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+ - Facebook Is Ripping Chat Out Of Its Mobile App->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Facebook is taking its standalone app strategy to a new extreme today. It’s starting to notify users they’ll no longer have the option to send and receive messages in Facebook for iOS and Android, and will instead have to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile. Facebook’s main apps have always included a full-featured messaging tab. Then a few months ago, users who also had Facebook’s standalone Messenger app installed had the chat tab of their main apps replaced with a hotlink button that would open Messenger. But this was optional. If you wanted to message inside Facebook for iOS or Android, you just didn’t download Messenger. That’s not going to be an option anymore."
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Comment: The real news here is the death of windows phone (Score 0) 161

by tuppe666 (#46665761) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

I you look at the picture is the Moto G took 6% of the UK market in three months. What it does not say it that the phones it replaced where the cheap Windows phones which upto then had been carving a tiny niche in the market before then. No wonder Windows has become free and Nokia have started selling android.

The fact that Apple fanatics are clinging to past glories is not news. Show me a value phone...or even a watch. Otherwise just watch your market share continue to shrink.

+ - Council dumps Microsoft Windows XP for Google Chromebooks, saves £400,000->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change."
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Comment: You have been asleep for a 10 years (Score 2) 387

I've heard people saying that Linux is something that nobody wants even for free. It's nice to see that Linux has finally caught up with Windows! Or the other way around. Whatever.

I don't think you really understand the irony...Microsoft *partners* are prepared to *pay* Microsoft to run Linux instead of windows.

“It’s not like Android’s free,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive. “You do have to license patents.”

FYI Apple is doing quite nicely too

Comment: "Minimum Advertised Pricing" not "Miniumum Price" (Score 4, Informative) 88

by tuppe666 (#46608439) Attached to: Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Minimum price agreements were widely used in the heyday of CDs. The practice was upheld by courts.

I noticed this gets modded up as fact...the truth is a little more interesting this is an article from 2000 where the Big Five got in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for "Minimum Advertised Pricing on CDs" where retailers were forbidden to *advertise* CDs below an established minimum. Unlike Apple they had heard of Sherman Antitrust Act

Comment: Pricing Artifically Low (Score 4, Informative) 88

by tuppe666 (#46608427) Attached to: Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Amazon, using its monopoly power in ebooks, kept prices artificially low. When Apple entered the market, Amazon lost some of its monopoly power and publishers used this event to increase eBook prices across the board.

From Page 160 "Amazon screwed it up. It paid the wholesale price for some books, but started selling them below cost at $9.99. The publishers hated that — they thought it would trash their ability to sell hardcover books at $28. So before Apple even got on the scene, some booksellers were starting to withhold books from Amazon. So we told the publishers, “We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want anyway.” But we also asked for a guarantee that if anybody else is selling the books cheaper than we are, then we can sell them at the lower price too. So they went to Amazon and said, “You’re going to sign an agency contract or we’re not going to give you the books.”"

Comment: Compete on Price (Score 5, Informative) 88

by tuppe666 (#46608415) Attached to: Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

There was no "pre-cartel" pricing. There was only Amazon selling at a loss to drive every other ebook store out of business. They failed to do that, though they have been successful at getting the courts to go after everyone else in retribution.

from "On January 27, Jobs launched the iPad. As part of a beautifully orchestrated presentation, he also introduced the iPad’s e-reader capability and the iBookstore. He proudly displayed the names and logos of each Publisher Defendant whose books would populate the iBookstore. To show the ease with which an iTunes customer could buy a book, standing in front of a giant screen displaying his own iPad’s screen, Jobs browsed through his iBooks “bookshelf,” clicked on the “store” button in the upper corner of his e-book shelf display, watched the shelf seamlessly flip to the iBookstore, and purchased one of Hachette’s NYT Bestsellers, Edward M. Kennedy’s memoir, True Compass, for $14.99. With one tap, the e-book was downloaded, and its cover appeared on Jobs’s bookshelf, ready to be opened and read.

        When asked by a reporter later that day why people would pay $14.99 in the iBookstore to purchase an e-book that was selling at Amazon for $9.99, Jobs told a reporter, “Well, that won’t be the case.” When the reporter sought to clarify, “You mean you won’t be 14.99 or they won’t be 9.99?” Jobs paused, and with a knowing nod responded, “The price will be the same,” and explained that “Publishers are actually withholding their books from Amazon because they are not happy.” With that statement, Jobs acknowledged his understanding that the Publisher Defendants would now wrest control of pricing from Amazon and raise e-book prices, and that Apple would not have to face any competition from Amazon on price."

