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Steve Jobs – Philosopher and Pal

A lot has been said about Mr. Jobs.   I am concerned about the way he left our world.   I have questions.  This is not about theories or conspiracies.  I am just a bit taken aback.  I know he has been sick, but it seemed so sudden.

I don’t want to rant and steer off course.  But my intuition tells me there is more to the story.  On the positives, Steve Jobs and his vision brought a lot of joy to people’s lives.   I remember how great the Apple 2E was back in the late 1980s.  My fellow elementary school students and I would have fun playing, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.  I thought it was the greatest thing ever.   The thought of something called the iPad, IPhone, iPOD, iTunes, or iOS was never on anyone’s radar, except him and a select few.   Was Apps in anyone’s vocabulary a few years ago?  How far we have come! 🙂

On the day of his passing, I was fascinated by some of the quotes that came from him.  He sure had a way with words.

One quote that  resonated with me is :

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

This encompasses so much.  Not just Apple.  How many times do we complain and pine over trivial things?  They won’t matter in a day, week, month, or ever minutes from now.   We are in the midst of a spiritual transformation in our world.   Steve Jobs’ passing at a young age is a constant reminder that we need to be positive.  And I don’t mean just thinking positive thoughts.  But we need to actually feel it in our souls.  Life is short but it’s also long enough to do the things we want to do.  And I don’t care how old or young we think we are.  I need to tell this to myself everyday.  I get sidetracked, like we all do, by forces that pull us from our goals.   Sometimes via self-imposed defeat and torture to ourselvess and in contrast, challenges arrive beyond our control.  That is where we need to believe in ourselves and achieve all that we want to achieve.  Do not let society, the media, the dark forces, or negative people bring you down.   Look out for yourself and surround yourself with the good in the world.  There is a lot more than we realize.   We all don’t have to be millionaires, have large mansions,  expensive boats, and drive over-priced cars.   But we all have the power to be happy and be succesful.   Steve Jobs is a testament to that.  There are stories everywhere that inspire us.  And you are rarely going to find that in network news and brainwashing sitcoms.   A huge start, would be for us to look out for each other and spread love.  I see it’s already happening.   Find your success.  Find it within.  Believe.   Best!

 

 

 

 

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Everybody knows I pro-Android and sorta anti-iPhone but when it come to tablets I am neither. If I can’t do everything on my tablet that I do on my PC, it’s a waste of time and money for me. Let’s say I used a certain program on my PC to create some type of document and need to modify that file on the go; but now my Android or iPad can’t because the program is not compatible on those platforms. What now?? For the price of these oversized iPhones and Android phones, I’d rather get a fully functional device. And with Windows 8 around the corner, I can’t wait!! Looking at the numbers from Boston Consulting Group, you can see that U.S. consumers agree. So do Chinese consumers for that matter. iOS and Android are both holding their own but still not quite there yet. What about you? You got a tablet already? If so, which one? If not, what are you waiting for?

Tablet Preference

Source [BGR]

Alright people! It feels like the sky is falling and pigs started to fly. Yes everybody was waiting eagerly for the iPhone 5 but now have to settle for the meager upgrade of the iPhone 4S. Apple never actually confirmed or commented on all the rumors and hype of the iPhone 5 so honestly you can’t be mad at them. I did have an inkling that they would only release the iPhone 4S but didn’t want to keep reporting on rumors and decided to wait on the news from the horse’s mouth, Apple. Now let me take a look at the pros and cons of this iPhone release.

Pricing

Apple will starting taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on October 7th and will be released on the 14th of the month. It will come in 2 colors flavors, black & white, and 3 price points; a 16GB version for $199, a 32GB version for $299 and a 64GB for $399. No surprise here as they always release different versions based on internal drive space. I still don’t understand why they don’t use micro SD technology instead handcuffing consumers to a specific memory. I do have a Nexus S 4G with only internal memory of 16GB only because I had gotten used to 8GB and welcomed the added memory. However, it’s never enough! Now the good part is that the older models prices go down opening the door to new Apple customers. The iPhone 3GS will come down to $0.00 with a contract of course and the iPhone 4 to $99. None of this impressed Wall Street as their stock prices dipped 5% after this news.

Availability

The iPhone 4S will be launching with the 2 usual suspects  in Verizon Wireless and AT&T but they will be adding the third largest carrier in the U.S. with Sprint. the iPhone 3GS will stay on AT&T only but Sprint will get the iPhone 4S and possibly the iPhone 4. Sprint actually closed a $20 billion deal with Apple to buy 30.5 million iPhones and don’t believe they’ll profit on the deal till 2014. I really don’t know what to think about this one. It’s a big gamble but I feel Sprint. It’s not fun being in 3rd place on the market. It’s a big win for Apple to reach more consumers and that is their bottom line! T-Mobile is still left out of this iPhone craze. Hmmmm…I let you guys mull over that one! They’ve also increased their reach with carriers globally.

Competition

iPhones comparisonNow this is a big part of this release that is a gamble for iPhone. While Android (and even others like Windows 7) manufacturers are pushing the limit with their hardware, Apple seems content with minor upgrade to merely catch up to the competition. There’s 2 charts here showing the difference between the iPhone 4S, its brethren and the competition. Click images to enlarge. From what I can see they did improve the video recording to 1080p, improve the camera to 8mp with face detection and 5-element lens (whatever that means). Nothing crazy really. Now, along with the iOS 5 update, Siri, a talking personal assistant , is the “biggest” innovation from this release. I say biggest in quotation only because I believe this technology is a natural progression of what’s now offered on the market with voice detection. Google is said to be working on a similar technology with their next Android OS update with Ice Cream Sandwich. I will let you study the competition and see for yourself why people are disappointed in this release as far as specs go. I will say this though: the missing 4G is big!! Most smartphone manufacturers have been on the 4G tip since summer 2010(.e. HTC EVO 4G). While I do understand that 4G does kill your battery and the battery is terrible, I still believe they should have included that feature on this phone.

iPhone 4S comparison chart

Conclusion

All in all, the iPhone 4S fits right into Apple’s business strategy. They have opened more options for US customers to get their products and have also added new price points for their different device models. Costumers that are up on their contract with their iPhone 3GS  can now upgrade to the iPhone 4S. New customers that can’t afford their latest model can opt for the more cost-effective models on the market. It’s a win win for Apple. For the consumers, it leaves a bit to be desired. Apple will still be stacking that mountain of cash flow. No problem! What do you think?

Source [BGRBGR, TNW, PCWorld]

Here we go again with some pro-Android statistics. You cannot escape the facts and numbers brought to you Nielsen. Looking at the survey of recent acquirers of operating systems, you can clearly see that Android is continuing to put it’s foot down and taking over the mobile market at 43% with 56% in the past 3 months. Blackberry seriously need to get their QNX platform on the shelves before it’s too late. For the past 3 months, they only account for 9% of recent acquirers in the past 3 months whereas they are now at 18% of overall subscribers. Clock is ticking guys and the competition isn’t letting up! iOS is staying steady with their niche market numbers. They hold 28% of the overall subscribers shares and stay at the same percentage for shares of recent acquirers. And with the introduction of a new iPhone 4S or 5 on Oct. 4th, those numbers may increase very quickly.

Operating System Share Continue reading

More and more people are getting their hand on all-purpose smartphones on U.S soil. At this time last year, smartphones accounted for 25 percent of the mobile market. Enter today, they have grown to 40 percent of the market, according to Nielsen. As the price of smartphones continue to decrease, expect these number to increase rather quickly within the next year or so.

U.S. Mobile Market

Q2 2011

Now looking at the smartphone OS share, it gets interesting. Continue reading

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