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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...
When I first got my iPhone 3G, the battery life seemed awful and I panicked and bought one of those external batteries that you can plug in to charge the iPhone's battery, but in 2 1/2 years, I've only used it about five times. I turned down the brightness, shut off Bluetooth except when I'm in the car and using a headset, shut off notifications, shut off push and shut off location services, except when I'm outside. I can always go one full day without recharging,...
And that's the problem for people who desire a home theatre experience. When I watch a movie, I want it to be at the highest possible quality and resolution and I want to hear it in 5.1 multichannel sound. (If I had a bigger place, I'd want to hear it in 7.1). Therefore, if, in the name of simplifying the UI and operation, an Apple TV doesn't connect to an A/V receiver and Blu-ray player, it's a deal breaker for me, even if it has lots of other very compelling...
Yes, and while it was fine film in many respects, I actually found it frustrating because so many details were left out and when Nixon resigns at the end of the film (which isn't actually shown, except with a title card), it almost seems anti-climactic. "All The President's Men" is about two years in the lives of Woodward & Bernstein, not the story of their lives, so while the story is more complex in some ways and it has some aspects of a thriller, it's a much smaller...
The problem with Sorkin is not the quality of his writing, it's that he wants to have so much impact on the dramatic arc of the film that his writing has nothing to do with historical accuracy. And Hollywood seems not to care at all about producing screen bios that are historically accurate. It's almost never been done. And they frequently leave out important characters. "Ray" left out Neshui Ertegun (Ahmet's brother and co-founder of the company). "Cadillac...
Yep. I get paperwork for class action lawsuits over stocks that I've owned all the time. If the lawsuit succeeds, you usually get about 7 cents a share. Since most of my investments are in funds in which I own just a few shares of each stock, they're usually not worth the postage to mail the forms back (never mind the time to research all the stock buys/sales). But the lawyers get $ millions, sometimes up to hundreds of $ millions. It's an absurd and ridiculous...
You can't turn the set on with an iPhone because the iPhone is working over the network. The TV (at least TVs and other electronics released so far) can't recognize the incoming command from the network when they're turned off. So the iPhone (or iPad) has to trigger another device which in turn, triggers the TV via control functionality. Maybe Apple will find a way around this, similar to the way you can (supposedly) send a command over the network to wake up the Mac....
I agree that the media and especially the analysts have never gotten Apple right. But one of the reasons for all the criticism recently is simply because Apple is no longer a niche computer company as it once was. It's a company with enormous revenues and on good days has the highest market cap and that makes it an easy target. In addition, the press loves to build up and then take down companies (or people) and the blogosphere just makes it even worse. There...
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