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Comment If any platform can (Score 1) 404

you can bet it will come from Samsung. Samsung's the only phone manufacturer the world not named Apple that's making money, and the only reason it's able to do that is by relying on an operating system controlled by the company that owns Motorola. That's not a situation Samsung can be happy with.

Prediction: Samsung will fork Android, buy Android, or build its own OS from scratch.

Comment "the company makes about 10.8 billion per quarter" (Score 1) 173

In what universe?

Here's Amazon's latest financial release:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1779049&highlight=

Here's the important bit:

Net income decreased 45% to $97 million in the fourth quarter

Amazon is barely breaking even. Whether or not this is an intentional strategy is another discussion, but it sure as hell ain't making 10.8 billion a quarter. It's not even making ONE HUNDREDTH of that.

Comment Re:Trademarks not constitutionally enabled per se (Score 1) 272

Here's why:

Last year, a fake Apple store in Kunming, China featuring the white Apple logo and wooden tables drew widespread attention after a blogger wrote about visiting it. The store looked so authentic, even the upbeat salespeople thought they were working for Apple. Chinese authorities quickly ordered the store to close, as well as more than 20 others that were selling Apple products.

http://news.yahoo.com/apple-trademarks-design-retail-stores-220110338--finance.html

Comment Re:How many products reach that internal milestone (Score 2) 193

Sounds like that internal milestone is a special bar. How many projects reach that milestone? Is it more than 1 out of 10?

Apple decides to not even start on projects, or cancels them EARLY, if they won't reach that milestone. Compare that with companies that devote time and thought and energy to products that get killed or suck at launch because they're not good enough.

Jobs in 1997:

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying "no" to 1,000 things.

Comment Re:Dear Instagram: be cool, or die. (Score 4, Interesting) 250

Key features of Instagram are image enhancement filters with pseudo HDR reconstruction.

No, those are just the carrot on the stick. The key features of Instagram are that it's a mobile-only social network, its reason for existence is location-based photo sharing, and it's dominated by iPhone users. The fact that it's mobile-only has every incumbent desktop social network scared. The fact that it's based on photo sharing had Facebook scared, because photo sharing is what made Facebook what it is; and the fact that it's dominated by iPhone users has advertisers salivating, because iPhone users are, demographically, more wealthy and more likely to spend money on products and services.

Comment Re:so? apple is still selling less product (Score 4, Informative) 298

Stocks go up on profit. And profit does not grow only with revenue. You can also deduct spendings. That's how big businesses work. They spend enormously for marketing, branding, hire unnecessary amount of people, to build a brand.

Profit share in the phone industry: Apple 75%, Samsung 24%, everyone else who cares.

Product design team: Apple 16 people, Samsung 1000+ people.

Marketing spend 2009-2012: Apple approx 2.6 billion dollars. Samsung Electronics division alone approx THIRTY THREE BILLION DOLLARS.

Comment Re:revolutionary! (Score 1) 483

This is going to revolutionize nutrition and eating, just like the Ginger/Segway has revolutionized transportation in our cities.

The Segway revolutionized LAZINESS, not transportation.

Similarly this new invention will revolutionize OVEREATING, not nutrition.

Basically Dean Kamen has identified a target market (America) and he's nailing the hotbuttons one by one.

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