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  • Why I Hate Apple [View article]
    @ James Peartree
    "but just look around you at the mountain of innovation that has come out of Google on the software side and Samsung on the hardware side"

    If your talking about the base of the OS I believe they are paying SUN/Oracle for that. Let me see Samsung now there is a bastion of performance. Samsung still buys their CPU from a third party. Oh thats right that third party's public affairs head came out saying that the Apple A7 SoC was all marketing until he got fired and they admitted getting caught flat footed without a 64 bit product of their own. Now it seems that all the rage is to have a 64 bit ARM SoC, from Samsung to Nvidia and everyone in between they are all triumphant in their innovation of licensing an ARM product and bringing it to market.
    "They took forever ro release the bigger iPhone, stretching the patience of their fan base a tad"
    They did and I agree completely. I do think that getting a product right is worth the wait for me anyway.
    "come up with a watch that's a letdown"
    Watch that is not released is not a let down. If you refer to the idea of not running the Apps on the watch, well, I believe you will find that I predicted this in a previous post to a previous Blog. The reason is simple from my perspective; 1) small device, current tech, high performance, something has got to give and in engineering you take the tradeoff. 2) High end Hardware running high end Apps is what Apple is known for. Anything less than performance would not have been able to meet the customer expectations. 3) I know, I know Samsung did not do it first and that automatically makes it the wrong engineering choice. I believe I have covered that logic earlier in this post. 4) When you look at a watch it really cannot do very much on its own. It is to small to hold enough memory and battery to make a reliable product that would last more than a couple of hours and that is without talking screen brightness or performance. Lets wait and see the product before we jump into the deep end on this one. 5) Apple Engineering tradeoff is also tactical, no other smartphone manufacturer is making enough single device volume in the performance feature rich environment to effectively use this model and Google will find it will take at least three years to catch up, similar to 64bit SoC.
    "new operating system that has security problems... and not that cool either."
    I do believe there is no OS on the market except mine that is completely secure by just about anyones idea of secure, my OS has no code and no hardware and is therefor hack proof. As security holes go I do believe the Apple holes pale in comparison to those of most if not all of the competition including Android the Windows of the cell phone industry. A Sargent First Class (SFC) working for the US Army said it quite distinctly with this witty quote (Windows simply has more open ports than a (a specific place of business found only in Nevada in the USA) in Vegas". This quote was used while he was porting all of the US Army web sites to Apple OS9 as a server from WinNT I believe. I am unable to define "Cool" as it is a description of an ever changing target and personal taste. Everyone is in my opinion expected to find their own "Cool", it appears you have found yours and I mine. It is just funner that way.
    The rest of your post is just as full of holes I just do not have the time to fully describe them in detail. I do need to get a copy of your crystal ball that shows Apple's stock not flying, MB can tell you how that works out, i believe. I have no idea only the numbers seem to continue to point up from my cheapest of seats.
    Dec 10, 2014. 06:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Watch Out Apple, Xiaomi Is Coming To Each One Of Your Segments [View article]
    If this article had talked about the new ecosystem being developed by Xiaomi and their current product being used as a teaching tool to improve there product, I might have been moved to concern. If this article had talked about the new uproccessors that Xiaomi was developing with samples in the wild showing great promise, I might have been moved to concern.
    Instead I am hearing how the latest group willing to give away products to look big is going to somehow kill Apple. Apple has been pronounced dead so many times you could make a museum of the attempts. Yes Apple has come close to killing its self off a couple of times with lousy CEOs, we can start with Mr Pepsi. All of these wan ta - bes are so much like the wan ta - bes that include Zeos, Compaq, IBM, HP, etc... I am betting most of you never even new Zeos made computers. Well they had the really big adds in the trade rags for years while Compaq and IBM were trying the same business model Samsung is using. I predict the same outcome for Samsung as their mentors. LG and HTC seem to be following the HP / Dell Business model, this seems to predict a longer time in the spotlight with the same end. Then you have Xiaomi who is following the Zeos model, good luck, RIP.
    Nov 18, 2014. 06:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm's Apple Problem [View article]
    If we were talking about a group of individual companies then, yes I agree. I believe we are talking about many arms of a single company, China. Once we understand that this is a single company then the cost is spread across all of the above companies. Any time you have multiple companies with one owner you have multiple arms of the same company. Also while many companies in the west have turned competitive with in their own company, China appears to use different companies to find the most economical business model and then kill off the opposition within.
