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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...
If Apple wants to sell more than a few iPhones in most of the world's countries, they've have to come down on the price. Otherwise, there's simply no way such people can afford one.
Munster's reasoning is flawed. Yes, the rating numbers within each are similar, but those numbers are relative. Android users are comparing particular Android apps to other Android apps and Apple users are comparing particular Apple apps with other Apple apps. That says nothing about relative quality of apps on the two platforms. --Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien
First Obama and now this guy. Will the future be filled with empty-headed celebrities who can't talk without a teleprompter?
One of the best uses for this will be for companies to offer their employees, customers, and clients free data and business-to-business access. If you're an electrician, you can locate what you need with a smartphone app, order it, and have it ready and waiting for you at will-call when you drop by. Paying the cost of that access means happy customers and more business.
Quote from another poster: "They'll hire who can do the job, whoever that may be." Such complete and utter innocence is almost touching. Years ago, when I was studying to be an EMT, I ran into a woman who'd moved to Seattle from California because it was impossible, she said, for her as a white woman to get a EMT position. Ability had nothing to do with it. All the jobs she might have gotten went to minority woman who could fill two quotas with one hire. That's been...
If this ends up like MacBook Air with iPad parts and a better price, I'd be quite interested, particularly if it runs OS X. But I doubt I would go for a UI devoid of a keyboard and heavily dependent on a touch-screen. I type a lot, so a keyboard is a must and touch screens are too slow and clumsy for something sitting on a desk. If I'm going to lug around something that's 12-inches across, I'll stick with a laptop. As Microsoft failed to notice, touch UIs are a...
 I'm merely making a suggestion. If Apple is true to form, they might find a new product that beats the socks off both glue and Velcro. What I want most is no glued in batteries. Keep in mind the advantages of Velcro: 1. It can be easily reused even in the factory or for repairs at Apple stores. Glue is a bit too permanent and messy. It virtually defines tacky. 2. A Velcro pad roughly the size of a MBA's battery would have far more holding power than needed. You'd probably...
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