Apple’s greatest challenge isn’t coming up with a another iPhone better than Samsung’s Galaxy S III. It is fending off surging Samsung, a company like Microsoft of old intently focused on knocking Apple off the throne even if that means copying almost each and every Apple innovation.
Recently we have learned that this may have overtly been Samsung’s complete battle plan from the beginning. Being a major Apple supplier helped Samsung see deeply into the guts of Apple’s newest product designs. The rise of the Android platform helped Samsung get in the game without the added burden of having to build and maintain a mobile OS platform or in recruiting and supporting thousands of developers.
All Samsung had to do is design and manufacture a really good smartphone if not come up with one superior to the iPhone. No easy task that! It has taken a long time but it seems that was exactly the successful formula that has managed to catapult Samsung’s Galaxy SIII as well as the company to the top of the heap. (recent reports indicate that the S III is now outselling Apple’s iPhones).
The two companies can and will continue wrangle in court over patents and protections however the real battleground is in the hearts and minds of consumers. Apple now has the task ahead of coming up with a new iPhone that takes things up to a new level. Moderate changes have served them well until now but that is no longer enough. Apple will have to “pull a rabbit out of their hat”. They have the talent and have done it before only this time they cannot afford to fail. Failure is not an option! One misstep at this crucial junction could spell doom to all the momentum Apple has built up.
Of course there we should expect thousands of rumors about what the next iPhone will be. Most rumors will be just wild-assed guesses or fanciful speculation. Either way Apple had better dig real deep into all the innovative and financial resources before them to pull off a bit of a miracle that creatively and innovatively shuts the door on or slows up competitors content to merely imitate the leader and eat Apple’s lunch.
Like a football team in the Super Bowl with their best player sidelined Apple must do all this without Steve Jobs at the helm. We will learn the depth of talent at Apple that may have been hemmed in or held back. This is when they may get their best opportunity to shine. As pinch hitters they have to step up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and knock one out of the park. A triple would also be great but a double off the wall will do.
We wish Apple all the best because it will benefit us the consumers and users. It will also benefit the industry that should bow down and worship Apple for breathing new life into technology industries that were lingering stale until the dawn of the era of the iPod/iPhone/iPad trifecta.
Another Friday. For me this one is much different. It marks the forth Anniversary of the massive stroke that sidelined me and brought about my early retitrement from all four of my professional careers as (1) Radio Broadcaster (2) Musician, (3) Program Administrator (4) Technology Instructor.
Publishing The Coolness factor has served as my personal occupational therapy and attempt to keep my hand in the industry stimulating my life long interest in new technology and great gadgets.
I have decided to celebrate this ocassion in my recovery process by taking a short break from the work. (my lesson was to learn to reduce stress by learning to take time out for myself). LESSON LEARNED!
I will return to the work of TCF and Bits & Bytes in the beginning of next week after the celebrated date has passed.
Great love and thanks to friends and family that have helped me get through this.
I have been hearing alot about the Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone for months now and just recently began to wonder if there is anything about it worth looking into.
A Chinese derived phone is/was envitable considering China is where even Apple’s market-leading iPhones are manufactured and we all know hot innovations are always targets for imitation or advancement.
Google’s Android has made it simple for companies to enter the market and not have to build an OS platform or large developer base of apps.
Many of the quick reviews I have read about the Huawei have been relatively positive with a few criticisms. All in all it seems from a distance to be a very good first effort for a new player in the game.
I plan to work on obtaining a device to put to the test so I can report first hand.
Prayers out to victims in Aurora, CO. and hopefully better weather to U.S. hotspots under severe storm warnings
This week was a mixed news week in tech.
