T-Mobile Adds More Data, International Texting To Its Simple Choice plans -
Plans to boot are a lot more attractive, that extra 500mb of 4G data really helps. Customers that require unlimited 4G data will have to pony up $10 more now.
Apple CarPlay -
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?
Microsoft Experimenting with Free Version of Windows 8.1 -
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.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Could Be a Game Changer -
Ashraf Eassa of The Motley Fool on the newly announce Galaxy S5:
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.
Facebook Is Buying WhatsApp for $16 billion -
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 and Samsung Still Running Away With All Of The Phone Industry's Profits -
Patrick Seitz of Investor’s Business Daily:
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.
A look back at Sony's Iconic VAIO Computers -
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.
PillPack Redesigned Pharmacy Experience -
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.
Satya Nadella is Microsoft's New CEO -
He seems very enterprise focused. I wonder if Microsoft will skew even less consumer focus under his watch.
Google is now offering the Nexus 5 in red in their Play Store and it looks so sweet!
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: When Smaller Is Better -
This is the first Android phone I enjoy using as much as my iPhone. If it came with stock Android, it would be close to perfect.