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The Almighty Buck

+ - Apple's Reality Distortion Field Relocates to Wall Street->

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MBCook writes "Apple is the most profitable company, can’t make enough products to meet demand and is the most admired by its peers. Yet Wall Street and media fanatics are claiming Apple is doomed. The reality distortion field is in full effect. Apple has a lower P/E ratio than Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and now Dell, to name a few. I find this baffling and I would challenge any analyst to articulate to me how Apple is not healthier and stronger, competitively, in the long-term than many of those companies."
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Android

+ - Android Phone or Condom Line?->

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MBCook writes "Naming a product is difficult. Branding legend Marty Neumeier says that good product names have 7 characteristics. They should be distinctive, short, appropriate, easy to spell and pronounce, likable, extendable, and protectable. Looking through this list of Android names, it’s clear that many marketing teams disagree with Marty."
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Iphone

+ - Word Lens: Live AR Language Translation->

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MBCook writes "A company called Quest Visual has just released Word Lens, a real time augmented reality language translator for the iPhone. It's capable of translating English to and from Spanish. The app it's self is free (the languages are downloads) so you can play with it in demo mode, where it recognizes and reverses words. I've been playing with it for 10 minutes and it works amazingly well."
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Java

+ - Introducing JITB: A Flash player built on the JVM-> 1

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MBCook writes "Joa Ebert has started working on a new program called JITB. Announced in a talk at FITC San Fran, it's a Flash player written to use the Java JVM to run ActionScript, and in simple graphics test case (making 1 million flash.geom.Point) was 30x faster than Adobe's Flash player. There is an impressive demo video on YouTube showing the point test."
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Media

+ - Is This Really The Future of Magazines?->

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MBCook writes "Interfacelab has put up a review of Wired's new iPad app, and declared "The only real differentiation between the Wired application and a [1990's] multimedia CD-ROM is the delivery mechanism[.]" While providing little interactivity other than a fancy page-flip, the application is made of XML and images, including two for the text of each page in portrait and landscape mode. This seems to be why the application is 500MB. The article suggests this was done to get the app out quick after Flash was officially vetoed by Steve Jobs."
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Apple

+ - Apple Tech Note Details H.264 Decoding Framework->

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MBCook writes "On March 29th, Apple added Technical Note 2267: Video Decode Acceleration Framework Reference. The note describes

...a C programming interface providing low-level access to the H.264 decoding capabilities of compatible GPUs [...] intended for use by advanced developers who specifically need hardware accelerated decode of video frames.

, an issue Adobe has been citing as one of the main reasons for the slow performance of Flash video on OS X."
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Google

+ - The sorry state of Avira anti-virus heuristics-> 1

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MBCook writes "How do heuristics detect viruses and malware on your computer? Would you believe it's as simple as a couple of string fragments? The developer of the DotSpots chrome extension, Matt Mastracci, went digging to find out why Avira kept flagging his software and discovered it was a few simple strings that many pieces of JavaScript could easily contain. The GoogleWebToolkit does contain those bits, but it isn't flagged. Why? Because it contains the word "google"."
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+ - The Bloom Box: The Working Low Cost Fuel Cell->

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MBCook writes "Last night, 60 Minutes aired a 13 minute piece on Bloom Energy and their Bloom Box, a new kind of fuel cell. Able to run on natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen, the devices have been in production testing for months at Google, eBay, FedEx, and Wal-Mart. The version to power an American house is smaller than a bread box, and a unit large enough to power a Starbucks costs about $800k."
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Media

+ - Cut This Story!->

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MBCook writes "One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology. It’s that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to the point. Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions that don’t add to your understanding of the news. Newspaper writers are not to blame. These conventions are traditional, even mandatory."
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Apple

+ - iPhone: 46% of Japanese Smartphone Market->

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MBCook writes "Despite claims earlier in the year that the iPhone was hated by Japan (later disproven), the iPhone has been doing well in the land of the rising sun and the evidence is in. Apple has taken 46% of the Japanese smartphone market, cutting the 27% market share of the previous lead, Advance Sharp W-Zero3 (Japanese site), in half. The article includes a large chart of the market share of Japanese smartphones over the last 3 years."
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