* Posts by melgross

6 posts • joined 1 Jan 2015

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

melgross

This article is nuts! First of all, he’s to afraid to mention the Watch, which is very successful. Yes Android watches are failures, because people buying $300, or cheaper, phones aren’t going to buy a $300 smartwatch. That’s pretty obvious.

It’s just like “regular” watches that start at $250. There’s a market for them, but not for people who aren’t interested in spending the money. It’s why the Watch is a success. The average Watch sells for $385, but the average iPhone sells for almost $750.

My Watch saved my life back at the end of May, by notifying me of a very elevated heart rate, and stating that I should seek immediate medical attention. I went to the emergency room, and ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks. If it weren’t for that, I could be dead. So is this trivial? No, it’s not. It’s worth every penny. Your smartphone can’t do that.

Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

melgross

Re: Love it

Sure, now it is, because no one would pay them for it. Microsoft now makes 95% of all Win Phone devices. So there's no discernible income from anyone else anyway.

And Apple doesn't charge themselves for iOS any more than Microsoft charges themselves for Win Phone.

melgross

Re: Love it

So, you would rather pay the Microsoft tax instead?

UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

melgross

Re: Additional steps...

That would be up to the London transit organization. Apple is happy to have every NFC enabled service on their system. The Chevon oil company is working with Apple to implement this on their gas pumps.

melgross

Re: Where do Apple fit in?

Apple has agreed, as has been mentioned already, to assume all fraud costs. As American Express has stated, this .15% transaction cost will be less than the cost of the fraud they are paying now. It's expected that fraud will be very low to nonexistent with Apple Pay.

melgross

Re: Where do Apple fit in?

Seriously? The banks are constantly being broken into. Some aid criminal organizations by laundering money. Both American and British banks have been caught doing that, though is seems to be a British speciality.

The only real thing you can point to with Apple is the somewhat false notion that they were broken into concerning some celebrity accounts, which was a result of robo password breaking, now fixed.

Apple Pay has been explained by third parties as being very secure. Apple has nothing to do with the payments themselves. Unlike Google Wallet, where all information passes through Google, nothing passes through Apple.

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