Nice new feature from Flickr. I’ve always been hesitant to tag photos at “home” due to the fact that everyone in the world can then see my home (not that most people would care — but still, a bit weird). Now it won’t be an issue. Well, if you still use Flickr, that is.
Peter Kafka notes that Apple isn’t referring to the new ability to listen to all your music on iTunes before you fully download it as “streaming”. Okay, then if this isn’t music streaming, then neither is Google Music Beta on Android. Because I have from an excellent source that it does the exact same thing.
But why do it this way and not 100% streaming? Two reasons:
1) Performance. Without caching the music, if you lose a connection, it’s game over. Music stops. That’s why all of these services cache and/or buffer to some extent, including things like Pandora.
2) Legality. You can argue semantics, but if you hit a button and a song instantly starts playing before it’s fully downloaded to your machine, that’s streaming. But if these guys call it that, that means another deal is likely required with the music labels. So instead it’s not called “streaming”, it’s called “downloading on the fly” or the like.
Update: And here’s a video showing that iOS will delete the cache after a song is done playing. Call it what you want, that’s streaming — the right way to do streaming for connection interruptions. The music does not permanently reside on your device, nor does it need to fully be there to start playing.
I don’t usually like to predict outcomes on motions, but I will go out on a limb here and predict that Apple is granted the right to intervene if for no other reason than Lodsys appears to be clueless with respect to the law.
Put simply: Lodsys’ bullshit patent trolling tactic appears fucked.
IS there a possibility of Apple buying WebOS along with Jon Rubinstein and uses WebOS for the Low cost iPhone??
I’d say no, there is no chance of this happening.
First of all, Apple doesn’t need webOS. If they make a low-cost iPhone, it will run iOS, just like every other iPhone.
Yes, Rubinstein used to work for Apple and was one of Jobs’ closest generals for a while (he also worked for NeXT). But in recent years his actions with Palm and then HP have probably only pissed off Jobs. Now that Jobs has stepped down as CEO, I supposed Rubinstein could be a good candidate to take the COO reins from Tim Cook — but I’m not sure he’ll give them up in his new role.
Apple is now a completely different company from when Rubinstein left. For example, there was no iPhone, now the company’s key product.
Alongside Tim Cook’s appointment as CEO of Apple, the company is granting him one million RSUs. Half will vest in exactly five years from his appointment, the other half in ten years.
At Apple’s current stock price, these shares would be worth a cool $383.5 million.
For you non-math majors, this works out to roughly $38 million a year to be CEO of Apple.
As a result, I fully expect Cook to take the symbolic $1 a year in salary that Jobs himself used to take (though perhaps a nice yearly bonus too so he can live before the vesting — though he did make $59 million after his bonuses last year).
What’s nice about the RSUs is that they directly incentivize Cook to keep the stock up, which more or less means keeping performance up. Not that he’d slack off otherwise…
The iPhone, for example, is a marvel. I remember the day I first held one in my hands. It was 2007, and I still had a day job in I.T., working for a bank here in Tampa. I had read about the iPhone on all the tech blogs, but it wasn’t until I actually saw one that I really understood how much everything had just changed. .
Another TechCrunch colleague of mine weighs in on Steve Jobs stepping down on her blog.
I can definitely relate to the iPhone aspect of the story. I walked into an Apple Store on June 29, 2007 not because I wanted an iPhone — in fact, I was sure I did not want an iPhone — but because I was curious after reading all the buzz about it.
I walked out of the Apple Store that day with my wallet $600 lighter.
I’m a little hesitant to write this post, because I worry the outpouring of emotion around Steve Jobs’ departure as Apple’s CEO might result in a strange sort of one-upsmanship, to the point that these personal anecdotes take on a saccharine quality.
Then again, it’s fucking Steve Jobs.
My TechCrunch colleague recalls a close encounter with Steve Jobs.
The one lingering question I had following Jobs’ resignation was about the timing. Normally, Apple is pretty calculated about the timing of such things (see: the news about Jobs’ liver transplant in 2009 — which had happened months prior — breaking after market close on a Friday afternoon… …a day in which Apple also released the iPhone 3GS).
A seemingly random Wednesday afternoon in August appears at first glance to be weird. Yes, it was also after market close, but the market would open the very next day. And yes, Apple is due to unveil the iPhone 5 soon — but it’s still likely weeks away. So why this Wednesday?
