Microsoft's Office suite is better and more capable than Apple's iWork productivity suite. There's no doubt about that. The interesting thing, however, according to John Martellaro, is that it won't matter. Even though Microsoft would like to convince us otherwise, the better product will lose.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took an open and very public stance on gay, lesbian, and transgender rights over the weekend in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece. Setting aside the fact that it's unusual for Apple as a company to take a stance on political issues, its leadership rarely talks openly and Mr. Cook's candid comments are a welcome change in a world where far too many people are quick to discriminate against people with different political, religious, or sexual views.
Yes it's a day after Halloween, but that doesn't mean you can't get creeped out. Vern Seward points out two suitablly scary apps in this week's free in iTiunes, Haunting Melissa and The Drowning.
Patent holding company Rockstar has raised a ruckus by launching a major patent-infringement suit against Google and several Android OEMs targeting—if you can believe this—search-related advertising. That's a big deal because it's targeting Google's corporate heart and soul, but it casts Apple in the role of a patent troll, something that Apple itself has railed against.
It's something to ponder in a sensible, not hysterical way. We know that Apple is a wealthy, successful company right now. And will remain so. But few companies survive for a hundred years or more, as IBM has. So, for some unconventional speculation, what would be the possible failure path for Apple 20 years down the road?
The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to designate the childhood home of Steve Jobs an "historic resource." The house, whose garage famously saw the birth of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple, Inc.), will now be preserved.
There's one phrase from Apple's conference call with analysts on Tuesday that has resonated with me, and that was when CEO Tim Cook talked about the importance of customers being able to "access the entire ecosystem" with Apple's products. Behind that phrase is the fact that Apple isn't interested in market share for market share's sake, but that's something Wall Street has never understood.
Fall is a great time to get out in the woods and Vern Seward points out 3 free apps you might want to take along with you in this week's Free on iTunes. Backyard Scat and Tracks, The Mushroom Book, Ive Got 1. Check it out.
When a company, like Apple, makes a bold move, like giving away OS X and productivity apps, it's typically seen as a torpedo intended to sink an enemy ship. So then people argue; that bold move is no torpedo. And they're right. In fact, single, bold actions are more like cannon fire that whittles away at the superstructure of an enemy ship, slowly reducing its ability to function.
After amazing success with Burberry, Angela Ahrendts could become one of Apple's most important executives, if she is given the freedome to work her magic.
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