480 posts • joined Thursday 6th August 2009 19:59 GMT
Is Snapchat still worth 3Billion?
How many incidents like this must happen before Spiegel sees the light and accepts a 3 billion or less, offer for his company? More incidents like this and he'll start feeling like an idiot for not selling for 3 billion. Greed is only good when you can take the money and run. Waiting around for more money may be proven to have been a very bad idea for Spiegel.
Post PC era
I've been hearing about the so-called "Death of the PC" since 1996 when Scott McNealy confidently proclaimed that his Java Station thin client was suppose to replace PC's. Problem is that thin clients and flash arrays are dependent on company's spending more money on Servers and Server management than on desktop computers and server management combined. We're not just talking about flash memory arrays, we're talking storage, and since at this time, Flash memory is much more expensive than HDD disc storage, this "Post PC era" hasn't happened and isn't going to happen any time soon. Bean counters, are the reason why. There is no cost to performance benefit in eliminating desktop computers. Desktop computers are cheap and aren't complex to manage because they have their own memory, storage, and CPU and therefore, are not dependent on a server for memory, storage, and CPU. They are only dependent on networked servers for networked connections and the internet access, e-mail, and in any networked software or additional services. And if, as in my day job, you work in a call center doing tech support for Enterprise Mobile Device Management and all of the system that you use run inside of a browser, you sure as hell wouldn't want your computing entirely running from expensive servers that would have to be deployed in greater numbers than your desktop computers, just to allow you to do your job.
Perhaps when the cost of Flash Memory reaches the cost of HDD disc storage, we can begin to think about this Post PC era situation, but until thin, while small businesses with more money than sense, could benefit from a "network computer" thin client situation, larger enterprise businesses most definitely would be wasting money in eliminating desktop computers from the work place. There simply is no cost to performance benefit in doing so, at this time.
I don't suppose the egg head genius's could've come up with a way for Windows 8's Metro interface, Windows RT, and Windows Phone could have a common code base and apps work on all three (while full desktop apps would still work in the Windows 8 desktop). That would've been an idea that made sense. That's the antithesis of Balmer. Or perhaps, Sinofsky is the one to blame for that disaster?
I have a co-worker who had a Z10 and was extolling the virtues of the BB10 platform until he tried to side load Android apps. The next time I saw him, he'd gotten an iPhone 4S. Who's going to sign up for some BB enterprise service, especially considering that Microsoft is about to do the same thing and many Enterprise shops run on Microsoft Networks. Microsoft gets a foot hold in providing a similar service for BYOD Enterprises and that's it for BB, if they attempt to do the same. How many businesses are going to trust BB over Microsoft at this point?
I've been hearing about the "decline of the desktop PC" since 1996. The SUN MICROSYSTEMS Java Station was supposed to replace desktop PC's. Where is Sun Microsystems now? They are Oracle's betch and Scott Micnealy is the one who is "gone". Tablet's may be great for sales people and executives but for production workers or tech support workers such as myself? There's a PC on my desk and it isn't going anywhere, any time soon. Smart phones can't even replace Tablets, much less Desktop PC's that discussion is over. Macs? Sure. Managers and executives. Unless Apple turns everything they make (including Macs) into ARM powered devices, the PC as it is, isn't going anywhere, as far as production in large companies is concerned. At least until MS Office runs on every platform and I don't see Microsoft doing that.
Unified Code Base with an Arm Emulator that allows use of X86 apps would make a Surface RT a useable Tablet solution. If Microsoft gets there before Apple does, this will be interesting.
Way to got, Samsung. Guess you don't plan on selling too many of those Note 3's. This about guaranties that our Aviation client does not upgrade to the Note 3. They're likely to look elsewhere for a Phablet solution for their flight attendant's. I've heard that Delta's Flight Attendants are using Nokia Windows Phones. They're not Phablets, but at least they aren't region locked and they are on AT&T.
The NSA already has your fingerprints. This just insures that your fingerprints and identity are linked to your iPhone in case it is stolen. Makes it near impossible for anyone to use, who isn't you. So this isn't going to give the NSA your fingerprints because they already have them, know who you are, who you talk to, and what you're doing.
