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Lasts Longer | Asymco
Of course, there would be not much business without an environment and we should all strive for sustainability.  But this is an existential observation, and it’s defensive. The important call to make is that Apple is making a bet that sustainability is a growth business.

Fundamentally, Apple is betting on having customers not selling them products.

The purpose of Apple as a firm is to create and preserve customers and to create and preserve products. This is fundamental and not fully recognized.
iphone  apple  business  environment  sustainable  strategy  corporations  relationships  technology 
9 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Apple marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is joining Uber as its chief brand officer - Recode
I’m a change agent. I enjoy telling stories of brands at moments in time that [they] are going to change culture and I firmly believe that Uber is going to do that.”
labor  apple  corporations  marketing 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
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Journalists: Crucial details in the v. case are being obscured by officials. Skepticism here is fair:
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february 2016 by allaboutgeorge
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The more keeps up their vocal defense of digital rights, the more conspicuous 's comparative absence.
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december 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Look out Apple - The Globe and Mail
With Microsoft as its partner, Nokia is finally ready to dance. The strategy is set, and Nokia’s got a lot of heft to put into the effort, not least because the company is desperate. But the easy part, the planning phase, is over. Now Elop’s got to deliver. And he doesn’t have much time.
nokia  apple  mobile  technology  business  canada 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Long way from hot metal: the changing face of newspapers
Production journalism then was a cumbersome, time-consuming process that depended less on subeditorial speed and efficiency than it did on the whim of a host of workers who thronged the composing room, busy as the occupants of an ant farm: linotype operators to set the stories; pieceworkers to cast the headings; gravure workers to process and mount the photographs and artwork; compositors to make up the pages and proof them. All in a space of steel, metal, lead and wet paper that looked like a cross between a hospital kitchen and an armaments factory, and smelt like a cross between a foundry and a weather shelter for saturated dogs. (The wet paper, by the way, was for page proofs — the dampness improved the absorbency as a giant roller rumbled over the page forme.)
journalism  media  newspapers  ipad  apple  nostalgia 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Content-focused iPad apps value form over function, study finds
Ultimately, the authors concluded that not every company needs to have an iPad app, and that far too many companies are putting out suboptimal versions of their content, seemingly just to get in on the platform. They stressed that iPad apps should not make users do more work than the actual websites, and are best received when geared toward the actions of repeat users who are already familiar with the brand. If a company can't create an app with added value, the authors said, they're better off just making their website more finger-friendly.
ipad  apple  business  technology  mobile  online  publishing  media  app 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
The survey also asked about the always hotly debated "mobile apps vs. mobile Web" question and found the community closely split between developing native apps (48%) or developing "both" native apps and for the Web (42%). Only 10% of die-hards said we should build for the mobile Web only. Also of note, the number one reason developers were interested in mobile Web development was the ease of cross-platform development.
android  mobile  research  apple  iOS  software  technology  code 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman says iOS users are more likely to purchase content than Android owners | Edible Apple
“The Android user typically is less likely to buy,” said Bowman, “and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple… The iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that’s one of the reasons they bought the device. The Android buyer is different.”
android  apple  google  ios  iphone  ipad  media  sports  baseball  app  software  mobile  business 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Icon Roger Black: The iPad is Not a Magic Pony | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
“We can’t produce with the money available the kind of hand-crafted stuff I used to do,” he noted patiently. “As the world gets more complicated, as the business models morph, we have to come up with ways to leverage our resources, so we don’t spend all our time doing stuff that doesn’t matter that much.”

“What matters is the words and the pictures,” he continued. “It’s crazy for a designer to end up saying this, but Ithink if nothing else, RSS feeds on the Web taught us that people just want us to give them the content and get out of the way.”
design  creativity  publishing  ipad  apple  rss  web  technology  mobile  media  journalism 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
8 must-have iPhone & Android apps for covering breaking news | Poynter.
At the Lawrence Journal World, we recently outfitted our reporters with iPhone 4s — a move that has yielded multiple advantages.

