Saturday, January 28, 2012
For instance, I about my friends in China are able to sign into Twitter since the microblog site is essentially blocked. (I just sent out an inquiry on Weibo about Twitter what what possible replacement Apple might have or have not offered Chinese customers.)
And while Facebook or twitter being blocked in China, Iran, and the likes, this is more of a censorship issue. Dealing with foreign censorship is something that Washington or the State Department should deal with But I like to see Apple tackle the privacy issue.
I started using a new search engine called Duckduckgo. It's an alternative to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others that make it their mission to track our travels across the Internet and sell that information essentially to their advertisers.
Now, Apple has already put the stop to the newspaper and magazine publishers from wholesale access to its iOS users, I like to see Apple go a step further.
It's already been suggested that with Siri, Apple has positioned itself between its users and those services that are collecting information through conventional Internet means.
One of the things that Apple lack is a social network. Apple took a stab at it with Ping and we know how well that turned out. Even Apple's Game Center isn't quite where I like it to be. There is no direct interaction between users.
In iOS 5 with the inclusion of Twitter and iMessage, Apple may be taking its first baby step toward building a social network in the sense that its native apps like iMessage could act as the top layer overseeing other social networks like Twitter and maybe even others like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and others even Microsoft's Xbox Live.
This could potentially give iOS users greater control over which network they like to share with and how.
See, part of the failure of Ping was that Facebook wanted greater access to iTunes information that Apple was unwilling to share.
It was a bad move on Apple part in trying to deal with Facebook at that point. But I reckon that Apple has learned from that. And today, things are much more different.
Apple has sold over sixty million iOS devices in the last Christmas quarter and shows no sign of slowing down. Apple may enter the living room war with an assault on the traditional television in one form or another.
Social networks would be foolish not to deal with Apple if Tim Cook comes calling even if Apple has restrictive terms that social networks and even search engines must comply with to protect iOS user privacy.
We won't know for sure until Apple shows its hands with future product and OS updates so there is a lot of uncertainty in just how Apple will mother over its users and the information it has collected.
Personally, I like to see more of what Siri is capable of once it's out of beta and whether iMessage expands beyond being a SMS killer.
And it is entirely possible that Apple guarding the privacy of iOS users are accidental. Nevertheless, it's definitely better than how Facebook, Google, and other companies that profit off information they collected from their users.
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general has already changed how mobile warriors, particular mobile sales forces are able to accomplish more.
The instant-on feature, long battery life, wireless connection, and essentially a laptop replacement are features that have the iPad going for it.
On top of that the light-weight of the iPad is definitely a plus. Furthermore, all of what is the iPad allows the worker to accomplish its tasks more efficiently and spend more time away from the office.
Obviously, tablets running on Android, Blackberry OS, or the forthcoming Windows 8 should be able to do the same. The question would be just how efficient they will be compared to the iPad.
Another matter I like to bring up which the post didn't not address is the size of the iPad or other 10" tablets relative to productivity of the sales force.
That is definitely something worth analyzing when smaller tablets go on the road in this capacity.
It'll be interesting to see if Apple is right on its conviction that the 10 in-ish screen is truly optimal for tablet use.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Apple Will Put Its $100 Billion To Innovate and Disrupt; So Shut Up About Dividends And Stock Buybacks
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As in artificial intelligence. And I'm not just talking about giving Siri an even more dazzling personality. I'm talking about robots. Androids. Sorry, I don't mean Google's mobile OS.
See, this is where the future OS is at. Not OS XI or iOS 7 or 8 but a totally revolutionary OS that is intelligent all around.
Something like Siri 5.0. One that can carry along a more natural conversation and truly act as a personal assistant.
Eventually, it could be Apple's AI that power our homes and lives.
That's where I would put a few billions.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
First, the post says nothing about the type of Kindle it is referring to. It made it sound like they include in large part, the Kindle Fire. Now, you might suspect that this was a hit piece from an Apple or iOS fan. In the past, I would have thought that to be the case. However, with the forking of th Android platform, the writer could be a fan of just about any platform.
This includes Apple, even Mincrosoft, and, also very likely, a pure Android fan.
But 1/5, or 20% of all Kindles sold not bring touched ain't bad. Not good ad definitely not great but not bad either. Amazon has to do more to entice users and even educate Kindle owners what their devices can do.
I reckon that more of these abandoned Kindled are of the e-ink flavor and not the Fire.
It's still early in the game for Amazon and even the number of millions it sold, I think Amazon is rather content with the response it has bottom from the market.
Source: Amazon Kindles 'go unused' after Christmas - Telegraph
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Siri could be coming to other iOS devices. Now, I'm not talking about iPad 2S or 3. Nor am I talking about the future iPod touch update. Rather, I'm referring to the current gen iPod touch, which happens to be the same as last year's version and the iPad 2.
Here is an image capture via Cult of Mac with references to both the iPod touch and the iPad. Now, it's a given that one day, Siri will propagate throughout Apple realm, even Macs. That isn't the issue. It's whether current hardwares on the market now, outside of the iPhone 4S, will also be Siri-capable.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
You’re thinking “dude, what are you smoking” right about now. Here me out. Store within a store for Apple isn’t something new. In fact, it goes all the way back to ancient history: CompUSA. Yeah, like in the 90s. And then we have the Apple stores but Apple kept their little corner in Best Buys as well. But Target is uniquely different. It’s a general consumer retailers – food, consumer goods like clothes and furniture. Yup, Target does sell electronics and to my knowledge, I’ve never seen a Target selling computers before. And this could be an opportunity for Apple. More than that, a while back, it was Starbucks that partnered with Target to test out its mobile payment plan that has now grown to most Starbucks and Target stores. It’s Target’s willingness to strike this kind of deals that has me thinking that maybe Apple could be thinking beyond just places its Macs and iOS devices in general consumer stores. And it could mean that Apple is looking at expanding – oh, say…TV? Furthermore, when you buy Apple gears, apps, or other accessories for pickup in Apple stores, you’re pretty much signing in with your iTunes account for the most part. There is a credit card but it’s about the ease in which it’s done and really blurs the line between what an Apple or iTunes account is. Imagine being able to buy something from Target’s app on your mobile device and picking it up at the store. Awesome, no? Source: Gigaom - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
Thursday, January 5, 2012
One of the saddest moment, and not just for mobile, was when Borders shut down its stores and went dark, literally, in the retail arena. And now, it looks like Barnes & Noble could be going down that path. Essentially, the news today is that B&N is looking at spinning off the Nook and digital business.
Right now, the stock is down by much and its investors’ sentiment confirms my fears – I’m afraid I could be taking another hit in the nostalgic department and see my local Barnes and Noble store go the way of the Borders stores.
I used to study at Borders and B&N when I was in college and I still frequented them a couple of times a month. It's there where I bought books, have coffees, and met up with friends. Lots of terrific memories.
And it brought me back to a conversation I had with a B&N employee over the Christmas season. We chatted about how BN’s retail business was doing and how confident she seemed because they had the Nook business while Borders was too late to the game. I did not exactly buy what she was saying but, hey, it was Christmas and I didn’t want to push too hard on that matter.
There is hope though, no matter how foolish it might be. I hope that some tech giant like Apple or Google could come in and take over the company. Use the retail stores to their advantage as Apple had done with its Apple stores.
Apple could renegotiate for better retail terms and use the bigger retail spaces to expand its grown consumer and iOS product line. Gonna need room for them iTV sets that they could be selling soon.
Google can use it to showcase and sell Android and Chrome devices. Heck, Google also has some TVs that it wants to sell to folks. And sure, Microsoft could bring its Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox under one roof.
One thing is for sure: I don’t want to see a private investor come in to snatch up Barnes & Noble in the name of “unlocking its value”.
More at CNN.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Apple to begin selling the iPhone 4S officially in China on January 13th, 2012. I said officially because the black market has already had their fill of the 4S for months since the introduction of the 4S in the US back in October. Furthermore, more than twenty countries and territories will be also be getting the 4S on that Friday.
While the iPhone 4S going on sale isn’t typically something most read unless its your turn to get it, this is China after all, the Middle Kingdom with its hundreds of millions potential smartphone users – not the typically 2 or 3 hundred million users like the US or the EU.
I’m talking about big as in like 700 to 800 million users.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
At this moment and this time, we could very well be looking at a voice platform and trust me when I say that others from Google, Microsoft, Nuance, and others will soon follow.
On top of that and more importantly, we are at the cusp of a new AI implementation in Siri that will only become more intelligent with each passing version. One that will truly become a mobile assistant that augments our human abilities and expand our horizon.
Now, I am not saying that Apple isn't going to dominate this new AI platform but Apple has opened the door for other companies to pour billions into researching, innovating, and, for some, copying to develop their own intelligent assistant.
The equation for such a AI will require balance that few will be able to implement. Many will fail but those who bet on this big and is successful could rule a whole generation of computer user interface.
With intelligent voice control and interaction, Siri and others like it could spread its influence across multiple markets. And not just PCs, smartphones, or tablets but also the home, auto, and countless other industries.
Be prepared to be wowed. The future has already started.
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