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The first Apple Store in all Latin America? That's an entire continent that's been without an Apple store. Strange! Then again, it's also true that Auburn, AL--Tim Cook's own college town--is also without an Apple store. I live there and the closest stores are some two hours away in either Birmingham or Atlanta. Note these facts, many driven by the high-tech companies moving here. * In 2013 Lumosity placed it on a list of fifty of the "Smartest Cities" in the country. *...
Yeah, and Mercedes really ought to manufacture a cheap, rattly econobox car to grab more market share. Were I Apple, I'd take a different approach. I'd go out of my way encourage a healthy used iPhone market for those who can't currently afford a new iPhone with its pricey contract. Then when they graduate (for instance), those college students who were using a second-hand $150 iPhone 4 will have so many iOS apps, they won't give a moment's thought to buying an Android...
Give them away to friends and family. Even if they don't want to use them as phones, they're perfectly fine for other purposes.
Failing to show irreparable harm is courtspeak for there being at least one other way Apple can solve this problem, however painful that may be. In this case, it's that, like it or not, Apple is deep-pocketed enough to afford to pay those outlandish fees. This illustrates a common pattern within virtually any bureaucracy--in this case our judicial system. Little failures and little crimes are easy to get corrected. They don't suggest that there's anything wrong with the...
Is is just me, or is there something perverse about a Carl Icahn who is so greedy and self-obsessed that he thinks Apple's policies should be driven by what does or doesn't make him money? Does Apple Insider publish each every open letter by every Apple stock holder? Then why bother to publish his letter. Why give the guy a platform? Broaden your scope a bit. Make fun of his greed and show how pitiful he is. Portray him like Charles Dickens did Scrooge in "A Christmas...
Quote: "I wonder how many years it will take to negotiate this with each publisher under the draconian guidelines Apple has to operate under due to the DoJ's witch hunt and kangaroo court." Hill60 is right. The rules are ridiculous. Claiming that each contract with the major publishers must be negotiated serially (one after the other) to prevent something sneaky from happening must rank among the most absurd punishments ever issued by a federal court. There's a lot of...
Apple was right to take a pass on that SuperBowl ad. The NFL already rips the public off by threatening to leave a city if it doesn't buy them a fancy stadium. Ripping us off for overpriced ads is adding insult to injury.
Apple should hire me as a consultant or at least for a focus group. I warned from the start that the 5c would bomb with everyone except perhaps young teen girls of the Hello Kitty sort. It simply wasn't that appealing. I doubt its failure had much to do with TouchID. Most people I know leave their phone unlocked. For those for whom appearance matters, the 5c was ho-hum, no different from dozens of other smartphones. For those who want power and features, the 5s was twice...
Solar-powered laptops are caught in an inevitable Catch-22. Bright enough sun to drive the solar cells mean an impossible to read screen and vice-versa. What'd make more sense would be a MacBook Air-sized solar array, one that would perhaps open out to double its area, coupled with a built-in battery. Users could place the array in the sun and work, like all sensible people, in the shade. Or they could charge that array's battery in the sun and later connect it to their...
Those who'd like to see how lawyers regard Judge Denise Cole should turn to a rating site: http://www.therobingroom.com/RatingListing.aspx?ID=1403 Her ratings from 2008 and earlier seem fairly good on a 10-point scale where 1 is "awful." There there's a spat of back scores in 2009, followed by a return to normal in 2010. Now pay particularly attention to her ratings from 2011 to the present. Discarding a bizarre 10 outlier (perhaps by friend Bromwich), her scores are...
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