Having been an iPhone owner for years, I’ve compiled a list of apps for reporters and bloggers to download and briefly explained how to use them. Each one of these has proven helpful in my own work as a journalist and in our newsroom as a whole when covering breaking news.
mobile  reporting  apps  journalism  media  android  iphone  apple  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle? | Nielsen Wire
The answer depends on whether you’re looking at operating systems or manufacturers.
technology  mobile  apple  android  data  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: iTunes subscriptions won’t stop free news
The best a publisher can hope to do with iTunes or any other system is to capture payments from the relatively small number of individuals who are too busy, too oblivious or too ethical to pay for content instead of scrounging it for free.

This is not to say newspapers and other publishers don’t deserve to be compensated for the investment they make in reporting the news. But the reality that publishers have to accept is that the marketplace is bigger than they are.
music  news  itunes  apple  media  journalism  newspapers  business  technology  free 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late
1. People use mobile devices to find information, get directions, check prices, play games, listen to music, and, yes, sometimes even surf the news. Because consumers are not passive, successful apps must be engaging and transactional.

2. Mobile devices don't just put the user in control; they also enrich the experience by knowing exactly where consumers are - and, in the case of many apps, exactly who they are. Accordingly, successful apps must be customizable and geographically aware.

3. Community and self-expression are as elemental to the digital experience as the information the media dispense or the transactions they enable. Successful apps foster community and enable user control.
mobile  media  journalism  technology  apple  android  local  location  community  creativity  music 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Prime time for iPad may be prime time
While these findings suggest interesting ways to release, package and market content for the iPad, it also must be noted that the research is limited to a sample of people who are sufficiently motivated to time-shift content to use this particular app.

Until someone researches consumption patterns across the entire universe of iPad owners, we won’t know whether this group of users is typical or exceptional.

If a broader study finds that prime time indeed is the prime time for iPad use, newspaper publishers may want to consider producing products that come out early in the evening, instead of in the morning or after their print products are put to bed at midnight.

Fresh news timed to arrive at dinnertime would be an interesting blast from the past for those of us who once worked on afternoon newspapers.
mobile  ipad  news  journalism  media  tablet  apple  technology  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia X7 canceled: death-march journey continues - Computerworld Blogs
And what's this? Zokem, a mobile analytics company founded by some ex-Nokia executives, came out with a damning report on Nokia's U.S. smartphone user loyalty, Tuesday. Out of the eight smartphone platforms surveyed, Symbian had the poorest churn (defined as "the likelihood to shift to a competing platform during the next 12 months.")
At an astoundingly high 94%, it even exceeded webOS, which HP hasn't managed to prove isn't a dead platform). Yes, only 6% of users would buy another Symbian device. Unsurprisingly, surveyed Symbian users indicated that they mostly planned to move to iPhone (33%), Android (25%) or Windows Phone (25%).
nokia  mobile  apple  iphone  hp  symbian  google  android  technology  business  att  windows 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
iPod Touch as the new laptop | PaleoMedia.org
I decided not to lug my laptop to Mexico for this reporting trip. Instead I'm working with my iPod Touch (4th Generation) and an external bluetooth keyboard.

It's worked really well so far. I upgraded my iPod before I left so that I could make use of the on-board microphone and the bluetooth support that the newest iPods have. I picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 the night before I left because I like the key action better than the Apple keyboards, which must have been made for graphic designers who can´t speal anyway. And I use a cheap plastic stand for the iPod while I'm typing.
ipod  apple  mobile  technology  blogging  mexico  travel 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The $85 Smartphone and the imminent extinction of non-smartphones | asymco
Note that I’m not suggesting that the market for high-end smartphones is threatened yet–there is still a lot of innovation that still needs to happen to shape that market into one of mobile computing (vs. mobile phoning).

Instead, what I am suggesting is that the bottom of the phone market is very vulnerable to becoming smart. This may sound like an odd sort of disruption, but it’s a very sinister threat to companies who are in the business of selling brands and not platforms.
technology  mobile  business  nokia  android  google  apple  marketing 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
GigaOm: Keeping the Powder Dry: What Will Apple Buy?: Apple «
We’ll see buys that provide RFID expertise, ways around the battery crunch that’s fast becoming the major barrier in mobile tech, and speedy and dependable methods of streaming content to and from smartphones and tablets. This is where the fight on the horizon is in the mobile sector, and this is where Apple’s many guns will be pointed when the battle comes.
mobile  business  apple  facebook  sony  games  tablet  rfid  ipad  iphone 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Subtraction.com: My iPad Magazine Stand
[...] Social media, if it’s not already obvious to everyone, is going to continue to change everything — including publishing. And it’s a no-brainer to me that content consumption is going to be intimately if not inextricably linked with your social graph. Combine Flipboard or whatever comes along and improves upon it with the real innovation in recommendation technology that we’ll almost undoubtedly see in the next few years, and I can’t see how the 20th Century concept of a magazine can survive, even if it does look great on a tablet.
magazines  media  journalism  writing  ipad  apple  mobile  technology  design 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Market Is Attracting More App Developers - NYTimes.com
"The promise of Android goes beyond one device. We're going to see products running Android that no one has ever envisioned possible."
android  google  mobile  development  software  apple  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia Revises Symbian Strategy as Smartphone Sales Improve: Tech News «
The cost of creating a mobile app can easily surpass six figures, so developers are keen to watch which devices and platforms consumers are attracted to, and therefore, which of those smartphones are a potentially good target for their apps. A greater number of high-end device sales also raises the average selling price and profit margins for handsets. Nokia doesn’t enjoy the roughly $600 ASP that Apple does, but Nokia’s ASP did increase in the quarter to €65 (US $91) as compared to €61 in the prior quarter and €64 from the year ago period. You don’t need an accounting degree to understand that selling more devices at a higher price brings increases in revenue.
nokia  symbian  apple  android  google  mobile  technology  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Apple's new Mac App store gives me the willies | ZDNet
Now, we all know there are a lot of apps, so why complain, right? The reason is freedom. As long as Apple restricts what apps can be run, the device isn’t free. It’s not a computer, it’s an appliance.

Some of you might argue that the iPad isn’t meant to be a computer and it is, in fact, an appliance, and you’re good with that. I’m not thrilled with that view, but I can accept it.
apple  opensource  technology  ipad  iphone  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Steve Jobs's Android Obsession Analyzed | Fast Company
No sense ignoring the elephant in the cloud: "Android" clearly made more appearances than any other word, by far. One might be tempted to read fear or obsession into the repetition of his rival's name -- self-possessed politicians usually settle for "my opponent," after all -- until we scrutinize some of the other words that made prominent appearances.
android  apple  ipad  google 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jobs speaks! The complete transcript | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest. As you know, Nokia’s the biggest. And we admire them for being able to ship the number of handsets that they do. But we don’t aspire to be like them. They’re good at being like them. We want to be like us. And we want to make the best ones.
android  apple  google  interview  ipad  iphone  jobs  mobile  strategy  nokia  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What App Makers Say About Nokia’s Store - Digits - WSJ
“I had no idea of their scale and size…As a U.S. developer, we don’t get the visibility that Nokia can give us on a daily basis."
nokia  software  mobile  development  technology  apple  google  android 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
ongoing by Tim Bray · Ten Theses on Tablets
As of now, I’ve been carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a month, using it every day; this has included two major road trips. I suppose there are a few other humans who’ve had this much hands-on with a 7" form-factor tablet, but I don’t know of any others with a blog and a free hand to write what they think.
media  mobile  technology  android  ipad  apple 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple Logo Is an Agnostic's Crucifix, Star of David: Study | Fast Company
"Brands are a signal of self-worth," said Gavan Fitzsimons, professor of marketing and psychology at Duke. "We're signaling to others that we care about ourselves and that we feel good about ourselves and that we matter in this world. It's more than 'I'm hip or cool'...I'm a worthwhile person, and I matter, and you should respect me and think that I'm a good person, because I've got the D&G on my glasses."
marketing  apple  technology  religion  psychology  identity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Media Companies Shouldn't Accept Apple's Subscription Plans (by @baekdal) #publishing
You are no longer selling newspapers; you are selling news. Content that cannot be limited to specific devices.

The job for media companies is to make highly valuable news articles, and monetized that in a way that doesn't limit, but enables.

For subscriptions that means; one subscription = use everywhere.

Not Apple's, "subscribe to an iPad only version, and give us 30%, loose direct contact with your audience."

My suggestion to the companies currently in talks with Apple is simple. If you cannot convince Apple to allow you to use your own subscription models, in your own apps, forget about the App store.

Create an amazing rich-media HTML5 web app instead, and use offline storage to allow people to read it on the go.
newspapers  media  magazines  ipad  apple  journalism  business  technology  marketing  attention  publishing 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going Without a Laptop | Andrew Hyde
I get a lot of repeat questions on my travels, and I’ve decided to blog about them when I get a bit sick of answering them (although I really do like all of them).

Todays question: Screw the travel, how are you doing sans laptop?

Answer: very well with the ipad. Thanks to a few key things.
minimalism  apple  iphone  ipad  mobile  travel  macbook  technology 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How will the App Store’s “new newsstand” be censored? We’ll know it when we see it — Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
Now Apple is saying, explicitly, that it intends to draw lines, and those lines won’t be drawn beforehand — but hey, don’t worry, because we’ll just know it when we cross them!

Apple loves to maintain tight control of things. That’s been a hugely successful approach for its hardware business. It’s even a defensible position applied to software. But it’s a lousy model for a newsstand.
apple  mobile  software  technology  journalism  ethics  censorship  media  news 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Great App Bubble | Fast Company
Until the bubble bursts, apps are the only mobile game in town. And without a doubt the future of digital is the ubiquitous, pocket-sized screen. What's needed are apps tied to real business models that have real ROI. And,companies should build apps with their eyes open about what they should realistically expect to accomplish with what they develop. Having an app for an app's sake is not enough.
mobile  apple  android  technology  symbian  nokia  iphone  ipod  ipad 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An iPhone app developer’s diary, and some thoughts on Android » Nieman Journalism Lab
If someone out there is interested in volunteering to help build an Android (or WebOS, or BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, or Symbian) version, I’d love to hear from you. We’ve got no animus against other platforms; we just don’t yet see an audience big enough to justify our scant resources.
android  technology  iphone  apple  news  journalism  media  software  blackberry  symbian 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I Returned My iPad - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review
Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
addiction  attention  creativity  family  parenting  brain  ipad  work  socialmedia  time  technology  psychology  gtd  apple  innovation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com: Apple's control-freakery eclipses iPhone advances
I'm especially intrigued, however, by the addition of a gyroscope. This and other sensors built into the phone will enable fascinating new services, if Apple allows them, based on location, motion and other data the devices will be generating automatically as people use them. Journalists, among other people, should be thinking hard about what they might do with such capabilities.
apple  technology  mobile  journalism  media  iphone 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
S.F. Gate: Stanford Laptop Orchestra makes music with Macs
"One of the basic questions we're asking is, What are computers good at doing and what are people good at?"

"Computers are great at producing sounds - anything we can write an algorithm for, we can hear. They don't get tired, they have a lot of processing power, and they're easily networked.

"People, on the other hand, are adaptable. They're social. The notions of expressiveness and intention more readily applicable to people.

"You pull all these elements together, and then you see where the intersection is."
music  computers  technology  mac  macbook  apple  creativity  improvisation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple iPad User Analysis | Y! Mobile Blog
As expected within the classic early-adopter profile, we identified a male skew in the 35-44 age group among these early users. In fact, among all users, men outnumber women 2:1. Given the economy, people with higher earning power were probably the first to buy the iPad. The first Yahoo! iPad users were 94% more likely to be affluent consumers with solid wealth and strong incomes than typical U.S. Yahoo! users.
mobile  data  ipad  apple  parenting  technology  computing 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Marketing: This Dad Is Glad He Bought an IPad - Advertising Age - Digital: Columns
The big "a-ha" here is in how this new piece of technology has shifted my daily playbook of interaction with my children. Not in heavy or overbearing "punt to technology" doses, but via meaningful and highly participatory steps. In a weird way, I'm as pumped about the exploratory as the kids, and that can only lead to more exciting destinations. A bigger and more vibrant screen, combined with portability that trumps the bulky laptop, and we have a device that's vastly easier for groups –- especially families –- to gather around and consume content.

