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The fact that Apple is replacing what Steve Jobs aptly sneered at as a maker of "sugar water" ought to make clear that being at the top of this list matters little. It's a bit like being a celebrity, meaning someone famous for being famous.
Yes, images in iBookstore ebooks can now be up to 3.2 meg in size. They actually slipped in the change a few weeks ago. This just makes it official. That's great. But the last time I checked, images in Kindle ebooks still have to be under a pitiful 127K, which only 4% as large. My latest book is about caring for children with cancer. Each chapter open with a photo, typically a stock photo of a hospitalized child to get across that the children I'm writing about are real...
If these students can't carry their iPads home, what's the point? And blocking YouTube is crazy. It's not all kitties in paper sacks. There are tons of great National Geographic and History Channel documentaries there. --Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer
Sad to say, Apple's employees make too much money to understand the lives of most Americans. For them an iMac is a throwaway. For them, you and I with our need to budget money, to fix and to upgrade, don't exist. I've got an old iMac I'd like to give to a nephew, but I hate to do so with a DVD stuck in the drive and getting it out is a big hassle. It's why I replaced it with a Mac mini and regard most people who buy iMacs as fools asking for trouble. A repairability of 2...
I have trouble imagine Microsoft selling those used iPhones on the market. That'd simply add to Apple's marketshare. Now might be a good time to start checking the dumpsters behind Microsoft's stores.
The bad news about the new iTunes is that it will no longer manage podcast listening and instead sends us to Apple's podcast app, which I dislike. I've got Downcast, so I'll need to see if it has fixed the few remaining gotchas that kept me from adopting it, specifically: 1. Roll your own podcast list easily on a Mac. For reasons that defy explanation, some podcast players assume want to listen to all of the podcast from source A before turning to source B etc. There's...
Samsung's smartphones aren't junk either, but they're selling for $100 to $200 less and often have features that iPhones lack, such as larger screens.   Apple's making the same mistake it made in the nineties. It's assuming that its products are different enough to command a premium price. But as technologies mature, it gets harder and harder to create products that are better enough to justify those higher prices.   Apple's already began to hit that point in the...
The 5c is definitely well-built. I like plastic cases, particularly in contrast to breakable glass, although not those dreadful "Hello Kitty" pastel covers. But it's dreadfully overpriced, so overpriced the much greater feature set of the 5s make it a much better deal. For every dollar extra the 5s costs, buyers are likely to get two dollars back at resale--and have a lot more eager buyers. I'm more bothered that both come with iOS 7 and you can see what's wrong with that...
Any news about a markup app for InDesign? It'd be great to view an ID document on an iPad, mark it up, and have that markup appear, perhaps as a layer, in that InDesign document. It'd be even better if multiple reviewers, some far away, could do that mark up.
Apple's upper-management are smart people. They know this initial release is over-priced and there are hints they've made it cheaper to make than the iPhone 5. They could cut those prices quite a bit and still stay profitable. Keep in mind a common 'market image' technique that Apple used with the iPod and iPhone. Overprice at first to create status and then discount after six months or so to increase sales. Making the unlocked version $400 would make life difficult for...
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