Peter Burrows and Josh Tyrangiel for Bloomberg Businessweek appear to answer that:
On the day of the announcement, a person close to Jobs who was not authorized to speak about his health said the outgoing CEO was in Apple’s Cupertino (Calif.) office for the entire workday and attended a regularly scheduled board meeting.
The last part is key. There was a scheduled board meeting. Jobs had to give his resignation letter to the board. He clearly wanted to do that in person. And the board also had to vote on Tim Cook as CEO and Jobs becoming Chairman.
While the initial thoughts on the weird timing may have been about Jobs’ health, various accounts have him no better or worse than in recent months (he was still on medical leave, remember).
It would seem that Jobs just figured now was the right time to formally hand the reins over to Cook — who again, has been leading Apple for months. And there just happened to be a board meeting on August 24, 2011.
(It’s down 0.24% today — the Nasdaq as a whole is down 1.29%.)
While many were predicting chaos on the day after Steve Jobs resigned, and there was a massive initial plunge in after-hours trading last night, the market just voted in a big way for Tim Cook today. And rightfully so.
“But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I’ll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.”—
Vic Gundotra detailing a conversation he had with Steve Jobs in 2008.
Also, Joann Lublin and Spencer Ante are reporting that the device will not be released until mid-October. This is the latest date reported yet, and goes against a report from Reuters earlier today saying “late September” once again. This back-and-forth will never end, apparently.
I mean, the only way such a post would be even remotely surprising is if Frank Shaw didn’t have these feelings. Of course, he also wouldn’t work for Microsoft if that were the case, because who works for a company they think has no future? (Actually, plenty of people do — but Shaw is in a position where he certainly wouldn’t have to.)
While Shaw’s post may be obvious, also probably obvious is that I disagree with a lot of it. I don’t disagree with his main point — that the PC won’t be killed anytime soon — but I disagree with the notion of framing his entire argument this way.
When most people bring up “Post-PC”, they cite Steve Jobs’ use of the term. Again, no surprise there, he’s the man ushering in the devices of this era. Of course, he also ushered in the PC era itself, but that’s another matter. The key thing Shaw leaves out (he never mentions Jobs or Apple at all — which, again, could not be any less surprising) is that Jobs himself has said that in the Post-PC world, the PC doesn’t die, it just fades into the background of computing. It becomes the “truck,” as Jobs called it.
By saying that smartphones, tablets, etc, aren’t going to kill PCs, Shaw is distracting everyone from the real argument. He never bothers to mention that these devices could very well shove the PC out of the limelight as a consumer device. In fact, many numbers suggest this is already happening.
Yes, PCs remain better tools for creation at this point, in my view. But thinking that tablets and smartphones won’t continue to improve and attack that space as well is foolish. Shaw is making an argument for why the PC is better at content creation now. What about two years from now? What about five years from now?
The PC will evolve as well, but the fact of the matter is that it’s a mature product. The basics haven’t changed much in the past 20 years. The specs increase, and the bodies slightly morph (though, again, you could credit Apple with that more than anyone else), but the real action and innovation is happening outside the walls of the PC.
Oh, but Windows 8 will change that! We’ll see. Software is great, but it can only do so much. I’d have more faith in Microsoft transforming the PC for the future if they made PCs as well. Instead, HP does.
No matter what you think of HP’s big moves this past week, their step away from the PC world speaks volumes. They’re not doing it because they’re batshit crazy. They’re doing it because sales are declining and the margins suck. They’re doing it because they can’t beat Apple.
It’s not a good sign for an industry when the leader of that industry quits and walks away. No amount of spin can change that.
Not much new information, but as far as I know, this is the next generation iPad that I began talking about earlier this year (before the iPad 2 was even announced).
As I’ve been saying, the latest word has been that it has been delayed a bit due to component issues. The original plan was to go all-out with a one-two punch in 2011. Now it looks like the second punch may have to wait until early 2012.
In the rush to analyze what HP just did, everyone is throwing around a ton of ideas for what happens next. Of those, Nicholas Carlson’s is the best so far.
