With a miscalculated stroke of the pen, well, an untimely e-mail, Netflix has made its first major blunder in the online, streaming video wars. Netflix could end up losing money as well as help Apple cement its relationships with its movie watching customers.
There have been several major stories recently that have revived the idea of Apple selling Apple-branded television sets in the near future. John never thought Apple could pull it off, but now he’s changed his mind. After Apple deals with some minor technical issues, the door may in fact be open, providing the company has great patience and focus.
Apple has, with finality and punctuation, buried the idea that smartphones and tablets are devices with geeky features, specs, and nifty CPUs. Instead, Apple intends to deliver what no other company can: an intelligent ecosystem for your Internet life. Now at warp speed, no company can catch Apple.
WWDC is all about change. Dizzying change. If you’re attending WWDC next week, Apple will take you on a ride that reflects Apple’s ever aggressive technology development. So fasten your seat belt, hit the Mountain Dew and get ready for some jolts.
The news that Amazon has opened a Mac download store where apps can be directly download to a Mac has some bloggers in a tizzy. Amazon is competing with Apple. Oh, the horror. In fact, this is just business as usual, and it’s actually very good for Macintosh customers.
If you’re thinking that you’re prepared to do battle with the bad guys on the Internet, if you’re just a touch overconfident, then you’re lost. A better approach for Macintosh customers these days is to be defensive, humble, suspicious and alert.
Last fall, there was the crashing sound of silence as Hewlett Packard customers discovered that a Snow Leopard update killed the scanner function on their multi-function printers. The whole affair has soured me on these kinds of printers.
Like schools of fish seeking nutrients, Internet citizens swarm over the free software offered by large corporations. Then, later, they discover that they don’t like the terms of service or the protection of privacy. It happens over and over with the same results. What’s going on?
Apple’s iPad sales for the Q2 were disappointing, but that may reflect a customer savvy not seen before in the Apple world.
Apple stock (AAPL) has fallen off a small cliff today. Are there real problems to worry about? Are investors fatigued? Or is it all just another manipulation in advance of Apple’s earnings report?
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