Re: In most US Corps...
Particularly if that senior is a billionaire and writes the rules for the company. We having a bit of a fling here before returning home to the wife? Hard to imagine Brin will leave the biologist for a mere saucy minx.
Maybe this sort of thing is common place in the EU, but having worked for numerous companies where either the CEO is a woman or the CIO is a woman, half the tech support staff are women and some of them where pretty shoes, dresses, paint their nails, wear makeup, and change their hair color. Yes, IT is a "boys club" persay but these days, there are plenty of ladies prospering there, at least for the company I work for.
Here. There. Whatever
As can be seen by the recent incidents involving the GCHQ and the Brazilian partner of a Gardian publication reporter, it doesn't matter where your data is kept. All you have to do is be traveling through the wrong country and the Jack Boot Squad will "detain" you for questioning.
Overhyped Apple TV?
So what if Apple does release an over hyped TV. What then? Think everyone will rush out to over pay for a TV with an Apple logo? I seriously doubt it. The fan boys and fan girls will, but the general public will not.
BB would've done well to have abandoned the QNX approach and install Android with a BB UI. An Android "fork", if you will. That would've instantly plugged BBX (if that's what it would've been called) into the Android app ecosystem directly without the side loading failure (Gingerbread? Really??) and allowed BB to have introduced their new handsets much sooner, remaining relevant. Now look at them and the joke that Heins has become.
Snowden go to through "proper channels"?
Had Snowden gone through "proper channels", we never would've heard anything. In fact, he likely would've been "permanently silenced" and would've "vanished" without anyone ever even knowing that he ever existed, just to keep the whole NSA thing under raps. That's how they role. They can't "silence" Snowden now without a severe amount of public backlash. And this press conference and the need for more "oversight" has nothing to do with Snowden? Sure. Right. LIE!!! We wouldn't even be having this discussion if Snowden hadn't leaked the info that the NSA is spying on "ordinary Americans" and everyone else, everywhere. And as others have pointed out, Obama didn't say that anything would change. Just that he'd appoint this one and that one to review this and that in order to make it appear as though there is more oversight, so as to give us all the warm fuzzies. I don't think so. The cat is out of the bag and won't ever be jumping back in...
Oh sure. Let's fire all of the Sys Admins and turn the world over to SkyNet. You know how that movie ends. BOOM!!!!
I don't use Facebook mobile any more as it is. Unless these video ads appear on Facebook chat, I'll never see them on mobile and I can curtail my use of Facebook on my computers in all but my business site. Posting and selling advertising is one thing. If Advertisers don't make sales from them, they'll stop buying those ads, won't they?
I was just laying in wait for the HTC ONE MAX or Galaxy Note 3 until I saw this. I guess it's back to the safety of another iPhone, with iOS 7 and Activation Lock...
This reminds me of how Comcast use to insist on us installing their "Constant Guard" anti-malware software on both PC's and Macs before allowing connection to the internet in 2011. I uprooted and uninstalled that Comcast malware as soon as I possibly could. Makes me wonder if the much vaunted X-1 platform they've been advertising along with "The fastest WiFi", is actually this listening device nonsense. We don't need it in my house and any attempts to force it upon is, will be resisted.
Two different companies that I've contracted for this year, are avoiding Office 365 like the plague. I'm avoiding it too. Office 2011 and Office 2008 on my Mac work quite nicely, while I'm still nursing Office 2007 on my PC. No need for the latest ribbon interface crap version with more nonsense I won't use than anything that I will.
Re: Typical American behaviour @LPF
Sure, because the public is currently buying more iPhone 4 and 3GS than iPhone 5. We wouldn't want to ban products that will be obsoleted in a month. That's a month of obsolete product sales that idiots who can't wait for the new iPhone, will want.
