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  • BlackBerry reportedly abandons sale efforts, replacing CEO; shares plunge [View news story]
    delusion if I've ever seen it
    Nov 4 12:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft shares FY13 Surface, mobile licensing figures in 10-K [View news story]
    more advertising spent than revenue collected. Even blackberry got that right.
    Jul 30 09:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Shut It Down [View article]
    cool story bro
    Jul 22 04:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Apple: 1) Fresh details about iOS 7: it supports head-tilting gestures (echoes of Samsung's Smart Scroll) and new enterprise features, including the ability to control which apps/accounts can open a document, and the ability to let apps automatically connect to a VPN. 2) Apple won't be able to add the Galaxy S4 to its new Northern California suit against Samsung (SSNLF.PK). Apple has already included dozens of older Samsung devices in the suit. 3) Apple's new ad (video) had the lowest effectiveness score of the last 26 ads the company has released, according to a study from ad measurement firm Ace Metrix. [View news story]
    Contrary to authors snark remark about Smart Scroll, the head tilt gesture is for accessibility purposes only not to be used by regular people. Apple acknowledges it isn't practical for general purpose unlike Samsung.
    Jun 27 12:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why A Budget iPhone Is A Great Idea: 4 Reasons [View article]
    4 words why the budget iPhone is a horrible idea: iphone profit share ~70%
    May 9 03:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Apple Kill The 13" MacBook Pro? [View article]
    uh, battery life?? A half inch case doesn't hold much battery.
    Mar 4 02:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Ultrabook Sales Will Surprise In 2013 [View article]
    Stunning the author would praise the ultrabook and call the Macbook air a 'ripoff'. Obviously the other way around.
    Dec 23 04:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) has submitted an iOS Google Maps app to Apple (AAPL), but is awaiting approval, reports 9to5 Mac. While Google waits, it can enjoy the mountains of bad publicity being produced by the missing features and inaccuracies found in Apple's iOS 6 Maps app, the product of multiple acquisitions and (reportedly) nearly 5 years of development. Apple's maps switch "is a rare example of the company openly placing its own interests above those of its customers," writes The Verge's Nilay Patel. (previous) Update: Sources tell AllThingsD the team responsible for Apple Maps "is under lockdown right now working to fix it." [View news story]
    That analyst misses the point Apple has tried to make with everything else. When everything is integrated under the same roof, it just works better, making it better for the customer. Granted it has a long way to.
    Sep 20 07:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Apple 'Free Pass' [View article]
    I would agree that Apple has been given a free pass of sorts, but the author has not provided convincing arguments for why the free pass is attributed to Steve Jobs instead of Apple the brand. Public awareness of Apple is entirely focused on product innovation not Jobs himself.

    The difference between Apple products vs other products is huge and immediately noticeable and so has become a part of American culture linked to Apple the brand not necessarily Steve himself. Society understands, I think, that Apple invented the iPod, the modern smartphone, tablet and laptop (design/form). Steve may have had much attention for these products but at the end of the day the customer sees an Apple logo on their device not Steve Jobs' name.

    The author does not seem to recognize the success of Apple's branding or even recognize branding at all. The 'uber-cool factor' he mentions is a classic sign of a successful lifestyle brand. I wonder if he also thinks Nike shoes or Starbucks coffee have a free pass. If anything, the free pass is a result of Apple's marketing team being the best in the industry along with the greatest and most innovative products.
    May 27 12:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dell: Old School Tech May Offer A Surprise Or Two For PC Death Watchers [View article]
    MacBooks are doing fantastic in this environment.
    Feb 22 01:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Joins The $400B Market Cap Club - What's Next [View article]
    The first 4 companies were subjects of the dot com boom which makes them not applicable to Apple's scenario, no such event is occurring to the tech market now. If anything it is too cheap!
    Jan 23 06:32 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment