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Posts by Alfiejr

don't really get this debate. both iOS and Android obviously have a solid market future as Apple and Google keep pushing them forward, however they do. Apple in the profitable high end and Android in the generic OEM/telco commodity market. the real questions are whether RIM can hang on to its profitable enterprise niche, whether Nokia will find a way out of its current tailspin, whether Windows Phone can get any significant market share back (by making a deal with Nokia...
gosh, you mean the mashup of QNX and Adobe whatever is trickier than RIM thought? i thought with two genius CEO's RIM was twice as smart as everyone else (four times as smart as MS).
right now ATV2 is a great little inexpensive media extender for households already using iTunes/iOS products (and third party accessories for them). that's a solid foundation, but Apple needs to build on it a lot in 2011 to stay competitive. there are many good ideas out there for expanding ATV2's capabilities. we know its iOS can do a lot more. i hope Apple announces something in January. all the other extenders/streamers require consumers to mix-and-match hardware of...
yeah, i can't get into war and gore, but really enjoy Burnout Paradise! (the iPad lite version, Hot Pursuit, is a very very pale spin off. except for two person races.)
yeah, hard core gamers and familes with kids/teens will still want their consoles and use them. but they're an optional add-on (until Sony gets smart and sticks the PS3 chip/BD player inside its HDTV's too). adults' home lives don't revolve around those consoles. many do however revolve around their TV. notwithstanding virtual reality, there is no "life" in any game. go to FaceBook for that! (just kidding)
true, it would be a high end product. but 5%-10% of a $100 billion annual market is still a lot of moolah. and it would reinforce sales of all other Apple iOS products too. you won't buy just one Apple gizmo, you'll buy several 'cause they all work together so nice. Apple never has tried to compete in the general market with its monitors price. you buy them because they are so pretty. the profit margain must be ridiculous, even at small production levels. but the Apple...
the problem very possibly was not licensing at all. it was probably the required HDCP-protected DRM "pathway" that had to be built into the OS itself, of which HDMI ports are the visible part. Apple TV is HDCP compliant, independent of any connected computer. but we didn't see an HDMI port on a Mac until the most recent Mini model that came after Snow Leopard and all its "under the hood" OS X modifications. So Snow Leopard is presumably HDCP complaint. Leopard must not...
About BluRay: while it will gradually supplant SD DVD hardware over time, the problem is that only about 10% of consumers really care about getting the best PQ, and maybe 10% want to collect lots of movies to play repeatedly, but 80% care about paying high prices for stuff. and the mediacos are still demanding premium prices for BD discs. HD streaming rentals are just a better deal - not the best PQ, but better than DVD. and easily "portable." a decent compromise at about...
For those who find ATV2 too limited in what it can do, the beta of aTVFlash "black" is available now. aTVFlash never worked consistently great on the underpowered ATV1. have to wait to hear how it does this time. but i would prefer real iOS apps. Apple is not going to update ATV1 (except maybe a bug/security patch). sorry folks, that's history. they want you to buy a new one.
ATV is a great little media extender that expands your iTunes/iOS ecosystem - if you have one - to your living room TV. at the moment, that is all it does. there is a modest market for this - maybe 5% of US households. no, it's not a "hobby" anymore. ATV is also a $100 iOS mini-computer with a lot of possibilities - apps, games, etc. we will see how far Apple takes this next year. full integration with the iPad in particular would immediately double its market...
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