EMB Numbers writes: Apple's victorious $1B patent verdict against Samsung has the potential to raise prices of competing phones when makers must pay a royalty (tax) to Apple. Yet, Apple pays the Nokia tax: Apple paid Nokia more than $600M plus an estimated $11.50 per iPhone sold. Nokia has made more money from these IP arrangements than from selling its own Lumia smartphones.
Last year, about half of all Android handset makers paid a Microsoft Tax bill of $27 per phone. Samsung pays Microsoft “between $10 and $15 – for each Android smartphone or tablet computer it sells.”
EMB Numbers writes: Social Intelligence: Engineers design things that salesmen sell. Salesmen sell to each other in clubs, on golf courses, and over drinks. Engineers value competence in design. Salesmen value competence in clubs, golf courses, and drinking. College fraternities are surely the best possible training ground for salesmen. I should have joined a frat and studied clubs, golf, and beer:( Why does anybody study engineering? Why do engineers always end up working for salesmen? Is it because salesmen bring in the money and engineers are just a regrettably necessary cost of product development?
EMB Numbers writes: Sony has revealed that the new SNAP development environment for "consumer electronics" is based on Objective-C and the open source GNUstep implementation of Apple's Openstep spec. While Apple has continued to update their specification in the form of Cocoa and Mac OS X, GNUstep has preserved the original standard. Anyone familiar with Cocoa Touch and iOS will feel right at home developing for Sony. There may even be some source code compatibility between the platforms. The world continues to chase apple — probably for the better.