Technology pundits often compare competing products based upon hardware statistics and price. Seldom do you read much about 'total cost of ownership' of PCs, smartphones, or tablets. Seldom do you read about what customers actually do with the devices they buy.
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Common wisdom among tech pundits dictates that 'free and open always win.' If so, where? Linux? Android smartphone marketshare? Yes. Among servers, Linux, in a number of flavors, is the de facto standard. Among the world's many hundreds of millions of modern smartphones, ... Read More »
If there was ever a stark contrast in retail strategy and implementation it's the gulf between Apple and Walmart. Yes, both are retail stores and sell Apple products but that's about where the commonalities end.
Apple's stores have plenty of associates wandering the aisles, ... Read More »
As much as we want to believe in Santa, Tinkerbell, Unicorns, and an Apple television, they all belong in the camp of The Soup Nazi. No dreams come true for you! No Apple television for you!
It's not that Apple couldn't design and manufacture a television to compete with ... Read More »
Seldom does Apple launch a new version of anything these days without some notable hiccups. Maybe that's just the nature of software these days. Any new version of anything should be treated as a beta, and early adopters are really more beta testers than customers.
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One of the benefits of a robust Mac app development community is that the bar is steadily pushed higher. Developers build apps, utilities, tools which do what users want and need, and what Apple doesn't provide in OS X.
One of my favorite and oldest utilities is Default ... Read More »
Most of us would answer in the affirmative when asked, 'Is life worth living?' A life worth living is also a life worth remembering, but most of us are so busy with the day-to-day aspects of life that we simply don't sit down and record what happens so we'll be able to reflect ... Read More »
Remember way back in the mid-to-late 90's when Apple was beleaguered and near death? Beleaguered? Sure. I read about it in the news. Every technology pundit on the web was predicting Apple's impending death.
Along came co-founder Steve Jobs and the rest is history. Apple ... Read More »
Headlines do not always an accurate story tell, but if you've been following Apple's more recent exploits, especially beyond the headlines, you've probably sensed a difference in how the world turns. At least, Apple's world.
The headlines read that Android smartphones ... Read More »
The Apple is doomed meme is getting tired, old, and stale, made all the more so by the disparity in usage between Apple's iPhone and iPad customers vs. Google, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, BlackBerry, Microsoft et al. In the U.S., Apple's iOS marketshare, not usage share, is ... Read More »
Remember the story of David and Goliath? The two seemed to be unlikely foes. David the shepherd boy, Goliath the giant. The Israelites probably cheered when Goliath was felled by David's stone (how many did David carry with him?), and while the giant's death scared the Philistines, ... Read More »
Most of Apple's new products are dissected long before they hit the streets, what with tech pundits lamenting how Apple has fallen behind the times, followed by reviewers who tout Apple's latest and greatest as the best ever.
Shortly after a new product is shipped, someone ... Read More »
They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows. So does corporate America. Once mortal enemies, Apple and Microsoft have teamed up to attack Google where it hurts. Patents. Never say never, but it looks more and more like Google and Apple will never again be friends ... Read More »
Here's one you'll be chewing over for awhile. J.D. Power just rated Samsung's tablets ahead of Apple's iPad. The ranking was close with Samsung getting 835 points out of 1,000 while Apple's iPad models received 833 points.
Remember, there's lies, damned lies, statistics, ... Read More »
Here's the deal. For better or worse, until death do us part, web browser cookies, in one form or another, are probably here to stay. We can argue until the cows come home whether cookies offer any benefits to browser users, but blocking cookies entirely makes web browsing ... Read More »
When it comes to Apple what passes for analysis is usually centered in the headline. That means the headline grabs your eyeballs, but real analysis is unlikely to follow. The perfect example of such synthetic analysis is Jason Hiner's comparison of Apple CEO Tim Cook to ... Read More »
For all the negative publicity Apple has received this year, 2013 has turned out to be rather eventful. In just the past few months Apple has updated just about everything in the product line. From MacBook Air to iMac. From iOS to OS X Mavericks. From iPhone to iPad. From ... Read More »
Apple has a done a few things this week that have caused me to backup and digest the impact. OS X Mavericks is free. iLife for iOS and OS X is free. iWork for iOS and OS X is free. These bold moves show that Apple isn't afraid to tackle Microsoft's hegemony with Office, ... Read More »
If ever Apple had a misunderstood product it's the colorful polycarbonate iPhone 5C. Prior to its launch, Apple's pundits and critics expected it to be a cheap phone to compete with plastic Android-based smartphones. After the launch, pundits and critics pointed out that ... Read More »
Apple has enough money that it could probably buy France (not that anyone would want to), and still have enough cash to fund the company's growth for years to come. Speaking of France, and Paris, and the world of high fashion, guess what Apple has been doing this year?
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