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evidently God was the first Blackberry user

January21

Why Alan Missroon Still Uses a BlackBerry

Bible writers Mark and Luke each refer to the historical account when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush.

in each instance, both Mark and Luke use the Greek word for blackberry when referring to the burning bush.

the inference is that God was the first Blackberry user.

and, since some have speculated that the Devil used an Apple; and everyone knows Android was created by man, Alan Missroon is sticking with the BlackBerry.

while out’s interesting and fun to me, it may not equal any of that with you. however, Thursday I wrote a post titled, Did God give us English or does the language help us define Him. here is a excerpt.

that said, one of my favorite example might end-up “being” the evolution of Artificial Intelligence” (“AI”). at what point will the mote in Gods eye transect with other creation? will AI (or androids, for example) develop independent or unique thought? can you imagine one day a robot writing poetry? would you listen to a robot serve-up a sermon from the pulpit?

so, when I met Alan Friday, and he told me the story I felt providence was once again playing it’s impish role in my life. And, God.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

I can phone in the future by dialing into the past

April11

I started this post with a disparate (no… not desperate) thought, and found myself astounded by where we ended-up.

here’s a provocative statement that won’t make sense until you read the entirety of this effort. so read on:

Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.

so… here is the punchline in advance…

as an Apple shareholder, I want Google, Android, Samsung – the whole motley lot of them to succeed in wild fashion. innovation creates success for everyone, the most hearty, in particular. that innovation and subsequent change is what creates opportunity for growth and improvement for the bold.

with that; all of that, with its implications, in-mind, ponder the following. do it! invest your time, passion, and money, accordingly.

Samsung Unveils Enormous 6.3-Inch Galaxy Mega Smartphone

 Samsung Unveils Enormous 6.3-Inch Galaxy Mega Smartphone – mashable.com

“If you liked the big screen of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones, the company has something even more massive coming. The Samsung Galaxy Mega line, which will hit Europe in May, is led by a monstrous 6.3-inch phone – the…”

Brian Patrick CorkI dunno… 6.3 is pretty big to offer ease of use.

gianna messinaGianna Messina: They have some of the WORST reviews online bar none.

 

…whoa…

in any event, I thought the Samsung S4 (NOT pictured below) had promise but remained a bit awkward compared to the iPhone. texting is still wonky, for Gods sake. I still don’t understand why people are so smitten with the Galaxy S III. it’s a known battery hog, an eye sore (what was Samsung thinking when it mucked up Android this badly?) and a glitch bomb (ranging from missed text and calendar notifications to wonky headphone and Bluetooth connectivity). to top it off, it behaves jerkily, despite its 1.5GHz processor.

google nexus 4what can possibly be exciting about a hand-held device, other than what you use it for? it’s a genuinely esoteric questions.

what matters?

I believe the difference will come down to bio-morphics and voice recognition. then size won’t matter unless you want to vChat or watch a video.

I have a Nexus 7 that I like better than my iPad(s). so, it’s not that I’m pushing any particular platform, today.

in fact, we are continuing to test Android devices. the phone I’m most taken with at the moment isn’t the iPhone 5 (although I just picked-up Haley Anne another iP5) no, it’s the (re-imagined)  Nexus 4 – a collaboration of Google and LG, representing the pinnacle of Android hardware and software (Jelly Bean 4.2). it runs smooth as butter, with a vibrant screen that is second to none. when I first picked one up I kept thinking “perfect” – providing I can truly customize certain Apps like simple texting. okay…  I’ve set it up: impressive hardware, best Android software ever, definitely a threat to the iPhone (the 5, but not the 6) … except.

…brief intermission…

NOTE: I was among the first to buy two Nexus One phones when Google first released them almost exactly three years ago this month. I can prove it. go read, selfless acts of Commerce. I actually acquired them because they were part of history and Nicholas Johnson was so dang excited about “the Google phone”. that was fun to watch. …he earned that.

wait… go read another post of mine where I discuss the Nexus One.

the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil

it’s a crazy and interesting sprint down memory lane. it demonstrates how the creative and innovative quickly transitions to the expected and mundane.

in the end (that being defined inside twenty months), all “smart” mobile phones will be very similar. thusly, it will come down to what do you use it for. then size matters.

meanwhile… end to the intermission…
you note that hesitation just before intermission? so what’s the catch? there are two that go hand in hand: availability and network compatibility.

the only carrier actively selling the Nexus One is T-Mobile. mind you, if you’re on T-Mobile, this is your next phone. you would be hard pressed to find anything remotely this good.

but if you’re on every other carrier, you’re basically out of luck. AT&T customers can buy the phone direct from Google, paying the contract-free price of roughly $350, but they can’t run it on their carrier’s 4G LTE network, because it’s not compatible with that technology. so no blistering speeds – which only matters if you care about DATA. and, as for Sprint and Verizon, it’s simply does not have the right innards.

this is a major timing blunder for Google and for LG – the latter in desperate need of a hit smart phone. Google has a genuine opportunity with the Nexus line to take a legitimate run at Apple and it’s iPhone. the Nexus is that good, but everyone is distracted by the Galaxy line. that’s marketing, but also an subsidization strategy. hopefully, once Android get real, Google goes Apple on the world and finds a way to get them on the Nexus platform. that’s when I believe Google gets it.

my takeaway is that Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.

