Apple’s iPad 3 has been the subject of “heatgate” this week. John takes a look at all that fuss and his experiences with his own iPad 3. Plus, he has the standard edition of tech news debris: Why can’t you use FaceTime over LTE? Has Apple exhausted the ways it can make life miserable for Google? And contrary to the conventional wisdom, customers continue to embrace Blu-ray. What a concept.
John Martellaro launches this week’s Particle Debris with a discussion about not just the Post-PC era, but the death of the PC and survival of the Macintosh. In the rest of the debris, some overlooked features of iOS are referenced. Has Google replaced Microsoft as the jealous rich kid, not invited to the party? Finally, is the Apple HDTV nearing production? Also: TWoW returns.
In this week’s Particle Debris, John takes a look at his recent iPad, Apple TV and patent predictions and keeps score. Plus, is the display in the new iPad really a Retina display? How did Apple do it? Plus, why doesn’t the iPad have Siri? And will Apple have one e-wallet to rule them all?
Apple has some interesting decisions to make about the iPad 3. It’s a balance between extreme tech bleeding edge and high costs vs. what’s needed to compete for the next 12 months. Or eight months, if you believe John Martellaro’s thesis. Plus interesting snippets on Mountain Lion, Windows 8, a Linux family scuffle, and the relaunch of Ze Frank’s amazing show.
Sometimes, companies lay plans to succeed, and they don’t work out. And then something totally unexpected comes along that succeeds without any apparent effort. Could Apple be on the cusp of turning serendipity into total disruption? A hobby into an extravaganza? Plus, we dig deeply into Apple’s sandbox and also take a look at how a mathematical law could be poised to impact Apple’s growth.
It’s all about the customer relationship. Actually, it’s been said, a company doesn’t want customers; it wants fans. And so be it. Amazon is opening a brick and mortar store front. Roku is partnering with the cable people in an odd partnership, going after more fans. Comcast has upped its own game, stemming the tide of departed non-fans. And just when the Ultrabook makers thought they could ride the wave of the MacBook Air, Apple has turned it sights on them as well. How can you be a fan of copycats? Seriously.
Particle Debris takes a minor detour into the world of browser security, and the discussion will open your eyes, especially if you do online banking. But there are also some goodies: the Apple rumor that just won’t go away, a Wi-Fi Flash drive, an amazing graphic of what mobile phones looked like before Apple took a bite out of the market and possible confirmation that every MacBook Pro…. well, just read on.
Customers are annoying. You have to figure out what they want and then figure out how to avoid angering every one else in the process. Mozilla gets its funding from a competitor so they can give away something for free — that competes with, wait for it… the competitor. Publishers try to make money, please the customers and avoid upsetting the authors. Amazon found a tiny opening with the Kindle Fire — and, maybe, waits for the Apple shoe to drop. Apple may have to navigate some tricky HDTV seas. Microsoft buys a product that’s generally distributed for free, then tries to avoid upsetting its partners as it deploys it. And poor Siri has a hard time just delivering a Scotish sandwich. Times are tough.
This week, the heat was turned up on Apple. Not many people cared for the iBooks Author app’s EULA, and not many people were happy to hear about the conditions of Chinese workers who make Apple products. However, as usual, there is a lot to know behind the scenes, and this week’s P.D. digs into the nuancesas as we go behind the headlines. And just for some fun and relief, we get into some marvelous toys.
This week’s collection is short but bold. A computer desk that will make you go crazy with techno-lust. Hitler’s take on SOPA. Will smart, cute robots ever be safe enough to work with kids? Is Apple’s excursion in textbooks just the beginning?
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