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.

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.

He seems very enterprise focused. I wonder if Microsoft will skew even less consumer focus under his watch.

Facebook is launching a Flipboard competitor, Facebook Paper. Available February 3, 2014.

(Source: recode.net)

Google doesn’t like what Samsung is doing with Android and is putting them on notice. So much for no being evil.

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.

It was just a matter of time before it got yanked because it violated Google’s terms. The good news is you can still side-load the app if you really want it.

The LG Flex actually flexes, but what’s more intriguing is that the body can self heal from light scratches. This innovation!

Finally!

Don’t know how economical it will be to build a modular smartphone, but the geek in me really wants one!

Individual plans are getting shafted! All the more reason why I am glad they were not able to acquire T-Mobile.

Nice updates, still no compelling reason to buy one. Where are the LTE models?

Justin Williams on Apple and photography:

The HTC One I carry primarily has a slightly better camera than the Moto X, but I still have never found the quality of the photos output from it to be on par with what my iPhone produces either. I don’t know what to attribute Apple’s camera magic to. Whether it’s hardware, software, or just that they care more than any other manufacturer I’m not sure.

All I know is that for everything that Android and Google are getting right these days, they still haven’t gotten close to touching Apple in the area that is of utmost importance to me: photo quality.

and the iPhone 5S is really going to further distance themselves from the competition.

Then stop trying to imitate Steve Jobs and the media won’t compare you to him.