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you can eat an Apple but be careful not to choke on Google

October18
ha! coming up with the titles of my Blog posts is almost as much fun as writing the piece, itself.so…I got called-out over my most recent post comparing Apple and Google: Apples are good for you Androids not so much. or, just push your browser down half a foot and read it that way. do it!

you can read, with rapt attention, about all of this in the comments. but, I just felt like relaying it in a separate Blog because my antagonist, whom I hold in a great deal of genuine affection, set a great stage for me.

… a lovely pudding, actually.

mine is only an opinion in which I do use facts, as leveraged in the very post that gives rise to [those] exploratory comments.

that said, I don’t feel “hate” in my heart or opinion for Google. And, I’ll stand hopeful that I’ve not used that word against the Company on this Blog. Facebook, certainly. not only do I “hate” that Company, but I could very well add “detest” to a long list of negative words that aptly describe not only my opinion, but firm conviction.

so… I’ve taken a moment to revisit and ponder this post.

I stand by the facts offered.

my position remains that the Samsung Nexus Prime device running the latest Android Operating System is [pretty] good, and the Operating System “vibrant” (but, an OS that integrates mobile devices is not innovative, only slick – and, already accomplished by the Apple iOS). I’ll add that my numbers extolling Google’s revenues off Mobile devices are accurate and aligned with the fact that roughly five-hundred thousand (500,000) Android handsets are activated [daily, weekly, monthly – I can’t recall] on a regular basis. however, as stated in other posts, Google’s revenue for that effort pales in comparison to Apple’s revenue off much fewer units sold. that is certainly factual.

I prefer substance over fluff, and believe that making money is part of best practices. and, being able to say that, as a shareholder, we get more “bang for our buck” is good and cool. also, in a word of my friend, if Apple only carries a “niche” (for a market), but takes that to the bank at one thousand dollars ($1,000) a share, that’s okay – and, a long-standing prediction of mine. as a matter of fact, most Apple evangelists understand that Apple products are for the discerning, and the masses, not so much. I’ve certainly made that point repeatedly, and sincerely like it that way. I’m less so snobby than I am grimly satisfied for being proved right every single day by Apples Halo Effect.

by the way… Any time Google’s stock is over $475 a share, I “like” that.

what!?

I’ll always freely admit that Google rocks and owns online-oriented advertising. I suspect they cheat. But, that’s not proven, yet. and, I’m not going to bother with that, today. but, I use Apple products for one purpose, and (now/ again) Google’s stock for another. but, that’s just me being practical.

in any event, I have to appreciate Google for it’s comparison to Apple (If I’ve not made that clear in the past I will work to do so more in the future). the stories, of the Companies, their founders and products, are very different by contrast – in almost every conceivable way. many people (not just me, certainly) point to Steve Jobs and Apple as great examples of innovation and heroic deeds. Not so Larry Page and the people around him that have very different DISC and HBDI profiles than Apple employees. Page recently bragged about casting-off unprofitable business units, but spent a lot of money wasted on acquisitions that made little or no sense. we’ll see about Motorola (that was really interesting). don’t bother asking me how I know all of that. I’ll run the risk of ignorant (make sure you [collectively] know the nuance associated with that word) derision, and remain satisfied with my own information.

NOTE: my friend knows that I went out of my way to work with an Android device for almost six months (I even bought two for my daughters, and you) before I went back to the iPhone. I covered much of that with fairly glowing reports, didn’t I? I felt I needed to experience the technology so I could leverage an honest assessment. and, so I have. but, my buddy has almost no experience with an iPhone, and yet remains evangelical over Google without valid comparison.

that post really wasn’t about Google, or Android. and, it’s not about me or feelings. it was meant to be about how Sprint Nextel Corporation see’s a path to market-share and profitability by betting on Apple and the iPhone (current and next generation models.

by the way… I’ve never said Android devices will “fail”. I do believe there is a vital market for those products.

if I need to be clear, or clarify a pst discussion, I will say that Google’s Android Operating System that drives mobile devices has failed to meet Apple standards that include, but are not limited to quality.

NOTE: I want everyone to win and have the type of great experience with products that I and Apple-users vitally enjoy.

ideally, as Google (Android gets cleaner), pushes other companies through competition, including Apple to get better as well. That’s how Steve Jobs would see it, I’m certain.

in closing, I probably could have kept this simple by just writing something like: “I don’t hate Google, I just really like Apple by comparison”. had I been advised to state that, I’d probably have followed along.

