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  • Apple, IBM in far-reaching enterprise partnership [View news story]
    Is this AAPL's attempt to attack MSFT and AMZN in the cloud revenue wars? Partnering with IBM and offering "enterprise apps" to work with IBM/AAPL services would be an interesting tactic. I know AAPL has iCloud, but that's nowhere near the revenue source of Amazon Web Services, IBM's cloud offerings, or even MSFT's Azure. Very interesting!
    Jul 15 05:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nadella memo hints at big Microsoft product changes [View news story]
    For the love of all that is holy to developers, buy Xamarin already and give it to us for free with Visual Studio. Monopolize the IDE market and get other devs to use your products. And then keep expanding VS's capabilities to cover all manner of devices (home automation and more) in conjunction with modified device OS's and existing hardware (XBox One as home theater center).

    But be cautious of throwing everything in the cloud and becoming a giant PaaS/IaaS/SaaS company because the infrastructure cost will backlash for smaller businesses and individual users that are used to 3-5 year lifecycles at cost X instead of X/year. Case in point, Office 365 at $150/yr for a small business compared to $300 total for Office 2013. It may be more profitable to go XaaS for everything, but that's not necessarily what your customers (big & small) want....
    Jul 10 02:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Introducing Fire, the First Smartphone Designed by Amazon [View article]
    From the product page -

    Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.

    Actual real life performance - who knows at this point!
    Jun 18 03:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon unveils Fire phone [View news story]
    The phone does have some new and unique features. The four cameras on front for pictures, the immersion capabilities through games and the tilt to scroll/change pages/etc is interesting. The hardware gimmicks will not be enough to sway most users it's getting a new phone- especially if it's only AT&T right now. I know plenty of people who use their larger phones with one hand no problem. And the fact that you have to physically stop a sensor from doing the auto scroll/page/etc when you tilt the phone could get annoying. I look at my phone at tons of angles just fine and can scroll with my thumb just fine. That wheel didn't need reinvention.

    At the end of the day this isn't about selling subsidized phones but rather building an ecosystem with apps and users like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have for their products. FireOS being an Android fork puts it in its own class, so to speak, which already limits potential users who like non-FireOS apps. I just don't see this happening. How many of the game companies who develop games for the big three ecosystems want to port their game over to FireOS *and* work in all the extra technical features that the SDK's "Dynamic Perspective" set offers? The ROI on that (months?) doesn't seem worth it for a business right now.
    Jun 18 03:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's What's Smartphone Will Do [View article]
    I'm not so sure, Martin. A good example of another phone that no one has heard of/wants is the Firefox OS phones. They're phones, they're cheap, but they have no real advantage over Apple, Google, or MS driven phones. They are actually at a disadvantage because they lack the ecosystem the big three have and also have no extra incentive to offer in place of said ecosystem. Windows Phones, at least, had a very different interface to distinguish it from iOS/Android and also had the power of C# developers behind it, making it fairly easy for apps to be built.

    Amazon doesn't seem to have any of this. They have an ecommerce platform, ebooks, a video streaming service, a lot of Web Services.... and that's it. People can already do ebooks/streaming/buy stuff on their existing devices that integrate with Amazon's services. Amazon Web Services integration may be a unique way to market the phone to tech folks, but I honestly don't think it's going to be enough.

    All in all, I'm not surprised the market threw its money at AMZN after the leak, but I am surprised it didn't think this through. I don't see how anyone comparing this to an iPhone, Android phone, or Windows Phone (the latter two which can be had extremely cheap prices even without contract) would want to go with an Amazon phone as it currently might exist right now.
    Jun 6 02:28 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kill The Microsoft Surface Tablet [View article]
    Like others have stated already, the Surface is a less cool iPad, weighs more, has less "apps" available for it, less battery life, etc. But the Surface Pro is a full laptop/desktop replacement for all but the most serious users. As a developer who travels, carrying my Surface and being able to VPN to the office, pop open Visual Studio or Photoshop, RDP to any box on our network, and essentially have full access to everything as if I was physically at the office at a computer is nothing to slouch at. Hell, if I was at a city council meeting and needed to whip up a CAD model to show someone real quick, I could even do that. Or if I was bored and wanted to play a MMO (nerd alert) I can do that too. I can't do that well with an iPad or Android tablet. The majority of people don't do that on their tablets, either. If you educated the masses better and made the Surface lighter with better battery life, it would make a lot more headway in the marketplace.

    I think Windows 8.x is a great touchscreen/tablet OS, but a horrible desktop OS. AAPL is trying to iOS-ify everything and bring their designs in alignment. MSFT is trying to do the same thing but not realizing the drastic design differences needed between phone, tablet, desktop, and even TV. There is no one design fits all devices setup. Device real estate and human methods of interaction affect all that. Build a common core that underlies all devices, but design specific to the device. I think MSFT has started going down that path and will have much success in the future if they keep it up.
    Apr 9 05:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Appeals court strikes down net neutrality rules [View news story]
    From a business delivery perspective, pushing one's own services and hindering competition is great for revenue- especially when there are no alternate choices. From business creation perspective, knowing you might have to pay more to have your content delivered as desired or even facing the threat of needing to pay for your service to be accessible is poor for everyone else. Tech startups shouldn't need to take "random ISP throttle charge" into account when planning. The potential for abuse is too great and Congress is so slow that by the time it does get fixed, it will be after years of problems :(
    Jan 14 11:42 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment