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Television's old business model of ad-supported broadcasts is fading and Apple is making a good move. For several years, I've suspected that television watchers expectations are changing. Increasingly, they want to watch shows when convenient for them and without ads. Even more important, they're willing to pay for that convenience now that the technology makes the cost reasonable. Apple is willing to provide the channel and hardware. We now have to wait for the content...
Now if they'd just let us expand the Save dialogue window to add metadata and keywords to a file. Having to go through the Finder and Cmd-I is a pain.
Using Apple's own thesaurus comes up with these terms for entertainment: amusement, pleasure, leisure, recreation, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, interest, diversion. along with: show, performance, presentation, production, extravaganza, spectacle, pageant. Taking suggestions from that list: iAmusement is too long. iMuse would be great and even sounds cultural/intellectual. But it's too high-brow. iPleasure sounds like porn. iPlease is too vague and general. iRecreation...
What Apple is saying is still getting distorted. For instance, this statement from the article, which sounds like it comes from Apple--"We don't own your content, we own our format."--isn't in the license and makes no sense. Apple would have trouble claiming to own the format itself, since it's just a non-standard version of epub. What they're claiming is control over is the commercial use of the content in the format generated by iBooks Author. I'm not sure there are...
Since T-Mobile needs to find a way to attract and hold on to more iPhone users, let's hope this move is followed by some free or discounted iPhone-only services to make up for the current slow data speeds for those with iPhones. Free texting would be helpful, as would a modest amount of free EDGE data. Quite a few people don't need 3G or 4G data speeds. They just want a bit more to make the hassle of jail-breaking and unlocking justified.
It's a great idea, but Apple should also look into creating a replacement for the RJ-45 connector now used for Ethernet. It's large, ugly and clumsy to connect or disconnect. It hasn't been upgraded in at least thirty years and even a casual glance will tell you it was designed in the era of desktop computers to be hard for anyone but IP staff to disconnect. Keep in mind that there are numerous situations where wireless simply won't work. High-density environments,...
What planet is Cupertino on? Many of those who don't have broadband, probably also live quite a few miles away from any Apple store. They'll have to pack that 24" iMac into the family car, drive some two hours or more on a day they're rather be doing something else, do the download, and then drive back. All for the lack of a DVD version that'd cost perhaps 25 cents to stamp out. This policy is a classic illustration of a corporate-executive-level screw up. A few at the...
Sears does this same thing. Have a "good" model that's just cheap enough to get people into the store. Once there, they begin to realize that :"good" really isn't that good and opt for the more pricey "better" or "best" models. The bad news is that battery life has been reduced, probably due to the new chips. That's a serious problem. I get four hours on my aging white MacBook and expect the OWC flash drive I just got to raise that to six hours. I'll get fast boots and app...
I wonder if Apple realizes that by pulling users downward to a MBA, it opens up a sales opportunity. People who might make do with just a MacBook Pro who buy a MBA are likely to feel a need for something more powerful and well-equipped at home or work. Having a laptop, they may turn to a desktop. Does Apple offer much there, particularly in comparison to Windows desktops? Not really. The Mac Pro is too powerful, too expensive, and too large. The newest iMac is virtually...
Developers might make migration easier. Give apps on both platforms (iOS and Droid) the ability to acquire a one-time redeemable code, sent by email, to get the same app on the other platform for free. That should also work with Mac OS X apps. Developers could build into a non-app-store update the ability to get a code a user could redeem for a free app-store version. The app itself would keep the code from being redeemed more than once. Of course, the app store on each...
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