This wasn't really about the iPad or iPad2. This was about the fact that the iPhone 4 is outselling the iPhone 5 for the simple reason that the iPhone 5 isn't enough of an upgrade to warrant purchase, while the iPhone 4 can be had for lower prices, if not free, entirely. That's what this is really about. But what makes it odd is that, this happened a month before the release of new iPhones and iPads. The iPhone 4 will be retired by then, so this import ban wouldn't really have affected Apple, nor affected consumers in any real way. Consumers have many choices available to them.
This haven't learned the Tablet pricing lesson, Microsoft? No one is going to buy the Surface Prof for $899, particularly without the much needed keyboard attachment. How can these idiots not have learned the lesson from their 2002 Tablet PC's? Overpriced = customers won't buy. There are a gazillion products out there offering more value for less money, even if they don't run full Windows programs. Way to fail, Microsoft. Way to fail...
No mention of the iPhone or Blackberry, so is it safe to assume that these platforms are not vulnerable to FBI Malware?
It doesn't matter...
MS Support for XP is less important than MS wanting us all to use that smoking pile of cow heap, known as Windows 8. I'm happy to be working for a tech support firm who has deployed Windows 7 64 with 8GB of RAM on Core i5 3.2GHz Dells.
Your employer's equipment
Using his employer's computer for personal google searches was a bad idea. Employers can, will, and do monitor your internet browsing history and e-mail. Knowing that, I personally do not use my employer's computer equipment to do any personal Google searches. Since I work in Tech Support, I only occasionally visit relevant technology sites (like this one), for which, I cannot be sanctioned. I also do not send personal e-mails from my employer's computers. I use my smart phone for personal use, for e-mail, web browsing, and internet searches, which my employer cannot monitor nor tamper with. Had her husband used his smart phone for such searches instead of his employer's computer, this episode would not have happened.
Sales down from previous quarter? I suppose China consumers have lost interest in the previous low cost iPhones, i.e. iPhone 4 and 4S. Perhaps the plastic candy colored iPhone 5C will spark interest, but only if Apple can convince China Mobile, and that will not be easy. I think that if Apple offered the 5C in the USA, it might be considered to be a premium low cost product by that everyone wants, whereas if Apple just offered the 5C in China, the Chinese might perceive that as Apple offering them a cheap iPhone, exclusively, just to get them on board, instead of a low cost iPhone that everyone everywhere, wants.
I thought you had to make a genius bar appointment by either calling the Apple store to make that appointment of logging on to the Apple website with your Apple ID and making the appointment. Why would anyone go to some third party website to pay for something that Apple doesn't even charge for, unless the scalpers are logging on to the Apple website to reserve all of the available genius bar time slots? Wouldn't someone at the Apple store notice that the person who shows up for the appointment isn't the person who made the appointment? And given the low market share of the iPhone in China (necessitating the introduction of a plastic iPhone to spur sales in China and hopefully get China Mobile and China Telecom interested in selling the iPhone 5C to customers), how many punters there are really paying for genius bar appointments?
The Facebook case is easy to decipher. Someone on his friend list ratted him out. But how did the court discover that the other bloke did a Google search, when no identity or contact details are necessary to perform a Google search?? The British version of PRISM, or was the court authorized to track the internet use of all jury members in that case? Glad I don't live in the UK. Haven't had to serve any Jury Duty here in the USA, although I've been called to do so. Never been picked. I'm biased, and therefore, neither side would want me on a Jury.
Part of the problem is that last year, Apple did their typical spring iPad upgrade cycle with "The New iPad", only to release another iPad in the fall with the "Lightening port, as well as the iPad mini. Those who bought "The new iPad" must've felt slighted by this Apple sales tactic. There was no need for them to run out and buy the "iPad 4", when the only real difference was a lightening port. Apple may have thought that the iPad mini would make up the difference, and while they sold more iPad mini's than iPad 4's, the lower price meant lower profits, and they didn't sell enough iPads to really impress. So while Cook and co. may be "comfortable with where they are at", they may soon find themselves selling even fewer iPads than this. Let's see how comfy they are next quarter and after the year end holidays.
The snoopy betch needs to get a fucking life and get ever herself. She'd have more luck outlawing Gangsta Rap than with this.