BITS & BYTES:
- Marissa Mayer takes over as CEO at Yahoo
- Amazon talking about same-day delivery
- Nexus 7 tablet showing up in stores and deliveries
- Windows 8 may skip retail entirely
- Digg now owned by LinkedIn
- Hot Rumor: iPhone 5 already in production
- Amazon’s first Android phone to have a 4 to 5 inch display
- FujiFilm Suing Motorola Over Phone Patents
- Facebook snaps up Spool Team, Shutters Bookmarking Service
- 1 Million Logins hacked From Android Forum
- Viacom takes shows offline
- Romney holding back tax returns
- Apple to ship 20 million iPads in Q3
- Microsoft’s Ballmer declares all-out war on Apple
Here I thought we were in the future and they go and spring that last millennium Office crap on me. Have we not reached the era of Apps that do everything saving us from Office Suites that once dictated what OS we needed to make them work? Can we not find an app to do whatever the hell we need to do?
Are we not saved and delivered from creating and maintaining boring spreadsheets and brain-dead word processors making work on computers just so much dull drudgery ever so tedious?
…I guess not! Its almost better to be shot in the face.
In war its called a inserting a mole or 5th column, in the movie “Social Network” a main character called it “The Little Big Horn” strategy. Google has turned to it as a way to to pull in iPad and iPhone users to Google+ slow starting Google+ service before it becomes a non-starter. They are probably thinking that If it didn’t fly as first planned then you must go where they are.
Google can always snatch up OS dependent Android users as you need but by pre-emptively snaring Apple users Google can establish through an app their brand as cool and in essense beat Apple to the game.
Sorry you didn’t get picked for the job, but In a swift move to wipe the egg off their face after the big Resume-Gate Yahoo has rolled the dice by bringing on the very attractive Marissa Mayer formerly Vice President of Location and Local Services as CEO . Ms. Mayer grabs the reins of what is without a doubt one of the toughest jobs out here.
Challenges await her. How will she push the compant to the top?
She’s got all the chips and cards and in front of her and ahead lies the potential to do a masterly Steve Jobs job by repairing The companies bruised image and into the position of a market leader.
We wish Ms. Mayer hearty congratulations and all the luck she can muster.
Back in the early wild west pioneering days of web Portals like Lycos, Alta Vista and Yahoo (in its peak) media providers like MSNBC and AOL stood tall as prominent and dominant resources. The mega marraige of Microsoft and NBC brought us MSNBC. For a quite a few years MSNBC rode very high as a primary source for news and information but now in the ever-changing new milleniun apps and social media have finally managed to kick MSNBC to the curb and the party is over and the new media exercise is about to wrap up.
NBC Universal has stated plans to regain Microsoft’s control of the MSNBC.com web site and bringing an end to the partnership between the two companies. The peacock once on life support seems to have died.
What next generation technology should forward thinking tech companies be working on right now? What are you waiting for if your jetpack or flying cars are not ready?
I have my own informed opinion. I still think of my smartphone as a controller and I am waiting for it to be intergrated into serving as the interface to my world.
We use to talk about embedded technology which was putting smart chips in everyday devices thus making them at least smarter. The argrument then was where should the intelligence be held in the device or in the band or network. The rise od the Internet and mobile devices and apps have directed embedded innovation into a much more realizable future. However, I still think that developers still do not realize the potential of all the tools at our disposal. We noe have several Operating systems that can drive our devices and appliances. We have development platforms we can use to build complex elegant solutions, and we have masterful devices that would allow us access from anywhere. Now that almost any device can be connected what is taking so long? The first in line should be television but we are still caught up in a should they or shouldn’t they dance. Watches and eyeglasses have actually come online first and products like the Pebble Watch and Google Glass should serve as beacons leading the way to hot new innovations.
Next to come:
- Wearable Technologies
- Landline Phones
- Home Entertainment Systems
- Home Office Systems
If there is any such a thing as a general trend it must be texting.
Email once innovative and essential, has now receeded into the background of online communications as have many of the other means of communicating with others that we have used over the past decade.
When was the last time you faxed or sent anyone snail mail? The implications of our shift have not yet hit with full impact.
I predict that that soon the 200 year-old U.S. Postal Service after falling out of favor will itself necessarily fall out of existence or be forced to reinvent itself.
At some point in the future even texting itself will be obsoleted by some even newer technology and suffer the same fate.
The big question is what’s next? Whoever can accurately answer that question stands firmly in line to make millions in the transition.
Maybe then we will no longer lose lives of young people getting killed while crossing the street and texting. Or spouces wiped out due to texters while driving.
Well here we are at another Fri. 13th. If you are a Templar that may mean much but the generally superstitious just need be careful and avoid black cats or walking under ladders or breaking mirrors.
There was much tech news this past week most of which we have summarized into news briefs and bullet items we call Bits and Bytes.
Bits and Bytes:
- Hack of Yahoo reveals 500,000 User names and Passwords
- Android Jelly Bean to be followed by Candy Cane
- Micrsoft on massive buying spree
- AT&T about to block stolen phone usage
- DNS Changer was not as destructive as first thought
- Yahoo and Facebook settle patent fight.
- Microsoft planning to open 44 retail stores
- Google Nexus 7′s on the way
- Digg gets sold for pennies
- Sony Xperia smartphones looking pretty good
- Apple reports 20 million iPad shipped in Q3
- Runor: August 7 iPhone launch.
- Nvidia and Android forums hacked for passwords
- Vizio now US’s largest TV manufacturer
MORE TO COME…
As fate would have it Woz has opened up his pie hole on the very day that Steve Ballmer has declared all-out war on Apple. Woz says he really wants a Microsoft Surface and that he’s happy Microsoft is back. Its not just that because he started Apple. He can respect the innovations and designs of the company that has abused his baby as an American that is his right., but when the company you’re extolling has done almost everything in its power to destroy or disable your best creation maybe you should just let consumers decide for themselves. As a major influencer and cultural icon I feel that Woz has a responsibilty to be loyal to the company and those users that follow you and depend on your every uttering to guide them into the future. Plus, you had to throw Steve’s name in it. You can like anything and must tell the truth. But when your words adversely impact your own creation…“JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!”
It is not that most users don’t care about security, it is that they don’t really know whatthey can do to protect themselves. We get loud alerts like with DNS Changer that the sky is falling and after working ourselves up into a frenzy trying to get right, nothing happens and we return a stance of apathy. It seems that everyday we hear of some new larcenous hack or vicious piece of malware that aims to kill our computers and our productivity.
it also seems no one agency or otherwise is tasked with doing anything to stop these criminals and thieves looking to exploit our general lack of security awareness or advanced skills. This is the digitally connected world we now live and exist in and it does not seem to be getting any better.
Woe is us!
Several of my friends who are also professional photographers went nuts when they heard of a 41 #Megapixel camera. They tossed their regular film gear and turned into confirmed digital gearheads. When I tell them that DARPA is aiming at 10-50 gigapixel cameras capable of taking photos that are at a higher resolution than the human eye can see the tops of their heads will surely come off.
Please note that that is not what consumer cameras will be able to support until a long time in the far distant future. DARPA has tested a 1.4 and .96 gigapixel camera and they plan to continue researching the technology and hope to reach between 10-50 gigapixels. 1 gigapixel is 1,000 megapixels, or 1 billion pixels. The camera uses between 100 and 150 micro cameras to create a wide panoramic image with a very high resolution.
Several years ago business computing was almost entirely the domain of Microsoft and its thunderous legion of OEM manufacturering adherents foreign and domestic. MS certifications and .Net programming were your virtual ticket to jobs and opportunities . Computer Sciece degrees ignored everything else until Apps and social media became the passport to high paying jobs and million dollar opportunities. Back then one need consider Macs or MacOS in the enterprise let alone make space for mobile devices other than Backberries.
Fast forward to today.
Things have indeed changed! App, Cloud and moble security developers have become the positions most in demand.
Apple has actually managed to a limited extent to insert itself into many businesses and educational institutions by showing up well in the pockets and pouches of culture concious young tech execs worldwide. Windows fragmentation has managed to frustrate and confuse almost everyone including so-called Windows experts and network professionals.
Most companies have been content to just tread water and limp along as if things remain the same. Aggressive and forward thinking IT departments have steeped into the breach to include and support Linux and BYOD mobile devices.
We are only at the early phases of anything like platform ubiquity. (the Holy Grail of corporate computing). As Apple invades the enterprise via iPhones and iPads and Web apps lessen our need for Office Suites we should soon see a different ecosystem develop that is a bit more platform agnostic and manufacturer neutral.
What’s left to invent?
Have we reached the point of innovation saturation, where we have everything we need to face the future?
Is everything else just another app or slick extention to the devices we already have?
Are the only notable advances simply in making them thinner, faster, smaller or more powerful?
Google Glass has me thinking that there is still much to be done in updating things like eyeglasses that we have settled with and compromised with up until now.
I just drafted this post when breaking news reached me about DARPA working on Gigapixel cameras (10-50 gigapixels eventually). Maybe we have reached saturation or we are just at a point when and where the things we now have, use and depend on just get better!
Google’s recent announcement around Google’s new Nexus 7 Android tablet may have been the motivation forcing Apple to take their arms from behind their back to respond to Google’s direct challenge. Now we have much greater faith that the rumored ‘iPad Mini’ a smaller version of Apple’s enormously popular iPad might indeed get made.
If an an iPad Mini comes our way just how might it stack up? Steve Jobs expressed his personal disinterest in a 7″ iPad, and ruled out speculation that Apple was working on one or would realease one. Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook in the wake of Mr. Jobs paasing now seems to have modified Apple’s stance saying that “things have changed”. That probably due to the appearance of the Nexus 7.
Google’s Nexus 7 has staked out a range of new vertical market opportunities as well launch an assault zeroing in on Apple’s weakest point, price. The Nexus 7 tablet is no shabby pretender it is a powerful little device priced at $199 for a quad-core 7-inch tablet with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Reviewers claim it to be the best 7-inch tablet available.
An iPad Mini if it actually happens would go up against the Nexus 7, the second gen. Kindle Fire models, Samsung’s Galaxy Note and what we can supposed will be a whole host of many new tablets from major manufactuers like Microsoft, Dell, HP, LG, Lenovo and others.
The latest rumors suggest that the iPad Mini will have a touchscreen between 7 and 8 inches diagonally. Very little else is being revealed about the hardware front except that the iPad Mini would not feature the same Retina Display that differentiates the new iPad from everything else in the tablet marketplace.
Important questions also remain: Price; hardware configuration.
The battle ground is being marked out for a blood-in-the-streets battle between these two tech giants and their highly desired products.
A really nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger is expected to boot many thousands of Mac and PC users off the Internet on Monday July 9th.
The FBI is attempting to shut down domains that have been affected by the DNSChanger malware, which has been circulating the web since as far back as 2007. The malware redirects Internet traffic to sites with paid advertisements where cybercriminals are set to rip them off and reap profits from unsuspecting visitors.
Backstory: Six Estonian nationals, The trojan’s creators shut down their services when they were caught and were promptly arrested about eight months ago.
The FBI has been advising internet users for months to check if their systems have been affected by DNSChanger still well over 275,000 computers are still at risk of having Internet service access cease Monday, July 9. Please check your system and cross your fingers. We’ll all meet back here on Monday, Lord willing.
Talk about glut and clutter. It seems developing your own phone these days is low hanging fruit for companies with huge followings such as Facebook and Amazon.
Google’s Android platform makles it possoble for almost any and everybody to crank one out. This will certainly increase overall market penetration for Android but in the final analysis might play out well for Apple who will be about the only company with a single unified vision of mobile devices and where to go and what to do with them.
Android’s devices already suffer from OS fragmentation and this can only further throw fire onto that smoldering furnance.
According to the report Amazon is already quite busy developing their own Android-based smartphone as a compliment to its Kindle Fire tablet and Kindle e-readers,. Sources claim that Amazon is working with China-based factory Foxconn ( builders of Apple’s iPhone) to build the new device.
Amazon is also busy looking into acquiring wireless technology patents to fortify and protect itself as they enter the market.
Welcome to Friday following the birthday of the Declaration of American Independence. It really feels more a like Saturday or Sunday. Looking back there were a few things to report on in the past week although most work got deferred.
- Amazon is reported to be developing an Android Smartphone