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Best Brands, Innovative Products 104

conq writes "BusinessWeek just came out with its best global brands list. The list is quite similar to last year's with Coke topping it. The brand with the highest growth year over year: Google. The comment: 'Its recent inclusion as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary confirms what competitors feared: Google means search to an army of Web users.'" I thought this tied in nicely to tappytibbins' story. They write "eWEEK.com has posted a feature with their picks of the 25 most innovative PC products of the last 25 years. Their #1 pick is a bit uninspired: The IBM PC. Down at #8 is the Mac. And is Apache really more of an innovation than Linux?" From that article: "15 - Palm Pilot: With an almost Zen-like minimalism of both software and hardware complexity, the Palm Pilot was no more than users needed?and exactly what many wanted."
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  • car brands (Score:4, Interesting)

    by vivek7006 ( 585218 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @06:55PM (#15803037) Homepage
    I found the rankings of car brands quite interesting. Surprisingly, Toyota came out at the top. I would have thought that Honda and Toyota would share the same place as both are Japanese car manufactures and both make excellent cars.

    Toyota = 7
    Mercedes = 10
    BMW = 15
    Honda = 19
    Ford = 30
    Volkswagen = 56
    Audi = 74
    Hyundai = 75
    Porsche = 80
    Nissan = 90
    Lexus = 92
  • Sony (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 28, 2006 @08:26PM (#15803371)
    Amusing to me: While over the last year Sony has gone from "kind of widely disliked" to "the most loathed corporation of any kind on the entire planet" on Slashdot, according to BusinessWeek's list of brands Sony is the 28th "strongest" brand in the whole world, and in fact is 9% "stronger" than it was a year ago.

    And so once again we see that the way Slashdot sees the world and the way the rest of the world sees the world are sometimes at quite unusual odds...
  • by kalel666 ( 587116 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @08:59PM (#15803486)
    Do you think Bayer feels the same way about the Heroin brand name?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin/ [wikipedia.org]
  • by Junks Jerzey ( 54586 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @10:08PM (#15803713)
    It was overpriced and underpowered. It had the IBM name, but at the time it was so completely blah compared to home computers of the time. But then again the author may be thinking of the PC in general, and not the system that started it all.

    On Apache vs. Linux: Remember, Linux was just a rewrite of UNIX. Nothing amazing there.
  • by xtal ( 49134 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @12:31AM (#15804229)
    Almost useless, overstuffed with features, with no battery life, sporting a screen that can't easily be read outdoors, with the wrong form factor, over weight, in OS hell.

    Where is what I should have? A super thin version of the beloved palmpilot I got in 1997! The Palm V had the form factor right smack on. The screen technology is what palm should have spent the money on; not uninspired "me too" features.

    Why, oh why, does my $70 Gameboy SP look great outside and in, and my $400 palm can barely stay charged through a day of use? I recently went back to my palm V, because at least, it did what I wanted.

    Hey, Palm Executives and Product Developers:

    PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF .. and make a thin, minimalist PDA with a beautiful, high contrast, maybe B&W, display. The market will do the rest, just like it did when US Robotics released their own. ..or, you can wait until the next generation ipod does it for you. The nano is damn close.

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman