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Tellme used to be a customer of mine prior to their acquisition by Microsoft. Their technology is really based on 'voice navigation of the web'. AT&T is/was one of their largest customers. Siri is based on AI technology developed at Stanford Research Institute (SRI hence the name 'Siri'). This interview is another M$ executive saying 'we have that too' without really knowing what he's talking about. It's not that Tellme isn't good technology, it's just different than Siri....
Well, from a hardware-standpoint there is really nothing from the PC world that compares to the MacBook Air. They are the lightest, slimmest laptops on the market. From an OS-perspective, MacOS is more elegant, stable, and easier for the 'average' user. This is my personal opinion and I use both. Of course, Lane could be running Windows OS instead of MacOS. We really can't tell from the picture. Maybe BETTER isn't the right word. I'd say more FLEXIBLE...
Really a non-issue. Executives are typically less computer savvy and use whatever tools are the least hassle. There is simply no doubt that MacOS is a better operating system than Windows. Microsoft dominates PC's due to their business model, not because they have a better OS...
I think many people under-estimate Microsoft, especially in the Enterprise. IT Managers looking for alternatives to RIM will look seriously at WP7 for several reasons: - It's running a Microsoft OS just like the majority of PC's in their company. - They can cost-effectively deploy, manage, and secure it. - It's integrates easily with Exchange which most corporations run. Microsoft will not become as dominant in smartphones as they are in PC's and Servers, as Apple grows...
I think there's probably a 7" iPod Touch in Apple's lab. The question is whether they release it to fight off the Kindle Fire (and BN Nook) or not. My guess is that you will see such a device before the 2012 Holiday Season...
Android is going to push Apple to accelerate development of future iPhones. I've used both and my personal preference is iPhone. However, competition is a win for consumers. It forces companies to innovate and keeps prices in line. This is why I'm against AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. I ran into Woz at the Apple Store Valley Fair Mall a few years ago. We chatted for a few minutes. Super-nice guy.
iPhones and increasingly iPads are making HUGE inroads into many Enterprises despite Apple's lack of good tools for Corporate IT. iTunes was designed for individuals not IT folks. As for Macintosh, are folks aware of the Dell KACE can manage, deploy, and secure MacOS X? The K1000 (Management) and K2000 (Deployment) provide much of what Corporate IT departments need to cost-effectively deploy, manage, and secure Macintoshes....
It's not intended to appeal to Mac aficionados, but Windows users who want a lighter/thinner laptop. If I was in the market, for a Windows laptop, I'd go for a Dell XPS 14z. The major advantage of the MacBook Air, besides still being lighter and thinner, is the ability to dual-boot both MacOS X and Windows...
This sounds like a good move on both counts. Robert Iger is the one responsible for getting Disney back on track after Michael Eisner. He engineered the purchase of Pixar which put them squarely back in the Animation business. Art Levinson is a very well respected executive and I am glad to see that Apple chose an 'independent' (not part of the executive staff) as chairman. The market reacted very positively to these moves. WRT to Disney's board, obviously SJ will be...
I don't think Steve wanted to be or acted like a celebrity. Despite what the press made him out to be, he was a real person. I personally had a couple of encounters with him, most recently at Izzy's Bagels on California Street in Palo Alto. He was in there with his two younger daughters trying to communicate his bagel order with the non-English speaking staff. I didn't bother him, as I could tell he just wanted to get his order and get the heck out of there.
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