Let's not be naive and think that China doesn't try just as hard to spy on the US as the US does on China. If Chinese etc firms have come to realize that the extent the NSA is able to spy on them is greater than they previously thought, Snowden is the reason, not the spying itself, of course.
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I remember when Apple used to create products that had incredibly positive impact on the lives of billions of people all over the world. Things like the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad -- all products that basically overnight changed everyone's ideas of what could be done in their areas.
Then Steve Jobs died.
4 years later all they've done is install 2015 model chips and plate some things in gold while Ive turns the most beautiful OS in existence into some kind of Japanese cartoon about bubblegum and Tim Cook sits around ordering Solyndra products and making ads about how wonderful his is for it.
I knew that Jobs was irreplaceable and that Apple would eventually just turn into another HP or whatever. But it's actually turned out to be something much worse. They aren't just operating at a lower level of competence. They've lost everything that made them great and become something different while having an arrogance and misguided confidence that makes even Steve Balmer look modest. It's as if they can't see how they aren't doing any of the things that made Apple great.
Hate all you want, but there's no denying the fact that the iPhone was the most revolutionary mobile phone there's ever been.
Look at phones the year the iPhone came out -- you clicked little plastic buttons or poked at (while hating) them with styli like Palm Pilots. Far and away the most satisfying one to use was the Blackberry which was essentially a candybar phone with full set of alphanumeric buttons instead of T9. All they were really good for beyond dialing numbers was writing emails.
Now everything's been clones of the iPhone since. Inertial scrolling, multitouch, practically identical user interfaces out of the box down to even the colors of the icons, etc -- they all use these things basically identically. Before the iPhone they had plastic buttons and you would try to scrolled around by jabbing little arrows on side of screen. The phones that have been most successful are the ones that are most similar to the iPhone and the ones that have failed are the ones that were least similar.
Hate all you want, but there's surely no other company that revolutionized personal computing and electronic devices the way Apple did while Jobs was still.
Sadly, it all ended in 2011. Look at phones. They're all the same as 2011 iPhone was just with 2015 cpu/graphic, 2015 screen brightness/contrast, 2015 CMOS camera sensors. Same with computers. Everything's just the same as an iPad or Macbook Air from 2011.
It's not a coincidence. Phones now are basically the same as an iPhone 4, just with brighter screens, 2015 processors, 2015 cameras sensors. Apple is not an innovative company anymore after Steve Jobs died. It's astonishing how big the contrast is.
The dominant reason Fox is so successful is that it is the only conservative-leaning major news network. All the others are liberal. So Fox gets almost all of 50% of the overall market (generally 50% of the population is left and 50% right), whereas all its competitors only get fractions of the other 50%
Are you able to provide some examples of the devices that you refer to as being the same as iPads at lower cost?
When I look at major benchmarks such as Geekbench (where iPad Air gets more than twice as high score as fastest Galaxy Tab), or sophisticated reviews of tablets that contain rich varieties of performance assessments (e.g. Anandtech 1 or 2 where gets similar margin greatest performance than competitors in both general and graphics performance measures), I see iPads generally showing greater performance for the money than any of its major competitors (e.g., Samsung, Google Nexus, Asus, etc).
I'm sure Microsoft has convinced themselves 1000 different ways that this makes great business.
However, the reality is that there will be no future for Windows Phone when the only brand it is associated with in phones is Microsoft. I consider whoever made this decision to be a total idiot. None of the reputation for quality of experience of Apple. None of the fight-the-power hipness of Android. None of the apps of either.
I consider it sad because I actually like Windows Phone a lot and own one. It's got noticably better performance and general quality of experience than Android, and was available at lower price point than Apple. The product was there, for once. Sad to see it fail for different reasons.