Android is huge, but it’s huge by default. the phones are cheaper than Apple’s, the carriers make more money off of them, and the manufacturers license the operating system for little or nothing, and get to do whatever they want to their look and feel.

the result is that every single Android phone delivers a wildly different experience, and no two people who talk about Android are talking about the same thing.

come on Google… we can do this! lead Apple to unimaginable heights of glory!

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

es·o·ter·ic

/ˌesəˈterik/

I think it’s ironic that synonyms for the word, esoteric, include: occult, private and mystic. esoteric means, “Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest”. and, Christians don’t like anything related to the occult, or harry Potter. and, its easy and fun to watch Harry Potter on my Nexus 7.

what do you think? is this another blog post opportunity?

singing my Apple iTunes on 4G thanks to Steve Jobs

March9

I can tell you that Steve Jobs was waiting for the Qualcomm chip that’s in the new iPad for good reason.

you can bet the iPhone 5 on 4G LTE will not be a battery-hog.

it’s now only a matter of posterity, but I think Apple made a good decision in not going to 4G too early.

by the way… I’m on my first full week using the Samsung Galaxy Note. the cellular service is better on AT&T than my iPhones have been. but, now that the most recent iOS 5.1 update is available from Apple, we’ll all start seeing 4G. that may have helped resolve the problems I had with service along Freemanville Road. but, any Google device still pales by comparison to the iPhone. I still define Android as awkward to use while iOS enables iPhones to do precisely what you expect and went them to do.

so, I doubt it will be too long before we hand the Galaxy off to another Ministry. but, we remain open-minded, and trying.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Apples are good for you Androids not so much

October13

last week I saw the new Samsung handset that is running the latest Google Android Operating System: “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

it’s a good device.

…seriously.

solid. and, the OS feels vibrant.

here is some recent press that adds some relevant perspective:

“Google is also helped by its expansion into mobile phones with its popular Android software. The company’s mobile revenue is now running at about $625 million per quarter, a crowing [Larry] Page said Thursday. He sounded confident that mobile will become an even bigger moneymaker with next week’s scheduled release of updated Nexus phone from Samsung and Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Inc.”

but,  all that said, there’s been some media “stuff” around Samsung and Google holding-off from announcing the Samsung device running the newest Android Operating System out of respect for Steve Job’s recent passing.

that’s rubbish.

and, it’s “reverse marketing” with them trying to come-off like nice guys. the reality is Steve would have RELISHED the competition, and APPRECIATED any announcement coming out, even at his service, because he believed with all his heart that ANY innovation was great for us all. he was confident in his own vision-driven road-map to stand before all-comers.

see a pending Blog post for more. but, of miner consequence, here is a recent article from the The Milton Herald that includes a few quotes from me around Jobs.

now we have even more perspective as to why Apple stuck to it’s standard product roll-out strategy in rolling with the “4S” and not appeasing some people with a preemptive “5” (well… other than the fact that Apple always sticks to it’s, collective, guns). ha! once people see the iPhone 5 (the iPhone 4S is really is already quite a remarkable upgrade), Android will have to stop trying to compete.

and, for the record, the following press offers additional, and relevant, perspective…

Apple has claimed that pre-orders of the iPhone 4S are breaking prior records.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year’s model.

Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone only last Friday. the new iPhone hits stores today. it looks the same as the base “4”. but, in truth, it’s a significant upgrade – but barely heralds the great promise of the iPhone 5.

so… first-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year (that puts the numbers above around Google in it’s place. “crowing”, indeed.). and, as most of you know, it was then sold in the U.S. only by AT&T Inc. now, the iPhone 4S is also sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

keep watching Sprint. as I predicted several weeks ago, it’s offering unlimited DATA for Apple’s iPhone users, something AT&T and Verizon can’t and won’t do, [yet]. I’m planning on making the jump to Sprint, myself. and, Sprint has something up their sleeve. look at China as part of the plan. any Android device strategy is going to be kicked-in-the-teeth.

it’s now no secret that Sprint has made what appears to the unwashed unknowing, a Risky $20 billion bet on the iPhone: http://mashable.com/2011/10/03/sprint-20-billion-iphone/?utm_source=iphoneapp.

twenty billion is a debatable figure. or, maybe it’s relatable. but, to be clear, Sprint has reportedly agreed to purchase 30.5 million iPhones, regardless of whether it can find customers that will buy them. in fact, for the moment, Sprint does not, currently, have anything near that size in terms of smartphone customer-base.

but, that public information is a bit misleading.

my take?

watch what happens with Sprints indirect “partners” in China. this way you (as defined by those that do the research) won’t be surprised by the nationalization of the cellular industry and where the supply of iPhones comes from.

the demand for iPhone (and, NOT Android devices) coming from that region is going to be insatiable.

consider this for additional perspective (I know I’m probably over-using the word: perspective. but, it’s working, today)…

Sprint did not commit to buying $1 billion dollars worth of Android devices.

the companies CEO is betting the house, and his reputation on Steve Jobs’ (and, that of new CEO Tim Cook) go-forward thinking. I’ll be covering this in a great amount of detail in just a few weeks. first, I’ve got some meetings on the West Coast, and some intelligence gathering  work afoot outside of Shenzen, China to work through. but, just be ready. do it!

Larry Page may be crowing today. that’s fine. but, Steve Jobs is likely beaming. and, more of us are with him every day.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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