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  • Is Apple Music The Next Maps? [View article]
    "Apple is becoming Microsoft."

    You can also say the same thing about Google...
    Jul 27, 2015. 03:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Music The Next Maps? [View article]
    "Apple doesn't get it right 100% of the time, but they get it right often enough."

    Steve Jobs got it right 95% of the time. The worst thing he did was going with ONLY AT&T for years and not making the iPhone screen bigger. Both gave Google a HUGE leg up, along with that spy Schmitz on the board.

    Cook is currently just throwing mud on the wall and hoping something sticks. He has more busts than winners. The bigger screen and Apple Pay where customer forced winners. However, the Apple Watch, Beats, and the new pay music and many new apps(healthkit) are total busts.

    I wish Cook had instead bought Netflix back in 2011 when it was cheap. It seems Apple has lost the creative vision and business plan for growing out. Cook is a deer in the headlights on making the needed BOLD moves.

    Apple needs to aggressively compete or takeout Netflix, GoPro, Google Search and others.

    1. They need to get into streaming TV/movies and offer more than Netflix does for less.

    2. The next iPhone needs a detachable clip waterproof camera that stores on the iPhone in a port. A portable micro sport camera with the iPhone/iPad or sold separately would kill GoPro and Google Glass.

    3. Buy fire sale Yahoo Search or Bing and change the name to Apple Search and add an Adsense style service. The closed garden Apple Spotlight is currently not going anywhere! I bought a search app since Spotlight is SO bad. Almost as bad as Apple's worthless spellchecker!
    The reason so many people use Google search is not for a great search, the reason is many use Google Adsense and check their rankings daily. That is one of the biggest reasons why Google Search is number one. Apple could offer the same Adsense style ad service but with a WAY better interface than Adsense. Think of the money Apple could make on ads! Just look at Google Adsense and Facebook's growing ad buildout.
    Jul 27, 2015. 03:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Music The Next Maps? [View article]
    iTunes is total bloatware now!

    They need to bust iTunes into 3-5 apps. One for just syncing devices, one for your local personal music, one for buying apps, one for streaming music, and one for movies and rentals.

    Syncing is a TOTAL nightmare now and the current iTunes now makes it that much harder. Who cares about music when your iPhone or iPad constantly needs a restore. I and others avoid iTunes at all cost now. Syncing is a new adventure in pain every time you plug in the iPhone. No wonder everyone still uses Spotify, Pandora, and AMZN for their music.

    P.S. Maps is also STILL a nightmare!

    They need to:
    1. FIX the slow draw engine. Maps will no-longer draw on a lot of my devices unless I like looking at grids!
    2. Redo horrid interface so I can zoom in and out with mouse.
    3. Add streetview, drone view, shoreline view, and store views.
    4. Add gis tools to maps so we can import address files and shape files as clickable overlays.
    5. Add iCloud storage for gis map data.
    6. Add sales of gis map data layer$
    Jul 27, 2015. 02:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A New Reason To Like Google [View article]
    So are they cutting all this fluff as well...
    Jul 17, 2015. 07:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A New Reason To Like Google [View article]
    Second important reason...

    It is now a well known fact that they keep on making search results worse and worse each month, so people will be more inclined to click on ads if they can't find what they are looking for! Worse search results, equals more ad clicks, equals death spiral business model.

    It is a model for a quick crash at the end.

    The cool-aid drinker investors still MUST realize that Google, after all is said and done, is still just an ad company pretending to be some publicly loved think tank. And because of declining ads/searches due to apps, they can no longer find good internal people to replace valued people that are quickly leaving. Why? Because the people at Google know it will be a short ride in these dead end positions(read the comments)...

    Ruth Porat is basically a figurehead to keep investors sedated and claim. Open wide, here comes another spoonful of spin for you to swallow!
    Jul 17, 2015. 07:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's Q2 Results May Not Matter [View article]
    "Google is a very young company"

    For a 90s dot com company they are VERY VERY OLD.

    From what I have read, that is one of the biggest complaints on The company is too big, very internally political now, and growing old fast. You are just an overpaid trophy cog there now. Most leave after a year or two for a start-up.
    Jul 16, 2015. 05:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's Q2 Results May Not Matter [View article]
    "They can do NOTHING wrong."

    You got it partly right. They can do nothing!!!
    Jul 16, 2015. 04:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's Q2 Results May Not Matter [View article]
    "Apple, which definitely has GOOG in their sights"

    Yup, since Google has to now strongly alter (degrade) their search results to get more ad clicks, it leaves themselves wide open for a company with trusted brand recognition to come in and takeover. Apple could buy Bing or Yahoo right now and get started!

    And what if Apple gave users a choice of what search algorithm weight they could use in their search? Any great user enhancement to search that Apple does, Google would have to follow. And if Google did, their ad revenue would plummet. Yes, Google is on the ropes. The only really good thing Google still has is their spellchecker. Why? Because you can't put ads in a spellchecker!
    Jul 16, 2015. 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Did Google A Huge Favor [View article]
    "Google has been able to attract some of the best tech talent"

    And that will end when they have to cut back on the... free gourmet meals, haircuts, laundry, massages, and other stupid and expensive perks. The ad revenue is going down monthly so it won't be long.

    Who do these people think they are? Congress? They both spend our cash and profits and have huge egos...
    Jul 1, 2015. 06:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Did Google A Huge Favor [View article]
    "The proliferation of annoying mobile ads is skyrocketing."

    Two words... "Ad Blocker"

    Use FireFox. They have the ad blocking plugins for Mac or PC. Your pages will load 1/3 faster and you won't get those floating pop-ups that make reading an article near impossible.

    Plus, ad blockers block most info. mining.
    Jul 1, 2015. 05:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Did Google A Huge Favor [View article]
    Bing's BIGGEST problem is the way they treat their ad vendors, not the ads. You have to jump through hoops to get signed up with Bing ads. It is not even worth it.

    However, Google is still killing themselves everyday with horrid search results. And yes, they actually want horrid rigged search results now! The worse the results, the more the ad clicks from disgruntled searchers. Google is now doing EVERYTHING to prop up ad revenue in search. Good content went out the window with Panda and Penguin years ago, along with their best search employees.
    They now have it perfectly balanced to bring in more ad clicks. The first third of the search page is ALL disguised orange tagged ads, followed by a few valid search results on the lower half of the search page and than things get crazy from the 2nd page on. You get strange sub category results listing above the main search phrase, hotel and accommodation results that key in on a word in your search, and totally bizarre results that have NO business showing up anywhere in your search. But that is what they want.
    They want upset searchers that may click on the ads.

    Better off just using Bing or DuckDuck now. Don't waste your valuable time!
    Jul 1, 2015. 05:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Google Shouldn't Buy Twitter [View article]
    Linkedin, because it is basically your updated resume that users will NEVER delete until their retire. FaceBook is 100% fluff social media.

    However, the Linkedin stock is WAY too high. Hopefully it will get a major correction in the next year.
    Jun 24, 2015. 06:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Google Fiber Is Good For Consumers, Bad For Broadband Service Providers [View article]
    Google Fiber is data mining on a whole new level. Read the agreement before you sell your identity and life away!

    NOT worth it.

    Also, there is no money in fiber. Just look at Verizon FIOS. They have closed ALL stores for customer service, have only contracted truck services now which are horrid, and now use the cheapest and worst set-top boxes on the planet. The replacement they sent me is plastic junk with NO display or clock!

    Let me repeat, there is no money in fiber services. Verizon makes their money on data driven phone contracts, not FIOS fiber!

    Google should pick $omething that is growing. Cyber/Identity security is growing faster each day, and Google already has identity profiles on EVERYONE that they could use for cross referencing ids!
    Jun 24, 2015. 06:10 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's New Plans For Ad Formats Showcase Product Pages And Video [View article]
    "Google has similar datamining"

    Delete ALL your Google cookies when you close your browser. And there are a lot.
    Jun 24, 2015. 05:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's New Plans For Ad Formats Showcase Product Pages And Video [View article]
    "Facebook will change the world of communications"

    "If" you are a member of FaceBook, and most are not.
    Jun 24, 2015. 05:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment