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Posted On February 8, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Featured, Google News

The Problem With Android

Benedict Evans on Android: This follows Tim Cook’s comment that Google’s Android dominance in the smartphone market cannot be compare with Microsoft’s Windows dominance in the PC market:Read More
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Posted On February 6, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Uh oh – Woz Wants Apple To Make An Android Smartphone

In an interview with Wired Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggests that Apple release an Android handset. Seriously! I’m a big fan of Woz his huge contribution to the world. However, this latest comment is definitely a “head-scratcher. “There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” Wozniak told Wire. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at theRead More
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Posted On January 27, 2014By Guest AuthorIn Google News

Google’s Acquisition of Nest Labs

Google’s Acquisition of Nest Labs Recently Google acquired the digital thermostat company Nest for an estimated price of 3.2 billion dollars. Financial analysts see the move as perhaps premature, due to the fact an internet startup created a competing product days after the acquisition. Yet despite such rising competition, Google and Nest shouldn’t worry. This deal represents a larger strategy employed by Google to increase their hold on smart devices, real time data, and info to enhance their search engine technology. The average consumer must look beyond the simple newsRead More
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Posted On January 16, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Why Most Techies Despise Apple?

Why is Apple so despised? a) They are far too successful. b) They sell expensive products. c) They make products that are too easy to use. According to John Martellaro, the answer is C, by removing complexity from its products. Apple has made lots of enemies. Martellaro went to explain his theory by suggesting the geeky brigades lose a sense of identity when complexity is removed from PCs: To drive home his point, Martellaro quoted Bill Palmer, who said: I totally agree with everything these guys said. Anti-Apple commentators quickly pointRead More
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Posted On January 13, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

iOS vs Android: Both Google and Apple Have Won

Benedict Evans recently posted this tweet: “I am rapidly losing interest in ‘iOS versus Android‘ as a discussion. Both Google and Apple have won.” This reminds me of Steve Jobs‘s keynote at Macworld Boston 1997. After announcing a new partnership with Microsoft (to jeers from the audience), Jobs said: Replace “Microsoft” with “Google” and the same is true today. For Apple to win, Apple has to do a really go job. In an excellent piece, Jay Yarrow describes how Apple continues to excel despite reports of the company’s imminent demise. Jay Yarrow: SourceRead More
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Despite playing second fiddle to Android in terms of market share, devices running iOS continue to dominate the online shopping scene. According to new data from IBM (via BusinessInsider), the usage of iOS was five times higher than that of Android for online shopping this Christmas. Here’s an excerpt from IBM’s press release: iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 per cent vs. 4.6 per cent for Android. On average, iOS users spent $US93.94 per order,Read More
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According to a new report from the Guardian, Android powered tablets accounted for 56 per cent of the tablet market in the UK for the first three quarters in 2013. Apple’s iPad won 38 per cent of the market in the same period, according to a new IDC report. In the first three quarters of the year, 7.6m tablets were shipped to the UK, a year-on-year growth of 192% for the same period in 2012, according to IDC‘s data. Of those 7.6m tablets shipped, the average sale price was $407 makingRead More
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Writing for PCMag, Sascha Segan highlights that the Chinese government has granted Apple access to a huge smartphone subscriber market while other foreign companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter continue to struggle to get a foothold in the country. China is renowned for giving preferential treatment to local companies such as Baidu, Sina, QQ, Alibaba, Meizu and Xiaomi, Segan said. Sascha Segan speculates that the government of China is prepared to work with Apple given the small market share the company is likely to gain due the high costs of their iPhones: China Mobile isRead More
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In his new book - Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, Fred Vogelstein describes how Steve Jobs was oblivious to the danger Google’s Android poses to the iPhone in the beginning. The way Jobs was handling Google should have made everyone at Apple feel better about the tension between the two companies. Instead, it made many of them feel worse. A handful of executives and engineers had been warning Jobs about Google’s ambitions with Android for two years, and they still believed Jobs was underestimating Google’s resolve. Why had theRead More
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Posted On December 20, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Featured, Google News

Android’s App Permissions Debacle

Writing for the Guardian, Charles Auther explores the implication of google removing the App Options that were introduced in Android 4.3 (released  mid-November), but was subsequently removed in Android 4.4.2, released about three weeks later. Charles Auther: The bizarre thing is that Android, which has always led Apple’s iOS in terms of customisation – choose your own keyboard, choose your own default apps – has now lagged in this key area by more than a year, in a field where people have become more and more aware that data matters, andRead More
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Posted On December 14, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Will Apple Be Crushed If Smartphone Subsidies Go Away?

Motley Fool’s Sam Mattera has come up with another “click bait” classic. According to Mattera, Apple will be crushed if smartphone subsidies go away. Here are the key points Sam Mattera use to support his theory: The iPhone doesn’t sell like a premium product - As a company, Apple positions itself to sell premium products at premium prices, pocketing a healthy margin in the process. The iPhone is no exception — at $649, it’s an expensive smartphone, and it earns Apple billions (by some estimates, about two-thirds of Apple’s profits). But the iPhone isRead More
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Posted On November 30, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Android Is Decimating iOS, Not So Fast

Jay Yarrow debunks the theory that Android is taking over the world by highlighting recent studies from IBM and Adobe, which revealed that Apple’s iOS destroyed Google‘s Android in mobile shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The key points points from both studies are as follows: IBM IBM says it tracked “millions of transactions and terabytes of data from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites” on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. On average, iOS users spent $127.92 per order on Black Friday compared to $105.20 per order for Android users. iOS traffic reached 28.2Read More