or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:

Posts by zoetmb

While that's true, the deal still deserves a critical eye because you have to wonder why Apple couldn't develop their own superior headphones (and streaming service) for far less than $3 billion.     And also because in spite of Beats' tremendous commercial success, anyone who knows anything about audio would tend to agree that the quality of the audio coming through their phones simply isn't very good.    IMO, getting Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine isn't enough of a reason....
 I've worked since late 2005 in the area of media rights management.   Many of the cable networks as well as other organizations are clients of the enterprise software we produce to manage this. The ISPs themselves, like Time-Warner, Comcast, RCN, etc. actually have quite limited options in terms of what they can offer as they don't own the content (although their parent companies do in some cases). Even the cable channels themselves don't have 100% of the rights and can't...
I think what he was trying to say was that large corporations "cook their books" so that they don't show profits and therefore, don't pay corporate income taxes in New York or they put their headquarters in New York but legally register their corporation overseas.  Meanwhile, everyone else gets screwed.   Freelancers and the self-employed have to pay a New York City unincorporated business tax and a regional commuters tax (even though I live in NYC) and that's in addition...
New York State used to tax all clothing and had tax holidays twice a year.  Instead of the tax holiday, the sales tax has been entirely repealed on all clothing and shoes priced under $100.  And basic food (produce, meats, fish, bread, etc.) has no sales tax either. Sales tax throughout the United States is generally 6% to 9%.  It's 8.875% in NYC, 8% in Woodstock, NY, 9% in Los Angeles, 8.75% in San Francisco, 8.25% in Dallas, 8% in Atlanta, 7.63% in Colorado Springs,...
I really have to disagree with the notion that the market sees Apple as "value".    Anyone looking for value is going to buy some low-end Dell, Lenovo or HP.      The market sees Apple as quality and style and has bought into the Apple ecosystem and therefore sees benefit in buying into Apple for computers as well.    They're willing to pay for the Apple brand and all that brings both in actual quality and perceived benefit.  I also think they're doing relatively well...
That legacy MacBook Pro doesn't show up on the main entry page if you go to the Apple site and click "Mac>MacBook Pro>Tech Specs".  It only shows up if you click the "Buy Now" button.     That makes me think it's not long for this world.    I'm also in the court that Apple should still be making an updated machine with an optical drive and with user-replaceable battery, storage and memory, like my late-2008 MacBook Pro, which I'm still using.   If the machine has to be...
You think Apple paid $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics and will kill it? No freaking way.
 While I don't personally like the sound of Beats headphones and they do emphasize bass over high-end, which is one of the reasons I don't like them, tell me how Beats headphones compress the music.   Is there a circuit in the headphones that compresses the music?  I was really not aware of that.     EDIT: Apparently there is.  And the fact is that there are plenty of very expensive headphones that don't sound very good.    Beats is far from the only offender.
 Whether they're a commodity or not (and I think they are in consumers' minds from a pricing standpoint, since most of the price is buried in the monthly payments) is a separate factor of whether they're at the pinnacle of present design capability, with 'present' being the operative word.    Present meaning "today", maybe.    But present meaning "tomorrow", definitely not.  The question is whether tomorrow means September or whether it means Fall 2015. There are certainly...
 While I won't pretend to know Bose's specific patented implementation, noise-cancellation is usually done by having a microphone pick up the ambient noise and then feeding that signal out of phase into the headphone.    The actual noise and the inverted noise cancel each other out.   The only thing special and unique is how you process the signal coming through the microphone to match the sound of the noise heard through the pads of the headphones.    This technique was...
New Posts  All Forums: