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  • Major U.K. Outlets Hike BlackBerry Z10 Price Above iPhone 5, Black Market Thriving [View article]
    The article mentions restricted availability of handsets sold "without contract", typically available to pay-as-you-go customers. This only suggests that the stores are saving their stock for contract customers willing to pay for an excessively priced 2 year contract. How many buyers use all of their monthly contract talktime or texts? The other point is that having purchased the handset off-contract a buyer can insert a SIM from a compatible network (compatible meaning another carrier acting as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator) who get the money from the users calls and texts.
    Feb 22, 2013. 02:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Google's International Negotiation Skills Can Help You [View article]
    Now Google are making smartphones perhaps they were trying to find out what "features" the government wanted and make a customised version? (Bugging, location tracking, and other forms of monitoring come to mind, all remotely controlled)
    Feb 22, 2013. 01:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has made corporate sales a "top three priority" for its mobile-phone unit, but while it has a 16% market share vs 50% for Apple (AAPL) and 10% for BlackBerry (BBRY), security concerns exist given Samsung's use of Android. To help overcome those fears, Samsung has teamed up with GD (GD) to get Pentagon approval, while it's also poached execs from rivals and mobile-security companies. [View news story]
    How insecure is the android operating system? There's a feature called "adnroid debug bridge" which allows an application running on a PC to covertly install an application on to a handset. To infect a smartphone all you need is a virus on a PC which can detect when someone connects it and uploads a virus designed for smartphones. Open source or not, loopholes are there. Even if Samsung issued updates for their devices - whether newest or (currently sold but) obsolete - there's no incentive for users to install them, and everyone's at the mercy of Google being capable of fixing android bugs they're notified of.

    A point regarding Samsungs build quality - would corporate buyers want a handset which begins to look worse for wear once the thin layer of silver paint on the raised rim at the front gets tiny chips exposing the black plastic underneath it?
    Feb 22, 2013. 01:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VirnetX Vs. Apple: Viability Of Apple Workaround To Avoid A Permanent Injunction [View article]
    Quote " What's special about it is that it allows users, like me, to have encrypted data automatically (FaceTime / iMessage) without having to enter passwords. " Apple could just use the itunes password and a device ID (cellphone IMEI or wireless network MAC address) to generate an encryption key. How far are VirnetX going to try and claim rights over the https protocol or TLS security? I'm wondering whether Apples relay server "solution" is a way of buying time to devise an alternative to the parts of the Facetime code that may rely on VirnetX patents? Since Facetime is a proprietary application Apple can change what they want and issue updates.
    Feb 21, 2013. 06:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Is Tim Cook The Next Steve Ballmer? [View article]
    While the stock price charts appear similar, there's little else to suggest the companies have much in common. Apple make both iphone hardware and software, Microsoft (in some cases) sell the windows phone software to hardware vendors like Nokia. Do Microsoft make their Surface tablet computer or get another company to make it? The same thing applies to desktop computers although in this case the Windows software has a much greater market share than Apples iMac hardware and software.
    Feb 20, 2013. 05:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Siri An Android Assassin? [View article]
    I'm thinking that Samsung and the programming environment Tizen ( is a bigger threat to Android than Siri could ever be. Samsung appear to have an opportunity to become a key player here while still having a presence in the Android marketplace considering that Google are competing with them for handset and tablet sales (nexus4 and nexus7). Looking at the Tizen website it appears to be a less complicated system than Android suggesting that Samsung can sell devices which run applications just as quickly but cost less to make. It may even be possible for Tizen devices to run Android applications.
    Feb 20, 2013. 05:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Still Has A Bright Future [View article]
    Your article mentions Android shipments of 159.8 million devices accounting for 70.1% of the market and compares these with devices from other vendors. How many of these devices are capable of competing with Apple and Windows devices? Android version 2 may be widely sold on new handsets but can easily be regarded as obsolete.
