I know this day is traditionally about honored veterns of wars and national conflicts most of which have left us to remember their committment to our freedom and survival, However I have personally chosen to focus on Grandparents. They deserve a day or greater. Without them we would not be here. They paved the way and raised and taught our parents. Many have joined the rank of ancestors. The history they represent, the historic moments they have witnessed, the sacrifices they made should be officially honored and remembered.
Memorial is the best time to do this. The picnics, graveside visits, and shopping sales can continue however during the course of the day take some time to do something in the memory of your grandparents that have past into the void.
When you are extorted to having to sit through crass commercials just to view an article or post then online is in danger of becoming exactly what cable TV has a wasted and lost potential given over to gross capitalism/commercialism. To some this renders the value of the content suspect or at least secondary if not outright irrelevant.
I remember when non-commercial cable TV first came on, having no commercials to constantly interupt your favorite programs was THE selling point and improved the continuity and dramatic impact of programs. Then came the suits with their schemes interjecting commercials right at the point of highest tension and their intricate ways of tricking viewers to sit through them. TV has never been the same nor will ever be again. This is the main reason that television has lost out to the Internet in such a short period of time.
BUT WAIT, There are even more insidious schemes online way more infuriating than just having to temporarily abide commercials and even more disgusting longer-form infomercials masquerading as real programming in order to lure in viewers!
I had to sit through a 60 second online commercial about a product I despise just to view a short blog post I thought might be interesting, it wasn’t! That experiece pissed me off. I wasted a minute of valuable time I will never be able recover, thus this article and these thoughts.
Apple responds to DoJ suit: “Flawed”, “Absurd!”
In April the U.S. Department of Justice accused Apple and a set of other U.S. publishers of conspiring to fix eBook prices and subsequently filed an antitrust lawsuit. Apple decided to fight while most of the other publishers quickly settled, Apple has now to the government’s accusations.
The Responce (PDF)
Apple isn’t shy in its responces wording calling the case against them “fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law” and that the idea that Apple tried to reduce competition and fix prices is “absurd.”
DoJ alleges that the agency model supported by Apple and the other publishers such as Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin and Macmillan is a conspiracy colluding to eliminate competition in the eBook retail market. In it Apple asserts publishers can set their own eBook prices. Amazon favoring a wholesale model disagrees and is trying to hold serve..
In its complaint, the U.S. government said Apple and publishers like , who favor the so-called agency model which allows were to fix eBook prices in their fight against , which that gives it the power to set the price of the eBooks it sells.
Apple argues that the government is siding with monopoly that there was no real competition in the eBook ‘market prior to the iBookstore, only Amazon and that its entry in the market has benefited consumers by challenging Amazon and has provided consumers with greater choice and more innovative features. Finally Apple argues that they is giving more power to publishers and especially to self-publishing and smaller publishing houses.
It is very interesting trying to figure how this will turn out because it amazingly realigns traditional trust/enterprise advocates, proponents and consumer watchdogs.
For Google fans/fanatics it has been a very good week in a couple of interesting ways. For Facebook fans/folks and investors this was a week that was a roller coaster ride, both financially and emotionally once you get past the haters
To use the age-old Mafia idiom, “it is what it is!”
In totally other doings around cyberspace and the technosphere...
- S.F. Jury finds Google did not infringe Oracle’s patents.
- Apple responds tp DoJ Antitrust lawsuit: “Flawed & Absurd”
- Many critics laud and applaud Samsung’s Galaxy S III
- Some pundits drool over Nokia’s Window’s Smartphone & HTC One
- Kodak shares falling after adverse patent ruling
- Countless Apple iPhone 5 rumors coming in hot and heavy
- Ultrabooks again hot and very much in demand, but still pricey!
- With Motorola Mobility in pocket Google is a major hardware co.
- Welcome “National Small Business Week”
- Calif. mulling over Bill requiring Permission to Collect, Analyze DNA
- Consumer Reports seen hyping up Nokia Lumia 900
- Google snaps up Mike & Maaike (X-Box designer)
- Cable companies unite to offer 50,000 WiFi hotspots
- Google Chrome browser zooms past Internet Explorer
- Google Granted 4 New Patents for Project Glass
- Lenovo X1 Carbon: Worthy competitor to MacBook Pro
- AMD Trinity proccessor ready to take on Ultrabook market
- Apple testing 3.95″ & 16:9 display for iPhone 5
- iPad causing tablet market to grow 10X faster than notebooks
- T-Mobile CEO talking up layoffs, iPhone, mergers
- Microsoft going “So.cl”
- 40,000 Orthodox Jews Protest the Internet in NYC
- Samsung & Apple Talks Fail To reach settlement: Next Stop – Trial!
