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 No, I suspect these data centers employ, at most, a few dozen people. They're often located where electrical costs are lowest, and I wonder if those communities are making a wise choice. They might be better off attracting businesses that would provide more jobs per cheap megawatt-hour. California's problems have been growing for a long time. In the eighties, I can remember non-profits leaving the state. They simply could not afford to pay their staff enough to buy a home...
Short term, I'd put my money on Apple. At this point, innovation matters. But when the smartphone technology matures, the advantage will shift to Samsung. Then its lower cost of design and production will matter more. It can sell a better product for less. Keep in mind that everyone builds in the same factories, so no one can benefit there. Apple's jingoism about "Designed in California" will be its undoing. It's spending billions to design products in the state that's...
 Interesting details, but my point remains. It's one more thing to remember before I go out the door. We live in a much more complicated world when that list was: 1. Wallet, 2. Keys. At some point people will begin to say, "Enough!"
Duh! Different sizes for men and women? That's just sensible marketing. Men's watches are usually larger than those for women, and it's men who like those huge G-Shock watches. I wonder if gadget fatigue will soon set in. I recently consolidated the two iPhones I was carrying into one and found it delightful. One less device to worry about. This iWatch will mean yet another thing to remember when we go out. Some may say, "Why bother?" Apple has to get a younger...
Yeah sure, Apple is behind this 100%. You can see that in just how zealous they are about long-established laws and policies about non-discrimination based on mere male/female distinctions, laws dating back over 40 years. Next time you watch one of Apple's staged events, notice the number of upper Apple executives coming on stage who're women. Almost exactly 50% isn't? Errrrr! Maybe I should correct that. I can't recall even one woman in an on-stage role at Apple. Here's...
I wonder if they'll expand this to smartphones like the iPhone on prepay plans? A cross-country move meant shifting my 3gs to AT&T to get better coverage in a small university town. I'd be willing to live with that one less bar if going back meant a sip of free data each month. I'm not always in range of WiFi.
Do the numbers. That $100 price difference between a 5c and a 5s spread out over a typical two-year contract amounts to 100/730 = 0.1369... That's 14 cents a day. Is having a lovely and powerful 5s rather than a ho-hum 5c worth that? Beyond a doubt, particularly when you factor in the much greater power and resale value of the 5s. Even those who absolutely must have colored plastic can add a color case of their choice to a 5s. There's nothing wrong with the 5c. As this...
Sports used to teach youth to be good losers, willing to praise the winning team. Microsoft seems led by bad sports who can only mock and criticize the success of others. If Apple's success doesn't mean they're doing something right, then what are we to make of Microsoft's former successes?
I certainly hope this WSJ report proves true. It makes a retina MacBook Air next year much more likely. That's probably what it'll take to get me to part with my aging but reliable MacBook. And I wouldn't mind seeing the current iPad mini discounted, particularly in refurb. I have a full-sized iPad, so don't really need one, but a price cut would be tempting.
Quote: "Publishing in the iPad age is a proposition fraught with danger: digital publications must match the dead simple ease of use of their print counterparts, while adding enough additional value — through interactive elements or enhanced accessibility, perhaps — to justify their often slightly higher price."   Who are these people. Digital books are typically quite a bit cheaper than their print counterparts, in my case $2.99 versus $14.95. And I'd be quite happy if...
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