Certainly having a huge market share means something. But not nearly what it used to mean in the mobile industry. It used to be that the dominant force (Nokia) also dominated in terms of profits. Not anymore.
Agree with much of this. The new MacBook Air is the MacBook Pro’s worst enemy. When I got the new 13” MBA, I stopped using my 15” MBP completely. And it was a top-of-the-line i7 decked out with RAM and an SSD. In fact, I just sold it.
Apple will need to fundamentally alter the MBP line.
I would imagine the standard MacBook or the 13” MBP will be killed off. Maybe even both.
The 17” MBP, like Marco points out, is for a certain type of buyer, so they may not change it much. But the 15” is the real sweet-spot.
I’m all in favor of ditching the optical drive and making the entire thing thinner (though I’m really not sure they will with the Pro in this iteration). Meanwhile, the remaining extra space should be all about battery. Imagine if Apple sold a laptop promising something like 12-15 hours of battery life? Huge.
And yes, the glass screen should go too. It’s too heavy and too reflective.
So maybe we’d have a 15” MBP weighing in around 4 pounds. With 12 hours of battery life. Intel’s latest processors and 4 GB of RAM standard (expandable to 8 GB). More ports than the MBA. All starting around $1,600.
That would tempt me to switch back to a Pro. Though I still don’t think I would. The Air is that good.
The simple answer is that the key to Quora is its centralized repository of knowledge (and the way that knowledge is surfaced through social signals).
There are plenty of Q&A plugins. Formspring has a way to post to your website, and Tumblr has an “Ask” feature. But aside from very popular people with very popular blogs, this doesn’t do much to get knowledge from brains onto the web in a meaningful way.
The fact of the matter is that the most popular people don’t always have the best answers to things. In fact, you’d have to believe that more often than not, they don’t. Which is not stated but is one of the big issues with Scoble’s rant.
If Quora is about surfacing the world’s information that exists in people’s heads, there needs to be a centralized place to hold that data. At least until web search and structured data improves in that specific area.
My guess would be for Nokia partnering with Microsoft to build Windows Phones rather than with Google to build Android phones.
Obviously, a big part of that is Elop’s Microsoft ties (and the fact that he is said to have stayed on a bit longer after making his move known within Microsoft — something which probably wouldn’t have happened if it was considered at threatening move or bad-blood move).
But also, Microsoft appears to need Nokia just as much as Nokia needs a smartphone OS partner. While by most accounts, Windows Phones are impressive, they aren’t selling well. Microsoft is simply really late to a game already in progress. They also need a catalyst to shake things up.
A Nokia partnership would do that. And Microsoft would probably be open to making concessions so that Nokia Windows Phones are differentiated from others in a meaningful way.
While customization would be easier (and cheaper) to do with Android, Elop “Going Google” and taking Nokia with him would be the equivalent of him spitting in Steve Ballmer’s face.
It’s interesting that when Hulu launched, it was dubbed the “iTunes-killer” or the “YouTube-killer”. But now neither of those two are its biggest rival. Instead, Netflix is by far. At the time, Netflix was simply a DVD rental-by-mail service. Things change.
Also interesting how much in-fighting there is when the networks own so much of Hulu. Meanwhile, there’s no in-fighting at Netflix, which just continues to execute.
Interesting too that Brits have now been cast as Batman (Christian Bale), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and now Superman — all American superheros. (Garfield was born in the U.S., but grew up in England and naturally speaks with a British accent.)
You’d have to believe the U.S. Government wouldn’t be stupid enough to try to pass this legislation right now, right? I mean, seriously. Anyone? No?
That said, you’d have to imagine that the core motives behind this isn’t to shut down things like social networks, but rather infrastructure stuff, as is stated. But there’s probably way too much gray area in such a bill. Gray area that someone will try to take advantage of. That’s why it’s troubling.
A fascinating move on a number of levels. Though it’s important to note (as Y Combinator’s Paul Graham does) that this deal has nothing to do with the Y Combinator organization itself. It’s simply between the investors and the startups coming out of each class.
This means that YC LP Sequoia (or anyone else) could do the same thing if they wanted to.
Of course, most firms would not want to do a blind blanket investment. But this is bold statement by SV Angel and Milner about the quality of YC companies over the years. They’re absolutely betting on Graham’s vetting process.
