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5 Reasons Apple Looks Like the Next Sony
Forbes ^ | 03/26/2014 | Kyle Smith

Posted on 03/26/2014 6:44:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Apple may be the most valuable company on the planet, but two and a half years into the Tim Cook era, it already looks like a different outfit. Though Cook has brought revenue up 58 percent, and profits up 40 percent, the Steve Jobs-led fervor to innovate seems to be subsiding. Apple is in an industry where it has to keep coming up with daring new breakthroughs, and the famously bland Cook doesn’t seem like the man to deliver them. Revenues in the last fiscal year were up only 9.6 percent, the slowest increase in a decade, and earnings fell for the first time since 2001.

Former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane‘s book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs has been denounced as “nonsense” by Cook, but Cook has good reason to bristle at the book, which paints him as a mere caretaker, not a creative genius. Sony was once the coolest kid on the block too. Here are some early warning signals that stasis and even decline beckon for Apple.

1. Regression to the mean. Apple came up with the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, in each case not only creating a blockbuster new product but a whole new category. Like a football quarterback who throws for 400 yards a game for a month, Apple is overdue for a slump. “Apple was essentially in violation of business physics for an extremely long time,” says Harvard management professor Gautam Mukunda in the book. Today, portable music players are an aging product category and competitors are stealing market share from the phone and tablets. Will Apple be able to pull another rabbit out of its hat?

2. Tim Cook doesn’t think different.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: apple; applestock; sony; timcook
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1 posted on 03/26/2014 6:44:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe there’s nothing left to invent...


2 posted on 03/26/2014 6:48:06 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SeekAndFind

I am an Apple fan, but cannot agree more. Each IOS and OS-X update has produced more frustrations than appreciations for both the wife and I.

I’m thankfully into Linux at work (where we need a reliable OS) and therefore am building up expertise just in case Apple keeps (dis)improving.

Of course, I’ll continue to avoid Microsoft (the Yugo of operating systems) like the plague.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 6:48:43 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

In defense of Apple, how many years were there between the first iPod and the iPhone. Than now many between the phone and the iPad. If they release another revolutionary product in the next 2 years, they will be on schedule.

I do agree their software updates are increasingly less ‘Jobs-like’ with bugs, less desirable features, etc.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Swordmaker

Well ... we’ll just have to see ... :-) ...


5 posted on 03/26/2014 6:53:32 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: SeekAndFind
The article rings true. The new leadership at Apple seems to be focused on "the usual" business metrics. That is going to make Apple just another company. Apple used to be focused (from my point of view) on creating, making, marketing cool stuff. No, I'm not an Apple fanboy, not an Apple guy at all, but I recognized the unique nature of their product successes.

The mention of current leadership stomping on anyone that fails/disappoints... Yeah, that kills creativity so thoroughly, so insidiously, so subtly that you don't even know you've done it until you realize you've gone months or years without anyone doing anything significantly interesting. I have been "in the trenches" as an engineer in several organizations and you can just tell. You can tell when people are excited and doing fun stuff, and when they are just doing their job, keeping their head down.

6 posted on 03/26/2014 6:54:24 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Da Coyote
(the Yugo of operating systems)

Damn I needed a laugh this morning, and there it is.

7 posted on 03/26/2014 6:55:10 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apple need to return to America.

That is their problem.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 6:56:13 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

If Apple were to do that their capital would be erased overnight by the feral government chomping at the bit to get at their offshore money. Fix the government problems first, make a business friendly environment and business will come pouring back in. But you already know this because freepers remind you every time you post your copy/pasta.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 6:58:11 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eh, give them time. If Tim isn’t the guy, maybe they will find someone else. They are working on the watch thingy and tv thingy.

I read yesterday they’ve now sold 500 million phones...


10 posted on 03/26/2014 6:59:47 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: SeekAndFind

Apples best days are behind them, it’s all downhill from here.

I have started the switch from Apple products to android and am very satisfied.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 7:05:21 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

RE: Apple need to return to America.

And pay the highest corporate taxes in the world? How’s that going to help their bottom line?


12 posted on 03/26/2014 7:07:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

For the shareholder’s part, I hope that they are working on innovations. I still think that wearable tech is the next big leap; then again, Facebook just paid 2 billion for a tech company which doesn’t actually have a product or customers yet, so it would appear they’d agree with me.

But what form will it take? Seems like every ‘smart watch’ has been a design failure; Google Glass still appears to be stirring up excitement. But the wearable tech that seems to have the strongest sales are activity trackers and GPS run trackers. Only problem is Apple has ceded a lot of that territory to partners already in the field and likely contractually forbidden from entering it themselves.

I certainly don’t count Apple out.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 7:08:05 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I had two androids that were pretty good, but had major flaws...battery life and stability over time. A year and a half in to each, the device was a mess. I switched to iphone to avoid those issues. It was hell using the droids as a business phone.

Now, Android has made leaps and bounds in those areas and I would not hesitate to go back when it’s time for my next phone. I think Android overall is ahead on software at this point. They innovate much faster.


14 posted on 03/26/2014 7:10:42 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Maybe there’s nothing left to invent...

To a certain extent I think that is true. The Steve Jobs innovations came at at time when personal, portable electronics that could connect to the Internet were in their infancy. Looking back, the evolution from iPod to iPad seems obvious. Give Jobs credit - he saw that evolution looking forward from the iPod.

But what does an iPad evolve to? It is not obvious? It will be mostly refinement and not innovation. Faster processing, lower price, better optics, larger storage, longer battery life. The basic functionality is portable connectivity. That was the big step. There aren't any steps of that size left that I can see.

Nevertheless, Jobs developed a lot of talent in his organization and I still have faith that there is innovation in Apple's future. It just may not be limited to portable widgets. Time will tell.

15 posted on 03/26/2014 7:14:45 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Ghost of SVR4

If Apple does not return to America, their capital will be erased eventually by China, acquiring the company.

Apple needs to choose its country.

A lot of companies do. American companies.

Come home.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am finding more and more stupid things in Apple products, these days.

I recently had to update the OS on my iPhone, and the new system has useless battery sucking features that do not add to the utility of the phone. It has dynamic graphics that are visually interesting the first time you see them, but get to be annoying the hundreth time you see them. The default font for things like the clock and calendar is very elegant and thin, but it is nearly impossible to see.

I find the same annoying things on my iPad and on the Mac I use from time to time at work. A few years ago, I had confidence that I could use any Apple product and I would not find anything in the design or function that was glaringly stupid. Not is not the case anymore. Not by a long shot.

It appears that one of the functions of Steve Jobs was to look at things and ask “Is this stupid?”. That gatekeeper function is no longer being met. So the GPS guys can slip in a function that appends your location to each text message, but nobody pays attention to the fact that they just decreased battery life by 10%. Get three or four things that do that, and your phone dies at 5:30 PM every day.

Once my phone starts dying every day, it is worse than useless to me. I have announced to the World that I can be reached by any means at any time, and half the time I am carrying around a dead brick, and pissing off everybody who tries to contact me. I have disabled as much as I can, but the battery suck continues. It is almost as if the competing feature architects have insulated their little contributions to the battery suck and leave it to some other department to invent the Magic Battery Fairy to make it all work.

I could get a Mophie. I could upgrade my phone to an iPhone 5. I could install a charger on my work desk, my car, my home desk and my nightstand. Or I could just buy an Android phone.

Since I don’t see things getting better any time soon at Apple, Samsung is looking better and better. And I loved my iPhone. You know how Nixon never said “If I have lost Walter Cronkite, I have lost America”. Well if Apple has lost me, they really have lost America. Time to get out.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 7:21:46 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: InterceptPoint
There aren't any steps of that size left that I can see.

Right now I have three products. I have a laptop, a smartphone and tablet. The next step is to integrate these three functions into one portable product, that shares one connection, so I can meet all my needs at a reduced cost.

Apple does not want to do that, because they want to sell me an iPod, an iPhone, and iPad and a MacBook Air. But as soon as somebody figures out how I can do all of these things at half the price, I'm all over that.

18 posted on 03/26/2014 7:29:18 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: SeekAndFind

I read that after the transition to Tim Cook that Apple started hiring many more people with MBA backgrounds. Under Steve Jobs they didn’t have that many MBAs outside of finance. Now, from what I read, they have a lot of them. The article suggested that it might indicate a shift from a creative company to a managed one.