So there you have it. Dad is glad –- not mad or sad –- he bought an iPad.
ipad  apple  media  online  mobile  parenting  children  computers  technology 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash - Charlie's Diary
If you're using an iPad in 2015, my bet is that you won't bother to have home broadband; you'll just have data on demand wherever you are. You won't bother yourself about backups, because your data is stored in Apple's cloud. You won't need to bother about software updates because all that stuff will simply happen automatically in the background, without any fuss: nor will worms or viruses or malware be allowed. You will, of course, pay a lot more for the experience than your netbook-toting hardcore microsofties — but you won't have to worry about your antivirus software breaking your computer, either. Because you won't have a "computer" in the current sense of the word. You'll just be surrounded by a swarm of devices that give you access to your data whenever and however you need it.
apple  future  technology  ipad  flash  google  iphone  internet 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple’s iPad, General Motors, and the shrinking middle of the consumer market : The New Yorker
This doesn’t mean that companies are going to abandon the idea of being all things to all people. If you’re already in the middle of the market, it’s hard to shift focus—as G.M. has discovered. And the allure of a big market share is often hard to resist, even if it doesn’t translate into profits. According to one estimate, Nokia has nearly twenty times Apple’s market share, but the iPhone alone makes almost as much money as all Nokia’s phones combined. But making money by selling moderately good products that are moderately expensive isn’t going to get any easier, which suggests a slight rewrite of the old Highland ballad. You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, and we’ll both be in Scotland afore the guy in the middle.
apple  business  marketing  economics  newyorker  design  globalization  ikea  ipad  nokia  mobile 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
UPDATED: All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.
ipod  iphone  apple  software  business  mobile  copyright  law  development  eff 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stanford survey finds iPhone habit-forming - San Jose Mercury News
"One of the most striking things we saw in the interviews was just how identified people were with their iPhone ... It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life. It just kind of captured part of their identity."
apple  iphone  mobile  study  research  academia  stanford  technology  ritual  attention  nokia 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Both Sides Of The Table: App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)
am betting that the future is “the mobile web” not the “the mobile app.” There will always be some apps that have reasons to be native on devices but I am betting that serious innovation will happen on mobile browsers and that the future will so most apps folded into the cloud. We’ve already seen it once in the PC era. It’s the best thing for our health. We can build for one primary browser (like we do for Firefox on the desktop today) and then figure out how to get the rest working with whatever Microsoft builds.

It will be 3-5 years before this transition takes place. Much money will be gained and lost in this period. And somebody will win in the transition. Wise companies will plan for this “great porting” to take place. Unfortunately it won’t be in the next 3 years so we have to live through this temporary era.
media  social  business  technology  web  mobile  apple  google  future  software  iphone  android 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The iPad business model for news: Strategies publishers must embrace » Nieman Journalism Lab
One thing is for sure: No retailer, no marketing executive, no ad agency anywhere is looking to spend more money in any part of any newspaper. (Well, maybe you could find a few.) By and large, they’re looking to build more direct connections with consumers on digital platforms. And they see the iPad as the Next Big Thing.
news  journalism  newspapers  marketing  mobile  apple  publishing  media  social 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Digital Domain - AT&T Takes the Fall for the iPhone’s Glitches - NYTimes.com
AT&T and Apple could both gain by swapping talent.

Apple, send your marketing wizards to lend your partner a hand. It sorely needs help.

AT&T, send some engineers to redesign the iPhone to make better use of the country’s fastest wireless network.
att  media  web  mobile  iphone  network  apple  networking  online 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
In the Smartphone Era, Can Nokia Recapture Its Glory Days? - NYTimes.com
“Nokia faces competition everywhere,” says Sherief Bakr, a Citigroup analyst. “At the high end from Apple, in the midrange by Research in Motion, and by the Koreans and the Chinese in the low end.”
nokia  apple  southkorea  korea  china  blackberry  mobile  business 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Apple: Finding Even More Uses for iTunes - BusinessWeek
Rather than products that are downloaded on a one-way basis to a specific device, couldn't iTunes become the back end for a new generation of cloud-based services? Already there are scores of applications on the iPhone that tap Web data. Why not make iTunes part of that cloud?

Give app developers a set of unique services found only on iTunes they can put to work to make their applications smarter. Call it the iTunes Cloud.
apple  technology  software  itunes  osx  marketing 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Computerworld: Apple immune to Windows 7 impact, analyst says
"I analyzed the impact of the last four Windows launches and found no negative correlation between them and Mac sales," said Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech. "In fact, [Microsoft's launches] almost act like a delayed accelerant on Mac sales."

After comparing Mac sales with the launches of Windows 98 in June 1998, Windows 2000 (February 2000), Windows XP (October 2001) and Vista (January 2007), Marshall found that in all but the case of Windows 2000, Mac sales either increased or stayed steady.
apple  mac  macbook  windows  computers  technology  marketing 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Computerworld: Google leak points to imminent iMac, MacBook refresh
Stephen Baker, an analyst with retail research firm NPD Group, echoed those comments today. "I think we'll see a $799 MacBook and a $999 MacBook in the next few days," Baker said Monday. "I can't see how Apple wouldn't go there."

Apple's current low-end notebook is the white-cased MacBook, which lists for $999, and is slightly discounted online by others, such as Amazon, which sells the laptop for $978.

Apple frequently introduces new products or tweaked existing lines on Tuesdays, something that has fueled speculation that the company could unveil new iMac, Mac Mini and MacBook models as soon as tomorrow.
apple  macbook  computers  imac  google  marketing  europe 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
IOC told to get hip with the digital revolution
"They are the most socially active generation and digital culture is their culture.," he said, noting they affect $600 billion in consumer spending. "Their desire to create content and use it as social currency amongst their networks and communities has profound implications for how media owners and sports rights owners behave amongst them."

"The most important legacy of any from the Olympic movement is to deliver the next generation of sports fans and athletes," Sorrell concluded. "To do this, we must ensure the iPod, iPhone generation is tuning in, not tuning out."
olympics  online  sports  mobile  iphone  ipod  apple  social  network  community  business  athletes 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com / Telecoms - Nokia aims to seize the limelight in smartphone market
"You need products with that wow factor that people entering a store can aspire to, even if they cannot afford to buy it.

"Nokia has the challenge of young consumers saying, 'My dad has a Nokia, so why would I want one?' They've got to make themselves cool again."
nokia  mobile  marketing  youth  usa  apple  iphone  attention 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com / Telecoms - Nokia pledges smartphone assault on Apple
This week, Nokia will try to inject fresh momentum into its smartphone strategy with the release of a device featuring a Linux operating system. Analysts say Nokia’s Symbian operating system and S60 software, used on most of its smartphones, need an overhaul.

Nokia is also expected to unveil plans to sell netbooks, or small, mobile computers.

Mr Kallasvuo defended Nokia’s N97 smartphone, the company’s main answer to the iPhone, following criticism by some analysts that it is a poor alternative to Apple’s handset.