And it really isn’t an expensive bet to make given the potential upside and the piggy banks involved. But it has to scare the shit out of other VCs/angels who either can’t afford to make such bets or think it would be insane to (insanity with the possibility of paying off big, of course).
Weird how the move away from unlimited data was originally being sold by AT&T as a great thing for customers because it would make their bills cheaper. I’m confused as to why AT&T feels the need to match Verizon on this at all?
Oh that’s right, because the move away from unlimited data and the excuse for it was just pure bullshit. And now the Verizon iPhone has them scared shitless.
Quora is clearly such a stupid thing hyped up by TechCrunch that has no future and is evidence of the next Bubble. It’s the dumbest thing ever. It’s so dumb that a co-founding partner of a big time private equity firm is leaving his cushy life to go work for the startup.
Clearly, like every TechCrunch commenter, he also believes there’s nothing to it. He just wants a seat on the Titanic.
The “Cook = Ballmer” angle has really kickedinto high gear today. Putting aside the obvious fact that they’re two different people working for two different companies, this still doesn’t ring true to me.
While it is true that Ballmer has run operations for Microsoft prior to his role as CEO, he’s known for something else. As Jobs himself said in 2004 interview with BusinessWeek that Business Insider highlights:
Jobs: Look at Microsoft — who’s running Microsoft?
BW: Steve Ballmer.
Jobs: Right, the sales guy. Case closed. And that’s what happened at Apple, as well.
"The sales guy."
Cook has never been known as a “sales guy”. He’s not a sales guy — except, I suppose, when he has to close very behind-the-scenes deals with component manufacturers. But that’s not the same thing. Apple’s “sales guy” is Phil Schiller.
Further, while I have no more knowledge about Cook than what I’ve read, I would be surprised if he thought of himself as a product visionary who would even try to fill Jobs’ shoes in that capacity. He really does seem to be all about operations. And that’s why he’s the best in the business at it.
I suspect that if Jobs did leave Apple permanently, Cook would pass off those duties to another executive — perhaps Jonathan Ive, Scott Forstall, or someone new brought in.
Ballmer, on the other hand, is known the be quite involved in most, if not all, long-term product visions for the company. This is something that no shortage of people both inside and outside of Microsoft have been critical of.
An oldie that I had missed when it was originally posted, but Hunter reshared. I love pretty much everything about this list.
In particular, I love the idea of not keeping a schedule. Yes, it does sound crazy, but having scheduled meetings is by far the main killer of productivity for me.
That’s not to say I don’t find meetings useful, I do, there’s just something about knowing I have to do something at a set time that drives me crazy.
I do wish I could set meetings 15 minutes before I have them. Max.
I also love “hide in an iPod”. I almost always have earbuds in — even though I’m rarely listening to anything. I learned this trick long ago and it just works. At the office, on trains, on planes, etc. People will leave you alone if they see them in.
The back-and-forth bitchfest over the issue is arguably more interesting than the issue itself.
This seems like the most straight-forward argument yet. The law doesn’t distinguish between test code and non-test code. If you violated a copyright, you violated it.
That may or may not be the case, we’ll see.
But here’s why this really matters:
Because we’re hearing that Oracle is dead-set on winning this case and eventually extracting a per-handset royalty on every Android handset shipped.
Ugh. Love or hate Android, that is just not good news. It sort of turns it into a Windows Mobile OS, in that OEMs would likely have to pay a fee to use it — it would just be to Oracle in this case, and not Google.
That’s sort of humorous, but again, ugh.
I’m also curious about this since I thought Google’s position was that they really, really didn’t like patent-encumbered things?
Everyone is still digesting this news. Some stuff is trickling out. More will. But my immediate reaction is that I’m very impressed that Google would make such a ballsy move when they’re at a high point. Most companies wait til it’s far too late and/or they’re content to coast on past successes. Not Google. I’m not exactly sure why just yet, but this renews my faith in the company going forward.
Batman has found a nemesis for his next cinematic adventure – and it looks like a love interest, too. On Wednesday, Warner Brothers Pictures announced the first new cast members for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third Batman movie to be directed by Christopher Nolan, the “Inception” and “Memento” filmmaker. Joining Christian Bale, who returns as Batman and his daytime alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is the “Inception” co-star Tom Hardy, who will play a villain named Bane; the cast will also include Anne Hathaway (of “Love and Other Drugs”) who will play Selina Kyle (Catwoman’s alter ego).