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Fred Vogelstein shares his opinion of the ongoing battle between Google and Apple for platform dominance and how this compared to the platform war between Apple and Microsoft in 1980s. Fred Vogelstein: There have always been good reasons to believe that the Apple/Google fight might not play out like Apple versus Microsoft: Developers seem more capable of writing software for two platforms than they were in the 1980s. The platform-switching costs are much smaller, too. Back then, PCs cost more than $3,000 and each software title cost more than $50. Now the costsRead More
  A new study by Lookout – a mobile security company,  and Sprint revealed a few alarming facts about the usage of mobile phones in the Post PC era. One of these is that 1 out of 2 people don’t have a passcode on their mobile phone. Hence, it appears strange that Apple Touch ID fingerprint technology is criticized in some quarters for not being secure enough. Touch ID is far more secure than nothing. Key findings from the study include: The majority of Americans admitted they can’t go oneRead More
Ben Thompson, one of the most influential Apple blogger on the web, has come up with another masterpiece on why iPhone 5c  alleged poor sales shouldn’t be viewed as bad news for Apple. I’ve held a similar opinion until now. It just goes to show that it takes a lot of skills and experience to truly understand Apple’s product strategies in most cases, qualities many of us do not possess. Ben Thompson: Apple is focused on increasing the value of the iPhone, not only through specs, but through solving pain pointsRead More
According to a new report from DisplaySearch, Apple has indeed scaled back the production of iPhone 5c by 35% and increased 5s production by 75%. This confirms an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal. The report  attributed the disappointing sales of the iPhone 5c to two factors: Apple is a profit-driven company, and decided to raise their price in order to hit its profit target when Chinese carriers cut their subsidies on the iPhone 5c. The selling price of the phone is determined by material cost, target profit margin,Read More

Posted On October 16, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Apple’s Real Strategy in China

The launch of a cheaper iPhone was heralded as the best approach Apple should take to grow their market share in the world largest populace.  However, the company launched a gold iPhone 5s with Touch ID and a polycarbonate iPhone 5c, which is anything but cheap. However, Ben Thomspon’s piece for Stratēchery,  highlights that Apple is a company continues to Think Different, despite the lost of their charismatic leader and co-founder Steve Jobs. Ben Thompson points out that two Percent of China’s public consumes one-third of the world’s luxury goods: According to China’sRead More

Posted On October 14, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

HTC One Max Review: Fingerprint Frustration

Apple has been widely criticised for not being innovative with their Touch ID. The main argument is that this feature was in the Motorola Atrix first. However, the real innovation behind the Touch ID is in its implementation. Apple has taken a very complex problem and made it appear simple. If you don’t believe that this is the case, read The Verge’s review of the HTC One Max fingerprint sensor. [quote cite=”Vlad Savov ” url=”http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/14/4836286/htc-one-max-review”]Using the One max in the recommended way — as a very generously proportioned phone —Read More
Apparently selling 9 million iPhones in three daysRead More

Posted On October 10, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Tech News

HTC One Max Fingerprint Identification Functions Leaked

A new report from C Technology gives us more detail on the rumored fingerprint sensor coming in the new HTC One Max Sense 5.5. HTC is following in the footstep of Apple in launching a fingerprint sensor on their smartphone. While Apple’s Touch ID is built into the Home Button, making inconvenient for users to unlock their phone with ease. HTC’s fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the phone. According to the report,  HTC fingerprint instructions suggest that the company will allow users to perform various functions withRead More
This is the most fascinating tale of how the first iPhone came about many of you will ever read. This story Fred Vogelstein provides us with an extraordinary amount of information as to what took place behind the scene. You will learn about how one company bet everything to change the world once again. I do know how it will be for you, but I was moved emotionally about what I read. Here are several excerpts from the article that stood out for me: Putting the Company’s future on the line: The iPhoneRead More
With Blackberry and Nokia making the news for all the wrong reason lately. It is important to reflect what the world thought about the device that will break the cell phone titans to their knees. George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Here is long time Apple critic John C. Dvorak take on the iPhone back in 2007 [quote cite=”John C. Dvorak – March 28, 2007″ url=”http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-should-pull-the-plug-on-the-iphone”]The hype over the unreleased iPhone has actually increased over the past month despite the fact thatRead More
In a follow-up to his earlier piece – What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong,  Ben Thompson of Stratechery is on the offense again with another post titled – Obsoletive.  In his new post Ben Thompson is reinforcing his theory that the low-end  disruption only happens in the business to business market and not the consumer market. First off, Ben Thompson highlighted that Christensen did acknowledge that he was wrong about the iPhone by pointing to the following article in the New Yorker (subscription needed): One CEO who never asked for his help, despite his admiration for The Innovator’sRead More
The first confirmed hack of Apple’s Touch ID sensor was reported a few days ago  by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) member – Starbug. At the time, the report stated that the hack was easy to performed using material and equipment readily available. According to the CCC report: First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern createdRead More