- News stinks! $320M of Cheese Destroyed in Italian Earthquake
- Man arrested: Making Shotgun Disguised as Super Soaker
- Rovi and Nuance beat Siri to television UI
- Google given mere weeks to fix antitrust issues
- Dell facing serious issues: Decides to conitue with Tablets
- Some leading App moving to subscription format
MORE TO COME…
I am probably just paranoid and don’t want to start a false rumors, nor plant harmful ideas in minds but I wonder if there is a way developers can cause their programs, apps and devices to crash upon detecting the presence of products of their competition?
To say this is absolutely ridiculous is to deny the extent to which aggressive companies can go and just how fiercely some may take and address the challenge of competition.
This type of anti-competitive behaviour would certainly violate an unwritten Code of Ethics but there is no penalty for that.
If this is real it may be unfair and steps areprobably always taken to sense and obfuscate sensitive code and to derail, delay or prevent these types of efforts but in the real world preparing for non-existent attacks is at best impractical if not straight-up illogical.
After Google’s recently approved acquistion of Motorola + and X-box designer company Mike & Maaike, what do you think is Google’s grand plan with these revealing pieces in their hands?
My guess is they truly desireand are taking all necessary steps to pick up and take off just where Steve Jobs unfortunately left off in his ultimately successful retooling of Apple. It took him years Google is hoping to do it in months.
For Google watchers this mainly means Google becoming a diverse company that can easily morphand merge industries from software to online, and into hardware as they see fit, with really modern minimalist design as the key to unlocking market demand. So far they have made some very wise if not always ethical nor honorable choices.
Google is rapidly becoming an agile company built more in Apple’s mold than anything. This lesson could have been better learned by all those quickly falling and ultimately failing companies that been content to rest on their laurels and past glories.
Seems what goes up, must come down or at least so it is with that latest mystery that is the Facebook IPO of this past week. Following the story like investing in it has been a real roller coaster ride.
I don’t have a brilliant take or any insight on this but have had a gut reaction and must be among the many millions of investment naive folks sitting on the sidelines trying to figure out what the implications of this are and what any of this means. I am sure many folks will find ways to get rich off of this and some unfortunate others will lose bundles. Meanwhile us observers will continue to backseat drive and watch the scene go by.
The hot trends from this past week were primarily new product announcements, upgrades and overly loud product launches and of course rumors. Just about every smartphone manufacturer and most tablet maker saw fit to chime in and remind us of their presence or intentions.
So what juicy bits of tech news other than Facebook “breaking the bank” made it into the headlines and subsequently into Bits and Bytes?
- Apple very likely to use 4″ display on upcoming iPhones
- Samsung takes 9 million pre-orders for new Galaxy S III
- Japan’s Galaxy S III to include 2GB RAM and Quad Core
- Android partners starting to get vocally impatient with Google
- AT&T demands lower phone subsidies or cheaper smartphones
- Verizon kills unlimited data and other features: Corporate Suicide!
- Coming LG Optimus 4X-HD making a strong splash with 3.0 UI
- Low-end HTC Desire C (ICS) handset due in June
- RIM still trying to dig out, new strategies being considered
- T-Mobile intros new contract-free
- Facebook IPO = Zuckerberg Richer Than Google Founders
- Facebook sells 421.2 Mil shares @ $38 ea. = $16 Bil
- IPO makes Mark Zuckerberg (age 28) 29th richest person on Earth
- Deep Pockets: Facebook being sued for $15B over user tracking
- More Galaxy names: Lunge, Victory’ Forge, Rivet, Wield, & Mission
- Google’s Project Glass Glasses Now Protected By Patents
- Apple ahead in Nano-SIM war Motorola and RIM back down
- Cisco urging businesses to adopt “Bring Your Own Device” stance
- Microsoft encouraging students to buy PCs
- Rumor: Amazon Readying 10″ Kindle Fire tablet
- Belkin supporting 802.11ac (3X faster Wi-Fi speeds)
- NYC: Silicon Valley of the east?
- Poll: Half of all Americans see Facebook as a fad
- Constant Rumors of iPad Mini continue
- Jobs’s own words sting Apple in anti-trust case
- IT survey reveals tablet use leads to increased productivity
- Facebook principal gives up U.S. citizenship to protect IPO $$$
- June 2012: iPhone “5″ production to go hot & heavy
- Huawei Ascend P1 hoping to make a dent in the market
- Samsung rides Android past Nokia to take sales leadership
- Acer Aspire M5 Ultrabooks announced and demoed: Nice!
- Ultrabooks still in game thanks to Lenovo, Acer, HP and Apple
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I thought I was alone in feeling that these long-term carrier smartphone contracts were exploitive, unnecessary, and abusive. Well, actually it turns out that there is a consumer-driven grassroots movement developing that feels that same way and folks seem quite prepared to begin doing something about it.
One of the first steps they are taking is to consider turning away from long-term contracts and towards more economical and affordable alternatives like prepaid plans and pay-as-you-go options.
The majority of us only sign up for these plans because we desire deals on overpriced devices that usually require new contracts in order to get those deals. These sopposed “subsidized ” phones turn out to be much more expensive than our computers or other devices over the long haul. Carriers are counting on residual monthly payments and overage charges as they lock us in to their inferior services and networks.
As if this were not enough, they are now pursuing draconian throttling schemes to resttrict and limit our use of “unlimited” bandwidth and media and rake in even more obscene profits. As if unlimited doesn’t mean unlimited. I can see consumer class-action lawsuits ahead.
Everytime there is a jump in capacity or some new capibilty we are steadily urged to step up to get the latest device or latest buzzword (4G, LTE, HSPI) Guess what? You’ll need to sign up for a new 2-year contract.
I think that users have had it with this situation, I know I have. Surely there must be a better way.
- Buy a no-contract device
- Go with Pre-paid
- Go with Pay-as-you-go
- Buy an unlocked aftermarket device
- Go back to old school landline phones and access
I will add to this article/post in the next few days after I do more research but I needed to spit this out and get it out of my system because I am feeling exploited and am looking for some way to vent and do something about it. TCF Readers, if there is a movement building around this please sign me up for that!
Probably the most anticipated smartphone in years is the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s flagship phone. This attractive quad-core spec heavy monster was recently launched just ahead of CTIA. From all indications Apple finally has a serious iPhone competitor to deal with. Samsung’s marketing and hype machine is gearing up to make sure that the S III becomes one of this year’s hot sellers. User anticipation and excitement is so high that hype may not even be necessary
- Exynos quad-core LTE
- or dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- Android 4.4.4 ICS
- 720p HD PenTile Display
- Verizon carrier (LTE)
- Wireless charging kit (coming late in 2012)
Notice: Specfications mentioned above are preliminary and may differ by country, carrier, or by design.
Usually there is very little happening on the weekend to merit attention or mention but this doesn’t seem to be a typical weekend.
- “Everyday is Mother’s Day”, All the best to all Moms
- Yahoo CEO Thompson stepping down for “Personal Reasons”
- Company says “Thompson parts ways fFOR CAUSE”
- Ross Levinshon Yahoo’s new intirim CEO
- Panasonic reports record 2012 loss
- Adobe reverses decision on paid CS6 upgrade
- Apple rumored dumping Google Maps for proprietary development
- Facebook App Center possibly launching in weeks
- FBI: Malicious hotel hotspots installing malware
- Samsung Galaxy S III launched ahead of CTIA
I only wish the weather where you are has been anywhere near as nice as in the S.F. Bay Area. So what has happened this past week thats worth our hard to hold attention?
- San Francisco Jury in the Oracle v. Google trial brings an inconclusive verdict. Google demands a do-over
- Facebook announces a new App Store
- Excitement and anticipation around Samsung SIII mounting
- CTIA 2012 winding down, new devices launched
- Huawei’s MediaPad 10 Tablet viewed at CTIA
- Washington Post acquires Digg and team/talent
- Smartphone declated “Fastest Spreading Technology In History”
- Sony reports $5.7 Billion Dollar record annual loss, but hope ahead
- China steps forward with own smartphone from Huawei
- Windows Phone platform considered for upcoming Facebook Phone
- Rumor 1: T-Mobile in talks to buy MetroPCS
- Rumor 2: Mountain Lion might arrive sooner than expected
- Rumor 3: Apple HDTV to gain FaceTime and Siri
- Rumor 4: Google Building Bandwidth Throttling Feature Into Android
- Apple & Samsung dropping Patent Claims Against Each Other
- Decision forthcoming on Apple’s Nano Sim Card Standard
- Calif. Court dismisses Proview’s Apple iPad trademark Lawsuit
- Twitter Breach, 50,000 Accounts posted to Internet!
- HP broadens Ultrabook Line, Unveiling Sleekbook (?)
- Yahoo! deflecting attack on board around CEO conflict
- Stats Reveal Windows 8 Off To Slow Start
- AT&T testing home automation via mobile devices
- Android malware infecting through legitimate but hacked websites
- Judge restricts Samsung’s Apple patent workaround evidence
- Shares of RIM tanks to 8-year low
- Google Play (formerly Market) gains momentum
- Apple: Lion login security blunder exposes passwords in clear text
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 taking on Kindle Fire, Nook and iPad
Well Oracle’s Larry Ellison will probably go to bed with a smile dreaming of new worlds to conquer now that his company’s aquistion of Sun and the resulting ownership of Java seems to have paid off. and in effect moves Oracle higher up the emerging mobile platform food chain at least on the Android side of things. This other shoe falling explains the previous settlement offer Google made to Oracle a while back which was promptly refused thus leading to this round of contentious litigation. So where to from here? Google stocks are already starting to react to this news. My question is what else has been built on the back of Java that will come under Oracle’s thumb?
Addendum: Turns out its actually a partial verdict or victory with “fair use” issues still to be completely defined, considered and decided. = No billion dollars for you.
More to Come…
This new smartphone looks like it may just the one to watch, especially if Apple’s iPhone is not to your fancy. Competition is good, that will push the market leader to innovate to protect and inspire other would-be competitors to get on the stick if they want to play in this game.
At first glance the S III. Looks like an iPhone and that isn’t exactly where the simularities end.
The question that still needs to be answered by the marketplace, not pudits is whether it is the illusive “iPhone killer” everyone has been wishing, hoping and waiting for?
Another absolutely beautiful Friday here in Cali with a unique moon expected. Here we offer up another horde of interesting news bits and briefs to catch up on. No major theme emerges except for things in Samsung’s world. It was clearly Samsung’s week and it is just as clear that Samsumg really does belive that flooding the smartphone market with product is a valid competitive strategy and they plan to exploit it. Other once-major players like RIM, Dell, Nokia and Microsoft are attempting to thrive and survive by redefining themselves and their business models.
Here is the list of tech news bits that caught our attention this past week.
- Oracle and Yahoo case goes to a stuck jury. Verdict still pending
- Yahoo CEO facing charges of submitting a False Resume
- Samsung Galaxy S III to bundle in 50GB Of Dropbox Storage
- LG Optimus LTE2 debuts
- Successful Samsung Galaxy S III launch event
- Arrianna Huffington’s Role reduced at AOL
- LinkedIn Beat Earnings investors jubilent stock at All-Time High
- LinkedIn in acquistion mood buying up SlideShare for $119M
- New Trend: App Interaction (Facebook Action links)
- iPad pulls down over 68% share of the tablet market
- Samsung Galaxy S III S-Voice takes on iPhone’s Siri
- Zuckerberg Will retain Control of Facebook after IPO
- Nokia considering move from Microsoft over to Android platform
- Nokia also suing HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for patent violations
- LG staying put, sticking with Microsoft
- RIM unveils new prototype
- RIM fesses Up To spurring Fake Apple Protest in Australia
- Target considering ceasation of Amazon Kindle Sales
- Sony promoting new Vaio T Series Ultrabooks
- Microsoft junking Windows Live brand for cloud services approach
- George Zimmerman’s Old MySpace reveals Racist Tirade
- Social Media Day is on June 30, 2012, events planned
- Google possibly facing fines in the millions over Safari privacy snafu
- Yankee Closer Mariano Rivera’s possible career closing ACL injury
Pebble e-ink watches
I was wondering what all the excitement and fluster over the Peeple e-ink watch was all about. Then I did what a reporter should I went a level deeper and began researching it. Being a hard critic I was actually quite inpressed by the quality of design. Background: I am a watch fanatic. Starting with an early Bulova Accutron I own well over 57 slick watches. My latest is Apple’s Nano coversion to watch form factor through the addition of 3rd party watch bands and programmed watch faces and features.
I thought I was finished chasing my watch fetish having recently given away my now obsolete and unsupported Microsoft Spot watch (after failing to neet promises and potential and once thought to be the future of watches)
Lo and behold, the Peebble watch looks quite good. The real story here is that it is not the darling of big investors or deep pocket manufacturers or the offspring of some skunkworks. It is a $9 million dollar success of the Kickstarter program.
Enough for today! Over the next few weeks I will be researching the Pebble story and plan to do a deep review of the product when it becomes available.
The deeper level story is how good design can still add up to successful product in many overlooked sectors and how motivated consumers can support and invest in such development. Pebble is aimed at Android & iphone and is Kickstarter supported with currently 9 million dollars committed buy users.
“Hey tech industry, WAKE UP! Apple has no corner on good design”.
I have to admit as a proponent of wearable technology I really want one and am willing to plunk down hard-earned cash. This should be proof that great design should win everytime. It should also put to shame the knuckleheads and lame brains that blew money on things like spot watches and all that other crap that pretended to be forward-thinking next generation watches and devices.
See the Kickstarter site for more info on Pebble
So, here we are, one full quarter of the way through what seemed like just the other day was the beginning of a new year in which supersticious types are predicting doom and gloom.
Did time speed up suddenly, or is this really what getting older is about?
Either way, if getting smarter, richer or better at what you do was your New Year’s resolution you had better get crackin’ and not waste a minute. It flies by too quickly and you can’t slow it up or buy back any of it back. No Mulligans, no do-overs, no Einstein-Rosen Bridge.