…I’m also right about China.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Rowdy and that “Grizzly Bag”

April29

many of you have followed my stories regarding Rowdy the world famous Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Joanne captured this video using her iPhone 3Gs. Rowdy is suspicious of a bag that clearly isn’t supposed to be there. We discover that it is likely of the evil “Grizzly Bag” variety.

Thusly Rowdy’s treasured person, Joanne, is defended and rescued.

meanwhile…

I evidently married smart. but, that proverbial apple does not fall far from the tree (as you know, I love technology, and new toys).

Joanne:

“why do I need a new iPhone? this one works great”.

then, there is my daughter, whom may be more like me.

Haley Anne:

“Daddy, I neeeeed a new iPhone. mine got scratchy”.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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brian cork’s iPad 2

March11

so… we have our iPad 2’s now, and you don’t.

did you know that Larry Page owns an iPad?

they are, indeed, thinner and lighter. the front-facing video and still-action camera will be useful. but, to optimize all that you still need adaptors. the blog geeks can go into more detail over that. but, that’s what hardware “refreshing” is all about with Apple’s brilliant scheme of drawing you in at six month intervals. oddly, the camera does not have a flash feature like it’s iPhone 4 cousin.

I’m glad we stuck with AT&T (my prior rants aside). Verizon has some real “gotcha’s” in their pricing. Verizon assesses a thirty five dollar ($35) “activation fee” when you activate 3G data service for the first time, and charges it again if you let your data service lapse for more than three months. not cool for the infrequent, but determined traveller.

Santi confirms he can’t use his iPad 2 on the Sprint network. oddly, he is still able to use his Verizon iPhone on Sprint, but for the life of any of us, we don’t know how or why.

you can put in the SIM from an iPhone in the iPad 2 if you have a Micro-SIM used in iPhone 4 (by the way… you can get the SIM card and/ or configuration kits straight off Amazon if you want to use your T-Mobile SIMs on both the iPhone 4 and iPad 2). I can’t say for certain it’s ironic, but the T-Mobile data plan is faster than AT&T’s, for now. and apparently users do have fewer dropped calls.

NOTE: it looks like the iPad 2, itself, does not support the new Personal Hotspot feature of the iPhone. but, the iPad 2 can use an iPhone’s Personal Hotspot to connect to the Internet.

here’s a bugger you, you, collectively, although not for my people, for reasons I can’t explain… when using an external display, there’s no way to indicate a “finger” pointer on the external display. that appears to be a custom feature Apple created for its demo. (…and, this is ironic, for Adobe’s demos of their un-FLASH related products). since I’ve blown the cover off of that Adobe revelation, you should know there is more coming. more on that in a few weeks. but, as I remind you that Apple remains philosophically opposed to Flash on iOS devices, Adobe has yet to ship a version of FLASH that works on Android 3.0 devices such as the new Motorola Xoom (which is pretty slick, by the way), and Adobe FLASH performance on Android 2.2 devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab is awful. this information will annoy if not unhinge Google kool-aid guzzlers.

something (amongst a plethora of so many other things) most of you don’t know you would not be able to live without until you try it is the simple fact that you can use USB audio input or output. although this is not officially supported, the iPad supports generic USB audio devices, both input and output. USB audio devices, among others, can be connected using the USB adapter in Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit. a powered USB hub may be required for some devices which draw more power than iPad can supply.

more later. being me is fun.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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converge on this small iPhone now!

February15

you are probably growing weary of me blogging about technology. and, perghaps Apple and Google, in particular. but, I also know you won’t stop reading my blog because you are building wealth and becoming more interesting at cocktail parties because of the plethora of eclectic information I share with you. just jump on my bus (or even my shoulders), and I’ll carry you the rest of thee way.

…and, I’m more keen than ever around my continuing dialogue relative to emerging trends and convergence. the rest of this post begins to tie together many loose ends.

