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The scale of tech winners — Benedict Evans
Ben Evans is a good example of someone with Exponential Hangover. He does not recognize the creation of monopolies and how they suffocate innovation.

The current crop of monopolies is much larger than the Wintel oligopoly.

So, the four leading tech companies of the current cycle (outside China), Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, or ‘GAFA’, have together over three times the revenue of Microsoft and Intel combined (‘Wintel’, the dominant partnership of the previous cycle), and close to six times that of IBM. They have far more employees, and they invest far more. (Once can of course quibble with the detail of this - the business models are different and the global scale is different. But scale is scale.)

What do I mean by “suffocate innovation”? The suppression of small business from growing.

How do the mice do when there are four elephants fighting it out? As we saw with first GoPro and now perhaps Sonos, if you’re riding the smartphone supply chain cornucopia but can’t construct a story further up the stack, around cloud, software, ecosystem or network effects, you’re just another commodity widget maker. And the aggressive competition in advertising products from Google, Facebook and now to some extent Amazon has taken a lot of the oxygen away from anyone else.
amazon  apple  google  facebook  business  monopoly 
yesterday by jefframnani
The impossible dream of USB-C –
The current state of USB-C is a cluster fuck. Too many things are being asked to fit into one thing. Complexity and confusion is the only outcome.
apple  usb  hardware 
yesterday by jefframnani
Qualcomm seeks China iPhone ban, expanding Apple legal fight • Bloomberg
Ian King:
<p>Qualcomm’s suits are based on three non-standard essential patents, it said. They cover power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in current iPhones, Qualcomm said. The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits,” Trimble said.

Apple said the claim has no merit. “In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed,” said Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock. “Like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail.”

Qualcomm made the filings at the Beijing court on Sept. 29. The court has not yet made them public.

“This is another step to get Apple back to the negotiating table,” said Mike Walkley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity Inc. “It shows how far apart they are.”

There’s little or no precedent for a Chinese court taking such action at the request of a U.S. company, he said. Chinese regulators would also be concerned that a halt of iPhone production would cause layoffs at Apple’s suppliers such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which are major employers.</p>

Not quite sure how Qualcomm can claim that Force Touch touches (aha) its patents - if that were the case wouldn't more non-Apple phones use it? And it seems like an odd time to notice this, two years after it was introduced. But everyone reckons that if Apple loses this case, it'll settle at once.
apple  qualcomm  patents 
yesterday by charlesarthur
A new iPhone X feature was just discovered and it’s sheer brilliance • BGR
Zach Epstein:
<p>Apple really had to get creative to manage an iPhone X design that is almost all screen. In fact, a number of the company’s solutions to various design problems are strokes of brilliance. The perfect example is the way Apple manage to eliminate the bottom bezel that’s present on every other smartphone on the market. This bezel exists because there’s a display controller component at the bottom of every screen, and displays won’t function without them.

So how did Apple do it? Check out this image:

<img src="" width="100%" />

Apple used flexible display panels in the iPhone X so that it could fold the bottom of the screen underneath itself. This way, the display controller is actually positioned behind the screen itself, rather than behind a bottom bezel.</p>

It's very clever. All the talk about "flexible displays", and Apple actually gets on and uses it. (Samsung hasn't got rid of the bottom bezel, despite inventing this technology.)

The BGR story also discovers something it claims was <a href="">"just uncovered" by Phone Arena</a> - that notifications on the iPhone X lockscreen are only shown in full to the person whose face unlocks the screen. It's neat, true, but it was being demonstrated when the phones were unveiled.
iphonex  apple  faceid 
yesterday by charlesarthur
我认识的人中,无论是现实中的还是网上的,仅有极个别的人有记日记的习惯,但极大多数人对“日记”两个字还停留在小学作业上的恐惧。就在我那几个记日记的朋友里,他们也并没有完全走出小学老师培养出的“我们应该对 via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  1  apple  1-1  ios  2  app 
yesterday by Teecy
is there a "page down" key? - Apple
FN + up arrow is page up
FN + down arrow is page down
FN+ left arrow is home
FN + right arrow is end
FN + delete is delete to right ("Delete" on a PC keyboard)
mac  apple  pgup  pgdn  home  end  keyboard  keys  pageup  pagedown 
yesterday by dza
How to cancel my Apple subscription?
iTunes > Account > View My Account > scroll down to "Settings" > find "Subscriptions" > click "Manage"
apple  app_store  itunes  subscription 
yesterday by ARA

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