Sprint has yet to respond to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon's annual upgrade plans. It will be interesting to see if they do. If not, they could end up bleeding more customers than they will bleed out, due to Sprint network performance.
Low cost option
All Apple has to do to make a lower cost iPhone is put the iPhone 5 in a plastic case. There you go. People will stand in line to buy their color of plastic iPhone, particularly in the USA, but it's unknown whether or not that may attract buyers in emerging markets. That may not move the needle for China Mobile, who has been famously resistant to Apple's demands. Apple has no leverage in emerging markets to demand anything, as evidenced by the top three Russian networks dropping iPhones from their roster, completely.
But Apple is giving up "Pages", "Numbers", and "Keynote", as part of iCloud. That competes well with Google Docs and MS Office 365 and it's FREE. Sure, it doesn't have any of the useless and complicated nonsense that is MS Office, but then, who uses all of that "Ribbon" crap, anyway?
They got it wrong the first time...
The reason why the RT and Surface have failed is primarily because no one at Microsoft examined why they failed with the first Windows Tablet PC's. They priced them too high, there was no app ecosystem, they were buggy, weren't thin nor life, and the battery life was sub standard. The moment Microsoft management decided to introduce Windows Tablets, they should've immediately examined what they did wrong the first time and immediately examined what Apple did right that makes the iPad sell. It's obvious that no one at Microsoft examined any of those factors, because if they had, the RT and Surface would have succeeded. RT and Surface weren't built on a logic model that made any sense. How anyone at Microsoft could've thought that anyone would buy the RT or Surface at the prices they've sold for, is beyond me. Those ridiculous dance choreography commercials didn't show any of what the RT or Surface are capable of doing.
The entire project was ill conceived and appears to be based on what someone in management wanted (likely, Balmer), not something that any consumer or corporate customer wanted. In order to sell a product to a customer, it makes sense to evaluate what the customer needs, wants, and can do with it before you develop what they will ultimately do with it. Some sort of usability testing involving "PEOPLE", gives an accurate evaluation of product strength and weaknesses. Without knowing your product's strengths and weaknesses, you can't really derive accurate sales estimates. The fact that it's a tablet that runs Windows, won't be enough to attract developers, and if it doesn't attract developers, it will be difficult to build an app ecosystem. A weak app ecosystem means that it won't be popular with consumers. That leaves business customers, and if it's overpriced, business customers will pass on it and buy iPads all day long.
Sprint is next
Sprint has lagged on this and needs to come up with some annual upgrade offer that is more compelling than the AT&T and Verizon offers. They obviously can't go with an offer similar to AT&T and Verizon because they aren't one and two. They are number three. So they need to come up with something more compelling, that will make current Sprint customers want to remain with them.
Plastic iPhone to the rescue?
So, will Apple deploy the low cost "plastic" iPhone in the US and EU, or just in developing countries that may (or perhaps may not) agree to their carrier deals? The three biggest cell providers in Russia won't be among those deploying any iPhone, much less low cost iPhone, and China Mobile continues to be resistant to Apple's attempts to get them on board. Carriers are going to start resisting Apple's contract negotiating tactics more and more, so they will have to rethink their strategy going forward. Apple no longer has the clout to demand what they want and get it, as demand for the iPhone has apparently stalled.
I don't see the point...
I just don't see the point of a "Smart watch" if you already have a Smart phone. Why tether a watch with a smaller screen than a Blackberry Q10 to a smartphone to get weather updates when you can look that up on a Smartphone with a bigger screen and not be squinting at a tiny watch screen? Why bother using "apps" on a Smartwatch when you can just use apps on a "Smartphone". It's utterly pointless to bother with a Smart watch that for all intents and purposes does pretty much the same things that your smartphone does- tell time. Use apps. Get weather and information updates. Why? To impress people with your Dick Tracy impressions? To make women think you're James Bond. It's just a pointless waste of time and money that I will be avoiding. Of course, everyone and their brother and sister will go out and buy one (like iPhones). I won't be joining the Smart Watch crowd.
Re: it's a social experiment.
