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  It didn't seem to bother Apple that some of their software looked almost as old as Windows Mobile:     Still, that brings up an interesting question:   should Samsung stick with some skeuomorphic symbology in order to attract those who like it?   (Not a big deal either way.  Built-in apps and themes matter far less on an Android device, since the user gets to pick default programs for major actions, plus the launcher, and so can decide for themselves to look mostly...
  Nobody is saying it is only subsidies.  Where prices are the same, people often choose the iPhone over other phones, which proves it is desirable.   --   At the same time, it is impossible to ignore the importance of subsidies, or other inducements, to iPhone sales.    In the US, Cricket tried to sell non subsidized iPhones for their network.  Within six months, they were facing $100 million of unsold stock.   In Japan, the iPhone barely sold for years, until it was...
  Because everyone is desperate to sell a few ten thousands of phones to the ~320K Icelandic phone subscribers?     Agreed.   Something doesn't come across in translation.  But then, the ad was likely created in Iceland and not meant for anyone outside of there.  
  Anyone who really follows reports knows that initial sales are not all about end users.  Some is about filling the channel.   For example, among others, ISI Group's Brian Marshall noted after the sales debut:   "Clarification - recall the 5 mil+ iPhone 5 reported sales only takes into consideration: 1) what was sold into partners (e.g., retail outlets, carriers, etc.), 2) sold in AAPL retail stores, and 3) direct to customers only if they signed for the...
  The point is, both numbers mean sold.  It's just that a lot of the time, for both companies it means sold to a retailer, not an end user.   For example, the article recalled that Apple announced sales of five million iPhone 5 on its first weekend.  What most laymen don't realize, is that those five million included sales to retailers around the world... sales that were still on trucks or planes, since Apple counts a sale the moment an item ships.   That's why the five...
  You cannot first say that the "app demands access" to location and contacts, and then turn around a few sentences later and claim that it did not "ask for permission".  Obviously it DID ask for permission.     As for being a crap app, I'd agree.  It smacks of a newbie developer.  It sounds like someone took a sample code framework and accidentally left in a bunch of sample permission lines that probably aren't even used.  (Or if they are, then the project manager...
  While we have to wait for Apple's current quarterly reports, the difference seems to be that YoY, Samsung's profits have been going up, while Apple's profits were down last quarter in spite of increased sales.   If the high end (aka high priced) market is saturated, it will affect Apple more, because they started with huge profit margins and can only drop from there.  I think Cook has been trying to let everyone down easy, because he realizes that Apple needs to get...
  Of course, you're being too literal.   "Technicolor" is often used to refer to multiple bright colors.   Think of the play, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".   Or someone saying, "Man, I dropped some acid last night and everything was in Technolor!"   Not to mention current news: "Wow, did you see the new Technicolor iPhone prototypes?!"   Okay, the last one was a stretch.  
It all started with open source projects to map WiFi hotspots and cell ids, long before any of these companies got involved.
  Your premise is incorrect.  (This has been gone over so many times, it should be a sticky.)   When Apple says "sold", they mean the same thing as Samsung does with "shipped".   That is, units sold directly to end users from a company store, plus all the units sold to retailers.   The only difference is that Apple counts a shipment as a sale when it leaves their warehouse, whereas Samsung counts a shipment as a sale when it arrives at the retailer.  The effect is the...
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