    Feb 20, 2013. 04:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Outside Of The Box Logic And Why Apple Might Still Not Be A Buy [View article]
    Quote from the article " Nokia (NOK) and BlackBerry (BBRY) just introduced two smartphones -- the Z10 and the Lumia 920 -- that will compete directly with Apple' iPhone. "
    Does this refer just to voice calls or does it take into account availability of applications and the social networking / internet / data usage aspect of owning a smartphone?
    Feb 20, 2013. 02:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Not Worth $460 [View article]
    Interesting article with an unusual perspective. Does it include the money from the itunes music and app stores? Buy an iphone, ipod or ipad and you're tied in to their marketplace. While it's possible (if a bit complicated) to download music from alternative websites like 7digital or amazon, apps can only be downloaded through the official app store. The selling point for apps or music from itunes is the convenience of being able to select your purchase, pay for it using your itunes account (already linked to a debit or credit card) and have it automatically downloaded to your devices. Apple make money from the sale of each song (I think it's 1/3 of the price where tracks are likely to cost 99 cents.)
    Feb 20, 2013. 01:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Intel Will Thrive This Fiscal Year [View article]
    Are Intel making flash memory (smartphones, USB memory sticks or solid-state disks) ? Now would be a good time to start as based on what I've read Apple seem to be relying on Samsung for flash memory, perhaps not the best position for Apple to be in.
    Feb 19, 2013. 12:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google: A Sound Investment? [View article]
    Google seem to be getting complacent. Being the biggest internet advertiser and search engine may sustain them for now, but what's coming? Having encountered bugs and limitations in the android operating system I'm not going to risk my life in their driverless car. Perhaps the google glass project can achieve something although it's useful to compare it with wireless bluetooth headsets, both have limitations on size and battery life. It's been a while since they acquired Motorola, how long does it take to design a smartphone that can compete with Samsung? At least their nexus4 smartphone doesn't look like an iphone or samsung galaxy ace. While Google may own the "Android" trademark and are able to influence future versions it's possible for the handset vendors to add their own branding with the result that Google have an app / music store on the handsets and an associated user account.
    Feb 19, 2013. 10:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Obstacles To Increasing Apple's Share Price [View article]
    The best thing Apple could do with their money (especially overseas cash) is build or buy manufacturing plants in their emerging markets. Buying flash memory from competitors like Samsung seems more like a desperate move rather than a viable long-term strategy. One possible option as a partner of Foxconn is to share the cost of upgrading their factories to be able to produce the flash memory chips. While the iphone 3gs / 4 / 4s are cheaper, the only places you're likely to find them at a price to compete with android handsets is ex-contract resellers.
    Feb 18, 2013. 10:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Now Needs Google Emulation [View article]
    Application availability isn't just about quantity. 750,000 apps on an android handset doesn't take account of Googles obvious lack of quality control. If people were able to filter out all the apps getting a user rating below 3 stars out of 5 we'd see just the apps worth having and none of the junk.
    Feb 16, 2013. 06:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Cost Of Product Cannibalization Dooms Apple's Growth [View article]
    What of the resale market, ex-contract phones? When I chose my smartphone on pay-as-you-go I had a price cap of £150. I'm glad I didn't spend more when I got a Samsung galaxy ace. It's only capable of running an already obsolete version of the Android OS - version 2.3.6. Failing to identify which versions of Android make up the market share of sales is misleading. Phone hardware is just one part of Apple - what about the itunes music and app store? I think there's more profit there than most people realise.
    Feb 15, 2013. 07:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Tim Cook Isn't The Problem [View article]
    Quoting from the article " Motorola/Google (GOOG) makes solid products " - I thought LG are making the Nexus smartphones sold by Google. Are Motorola doing anything? The only (solid) products from Google are the website services and their presence in the Android Smartphone market (default search engine, app store, maps app and email client) although I'm not sure Google take the app store seriously - they might take a bit more interest in what's available if they did. At the moment google glass and the self-driving car make me think of bored programmers who want something to do.
    Feb 15, 2013. 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment