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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...
despite the idiocy of the its two co-CEO's recent comments (what conversations they must have!), RIM is still doing OK and has real potential. but it also has big problems. its latest quarterly report show sales and profits remaining very good. not booming like Apple, but steady - better than the other smartphone OEM's. RIM reports 5 million new subscribers - but does not say how many past subscribers it also lost to iOS and Android, probably a big number too. so its...
iTunes is very instructive for the cloud vs. local topic. when you are acessing the iTunes Store or Ping or Genius or your account and some other iTunes functions, you are in fact working within a web browser accessing Apple's cloud running its UI inside your local program that may be doing other local things at the same time - like playing music. when you are copying files from a CD or re-sizing files for various uses or editing your library metadata (a data base),...
Dan's articles certainly are provocative. no question he is a longtime Apple fan, and loves to bash MS most of all. now Android too. his articles are one-sided, often take cheap shots at their targets, and frequently make overly broad statements without including crucial qualifications. i wish he'd let someone else edit his pieces before posting to clean this up somewhat. and like anyone writing about such complex topics, he gets facts wrong sometimes. all that said, he...
i guess you skipped the Strategic Thinking class. From the MS perspective, Google is the mortal threat, not Apple. in less than 10 years:- Google took over web search, which MS had hoped to dominate - now still trying with Bing.- Google's Chrome browser is now growing rapidly and taking users from IE, which continues to shrink in market share.- Google's package of "cloud" services are the only real competition for MS', which has big ambitions in that field and has copied...
come on folks. it's utterly obvious MS is getting panicked about Google's Chrome OS, not the iPad. if Chrome succeeds big time (i doubt it) it poses a mortal threat to Windows - the beginning of the end of the Windows monopoly. so in true MS style, Ballmer will throw out some vaporware to try to muddy the water as the Chrome release comes into view next year. if MS were thinking iPad instead, we'd be seeing the ZunePad!
look, all differences between the Android and iOS app stores and other things boil down to the different basic business models of Apple and Google: for Apple, in the end YOU are the CUSTOMER. they want to sell you hardware. their profit comes from those hardware sales. they want you to buy other Apple ecosystem hardware too (and most do). for Google, YOU are the MERCHANDISE they sell to advertisers - who are their real customers. their profit comes from ad sales. the...
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