Steve Jobs was a visionary product guy. Tim Cook is a manager. Not to say anything against Cook — there’s nothing wrong with that — but it is a personality difference.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 7:32:34 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: SeekAndFind; Swordmaker; Las Vegas Dave; martin_fierro; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ShadowAce
From the "Apple's doomed" patrol:
Cook has brought revenue up 58 percent, and profits up 40 percent... Revenues in the last fiscal year were up only 9.6 percent, the slowest increase in a decade, and earnings fell for the first time since 2001... Apple came up with the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, in each case not only creating a blockbuster new product but a whole new category.
The iPod didn't create a whole new category, it merely perfected it. The iPad is just the best of its genre, not the first, or creator of the category. The iPhone trailed the Blackberry by four years in the 'smart phone' category, but kicked everyone's ass, and in terms of how much market share Apple commands with the line, still rules.

The big failure so far has been AppleTV, which seems to be just fine, but undifferentiated from other streaming boxes like the Roku. I'll go so far as to say that the name will be retired and a whole new product will emerge, and soon, orrrrr, there will be another leapfrog into a new, budding category which Apple will then kill.

The main problem now is, we live in a post-technology era (figuratively) -- we're swamped in it, and surrounded as I am at home by good old country craftsmanship and antiques, including a 1970s-era stereo system, perhaps I notice it more.

Cars have Bluetooth, GPS, and wireless hotspots. We carry phones that are also web browsers, cameras, video cameras, email gadgets, and personal planners (when did you stop buying your Franklin Planner annual refill?). Land line phones are slowly vanishing, even in what used to be considered rural. If the family heirloom table lamp doesn't interface with the phone, it seems like it may belong in the attic, or the garage sale, or the dumpster.
20 posted on 03/26/2014 7:32:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ilgipper

Good answer! Apple’s been more into iteration since Jobs was brought back, and despite my frequent complaining about it, precipitously abandons updates for older lines in a coherent fashion (dropped G3, then dropped PPC after 10.4.something, dropped Core 2 Duo I think at some recent time) while seeming to rush into new platforms (a process that is in fact deliberative in the quick-changing modern context).

Somehow I think we’ll see a merging of their Mac desktops with AppleTV/iCloud/iTunes/iPod/iPhone) in a high-end way, such as 60, 70, and 80 inch models that cost about the same as such TVs cost now. Smart TVs have been tried, but they are not cheap, and there’s no compelling reason to choose one over another.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 7:39:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; Ghost of SVR4

Apple is returning to America. They lead in that area as well, btw.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2966198/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3023407/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3107750/posts

Apple also burns coal (sic) and in response built a privately funded solar farm.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2799651/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2873345/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2873891/posts


22 posted on 03/26/2014 7:46:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Haiku Guy

Once my phone starts dying every day, it is worse than useless to me. I have announced to the World that I can be reached by any means at any time, and half the time I am carrying around a dead brick, and pissing off everybody who tries to contact me. I have disabled as much as I can, but the battery suck continues. It is almost as if the competing feature architects have insulated their little contributions to the battery suck and leave it to some other department to invent the Magic Battery Fairy to make it all work.

__________________

As the man told me: The pocket computers that are phones are useless.

So I hold stubbornly to my LG ENV3 It is first and foremost a phone.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 7:48:13 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: ilgipper

I was an early adopter of Apple phones and tablets, and have been 100% in the Apple column until fairly recently. But haven taken a good look at Samsung products recently, I decided to buy one of their tablets a few months ago... and couldn’t be happier! And I plan to switch to their phones from my current Iphone 5 when I get the next upgrade opportunity from AT&T


24 posted on 03/26/2014 7:49:38 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: PastorBooks

Apple today is where IBM was in 1980, and the result will be the same.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 7:51:03 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Good to see.

Let’s see the jobs. Apple, let’s see the jobs.

To all US companies: Bring jobs back to America.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: ilgipper

Apple hasn’t released a revolutionary product since the Apple II.
Apple is not in the revolutionary product business. It never has been.

Apple has been in the business of identifying emerging markets, and producing cheap reliable stripped down offerings for those markets at inflated priced. Running on hype, it introduces the product to mind numbed Apple zombie masses, who then are convinced against all evidence that Apple invented the product category.

This is why the vast bulk of Apple users are liberal. They use the exact same thinking process for their political thought and their technological thinking.


27 posted on 03/26/2014 8:02:10 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“The big failure so far has been AppleTV...”

It’s not really a failure - $1,000,000,000 in revenue from it last year.