    Nov 15, 2014. 11:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm's Apple Problem [View article]
    Samsung, Qualcomm, and Apple all use ARM technology from England. Qualcomm and Apple have historicly always customized that technology, Samsung has generally used the dirrect Core IP from ARM and Fab'ed the chips for others. Qualcomm is not the top of the pyrimid today, that is ARM.
    Qualcomm was caught flat footed last year when Apple came out with 64 bit ARM V8 processor dirivitives. Apple has not used ARM Cores. Apple has chosen in the last four years, at least, to use the ARM IP but custom build their own Cores. Qualcomm has historically used TSMC to Fab the Snapdraggon series SoC and Apple has historically used Samsung to Fab their A series SoC.
    Qualcomm has historically included their Modem IP in their Snapdraggon chips and Apple has placed other logic, that the i devices require, to lower the total cost of production of the consumer items developed around these chips. Apple then buys just the modems and other support chips from Qualcomm to complete the logic and Modem needs of their devices. The rest of the mobile device market have historically purchased the Snapdraggons from Qualcomm or licenced their IP to make their mobile devices. Other SoC manufactures have brought products to market, Texas Instrumments, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Samsung and others, but with much lower market share.
    Non of these competitors has created a SoC that has historically been able to compete with Apple's A7 or A8 chips. It is Apple that all SoC developers are chasing.
    Nov 13, 2014. 05:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm's Apple Problem [View article]
    I agree that Apple is less of a threat than China in the short run. Apple will buy less dollars worth of chips but will pay for each and every one of them.
    China will simply produce and not pay. Leaving Qualcomm to fight the Chinese government in Chinese courts to solve the issue. If Qualcomm is to win in this issue they must invest in chip foundries in the US or other western nation. Apple also will eventually have this issue.
    Apple will start having this same issue when their A series chips are made in china and Apple's chips are far enough ahead of the Chinese and Qualcomm so as to make using them rediculus. Qualcomm has that lead today and, if Apple continues to create the advances we have seen in the last four years, Apple will see it in the near future.
    Moving the fab process to western control wil be the only sollution. If not the Chinese courts will simply pick off the technology and force both Apple and Qualcomm to pay them royalties to use their own technology. The really sad thing is that the Chinese players will fight in the western courts and make the claim that it is their technology. Please look at the resent court desisions in western nations, Korea and Japan and tell me China will simply use our laws weakened by our internal greed to take what is ours. Always remember unless you can beat a god you will always get in the back of the head with the hammer you are using to beat wholes in the laws ahead of you.
    Nov 13, 2014. 05:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    Walmart is trying to start their own card system. It is a part of American Express. Using this with ApplePay would be smart for both. This would increase the security for Walmart and allow us that like Apple's products to feel safe as well.
    Nov 3, 2014. 09:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    I agree, almost. My reservation is in the finger print. until I understand the handoff of the fingerprint to the watch then maybe. This concerns me however.
    Nov 2, 2014. 08:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    I believe you will find that the hack you have identified was a brute force attack. Apple has improved there security there by only allowing one attempt per five seconds, not positive on time, this makes it improbable that a new attack would be successful so long as the owner of the data changes their passwords once every two years with a moderately secure password. A person that changes there password every year and uses strong passwords such and 15 plus characters, 2 upper, 2 lower, 2 numbers, 2 special and not a dictionary giveaway will have near nothing to worry about. I know of no other company to implement this tight of security.
    Please remember I am giving Apple no slack. There is no such thing as completely secure unless it is a piece of mine spoil locked in a safe such as Fort Knox. Think of something nobody wants locked in a place nobody would think of going or want to go to, only then are you getting close to safe or secure.
    Yes we should have some expectation of privacy. You have no expectation of privacy when you do nothing or very little to protect your own. If you own naked pictures of yourself or others then YOU have the obligation to keep them disconnected from the internet or you are doing the same as blowing the seeds off of a dandelion head and expecting you can find each and every one to secure them three days later. In short good luck, you'll need it.
    Nov 2, 2014. 06:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    Every manufacture of any device that is actively innovating is orphaning old features and introducing new features. This is why when Samsung comes out with 15 different models in one year with only rudimentary specs in difference they are positioning themselves for quick one time sales. On the other hand Apple puts out one well thought out product a year in each category, or maybe less. Then in each product they place features that are designed to cover the most obvious directions of innovation. Examples are the 30 pin charging connector and now the lightning connector. They were both designed to future proof the product by allowing the most options without changing the connector. In the Android world not only are there multiple different connectors on different phone makes but also on different models of the same make. Thats not to mention the multiple connectors, that all cost money, to do different things that are not done at the same time.
