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Comment A lot of people thought like that a year ago (Score 1) 243

Your comment reads like something from a year or two ago. The "there's an iPad market, not a tablet market" part of it really gives it away. The Kindle and Nexus markets have been selling very well, and the iPad is reduced to only half of the market now.

Your main point, too, sounds like something from before tablets have really started gaining momentum. I actually have seen directly many people, including many of the older generation, where tablets have really completely supplanted PC's in their lives. My mom who used to use her computer for nothing except light web and email hasn't touched her computer in a year now that she's gotten a tablet.

Comment Sue back (Score 1) 1052

This is why Apple has been resorting to lawsuits

Nevermind that Samsung also sued Apple. Nevermind that the iPhone was banned for two years in Korea.

What is Samsung supposed to be, Gandhi? If Apple sues Samsung, and Samsung counter sues back in self-defense, is that really "resorting to lawsuits" in your mind?

Comment DPI (Score 3, Insightful) 307

iPad 3 which has a much better DPI than the Fire

iPad 3rd Gen has a resolution of 2048×1536 on a 9.7" screen, giving it a DPI of 264.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has a resolution of 1920x1200 on a 8.9" screen, giving it a DPI of 254.

For all intents and purposes, the Kindle Fire HD has the same DPI as the latest iPad.

Comment PureView (Score 4, Interesting) 110

I hope this isn't the real debut of the Pureview technology on Windows Phone.

With that tiny lens assembly, it seems inevitable if it is the real deal that large compromises will have been made to the image quality.

For those who don't know, the Nokia Pureview technology, currently found only on a single Symbian phone, is a breakthrough in imaging quality on smartphones/compact cameras. It is hands-down the best image quality on any smartphone, it is arguably the very best compact camera in the world, and in some circumstances has even been demonstrated to outperform mirrorless cameras like micro 4/3.

Comment Incorrect (Score 2) 1184

That's all pretty much no true.

Apple is suing over the Nexus line. Not only is the Nexus S part of this suit, but they got an injunction for a while against the Galaxy Nexus for their patent on searching more than one database with a single search.

Furthermore, this suit just affirmed their software patents on pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, and bouncing on scrolling past the end of a list. Finding these software patents valid and that Samsung violated them was a huge part of this case.

Comment Seems very competitive versus consumer services (Score 1) 187

I'm an ordinary home user who wants to backup my really important data in case of catastrophe. Besides lots of little stuff, by far my biggest data in this category is my pictures, and when all totaled up, it comes out to about 75GB.

I've been mulling investing in a service like Crashplan, which according to their pricing would cost me $5 a month if I was month to month, or about $3 a month if I committed to 4 years (!).

Amazon Glacier could offer me backups for one cent a GB per month. So for my scenario, that'd come out to 75 cents a month.

Is it just me or is this an insanely good deal for my consumer scenario?

Comment Re:Winning! (Score 1) 552

Your argument is a form of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

Of course none of those predated Apple, they are all defined in terms of what Apple did.

You could accurately describe the MacBook Air as a reaction to the ultra-portable movement created by the Asus EeePC. Asus wasn't the first to do it, but they were the first to make it mainstream.

Similarly, it's true, nobody made notebooks with greater than 2K resolution before the current MacBook. That said, the 15" 1080p space wasn't pioneered by Apple, which lagged behind there for years. So you could easily make full HD the litmus test.

Finally, popularity is very difficult to define, and I have a feeling you're defining it by however much Apple has made it popular. There were plenty of consumer laptops shipping with SSDs before Apple.

Comment Re:Winning! (Score 1) 552

Without a doubt, MacBooks are impressive pieces of hardware.

However, they are also susceptible to the problem of differing internal hardware, just like all other pre-packaged computers. People make a big fuss about the differing LCD panels that are packaged inside a MacBook, and people often feel one is much better than the rest.

Comment Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 305

>Except that's not what is being acknowledged. They're not paying more for the same thing.

That's not what the person you're replying to said at all, he didn't say they're the same thing. People buy brands like Gucci and Prada for exactly the sort of reasons you list, that essentially, they feel like they're something better in return.

Comment Freemium at its best (Score 5, Interesting) 204

So first Facebook's algorithm hides my posts from my friends for reasons known only to Facebook.

Now Facebook is testing the option so I can pay so that my posts they hid will actually show to my friends.

In a way, I really hope Facebook goes through with this, maybe it'll be the straw that finally breaks the camels back and we can get a new social network that actually cares about its users.

Comment iOS but no Android (Score 3, Interesting) 195

I find it bizarre that iOS has a version of XBMC when it can only be run on jailbroken devices.

Meanwhile, Android devices, which actually compromise the majority of the market these days, could run XBMC out of the box with no modifications, and there seems to be zero interest in creating a version for Android. It would even be allowed on the official Android market.

Still, considering the heritage of the project, maybe this all makes sense....

Comment They already kinda did (Score 5, Informative) 447

They already made the N9, which runs Meego. They did everything in their power to kill it, including only selling it in a few markets, not listing it on their website, publicly announcing that they were abandoning the platform no matter how well it sold.

According to the figures in the article it is still outselling the their Lumia WP7 line 3:1.

They don't seem to be dropping Microsoft like a hot rock.

Comment Re:Additional article for the doubters (Score 1) 649

I don't know they're wrong, since I don't know what conclusions the authors have drawn from their experience, whether they're as over-broad and appear to be driven by some sort of agenda like the commentators here I've been replying to.

However, I am suggesting that it is wrong to draw the conclusion that Android is unsustainable based on the fact that this particular developer made a good income on the Apple store, and was unable to do the same on the Android store. The experience of other developers who adapted a different approach indicates it is that there is plenty of money to be made on the Android store if the correct approach is taken.

Also, I am unclear what attitude I have embodied ("because most users seem to have attitudes like yours") that would cause the authors to have a failure to receive a return on investment. Also, there is nothing "pragmatic" about reasoning such as "So why should they bother trying to insert ads etc? Maybe they don't want ads in their app?" Those may be principled objections or the like, but a pragmatic line of reasoning would be something like: the current approach of applying the exact same sales strategies that worked on iOS have failed to receive traction here, perhaps I should consider alternative approaches that may offer a better return on investment. Maybe the authors already did that and rejected it as offering an insufficient return on investment, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the possibility you are hinting towards.

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