Most conference rooms have one and presentations can be displayed almost magically via AirPlay.

One building I teach in has four AppleTV’s- they would not have added even a second one if it was not a benefit.

At home, I have two AppleTV’s.

They allow me to access 700 CD’s and over 400 movies wirelessly - I can play music anywhere in the house or view any of my movies on either of our TV’s. No searching for a DVD/BluRay, inserting into a player, waiting for the menu to come up then select play. It just plays a movie within a second or two.

It’s a remarkable product when coupled with an iPhone or iPad with the Apple Remote app.

Just thought you might like to know.


28 posted on 03/26/2014 8:03:43 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Haiku Guy

Integrating a laptop, iPad and iPhone? I don’t think so.

I’m off on a hike today. Should I take my portable laptop with me so I can make cellphone calls?

Nope. Too heavy.

I’m at a picnic and want to watch the Superbowl. Should I watch on my new 4.7 inch iPhone.

Nope. Screen is too small.

And for the ladies. Should they carry their iPad to the market along with all that other stuff that the carry in their purses just so they can receive a phone call.

I don’t think so.


29 posted on 03/26/2014 8:07:04 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: MrEdd

“Apple hasn’t released a revolutionary product since the Apple II.
Apple is not in the revolutionary product business. It never has been.

Apple has been in the business of identifying emerging markets, and producing cheap reliable stripped down offerings for those markets at inflated priced. Running on hype, it introduces the product to mind numbed Apple zombie masses, who then are convinced against all evidence that Apple invented the product category.

This is why the vast bulk of Apple users are liberal. They use the exact same thinking process for their political thought and their technological thinking.”

Are you OK? If so, then you couldn’t be more wrong - and I’m NOT an Apple fanboy.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 8:07:12 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: PastorBooks

MBA’s crawling out of the woodwork does tend to stifle innovation. Such companies become very good at delivering what they already do, and at delivering what customers are capable of envisioning. But, beyond that, there are no metrics and hence they’re blind to anything else.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 8:09:48 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: InterceptPoint
Integrating a laptop, iPad and iPhone? I don’t think so...

Apple doesn't think so, either.

So, sooner or later, somebody is going to come along and eat their lunch.

32 posted on 03/26/2014 8:11:34 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

Well Samsung is the obvious candidate for integrating laptop, iPad and iPhone functionality. We’ll see. I don’t see it happening. There would be a market for such a device but not a big one.

I just think it is a Human Engineering issue. You need to scale screen size vs. keyboard size vs weight vs. functionality to match human need. But there is no magic point where you can get a one size fits all solution to that design problem.

Ak yourself: How big would this 3-way device be?


33 posted on 03/26/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: SunkenCiv
The iPad is just the best of its genre, not the first, or creator of the category.

Not an expert on the history, but I believe numerous tablet type devices had been marketed and none took off. While the iPad wasn't the first tablet, it was the first one that consumers perceived as being worthwhile.

Same with the smartphone, IMO. Blackberries weren't true smartphones, they were advanced dumb phones. But never had a BB, so I could be wrong on that.

What sets smartphones apart is the apps. Different and new uses can be created simply by software. Much as the PC did for computers.

34 posted on 03/26/2014 8:24:33 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: PastorBooks

MBAs kill businesses, IMO. At least businesses that want to be dynamic and creative.

A beancounter should never be #1 in such a company. You need a good one to be #2, to keep the visionary #1 guy grounded in something vaguely resembling reality. But never as #1.


35 posted on 03/26/2014 8:26:36 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BBB333

Not in any way.

I am a technophile and I tend to be on my second or third product in any given category by the time Apple finally enters the market with their stripped down offerings.

For example; Only iPple zombies and complete idiots would try to insist that SD memory drives are not a feature, or that running multiple apps at the same time was a feature, yet iPple zombies tried just that in their sad attempt to claim the first iPhone was as good as the existing smartphones of the period.

Some of them are still that stupid to this day.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

LOL, Tim is that you?? :)


37 posted on 03/26/2014 8:31:49 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: ilgipper
I do agree their software updates are increasingly less ‘Jobs-like’ with bugs, less desirable features, etc.

Every once in a while, I'll follow Apple Maps directions just for the adventure and a laugh.

