Overall, Engadget is very “meh” about the latest, greatest Android device. As for its “killer” feature, Amar Toor writes:
The question, however, is whether the medium is stunning enough to warrant a purchase, which brings us to the Optimus 3D’s most cilantro-like quality: the glasses-less 3D experience. It’s not for everyone. To be fair, it’s definitely cool (in the “let me whip out my phone at a bar and make conversation” sort of way), and the novelty can be genuinely intriguing… for about five minutes. After that, spectators may either get bored with it, or end up feeling like their eyes were just juggled through a meat grinder (our experience skewed heavily toward the latter).
Sounds great. Just the feeling I want from my most-used device.
Perhaps even worse, the device ships with Froyo. Gingerbread has been out for almost 8 months now. It’s pathetic that OEMs can’t ship brand-new devices with it yet.
It should probably be noted that wasn’t about returns from end users, which the company claims “have averaged at levels comparable to other Logitech products”, but from the distributors and retailers it sells most of its hardware to.
Oh, okay, that’s much better. It’s not users returning the devices in massive numbers, but perhaps only because they were never buying them in the first place.
Instead, the distributors and retailers beat them to the punch.
“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against … Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.”—
The problem isn’t that Microsoft has no sense of humor, it’s that they have a very poor sense of humor.
By personifying Gmail as a personal email-reading jackass, they’re essentially portraying Google as both evil and corrupt.
It’s like trying to poke fun at someone in a fun, light-hearted way, then repeatedly calling them Hitler. “Oh that Tommy, he’s so naughty, he’s such a little Hitler”.
I would love to see Microsoft run such an ad on television. Two things would happen: 1) Google would probably sue them. 2) No one would stop using Gmail, they’d just think Microsoft makes really lame ads.
Win the customers by creating the best product, not by fear mongering.
1) While the Verizon introduction may not led the explosion in iPhone sales, there is quite a bit of evidence that it did halt Android’s march forward in the U.S. As Dediu notes, 4.5 million iPhones (Verizon’s tally for the quarter) is nothing to sneeze at — it’s just overshadowed by the absolutely crazy international numbers.
2) Also remember that the Verizon iPhone launched just a few months before many people assumed there would be a new iPhone coming (when it had previously always launched, early summer). That got pushed to the fall, as did many would-be buyers. I have a feeling that the iPhone 5’s Verizon numbers are going to be insane.
What’s most interesting here is that the 13-inch MacBook Air and the 15-inch MacBook Pro have the exact same resolution: 1440x900. This is why I had no problem replacing my Pro with an Air.
Does a 15-inch Air go closer to the 17-inch Pro’s 1920x1200 resolution? Or maybe it does 1680x1050? If so, why would anyone buy the 15-inch Pro? What about the 13-inch Pro? For the optical drive? Please.
To me, the 13-inch Air seems like the perfect size for my needs right now. But I would be tempted by a 15-inch if the battery life was even better. Right now the 13-inch Air gets 7 hours while the 11-inch gets 5. Could a 15-inch Air get 9 hours?
If so, what’s the weight trade-off? The 13-inch Air is just a sliver under 3 pounds currently. The 15-inch Pro is 5.6 pounds. The 13-inch Pro is 4.5 pounds. Could a 15-inch Air be 4 pounds?
Or. What about this:
What if a 15-inch Air replaces the 13-inch Pro in Apple’s line-up? Apple keeps the high-end 15-inch and 17-inch Pro for actual pros, but realizes the most others will be fine given how powerful the Air is now.
This would make Apple’s notebook offerings look like this:
If they do that, maybe the Air eventually does get renamed to simply “MacBook”.
Nevermind that Chen is complaining about tech news not really being “news” while writing a story that is even less “news” in the name of pageviews. We all do that sometimes.
Nevermind that Chen is writing his story for a site that routinely covers the private lives of tech individuals as “news”.
What irks me here, though only ever so slightly, is that Chen is essentially telling people what they should find interesting. People are interested in Facebook and in the iPad. Should they not be because it’s not as important as the potential collapse of the economy if the debt ceiling isn’t raised?
Maybe people should stop having any interests.
Technology — including yes, Facebook and the iPad — is an ever-growing part of everyones’ lives. Not surprisingly, many people like reading about it. They want to stay up to date on the latest happenings, no matter how trivial they may seem to others. I know that even if I hadn’t written that story, I would have read the shit out of it. So sue me.
Now that Apple has far surpassed Microsoft in every financial category (market cap, revenue, profit), what do we watch for? I think one interesting thing will be when Apple passes HP in revenue.
While Apple’s market cap is roughly five times that of HP, the world’s largest PC-maker still pulls in more revenue. How much more? About $25 billion, over the last four quarters. But Apple’s revenues are growing so fast that this could fall in the next year.
Of course, while Apple is behind in revenue, they’re far ahead in profit. Even though HP pulls in $125 billion a year in revenue, they’re only doing about $11 billion in profit. Apple has done over $23 billion in profit in the past year.
Meanwhile, I have to run the numbers again, but I think Apple is now making more yearly revenue than another old-school powerhouse: IBM.
Update: Apple still slightly behind IBM over the last four quarters in terms of revenue: $104.6 billion to $100.32 billion. That will change next quarter, I imagine.
It’s just the “God Particle”. The particle that may unify general relativity and quantum mechanics. The particle from which all matter may have come from. The particle that may unveil parallel universes. The particle that may uncover time travel. The particle that may have caused The Big Bang.
I’ve been saying this formonthsnow. Let’s see if it’s any different when the New York Times actually prints it (this was in the paper yesterday).