    ApplePay is a new direction taken that Apple did not see coming two three or four years ago. Other technologies have been built in to Apples products and never talked about until the entire feature was complete, and then the reason for a specific chip was revealed.
    No company can fully future proof a device completely. If they could it would be as natural as water to us. God did a pretty good job when you look at it from that perspective.
    Nov 2, 2014. 06:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    The idea that Apple would take ApplePay cross platform would mean that other platforms would have to accept Apple hardware and OS. This is just other companies selling Apple advices. So for Apple to take ApplePay cross platform Apple would be opening the Apple hardware and loosing the end to end control that gives some semblance of security.
    If the open market wishes to compete with Apple in these products they need to hammer out truly secure specs, hardware, procedures, protocols, and OS's. This idea while good is unlikely without government intervention.
    I do not believe that there has been a government designed yet that has had the openness and willingness to create a system that is secure even from the government. Only in the US can a company come close to this without running afoul of the government. Apple is now feeling the pinch from governments internationally.
    Apple has been doing a pretty good job of keeping the governments at bay but only because they have not provided a crease for them to get into and the US Government has been looking for any way they can to sue and charge Apple at every turn. Now we see the EU following suit. It is only a matter of time before a slight misstep is going to cause a complete loss of Apple sales in a country. I think that China is probably that government, but that is pure speculation. For Apple to stay ahead of China they simply need to keep ahead of the Chinese government owned competitors in terms of usability. It is out right theft of product that will cause the Apple to move production and then for the bottom to fall out.
    Nov 2, 2014. 06:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    @ Skippy09
    I agree, Apple growth has not slowed in my opinion. Apple has seen a slump in percentages but not in the raw numbers. There comes a time when growth for the sake of growth is bad. Looking at the Android market is a prime example. Application mismanagement for the sake of openness is the long term kill with Android. Eventually users will get harmed in ways they never expected and then they will head to safer environments. As long as Apple maintains their status as a consumers friend that protects that friend, Apple will always have growth potential.
    The argument of percentages is a very Michael Blair thing. Yes if you are talking about 30% increases in profits then yes MB is right. If you are talking logical sustained growth, or that this is the one thing that will put a nail in Apples coffin then your simply missing a great growth opportunity.
    I myself will give you every opportunity to make any choice you want and at the same time call you out every time you make a post with weak or no backstop, when I have time.
    Nov 2, 2014. 05:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    Competing with existing or potential partners is not Apple's style, unless, the partner is weak, sick, mismanaged or a dyeing technology leaders in their path. Apple has had no patients for partners that ether give or have the potential to give Apple a bad image.
    Nov 2, 2014. 05:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Looks Vastly Better Positioned Than MCX [View article]
    MCX needs to issue their own credit card. This option allows them to partner with ApplePay and GoogleWallet as well as any other payment system on other phones. Then offer a discount of 2% to users of their card. This way everyone wins and MCX can save mega bucks on R&D.
    Apples next big upgrade should be a priority list for you credit cards by store. This would allow your card of choice for a given store to be # one at each store. So if I am at Walmart my Walmart CC is #1, when at Target my Target CC is #1, when at Sears or K-Mart my Sears CC is #1 and so on.
    This allows the store to continue an increased relationship with each customer and allows the customer the choice they want.
    I would also think Apple should issue their own CC, but Apple has been very good at picking their battles away from direct competition with potential partners. Apple generally chooses to go after products that does not have embedded competition with their act together. Apple sort of acts as a high end predator picking off the weak, sick, mismanaged or dyeing technology leaders in their path.
    I am not sure where MCX is, but I am looking at both sick and mismanaged. MCX almost looks like a kid that was allowed to have a cookie when his chores were done and now with cloths all over their bedroom floor and dishes not done he is caught with his fingers in the cookie jar. It is not that he couldn't have a cookie he just did not want to do his work.
    Nov 2, 2014. 05:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Titans Clash: MCX Vs. Apple Pay [View article]
    I am with you up to the point of money. I agree it is very easy to go without cash, I do it myself most of the time. I have went over four months with out so much as a dollar in my pocket and I was fine for all I needed.
    I do not believe we should ever get rid of cash money for any reason. Get rid of paper money Great!! Get rid of coins NO!!!!
    The rest I like and I am with you 100%
    Oct 29, 2014. 06:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Titans Clash: MCX Vs. Apple Pay [View article]
    CVS and Rite-Aid already adhere to HIPPA.
    Does this new CurrentC allow them to get us to sign away our HIPPA protection?
    Will CurrentC allow all of the MCX companies to get my HIPPA protected data?
    I, Really need clarification on all of this.
    Oct 28, 2014. 07:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment