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  About that $12.5 billion price...   Google is selling the Motorola Home division (cable box, etc) for $2.4 billion to another group.     According to Forbes, Google also gets to write off almost a billion a year for seven years, in taxes and acquisition costs.  They say it brings the net cost down to $1.5 billion.   Even better, Motorola Mobility came with $3 billion in cash reserves. They can lose money for years without asking Google for help.   So basically, the cost...
  It's like the way that 45% of all iPhones ever sold can't use Siri.   Which is worse, millions who cannot use Siri, or millions who cannot use Facebook Home?   Neither seems like a huge tragedy.
  Has Google ever said in such detail where it gets its income from?   Basically, Google is making money from all mobile devices, not just their own, which is a nice place to be in.   Side note: many people were misled long ago by a widely repeated (and bogus) claim that Google told Congress that most of their mobile income came from Apple.  This came from a carefully edited video snippet which quoted that "most of the web searches come from iOS devices".  Many articles...
Not sure why people are getting up in arms over an interview.   Kay was asked a question, and he gave a simple answer from his standpoint.   The original interview question and partial answer was:       All he's saying is that obviously today's tablets are not doing anything like what he envisioned for the Dynabook.   And he's right that Apple inhibits many useful forms of application sharing.  (I'd love to see Hypercard done for the iPad.)   It's all neither bad nor...
Hmm.  "Cannot be intercepted", but there seems to be some wiggle room in that statement.   For example, are the messages available from Apple's store-and-forward servers upon request?   I usually don't look for conspiracies, but this whole thing seems too public, and the explanation lists specific cases instead of making a blanket statement.
  Jon Ive likes to channel Dieter Rams, so I expect a UI with the same philosophy:  black, silver, grey, white... with simple, clean, geometric shapes and outlines.   However, it's well known that blues look futuristic, which is why so many TV/film (and Android) UIs use blue, so you're probably right about that color as well.
  True, which is why this sounds like it's more about unexpected work:   The news article claims that "Apple is struggling to implement the changes on time", which would indicate that there's more that has to be done in the allotted time, than they originally thought.   Perhaps they started the changes, then realized that they had to go back and revamp more stock apps than they had expected, so they temporarily shifted other developers over to iOS to help out.   Sure...
  Got a link that says AuthenTec invented such a combination?   Thanks!   PS. Are you sure you're not thinking of that Apple patent application a year or two ago, about putting image sensors between display pixels?
  I think there's a shortage of young engineers, but especially with all the layoffs the past few years, there are lots of very good, experienced engineers available.   It's just that companies don't like to hire 50 and 60 year olds.   Companies call them "over qualified".
FWIW, a lot of analysts are predicting that the next few years will be big for phablets.   According to Barclays, five to seven inch phablets now make up about 5% of smartphone sales.  That's one in twenty, which is a lot.  They recently predicted that phablets will jump to 15% of smartphone sales in 2013, and 20% in 2015.   iSuppli has also predicted that phablets will more than double in sales from 2012 to 2013.   The reasons given for this, include the...
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