Comment: market share vs profits (Score 1) 127

by tuppe666 (#46423979) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

I have seen lots of these posts, and there is lots of presidents to back it up. Directx was just another thing that was propping up Microsoft resilient monopoly on the desktop... A shrinking market... with ever growing refresh cycles, and Is increasingly dwarfed by the overall computer market that is mainly android... Using directx especially as a platform exclusive could simply cause this market share to shrink faster... For the sake of a few early conversions to a later version of its OS; there are other ways to milk it's hostages. This is not the same market that had Steve jobs begging like a bitch with patents for Microsoft's pocket change while apple is on its knees. This is Microsoft the hardware and services company. The one that is prepared to bet it's future on sneaking in an app store and a hardware lock, behind the metro(where are the windows never mind the start button) interface. No wonder stream is pushing Linux.

Comment: Why the hate (Score 1) 127

by tuppe666 (#46423811) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

I get a little bored with the defence that people hate something implying that they are somehow emotionally against something. Directx was another single platform Microsoft APIs. Through dominance and laziness like internet explorer it has thrown away it's lead. Hate it... hardly notice it... Love the massive growth if cross platform gaming since Microsoft dropped the ball... high fives all around. Welcome to competition.

+ - Apple Refuses to Unlock Bequeathed iPad

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC reports: A man whose mother bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will says Apple's security rules are too restrictive. Since her death, they have been unable to unlock the device, despite providing Apple with copies of her will, death certificate and solicitor's letter. After her death, they discovered they did not know her Apple ID and password, but were asked to provide written consent for the device to be unlocked. Mr Grant said: "We obviously couldn't get written permission because mum had died. So my brother has been back and forth with Apple, they're asking for some kind of proof that he can have the iPad. "We've provided the death certificate, will and solicitor's letter but it wasn't enough. They've now asked for a court order to prove that mum was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account."

+ - Android beats iOS, becomes top tablet OS: Linux rules->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Linux is on the roll and even soon to be acquired Nokia is adoption Linux-based Android. After conquering the smartphone space, Android is now dominating the tablet space. According to a new study by Gartner, “the tablet growth in 2013 was fueled by the low-end smaller screen tablet market, and first time buyers; this led Android to become the No. 1 tablet operating system (OS), with 62 percent of the market.”"
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+ - Apple is the New Microsoft Say Stock Analysts

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The WSJ reports that analysts at Barclays have downgraded the iPhone and iPad maker to equal weight from overweight predicting that the stock will remain rangebound for at least the next year, and could suffer growing pains similar to the ones software giant Microsoft experienced when it transitioned from growth stock into a mature, value stock. “Frankly, we just couldn’t quite bring ourselves to use smart watches or TVs as reasons to raise numbers–nor were we fully convinced that these products could move the needle like new categories did in the old days,” Barclays wrote to clients. “As a result, we believe it is time to step aside, given a maturing smart phone market. Barclays offered four similarities between Apple now and Microsoft back then: Market Cap, P/E Ratio, Valuation, and Buybacks. Microsoft’s market cap peaked at about $620 billion in 1999. Apple surpassed that mark in August 2012, but shares peaked the next month suggesting the "the law of large numbers is catching up to them and margins have peaked." Next Apple trades at about 12 times next year’s earnings, down from its P/E of 15.9 in October 2012. By comparison, Microsoft traded at about 20 times earnings in 2004, but its multiple decreased and has roughly maintained in the mid-teen range since then. Next, "both companies seemed to share a peak in the valuation that roughly coincided with the high point in gross margins,” Barclays says. Finally “both Microsoft and Apple bowed to market pressure to issue dividends and start buybacks – and it really did not lead to a resurgence in share price,” Unless Apple really has a breakthrough product up its sleeve, Barclays sees the company’s future looking awfully similar to Microsoft at the turn of the century. “We see plenty of evidence to suggest that each product cycle or ‘next big thing’ will get less and less meaningful. The risk to investors, we believe, is that earnings power ex-buybacks could be flattish stemming from multiple pressures on margins.""

+ - Who ate the Pear? 1

Submitted by PuceBaboon
PuceBaboon (469044) writes "Speculation is rife in the Linux community concerning the fate of Pear OS, the popular OS X lookalike distribution. The distribution disappeared a couple of weeks back, with a message implying that the project had been bought "by a very large company" appearing briefly on the web site (which is no longer available... archived courtesy of the WayBackMachine).
LinuxInsider is carrying an article with a nice round-up of the various theories and opinions as to its fate."

Comment: Council Money Well Spent (Score 1) 225

Council Gyms are not just on the decline but over twice the cost of private ones, due to subsiding public sector employees, and the unemployed. How about the focus should be on something obvious; cheap; without lock-in(long contracts - single visits expensive) sporting/exercise activities for everyone.

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