple launched flash-based iPods vs. disk-based ones because the functionality trade-off is different. Where the comparison does apply is some other paid guessers claiming that Apple can’t do that well in this market because it’s already “saturated”. There’s a good reason most of the competition is in the smaller device space. Apple...
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