The fact of the matter is that Microsoft is now spending well over two dollars for every one dollar they make with the Online Services Division. These losses have been going on for almost six years in a row now. And they’re getting worse, not better.
Microsoft spends a shit ton of money on Bing — mostly on marketing it. But I don’t know a person who actually uses it. That includes people who work at Microsoft.
Some people clearly do, to be sure. But I’m not certain those people don’t also use Google.
I simply do not see a compelling reason to use Bing. While they can claim certain small things make it better, the core product is still the same basic thing as what Google is. That’s never going to steal the share necessary away from Google for Bing to really make money.
The product has to be both radically different and radically better than Google for Bing to actually win. It’s neither. Google is already cemented.
Maybe Microsoft thinks spending $3 for every dollar earned will change their fortunes. I just don’t see it. They’re trying to market their way around a fundamental problem.
People often point to the Xbox division as one within Microsoft that was losing money before it started making it. But the reality is that there are many differences. One is that those losses only went on for a few quarters, not six years. Another is Halo.
Bing needs its Halo.
I’m also still not clear as to why Microsoft thinks they even need to be in search. Because Google is? Do they also want to morph into what is essentially an advertising company from a business perspective?
It’s almost as if Microsoft woke up one day a few years ago, realized they didn’t have a good online strategy, looked to who was killing it in the space (Google) and decided to copy that. What they should have done is focus on their actual strengths. Instead, they created a new weakness.
Having said all of that, I actually think the notion of Microsoft trying to sell Bing now is silly (which is what authors Robert Cyran and Martin Hutchinson argue in favor of for NYT). It’s too late. They’re in it.
I think the course of action now may be to try radical things to attempt to really shake the industry up. Microsoft is already burning an insane amount of money and getting nothing in return, why not have some fun with it? Go crazy.
And for the love of god, focus on mobile. If that’s not yet where it’s at, that’s where it’s going.
Wait, but I thought the new rules would be the end of the Kindle app for iOS?
It’s funny what a big deal people are making of this. If Apple had actually forced Amazon to pay them a 30 percent cut for content, then yes, that would have been a big deal. And it would have undoubtedly forced Amazon to pull their app.
But removing a Kindle Store button? I mean, while Starbucks doesn’t care if you bring your Folgers coffee into their stores, it’s not like they’re going to sell it there.
Tumblr is fantastic, one of my favorite services out there right now. …When it works. If I were doing this site for anything other than leisure, there’s basically no way I could stick around with the downtime issues.
For touch-panel solutions, two-finger solutions, instead of 10-finger ones, are sufficient for entry-level smartphones, noted the sources, adding that many smartphones and tablet PCs launched recently in China and emerging markets, as well as the tablets to be launched by Amazon, all adopted two-finger solutions.
That’s not a threat to the iPad. That’s a threat to Google because cheap may dominate the still-non-existant Android tablet market.
So, in the future, we might be using 2560x1600 (HiDPI) mode on a theoretical 30” 5120x3200 pixel display. All user interface elements would stay the same size as today’s 30” Cinema Display, but when available, higher resolution textures would be used to render the graphics. This is the same way that it worked when Apple transitioned from the original iPhone resolution to the iPhone 4’s retina display.
Can’t wait. Over the years, better resolution has mainly meant smaller images and text. Soon it will mean crisper images and crisper text while maintaining a size that you don’t have to squint to see.
One of the things I’ve always hated about ads on the web is just how little attention is paid to the way they actually look. Instead, ads are shoved in any and all available white space. This makes both the ads and the content look like shit.
Flipboard will take a different approach. Ads will only be full-screen, and will reside in between stories, like a traditional magazine.
Will that work? I don’t know, but I certainly appreciate Flipboard’s firm stance to keep the reading experience as pleasant and as beautiful as possible.
“Apple has done what Google and Facebook cannot do: become No. 1 in China.”—
John Quelch, former senior associate dean of Harvard Business School and now head of the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, talking to the New York Times.
This is something that finally got some buzz this past quarter — Apple is killing it in China.
They did $3.8 billion in revenues from Greater China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) last quarter. And that’s with only four Apple Stores open in two cities, Beijing and Shanghai. In the coming year, they’re going to open a ton more.
And those numbers are coming before Apple is on China’s largest carrier, China Mobile.
When people look at Apple’s already astronomical numbers and wonder how they can possibly go higher, this is how.
My site hosted by Tumblr has been down for something like 4 hours now. But Tumblr.com itself is fine. Hence, this note, which will show up in the stream. This is both annoying and weird.
But really, as Tumblr knows, if they want people to continue to use the service as their main hub on the web, you can’t just be down every other week for hours at a time with a note that “We’ll be back shortly”.
Scaling is a bitch, but it’s also everything. There are only so many chances you get to apologize.
Update: And after about 5 hours of downtime, I’m back.
I posted a comment on your article about the MacBook Air in Tech Crunch, and I'm wondering what you think about the limitation of being in the air with the Air. I confirmed with an Apple spokesperson that it can not be operated in an airplane or over 10,000 feet in altitude. (She was as surprised as I was.) Any idea why this is true or whether it will change? I am an Apple loyalist, and have been waiting for the new Air, but if I can't fly with it, I'm stymied.
I’ve never heard this before. I can’t possibly believe it’s true for one reason: I use my Air all the time in the air. Just last week, in fact.
Update: A number of you have written in to say that the Apple Store employee is likely talking about operating it at that altitude in a non-pressurized environment. In other words, you’ll be fine in a commercial airplane.