If MS wants to push everyone into Apple and Linux's arms, then they can do that. Switching to Mac is no big deal for me. I've already got a Macbook Pro running Office 2011 and I refuse to subscribe to Office 365 if it requires an internet connection to work on a stand alone computer. MS may be able to fool Enterprise customers with this subscription nonsense but not consumers. I refuse to do it.
Perhaps Snowden should consider Chapman's proposal. That would not only get him political asylum, wouldn't it also get him Russian Citizenship? One has to wonder if her proposal was authentic or merely an attempt to get Snowden to stay in Russia and perhaps reveal something that might be valuable to the Russians. Something more valuable than the NSA spying on US Citizens.
So, Microsoft thinks that utilizing Apple's "sue happy" strategy, will slow down Motorola from deploying compelling products (MotoX, Razr Ultra) and give it some hope of customers becoming more interested in the Nokia Lumia 1020, which is exclusive to just AT&T? Sure. That strategy didn't work very well for Apple against Samsung and it won't work very well against Motorola. Google can tie this nonsense up in court for years while Windows Phone 8 barely moves the needle and more MotoX's and Razr Ultra's than Windows Phones, get sold. Balmer has got to go. This nonsense, plus that ridiculous re-org, is the writing on the wall. GET RID OF BALMER!!!
It doesn't really matter what you do or don't do online. The US Gov is scanning your snail mail meta-data too. And if you have a house phone, you can count on your telco cooperating with the Gov as well. So if you really thought that "If I'm not doing anything wrong, who cares", you're naive and missing the point. The Gov is using terrorism prevention as an excuse to snoop on everyone's privacy and that's just plain wrong, PERIOD.
And what great innovation is it that the pundits think will come from the Yanks over in Disneyland? The iPhone 5S? The Plastic iPhone? Or is it perhaps that new Mac Pro that looks like a trash can? All the parts come from China (who manufactures the products that the big businesses stateside, sell).
Does anyone think that the Feds won't show up at DEF CON because they were asked not to come? Feds have jurisdiction all over the entire United States. Does anyone think that if Feds are spotted and asked to leave, that they will either go willingly or be "escorted out"? Who has the jurisdiction to escort a Federal Agent out of any facility? One must wonder what Feds were really doing at DEF CON in the first place, given the PRISM revelation. Likely up close and personal slurping data and keeping watch on all of the attendees. And even if they don't physically show up, they obviously can still slurp data and keep an eye on the attendees.
Maybe I missed the outage somehow or it was only a short outage in my area? I checked my Outlook.com all day and was connected to it with no problem, with USA based location.
Interesting. So not only is there a reduction in iPhone sales, but it's happening at the great and powerful Verizon Wireless? Hmmm... Maybe they'll get lucky and that low cost iPhone gets sold in the USA. They can sell a ton of the candy plastic iPhones and make up that shortfall. Or only the emerging markets get the plastic iPhone (assuming China mobile and India isn't yawning at the device), and the iPhone 5S is little more than the usual incrementally upgraded yawn-fest...
That would be Balmer himself. But in order to cover his failure as a CEO, let's reorganize the company into new pointless divisions, including "Devices and Studios"? We talking about recording studios, movie production studios, TV production studios or art studios? None of those studios requires any Microsoft software to product content, so perhaps Balmer just needs to get the heck out and let someone else take the job and get Microsoft on track without reorganizing the company to cover up his failure as a CEO?
One bloke on cnet.com wanted to argue with me on the popularity of Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabooks, claiming that they aren't selling well because manufacturers can't keep up with demand. Whatever he was drinking must' have been better than what the management at Microsoft is drinking because he's deluding himself. I've yet to encounter anyone who has an RT or Surface Tablet. Most that I know have iPads, iPad mini's or an Android Tablet. But this low end cheap feeling thing? Likely to be returned once disappointment sets in.
This will put more refurbished phones into deployment, but will they send them to their Metro PCS division? If I were wanting to swap out my phone, it would not be for an older generation refurbished phone. It would be for a new model of phone that was just released. I have to wonder what the rules for this.
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