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?
It’s obvious that the cost of Windows licenses is hinder the sales of PCs, especially on the low end. Microsoft needs to cannibalize their own products if they want to compete in the new brave world, where Google and many others are giving their OS away for Free.
The Galaxy S5 is likely to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the U.S. and other developed markets (and an “Exynos Infinity” for international versions), 3GB of RAM, a 2560x1440 display, an updated/new industrial design, and a fingerprint reader. This should make it the crème de la crème of Android devices, and to address the critics that Samsung’s products are “cheap plastic,” there will likely be a version with a metal chassis. The iPhone 5s is likely to pale, at least from a hardware perspective, in comparison.
Inaccurate reporting of the specs. He’s rehashing previous rumors as if they were facts.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be a great device, the most premium of the Android devices. Apple is probably going to lose high-end share as this product ramps, but if Apple is smart, it will prepare to host a “special event” to launch a suite of new iPhone products sooner rather than later.
It might be the most premium of Android devices, but Apple is still running away with more than 85% of the industry’s profits. No one at Apple is losing any sleep over the Galaxy S5.
Zuckerberg is not afraid to spend, especially if he feels threaten! WhatsApp has about half as many active users as Facebook and is eating their lunch in the messaging space. I fail to see how that equates to a worth of $16 billion (19 billion if you include the 3 billion in RSUs for employee retention) though. Never the less, it is a huge WIN for WhatsApp! They been operating very lean despite their big success with around 50 employees only.
Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry’s total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry’s earnings.
That’s a 10% gain for Apple year over year and a slight decline for Samsung.
Sony was the “Apple” of PC manufactures. They charged a premium for their highly designed computers. Some were willing to pay for it, most where not. It was a very hard sell next to many PCs that sold at a fraction of the price. I remember I really wanted a Sony VAIO PCV-90 as a child, but we could never afford one. We got an Acer instead. By the time I was able to buy one on my own, Apple computers and OS X was more appealing.
This is a great and novel idea, but I’m not sure why it cost so much? I know a couple of local pharmacies that already provide similar services for free. The convenience of having everything shipped to your door is worth paying a small fee for, but at $20 per order it’s a non starter for most. Get the cost down and then you have a real solution on your hands.
Android handset partners rejoice, Google is no longer a handset manufacture. This was their plan from day one, they never wanted to compete with their partners. They effectively paid $4.265 Billion for Moto’s patents, which Google values at $5.5 Billion.
Google is picking up a great team and some great products. I wonder how Nest customers will feel when Nest starts sharing it’s data with Google? And will the Apple store still be selling the Nest now that it’s a Google Product?
Having played with many friend’s MakerBot Replicator and Replicator 2s, I’ve always wanted one but couldn’t justify spending that much money on a 3d printer. The new Mini is relatively affordable and will most likely be my first 3d printer.
I along with my family switched over to T-Mobile in Q4 and I couldn’t be happier. My bill is roughly half of what I use to pay on AT&T and the service has been great thus far. I get great LTE coverage in New York City and Northern New Jersey. Their free international texting and data coverage came in handy when I was in London over the holidays. It’s good to not have to worry about outrageous telco bills when using your mobile devices abroad, even if it’s only on 2G.
I’m also worried at a new trend: I rarely see Google employees wearing theirs anymore. Most say “I just don’t like advertising that I work for Google.” I understand that. Quite a few people assume I work for Google when they see me with mine. I just hope it doesn’t mean that Google’s average employee won’t support it.
Fewer Google employees are wearing them because they don’t see a use for them (yet). I know many people that have paid hard cash for Google Glass and they are in the same camp. They uses it for a couple of weeks because it seems cool and they like the attention, but they get tired of charging and carrying it around only to not find any practical use for it. Right not It’s just a $1500 paperweight for most.
Desktop computers don’t excite me and I really don’t have any need for this much power in my workflow, but I sure do want a new Mac Pro. The design is incredibly innovative and I have a hunch that HP and the others are already in the process of cloning this niche product.
Furthermore, when installing the app, it clearly states that it will be taking this information. It does not say what they will be doing with it, but this clearly should have raised some red flags for a simple flashlight app. Like long ULAs, users don’t read what these apps are asking permission for and just click through.
I am on the board of a school in NYC and we are currently in the process of deploying iPad 2s. In doing so, I was tasked with finding a case that was suitable to protect these devices from everyday use in an educational environment. I first looked at Apple’s Smart Cover and Smart Case. They are both light and aesthetically pleasing, but is expensive and did not provide the protection we thought we needed.
I scoured the web for alternatives and came across the Snugg Ultra Thin. I contacted the company and they were nice enough to send me one to try. I’ve been using it on my iPad 2 for two weeks now and am pleasantly surprise on how well it’s held up.
The packaging is decent, but my initial reactions when holding the case for the first time was that it felt cheap and in actuality it is cheap. The Snugg case goes for $35.99, that’s less than half of what Apple charges for their Smart Case ($79) and less than Apple’s Covers ($39). It consist of a shell that’s made out of plastic and a polyurethane cover.
The iPad attaches to the case’s shell via the four corn clips. When locked in, the iPad is very securely attached and maybe be even a little difficult to remove. I accidently dropped by iPad from a four foot tall table on a carpeted floor and it was still in pristine condition and the case didn’t even budge. The case is very light and a little flimsy on it’s own, but feels more substantial when attached to the iPad. It adds minimal bulk and provides many of the features that you come to expect from an iPad case. The buttons, ports, camera, and speakers are exposed for easy access/use and the cover folds up to create a stand.
The cover does not have any magnets like Apple’s Smart Case or Covers, but still folds into place to mimic similar functionality. I used it both horizontally as a stand when using the keyboard and vertically when viewing videos for long periods of time. In both situations, it proved to be just as sturdy as Apple’s Smart Case and more sturdy than Apple’s Smart Covers. It also supports the automatic sleep and wake feature, where you can open or close the cover to wake or sleep your iPad. But because it lacks magnets, the cover will not stay closed and this could be problematic depending on your usecase.
The bottom line is the Snugg Ultra Thin Case is a great value. It pairs well with the iPad and provides exceptional protection without degrading the design or functionality. It is one of the contenders for our iPad deployment in education. It’s available for the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4.