38 posted on 03/26/2014 8:42:01 AM PDT by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence. /S)
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To: Haiku Guy

Microsoft integrated the PC and tablet into their Surface line. Fantastic product.


39 posted on 03/26/2014 8:43:40 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Haiku Guy

I already switched to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 last year, and my next tablet will be the 12.2” Galaxy Note Pro. I still like my iPad, but the lack of a readable/writable file system and SD Card support has become a deal-breaker for me.


40 posted on 03/26/2014 8:48:57 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Haiku Guy
Samsung is looking better and better.

When my note 2 gives me the 15% notification, I pull off the back and put in a charged battery. I never use any of the annoying "S" apps but have a 32 gig additional SD card that makes up for the room they take. I'd be realistic about Samsung and Android, but at least you get some flexibility.

Hard to beat that Iphone camera.

41 posted on 03/26/2014 8:59:20 AM PDT by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence. /S)
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To: SeekAndFind

Must be a wonderful guy to work for....

” His management style, says Kane, is to delegate responsibility but then bring the hammer down on those who fail him.


42 posted on 03/26/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

There is an infinite number of new inventions. They just need to be imagined.


43 posted on 03/26/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Microsoft Surface is a tablet and laptop but no phone as far as I know. It has not set the world on fire though.


44 posted on 03/26/2014 9:26:53 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Chickensoup
I just recently got the LG G2 and it is the stingiest battery user of any phone/droid/blackberry/Windowsphone I have ever used.

I have left it on overnight at less than 50% and awakened to a phone with between 40% and 45%.

I used to be lucky to finish a round of golf using a gps golf app. This phone uses 15% battery for 18 holes.

Got one for my wife and one grandson who's brother has the latest iPhone, and his brother now wants one.

45 posted on 03/26/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: InterceptPoint

The answer to the next steps of evolution in screen technology is not to get bigger, but to get smaller and closer to the eye.

Step one will be some sort of a Google Glass type display which will project onto your retina. It has the advantage of complete portability while appearing as a giant sized display.

Step two will be a contact lens that does the same thing.

Step three will be an implant or they will come up with a way of transmitting signals through a skullcap or other type of technology.

This will be coupled with ever increasing synchronization between the phone/computer hardware and you, starting with near perfect speech recognition and moving eventually to implanted or skin contact direct interface with the brain.

Mankind will evolve into a cybernetic organism within the next century, and will likely leave behind the “meat sack” and become completely digital and mechanical immortal beings within the next 1000 years.

To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, if this seems preposterous, then just maybe I am close to predicting what may come. BTW, he predicted all of the above in his books.


46 posted on 03/26/2014 9:38:05 AM PDT by Go_Raiders (Freedom doesn't give you the right to take from others, no matter how innocent your program sounds.)
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To: InterceptPoint
But what does an iPad evolve to? It is not obvious? It will be mostly refinement and not innovation.

Flexibility? An ipad that looks like a piece of paper? We'll need new tech for batteries for that I expect.

47 posted on 03/26/2014 10:15:31 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
the lack of a readable/writable file system and SD Card support has become a deal-breaker for me.

I was recently in the market for a more capable device to replace my Nook. Lack of SD cards is the main reason I didn't even look at Apple's offerings. I understand the how and why of it, but such a product just doesn't suit my needs.

I bought a Note 8". The funny thing is, since I downloaded an SSH server app, I haven't had to remove the SD card once. I can just scp or fish:// the files to the device. However, I still like the fact that when I want a bigger card all I have to do is pop the old one out, and put a new one in, and *poof* I have more memory.

48 posted on 03/26/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: InterceptPoint
Ak yourself: How big would this 3-way device be?

I like the Samsung Mega, but I know that would be a lot for some people. I would use it as a tablet replacement and access the telephone functionality with a bluetooth headset.

Maybe a device that has parts. You can carry just the phone, or you could snap it to the tablet, that would then use the phone's data and telephone connection. You could also add a keyboard, like the Microsoft Surface, if you want laptop functionality. Include expandable memory, a micro-SD slot and a multi-format video and music player, instead of trying to lock the user into a certain media distribution network, and you would have a winner.

49 posted on 03/26/2014 10:34:37 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Microsoft integrated the PC and tablet into their Surface line. Fantastic product.

We got one on sale last year for my daughter's schoolwork. She loves it.

50 posted on 03/26/2014 10:37:08 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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