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Why only Apple products? The remote control codes are public knowledge - most equipment that comes with a "universal" remote control lists the codes for all the other manufacturer's devices so you can program your remote. If Apple built an iPad/iPhone app that could control anyone's device with a killer UI, that would interest me far more than an Apple-branded TV. The problem today is that each remote is missing several important things for the other devices. For...
What I don't get is that if Samsung, LG and Sharp are each making displays for a future iPad, how is consistency maintained between the screens supplied by different manufacturers? They can't be exactly the same without violating each others patents.
I really appreciate your informed and thoughtful response. You've really added much to the discussion.
I think the only thing that would truly work is a completely unknown actor. Otherwise, we won't see "Steve". We'll see Clooney or Bale or Wyle or whoever. I think there have only been a handful of roles in all of movie history where you only see the character and not the actor. Brando in "The Godfather" was one and Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie" was another, but that was easier since he played the character in drag. Jim Carey as comedian Andy Kaufman in "Man On...
No. Mobile will certainly be big (it already is) and I agree that when mobile can get live broadcasts easily it will become bigger. And I also agree that there are some people, especially young people, who are satisfied watching TV or movies on a 3" screen. But to say that everything will be mobile and that people will only watch on large screens on special occasions is a complete misreading of the market and actual consumer behavior. Large screens are selling in...
That's B.S. unless your friend bought the low end. Sony has its problems and I think Stringer has got to go, but their top-of-the-line HX929 is an amazing set with an amazing picture - maybe the best LCD out there (there's also the new Sharp Elites, but they only come in very large screen sizes, are very expensive and they change teal to blue, although Sharp says they're going to fix that with a software upgrade.) Vizio doesn't even come close. But with any set,...
I disagree. I don't think Isaacson came across as arrogant or biased at all and he has a good track record with his other historical biographies. In fact, I got the impression that he really liked Steve and felt badly putting the negative stuff in the book, but felt he had to in order to give the full picture of what Steve Jobs was actually like. And I've heard almost every story in the book before, so there is a ring of truth to them. (What I hadn't heard...
A hot seller? The distributor says they sold a few hundred pairs throughout Asia (implied because they're the Asian distributor). That doesn't sound like a big seller to me. I bet my tiny local independent retail optician sells a few hundred pairs of a single style over a few months. And besides, while they weren't the exact same frames, didn't John Lennon wear the same style glasses? Lots of 'hippies' wore glasses that looked like this. And although I...
I think the story is that the Board refused to approve the $ millions necessary to build the original cube, so Steve decided to spend the money himself because he felt so strongly about it. On one hand, I sort of agree with the Board (assuming the story is accurate) that it was excessive. On the other, that space, especially because it's underground, had always been kind of awful before Apple took it over. Retail there (aside perhaps from the FAO Schwartz store) always...
Because Steve's genius and personality, while it made Apple the incredible success it is today, also hurt Apple and its employees in some respects and what we don't know is how many great minds Apple lost because they didn't want to deal with Steve's tantrums and behavior, which in any other company, could be considered to be "hostile working conditions." Especially because Steve is gone, it is important for Apple to retain its best employees. If Cook improves...
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