I’ve hinted at this before. but, a smaller, candy-bar-sized iPhone is going to be a reality. Apple is working on a smaller iPhone that would be about half the size of the current model and cost half as much (and, will be quite a contrast to the Tim Cook era 47″ iMac (you read that first, here). if you can’t believe me, the Wall Street Journal has some what sketchier details. the new phones will come out this summer, says the report. we think we are hearing they will be a refreshed iPhone 4, while the new iPhone 5 (with LTE and NFC as part of iOS 5) pounces into your collective lives.

we saw the prototype of the “new” iPhone, and the device was/ is significantly lighter than the iPhone 4, and had an edge-to-edge screen that could be manipulated by touch, as well as a virtual keyboard and voice-based navigation. it’s starting to look like  Apple might also be planning to upgrade the iPhone 4 for different types of carriers (CDMA, GSM, WIMAX, etc have different design requirements). but, the smaller iPhone is coming just like the iPod evolved into the Nano.

we really like the edge-to-edge screen with a touch interface. it reminded me of the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I know the obelisk is bigger than a smaller iPhone. but, the impact on “humanity” will likely follow (monkey) suit.

the one possibly coolest new feature might be voice navigation. Apple already offers some rudimentary voice control with the current iPhone, so we don’t know if this voice navigation is something really all that new. and, Google already has it anyway. but, for many reasons, when Apple does something, almost anything, it seems more hip, refined, and cool(er).

here is a key, and where convergence drives deep… disparate and recent reports from Cult of Mac claims indicate that Apple will cut costs on the smaller iPhone in large part by drastically slashing the on-board memory of the device and relying on cloud-based content delivery.

so… with Apple deciding to lose some of the memory, which is by far the most expensive component of the iPhone (up to one-quarter of the device’s cost, according to iSuppli estimates)
, this bring “the cloud” more into the product road-map. so… now by “some” of the memory, perhaps we mean ALL of the memory. The iPhone “nano” is starting to look like it won’t have memory for onboard storage of media. this is what Santi says, anyway. It will have only enough memory to buffer media streamed from the cloud.

“think strictly storage memory,” says Santi.

providing all of this speculation thinking holds true (you have to admit we’re doing a good job here based on a visual and light touch opportunity) the smaller iPhone would pull essentially all of its media through a revamped MobileMe service, reducing the need for significant on-board storage in the same way that the Apple has been able to slash storage on the second-generation Apple TV by shifting to a streaming model.

NOTE: going back to the variable design requirement issue, I think that some on-board storage would clearly be required for the (even upgraded iOS5) operating system itself, and other critical system data, including caching of data handed down from the cloud and perhaps storage of photos and videos taken by the device should it include a camera. but, cloud storage (i.e. Apple’s iDisk) should be able to deal with that, right?

see how it all comes together? Steve Jobs has set the stage for everyone with products that scale in the direction you did not know you had to follow. but you will. do it!

but, there might be some conflicts. we also suspect that such a lean cloud-centric device would not be able to support the App Store, as Apps appear to depend on locally-stored content, and would thus require significant modification to run from the cloud.

but, is this another twist in the road where Apple forces developers to make that work, and Google looks stuck, again?

or… Apple may avoid the potential user interface issues of a smaller, lower-resolution screen by simply not allowing third-party apps at all, and opting to use only built-in apps specifically designed for the smaller screen. that’s what the guys at the Wall Street Journal might think. but, I don’t buy that. given the runaway success of the App platform, it would still be impractical for Apple to shift away from an App Store-focused ecosystem for the new device. mostly because it would detract from the larger device and broader Apple community.

there’s been a lot of speculation for a good while that Apple might move towards cloud-based music sync and services. but, licensing issues must be what’s holding up the debut of the service which we thought was originally planned for 2010. Apple may also add music backup, similar to the feature offered by Lala, which Apple acquired in December 2009, and quietly shut down a few months later. Google has also been working on an online music “locker,” but has run into problems with licensing. in any event, another new part of the MobileMe upgrade that some of the aforementioned articles indicate that users will finally be able to access their iTunes libraries without syncing to their computer. instead, files would be served wirelessly. this means the upgraded MobileMe service would give users access to their iTunes libraries from, say an iPhone or iPad, instead of requiring that the devices be synced by cable with a computer, and use space to store the actual files. this begins to make all the more sense  as the Wall Street Journal also says that Apple may open up (make it free) its MobileMe service, which automatically backs up information like contacts, photos, and videos, to a Web service. Currently, MobileMe costs ninety nine dollars ($99) per year. and, with this new iPone costing about two hundred dollars ($200), that makes the iPhone a problem for Google, and Nokia.

Read between the line…

Steve Jobs has said in the past that wireless sync services would come eventually.

if Apple stays true to form, the new service would only be compatible with the iPhone 4 and go-forward devices. obviously you will want to upgrade, and keep upgrading.

along the convergence (Steve Jobs himself told us: video everywhere and anywhere) Apple recently opened a massive new data center in North Carolina, and is apparently already planning an expansion. this could help it meet capacity needs as millions of new users take advantage of the service. Apple is going to eat Google’s Gingerbread.

peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

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