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No....don't be insane...Apple didn't pay $5 billion. You have to compare it to the number of single track and album downloads as well as physical sales that would have resulted if Apple didn't do the deal. Just looking at the U.S., while many albums used to get certified Gold (500,000 units), Platinum (1 million units) or Diamond (10 million units) that's actually exceedingly rare today.  In fact, it's been many years since an album has been certified Diamond.    Let's say...
No...cashiers are not going to ask for anything.   They're going to see "payment approved" and a receipt will print out. That's not the issue.  The issue is that until it's universally accepted at virtually every retail location that accepts credit or debit today, one still has to carry around a physical credit/debit card anyway, so while there is still some benefit to Apple Pay, it's not really going to enable people to get rid of their wallets.   However, in the U.S.,...
"Wish We Could Say More" ???!!!!!   Doesn't that imply that they're going to announce something (probably the iWatch) and then not give any details about it because it's not ready.   That doesn't sound good. 
Wrong.  It should be, "We have to, because our device doesn't compete with what Apple has sold for years already." I guess you don't watch much TV.  The commercials have been incessant.   I know the original comment was sarcasm and the stock did go down, but probably more because of overall Amazon losses, which the New York Times reported today could be $800 million this quarter.   Frankly, between the phone, the overall losses and Amazon's fights with publishers and the...
For people who are so obsessed about quality design, they sure seem to dress badly.
While both of your comments have merit, the fact remains that if the allegations are accurate, the violations are so egregious that the factory deserves to be closed. But maybe if there's enough of these kinds of violations of decent corporate behavior on the part of these factories, Apple and other companies will eventually give consideration to returning more manufacturing to Europe, Japan and the Americas. I've always believed that companies should manufacture where...
Actually, Samsung can use this against Apple.   Imagine a spot that says, "let's see all the people who desperately want the new iPhone" which then shows a line of only four people.  
 Photokina is coming up starting September 16th in Cologne.  There will be lots of leaks in the next few days and lots of announcements leading up to the show.
There's nothing inherently wrong with keeping the technology base diversified, except that it greatly increases maintenance and training costs, especially if a single teacher has to deal with multiple platforms.   It always costs more to support multiple platforms.   The way that Apple (or any manufacturer) could have kept themselves locked in was by also providing high-value applications software that could not easily be replicated by another supplier, such as a...
With the possible exception of being able to program a lock to permit access for a limited period of time, like a delivery or an installer, it seems to me that all of these locks are an extremely complex solution with multiple failure points to a non-issue. I see these as Rube Goldberg machines. And I certainly would be concerned about hacking and security. What do insurance companies think about these locks - will they still give you homeowners insurance if you use...
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