9 posts • joined Wednesday 11th January 2012 18:44 GMT
"So what has Apple been doing in the five years since introducing the App Store? Not very much - at least, since the death of Steve Jobs - said the fruity firm's co-founder Steve Wozniak. He claimed that Apple had gone into a kind of creative coma since its godhead shuffled off his mortal coil."
I'm pretty sure the iPad came out a lot more recently than five years ago. Apart from it being a genuinely revolutionary market changing product, I suppose it wasn't that big a deal.
I'm also pretty sure Steve Jobs died more recently than five years ago too. But lets not let little things like facts get in the way of a good histrionic paragraph.
Most of Android is effectively Java. It's not going anywhere. Java browser plugins are another matter.
Nobel boffin ≠ being someone to take seriously with regard to AGW
He may have won a Nobel, but Ivar Giaever would be a bit more credible if
a) he'd published any peer reviewed articles AT ALL in the field of atmospheric science/global warming etc. during his career
b) wasn't signed up with the CATO institute - notable for denying/downplaying the health effects of cigarettes.
The fact that the tactics of the AGW denial camp are so similar to the tobacco lobby downplaying health effects in past decades does make me rather suspicious of them.
I'm still hoping we'll sort out fusion power so we can stop having desert wars and coughing up trillions of dollars to a bunch of religious nutters (ok, not ALL Texans are religious nutters). It'd also be nice not to have to wait until London is underwater find out which bunch of scientists were right.
The fruit logo won't make people buy something they don't want
The current Apple TV is available at under a ton on the high street right now, and no one is buying it. Just because it's designed in Cupertino doesn't mean it will sell. Simply adding a big screen and voice control to the current proposition doesn't really change the equation. I'm sure Apple already know this. However, hate Apple as much as you like, but in creating the iPhone and iPad they have learnt a thing or two about what makes a truly disruptive, market defining, product. It'll be interesting to see if they manage it again with this new evolution of the Apple TV, or if it will be another flop. My money's on something new and something interesting that will have competitors racing to emulate it faster than you can say android.
Love the Woz. But droid fanbois get boring quickly. It's won. There's more droid than ios handsets being sold right now. It's a bit like windows vs osx. You can stop feeling all insecure now. However, it's good to have have competing os's to keep driving innovation, surely? For the record, some of us who do have a clue still have a preference (yes it's a preference, not a religious calling) of ios to android. This doesn't mean I think android is somehow unclean (though it would be nice if they sorted out the realtime audio latency issues and being able to connect through proxy servers without faffery).
Derailing the gravy train
Sounds good, but I suspect it's an excuse not to continue to invest in computer hardware in schools rather than wanting any sort of meaningful change to the curriculum. Where will that leave our beloved educational IT suppliers? RM have retreated from international waters into an increasingly stagnant and shrinking pond here in blighty and who's going to buy poor old Lord Sugars Viglen POS's? Couldn't happen to nicer companies.