Dan Frommer calls this “not a crazy idea”. I’d go farther. It’s a good one given Facebook’s vision. They clearly believe in HTML5 and are working towards that future, but at the same time, they need their own mobile OS solution. WebOS would give them the best of both worlds.
Facebook has tried to fork Android to make their own flavor, but whispers suggest that hasn’t worked as well as was hoped. WebOS could be fully their’s — for a price.
The idea of Amazon buying webOS makes some sense too, but they’re likely already too far down the path of building their own Android fork. We should hear more about that soon.
Google is another wild card. They already have Android and Chrome OS, so why buy a third OS? Well, if the Palm patents were included, that would be one reason. But more generally, webOS is also in-line with their vision of a web-based future. Certainly part of it could help Chrome OS and/or Android.
But a certain $12.5 billion deal that just went down may preclude a webOS deal.
One final thought: HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion. Given the current market, Palm’s patent portfolio alone is likely worth much more than that. HP’s move could go from dumbfounding to genius if they spin those patents off for several times what they paid for all of Palm.
It was crazy enough when talk began leaking out this morning that HP was spinning off their PC business — they’re the biggest PC maker in the world.
Now they’re winding down (read: killing off) webOS and killing off the Pre and the just-released TouchPad?
Yes, they have their large enterprise business. And now they have Autonomy. So essentially, HP is going to try to do the same move IBM did in the 1990s. It worked for IBM, will it work for HP?
More importantly, did HP really need to do this? Seems a little premature to me. Yes, the TouchPad was a flop. But we’re in the very early days of the mobile/tablet space. And again, HP rules (ruled) the PC business.
With the webOS buy, HP had an opportunity to control an entire ecosystem — hardware and software working seamlessly together. They could have been a true foil to Apple. Instead, they’re giving up and becoming an enterprise company.
Now it will be all or nothing — meaning most won’t downgrade. How weird, this timing.
A cynical person may think that AT&T are being huge fucking scumbags here. Really, they’re just “streamlining” their plans. Just like when they “streamlined” their plans by removing unlimited data a few months back.
It’s all in the name of what’s best for the consumer. What class acts.
You see this headline and you think, okay, everyone knew the lawsuits were coming. But what’s crazy is that it’s from a Motorola shareholder who claims that the company did not get the best price possible.
Um. Was he holding out for $100 billion? Maybe an even trillion? Who the fuck was going to pay more than the insane amount Google just laid down for a dog with fleas?
While the shareholder cites Motorola’s recent revenue growth (thanks to Android) he fails to mention that the company actually lost money last quarter.
This is the biggest deal Google has ever done. It’s bigger than any deal Microsoft has ever done. It was a 63% premium over the stock price. And it’s in all cash.
Maybe I’m reading way too much into this, but it almost suspiciously sounds like Google is getting Maps reading for a Retina Display iPad.
Maps API Product Manager Thor Mitchell:
As an added benefit, Maps API Premier developers can also request maps with a scale factor of 4. Although this exceeds the maximum window.devicePixelRatio of current mobile devices it does facilitate generating maps for printing at high quality.
"Current mobile devices". There’s one device rumored to be coming in the next few months that would welcome the 2048 pixel count.
“As odd as it may seem, it’s increasingly likely that — come March 2012 — Google could be trying to consummate the acquisition of a company that’s legally barred from importing Android devices into the United States. How’s that for a dowry?”—
Florian Mueller with a timely update on the Microsoft case against Motorola.
The last laugh? I dunno, if that happens, it would be one of the craziest situations I can recall in the tech space.
This is clearly something to mark down and check back on.
I just can’t imagine Google bidding on these patents now given their wallet that is suddenly $12.5 billion lighter. But it sure sounds like Apple is forging ahead. That’s also not surprising — they’re now behind Google in terms of the sheer number of patents they own.
Everyone had been expecting the InterDigital patents to fetch more than the Nortel patents which sold for $4.5 billion because there are more of them. But with Google out of the running, I wouldn’t be surprised if they go for less — and potentially far less.
That would be good news. The patent price bubble has gotten completely out of control. But Apple is still definitely a buyer here. I mean, they do need to spend that $70 billion one way or another.
Given the iPhone’s increasing importance in photography, these patents certainly seem like something right up Apple’s ally — especially since Apple is currently involved in a lawsuit over some of them.