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Yes and you can find similar Amazon policies that were aimed at Apple and others. Amazon's scheme to sell popular ebooks below cost was clearly intended to destroy what little competition they had. It's a standard practice for would-be monopolies. I really do hate how lawyers with agendas try to twist our minds. In football, competition means tackling the other team's quarterback when it has the ball. In business, it means adopting policies that hurt competitors. Fake...
I looked into joining the old affiliate program for my books but got turned off by all the hassle of dealing with a third party. I'm not sure this change will fix that. Compounding this problem for me is the fact that I recently moved cross-country and acquired new bank accounts. The more payment schemes I must belong to, the more I have to transfer when I move. And the more erratic the payments, as with affiliate schemes, the more easily they're forgotten. Apple's...
That's perhaps good news for those of us who're budget conscious--in my case a writer's budget. Not offering Siri would mean less load on Apple's huge server farm and less day-to-day expense. Until now, I've been less than impressed with the rumors of prices of this new phone. Pricing it about $100 less isn't going to work. People will either pay more for the style of the top iPhone or say 'to heck with Apple' and go for a cheaper Samsung phone. Carefully cutting out...
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It's the last two words that throw off people who've spent the entire ad wondering who this mysterious "we" is. Try for a moment to recall anything "designed in California" in recent decades that impresses. Only a handful of states have worse public schools. The prisons are so crowded, a court has ordered criminals released onto the streets. Taxes are high. Government budgets are out of control. To please construction unions, the state is spending billions on a train to...
I'm glad Apple is making it easier to report map errors. That's been Google's strength. A few years back I asked Google Maps to give me a bike route from my place to the University of Washington. The route they gave would have been great except that they had me traveling CW around a lake where only CCW bike traffic is permitted. I reported that and, a couple of weeks later, got a thank you email from Google. Bringing Maps to Macs brings up a question that's mystified me...
I'm delighted that B&N is staying with epaper devices. It's more of a natural for a bookseller than tablets. And, whether they realize it or not, Amazon is leaving an opening in the market that they could fill. Amazon never developed the potential of their epaper devices and seems to have lost interest in them since the Fire came out. B&N might consider: 1. An epaper-based ebook subscription service. Pay so much per month, and you get to chose from a wide selection of...
Apple favoring battery life over CPU power by choosing to go with a slower Haswell chip and no Retina display makes good marketing sense and, in this case, good marketing means the most happy customers. Keep in mind that Apple never splatters computers all over the marketplace like Dell. It carefully targets specific segments with a particular computer. * The MacBook Air targets those who don't need a powerful computer at all, as well as those who need a second, on-the-go...
Between vandalism, cloudy days, and that battery fading away after a couple of years, this idea makes little sense to anyone who's not a politician posturing as a green. Much better would be more AC outlets in parks and public areas. Limit them with a 5-amp breaker is electricity costs are an issue. They'd be far more reliable and much cheaper to maintain than this solar silliness. You could also use them with laptops and to fast-charge a tablet.
Quote: "It's fascinating to see how this CC transformation is separating the wheat from the chaff! ;-)" Or put another way, separating those who'd rather gripe and complain than work. I joined CC yesterday and I've been as busy as a bee today. Having the latest of everything updated constantly should up my productivity enough to pay for the subscription and more. I just hope cloud sharing can be device-selective. I'd rather not clutter the MacBook Air I'm planning to...
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