He said: “We are competitive in the marketplace right now as we speak, and we will make efforts to be even more competitive going forward.” Apple’s rapidly growing strength as a mobile phone maker is underlined by its securing the second largest share of the industry’s profits in the second quarter.
nokia  apple  mobile  business  iphone 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SwebApps, Mobile Roadie Try to Democratize iPhone Apps - TIME
"In a few years, mobile apps will be to businesses what sites are today," says Chocano. "They'll serve as a product catalog, a shopping tool, a social-media resource, a way to gather client information, a media gallery — all on the go, at your customer's fingertips."
mobile  marketing  shopping  business  cities  social  information  media  iphone  google  apple 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Feature Phones Comprise Overwhelming Majority of Mobile Phone Sales in Q2 2009
“Feature phones are taking on more of the physical characteristics of smartphones, and often offer greater exposure to carrier services,” Rubin said. “Although their user interfaces continue to improve, the depth of their applications generally lags behind those of smartphones. With the price gap between smartphones and feature phones narrowing, to remain competitive feature phones need to develop a better Web experience, drive utility via widgets, and sidestep the applications arms race.”
mobile  apple  nokia  marketing  technology  business  web 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia Lifts the Veil on Its China Testing Site, but Why Now? | Technomix | Fast Company
The answer, it would seem, is amusingly basic. Nokia China's VP David Tang made a point that while made-in-China products still carry the bad PR of being low quality, it's not true for Nokia. The company uses the same production standards globally. And there's another angle too: Given the tour's emphasis on how nice the campus is, and how great the working environment, maybe Nokia's trying to distinguish itself from the stinky aroma now surrounding Apple's Chinese partner Foxconn after the workplace bullying-suicide incident. The timing, with Apple poised to release its Chinese iPhone version, just can't be coincidence.
nokia  mobile  china  apple 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Digital Life » Blog Archive » Know Your Mac—Easily Make Your Very Own Wi-Fi Hub
On your ethernet connected Mac, go to System Preferences. Select Sharing. Next select Internet Sharing. Change your option to share from Ethernet from the drop down menu. Click Airport option and then give the nifty network you just made a name and password. Lastly, turn on Internet sharing. That’s it! Enjoy!
mac  wifi  internet  diy  computers  apple 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
About the Artist: Tara Jane O'Neil - eMusic Spotlight
I also have a lot of Garage Band files of me playing spontaneous country songs, which I really like. I have this country music character who hasn't really done much in the world, but she exists — her name is Rhonda Paycheck. Rhonda Paycheck will one day get her chance. She's kind of a Linda Ronstadt, '70s country-rock singer, but she also does little acoustic guitar songs as a secret fetish thing that nobody knows about. And then she'll die one day, a horrible death, as all Nashville stars do, and then they'll release these, and all the hipsters will love them.
songwriting  apple  music  country 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Comixology and the future of connected commerce | FactoryCity
It dawned on me recently that, not only are we in a period of great change and transformation, but that those of us who have been working on the web to make it a more social and humane place have only barely begun the process of taking the “personality-ization” (not “personalization”) and connectedness that we take for granted on the web into the offline world. [...]
comics  web  commerce  shopping  marketing  apple  business  attention  presence  privacy  online  social 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Blogging For Dollars: When bloggers blog bloggers, is the result blather -- or better?
There will always be a factchecking squad on the Internet. But I think the reblogging craze will fade over time, as the Web's writers learn the deep satisfaction of telling one's own story for the first time — not repeating someone else's for the nth.
blogging  internet  journalism  technology  apple  mobile  cellphones  story  writing 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Estelle, the poster child for artificial scarcity | Technology | Los Angeles Times
"Searching for a glimpse into the record company's rationale, I called Frank Luby, a co-author of 'Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share: A Guide to Greater Profits in Highly Contested Markets.' (I should have asked him about newspapers while I had him on the phone. D'ohhhh!)"
music  business  economics  itunes  apple  technology  uk  newspapers  corporations 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Steering Clear of Energy's Volatility - washingtonpost.com
"Amana Trust Growth (symbol: AMAGX) is the largest U.S. fund that invests according to Islamic law. The fund keeps trading to a minimum because Islamic law equates it to gambling. It has benefited from gains in some of its long-term investments, such as Apple. The fund is down 5.26 percent this year and up 15.31 percent over five years."
islam  investing  economics  religion  law  finance  apple  oil  energy  usa  stocks 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Attention Indie Filmmakers: iTunes May Be Within Your Reach - Kendall Whitehouse: On Technology and Media
"[...] The problem, as Kirsner notes, is that independent filmmakers don't have direct access to the iTunes channel. Apple prefers to work with aggregators of cinematic content rather than with individual filmmakers.

You're no doubt wondering, "So which aggregators supply content to iTunes and how do I get access to them?" That's why Kirsner's piece is valuable. He lists the major independent movie aggregators that supply content to iTunes along with links to their contact information and to how to apply for distribution.

If you have cinematic content you're looking to publish through iTunes, here's where to start [...]"
cinema  film  movies  apple  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: The secret of multiple nerdgasms
"The nature of the word is obvious: a combination of nerd and orgasm. I won't belabour the orgasm part, except to note that the word derives from the Greek orgasmos, excitement, from organ, to swell up or be excite."
language  identity  technology  apple  movies  cinema  film 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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