Amazon announced their Fire Phone today and I have to admit, it’s pretty boring. It has all the usual high-end specs of a competitive smartphone, but there are very few compelling reasons to choose it over the competition. The three that I think are the most compelling for your average consumer is the Mayday button, unlimited photo storage, and 1-year of Prime for free. Coming from a company that doesn’t have a retail presence, it’s huge to be able to provide easy and accessible customer service the way the Mayday button provides. Other than those three features the Fire Phone is dead to me. Not only because it’s an exclusive to AT&T and I will not enter a contract or leave T-Mobile, but the short comings of the Fire Phone don’t out way the benefit. The camera is advertised to be only marginally better than the current iPhone that is soon to be improved. The dynamic 3D perspective looks like a gimmick and I doubt will be widely used in the real world. The Amazon Android App store has far less apps than Google’s Play store, not to mention you would not have access to many of Google’s products like Chrome or Maps.
Very new but still very much familiar. I am most excited to play with what Apple is calling continuity, it’s makes it even more compelling to stay within the Apple eco-system. I guess I’ll be switch back to an iPhone full-time come Fall.
This was the highlight of WWDC for me. I was hopping for this, but never thought it would actually happen. Now that it’s here, I’m surprised yet excited. There’s still a lot to digest, but so far I like what I see.
The Moto X is one of the better designed Android smartphones and the G and E share the same designed language. It’s definitely not the best smartphone available but for what it cost it’s probably is the best value.
$3.2 billion is less than a rounding error for Apple, but I don’t see why they need to buy Beats nor how they fit in at Apple. Customers don’t care to buy devices because they come with Beats, ask HP or HTC. If they wanted to sell high-end headphones, they can certainly do it without spending $3 billion. Beats Music service is interesting, but couldn’t Apple do that on their own? It’s not like the service is setting the world on fire and Apple is still the largest music store if I recall correctly. This very much out of Apple’s MO. They don’t make large acquisitions, this would certainly be the largest by a big margin. I don’t get it.
The majority of packages I see being delivered in my neighborhood are Amazon boxes. I wonder what percentages of FedEx, UPS, and USPS’ business is from Amazon? I would wager to think it would really hurt these’s services bottom line if Amazon jumped ship. Amazon could potentially acquire one them maybe. It makes sense to own the own the experience end to end, especially if it ensures all customers gets their orders on time.
This an interesting way to test who/what is innovative and what is just an inventions or a novelty. Apple passes this test on many accounts and is thus innovative and is handsomely rewarded. Analyst that argue Apple is no longer innovative doesn’t understand what Innovation is.
Our warehouse stores upwards of 300 PB of Hive data, with an incoming daily rate of about 600 TB. In the last year, the warehouse has seen a 3x growth in the amount of data stored.
600 TB of incoming data per day is insane and it’s growing very rapidly too. It’s fascinating how they are making these processes more efficient and even better that they are willing to share this information.
Starting April 12, $40 can get you unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of 4G data. This plan also qualifies for T-Mobile’s promotion where the carrier will cover your early termination fee from a rival provider so long as you trade in your current smartphone.
In theory this is a good idea because it allows users to simply move the things they are working on from one screen to the next, but in reality it is really hard to create an app that remains useful across many different screens. You might just end up with a “Windows 8”.
This is dumb. From circulating reports, It seems BlackBerry sales were almost non existent on T-mobile. So much so that they stopped stocking them in their stores. BlackBerry needs T-mobile more than T-mobile need them. I pursue die hard BlackBerry users can still bring unlocked models on to the network.
Well, this sucks. I just switched over to T-Mobile 3 months ago and I was enjoying a 15% discount. That’s $180 more I will be paying every year. I guess there’s no reason to get angry, it’s still cheaper than the other guys.
Update: Looks like T-Mobile is listening to their loyal customers and are grandfathering in everyone who currently participates, allowing them to keep their discounts as long as they work at a participating employer and remain on a qualifying plan.
Apple brings the elegance of iOS in your automobile. It’s also notable that Ford is a committed partner that will be offering CarPlay on their future models. They are currently using Microsoft technology to power their Ford Sync system. Does that mean they are leaving that behind?