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  For customers, the key is the upfront price.   The magic number for people all around the world, seems to be paying $200-250 upfront.   It can be carrier subsidized down to that price, or there can be trade-in or external loan programs.  But that's a killer spot.   So the trade-in & loan programs Apple has been using in India and China could be harbingers of what's to come.
  Like anything else, it depends on what you want to do.     Obviously NFC's purpose is not to broadcast to an entire room.  There are other methods for that.  For example, WiFi data sharing.  Or the usual culprits like email and SMS/MMS.     NFC is another optional comm method, with its own special purpose.  Which is being able to instantly initiate a connection to send info to a single person next to you, without having to know / select / type in each other's phone...
  Never heard that one.  Seems backward.   Perhaps you're thinking of the fact that Google paid to be the default search engine?
Lodsys is a prime example of why software patents are evil.   However, at least they license their IP.  And, as such things go, the Lodsys fee (0.575% of a developer's profit) is peanuts compared to what Apple or Google and the government take for their share.   If a developer sells $1,000 worth of in-app purchases, then about...   $300 goes to the app store owner. (30% fee) $150 goes to taxes.  (15% bracket) $4 goes to Lodsys. (0.575% of...
  Didn't the Atrix use an Authentec sensor?   (Most of the failures I read about on the net so far, seem to be associated with installing a new ROM and not reseting the sensor code properly.)     I still haven't heard what is supposed to be unique with whatever Apple might use them for.  Capacitive/RF sensors have been around for well over a decade, and are available from quite a few sensor manufacturers.   As for a new idea, I could see perhaps embedding the sensor in...
  This sounds like a repeat of Tim Cook at the All Things D conference, when he brought up certain factory skills in an attempt to deflect questions about Apple bringing their manufacturing back to the USA.    He commented something like, "All the remaining American tool-and-die makers could hardly fill this auditorium."   It was a meaningless statistic used as a diversion for the naive, who would not check on it.   First off, by "makers", he must've meant "companies"....
  Indeed!  Thanks to mstone!
  See above.  If it's a sweep capture type, you have to stroke your finger across it.     Again, no.  It does not sense "electrons emitted by living tissue".     The article also seems confused about the methods Authentec uses.  It says that their "sensors are based on both capacitive and radio frequency (RF) technology", but writes as if they're being used at the same time.    While they do make both types of sensors (DC capacitive or RF/AC capacitive), they're not...
  Putting the sensor on the back of a device is not uncommon.  It allows the user to hold the device between lower fingers and thumb, while stroking the sensor with their index finger.   After using it for authenticating, some phones in the past then allowed using it for scrolling.     That's totally backwards.   It does not "sense the electrons emitted by your living tissue", nor do you charge a tiny capacitor on the screen with your electrons, nor is a discharge trail...
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