On Monday June 2nd, Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. unveiled what will most likely become his Greatest Product to date. Although passing away almost three years ago , Steve was able to unveil
“One More Thing”
Tim Cook’s Apple
Like many of the products unveiled by Steve in his history at Apple Computer as well as Pixar and now Apple Inc. they are not so much a revolution as an evolution. Apple’s secret sauce has always been the ability commoditize technology and place it into the hands of the public as a useful tool for change. Steve once talked of producing a personal computer as friendly to use “for the rest of us” as a household appliance. In 1977 there were a handful of personal computers before the Apple 1 , and once again in 1984 (working as a pirate within his own company) he saw the need to replace the design with a more user-friendly UI the result became the Macintosh which today we call the iMac. This formula could be applied to software as well as hardware as in spreadsheets, desktop publishing, MacWrite, MP3 players, iTunes, Mobile Phones, iPad, iBook Author, iTunes U etc. all required a dash of Apple’s special sauce to make those product categories relevant and groundbreaking. Continue reading “Steve Jobs unveils “One More Thing ” @ the 2014 WWDC, finally able to RIP” »
While Apple tries to navigate the television and movie business industry, here is an idea that may acts as a Trojan horse.
Apple should let PBS develop an app for the Apple TV.
This move would allow Apple to avoid dealing in all the network muck , provide a quality viewing experience , provide a proof of concept for other channels , attract a new demographic and serve the public good by raising hard to find revenue for public television.
Unlike other channels PBS is a station that is required by the FCC to be carried on their systems so cable companies can not threaten to pull them off air. For that matter Apple should also let Cspan be carried as well.
I would be someone who would pay say $5.50 a month to subscribe to a live feed of Public TV.
(Reuters) – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said it will end its contract with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in favor of Apple Inc’s iPhone, dealing a new blow to RIM just months before it launches a vital new device.
The Real Story here is that the government also evaluated Google’s Android OS and found it lacking
It also said it analyzed Apple’s iOS-based devices and Google Inc’s Android operating system and concluded that, for the near term, Apple’s iPhone services offer the best technology for the agency because of Apple’s tight controls of the hardware platform and operating system.
The agency said the iPhone will be used by a “variety of agency personnel, including, but not limited to, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees.
Why anybody should be surprised by this boggles the mind GOOGLE IS IN THE BUSINESS OF CAPTURING YOUR DATA AND PROVIDING IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. THAT’S ONE REASON THEY DEVELOPED ANDROID AND PROVIDE IT AT NO COST. THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF MAKING THEIR DEVICES SECURE. tv
Strange report coming out of The Korean Times on Monday 10/22 reporting that Samsung will be terminating it’s 15 Billion a year contract with Apple Inc. to supply the electronics giant with LCD screens.
Hmm , me thinks Samsung is trying to save face here, Apple has been methodically moving all its valuable business away from Samsung, a company who has shown disrespect for its largest clients best interests. tv
Update 10/22/2012 – A spokesperson for Samsung has denied this report.
With Apple changing the design of the iPod Nano and what looks to be a modified version of IOS could it be that Apple will be introducing an iWatch with capabilities to interface with the iPhone and iPad? I think there exists a very strong possibility.
Apple may see a market to populate these devices with custom apps like weather, exercise pedometers, email, twitter and text monitors, health apps, remote controls and Siri interface to control it all. This is a market Apple could really get into especially design wise. I can see Jony Ive having a lot of fun designing a “Fashion Accessory ” combined with a separate SDK allowing third parties to develop apps for it, this could be very interesting.
The technology of Star Trek and Dick Tracy may finally be upon us.
Today’s verdict justly comes on the anniversary of Steve Jobs voluntarily stepping down from his leadership role @ Apple. This issue with competitors was a chief concern for Apple’s CEO and I am sure he would be very pleased with this victory. The California jury decision is not only a win for Steve Jobs and Apple, it is a win for all American businesses that value the ideals of true and fair competition. Samsung’s distasteful public statement after the verdict is only further proof that Samsung just does not get it. Ingrained in their company’s culture is the concept that competing in business is only a matter of efficient production irregardless of the products origin, environmental concerns or working conditions. Apple plays by the rules agreed upon by international business and so should Samsung. While most Pacific Rim corporations follow a business model of copying other companies innovation and reproducing a less expensive version, Samsung has deliberately crossed the line by stealing trusted information from their own client and using it to compete against their own client.
“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
”Click on the links below for two previous columns and a more in-depth analysis.
Apple Set Top Box circa 1995 thx to Shrine of Apple
Apple Inc. has been sitting or the fence when it comes entering our living rooms with a television solution. The problems involved have been huge hurdles to get over. Yesterday we were informed that Apple had been granted a patent for a television channel guide UI software. This got me thinking about which way Apple may be heading and the more I think about it the more I see Apple’s fingerprints all over the place. Follow me here , this could be the Game Changer we have all been looking for! Continue reading “Can Apple untie this Gordian Knot we call Television ? I think I see the answer!” »
Those that follow my work know that I have been predicting that Microsoft is going to follow Apple’s lead and go vertical (click link below). With that in mind, Microsoft would need to develop it’s own distribution channel , I think the boys from Redmond should take a look at Radio Shack to quickly satisfy their needs. Below I attempt to make my case.
Apple Inc. of Silicon Valley has declared war on “The Copyists”, their name for companies they believe have illegally appropriated Apple developed Technology. Many pundits think Apple is being over aggressive in their reaction and should just keep competing. Below I try to lay out Apple’s reasons and point out why this is an important business move but their selection of recipients is personal. Continue reading “When Apple litigates, it’s Personal and it’s Business!” »
“Anyone with any computer experience knows this OS is a dud, a red herring in drag. Microsoft however seems to be betting that their clients will not look too closely”
Sigmund Freud and the sinking of the Titanic
Although Microsoft makes lots of money in a lot of different ways, their core business is built upon its ability to license the Windows OS, everything stems from that. Without that solid base stability its structure will begin to collapse. The same fact holds true for Microsoft’s newly designated nemesis, Google, whose existence is built on its search engine business. Below I layout what I see as Microsoft’s survival strategy . Continue reading “Windows/ Metro 8, Microsoft’s desperate strategy for Survival, Revealed!” »