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To: iggyl who wrote (17335)3/14/2012 3:38:33 PM
From: pyslent
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It'll be quite a bit longer before I can trade a share of Apple for a 64GB iPad! I have a 32GB one now, but I do have to be mindful of my capacity. It's not the photos as much as the apps (I have 16 GB in apps alone); the notion that the new iPad's apps are 5x bigger is making me worry.

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To: pyslent who wrote (17346)3/14/2012 3:49:55 PM
From: iggyl
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There are some apps that I don't care if they're high resolution, others I do. It'd be nice if you could choose the app to be stored and display in low or high resolution.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (17332)3/14/2012 4:15:34 PM
From: iggyl
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What a great day. Apple kicking ass in the market, kicking ass in the stores, kicking ass in the courts. Ain't it great.

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To: iggyl who wrote (17348)3/14/2012 4:43:48 PM
From: pyslent
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" What a great day. Apple kicking ass in the market, kicking ass in the stores, kicking ass in the courts. Ain't it great."

And don't forget that all important metric, subjectmarks, is up as well. In fact, Tankwatch now exceeds the venerable Android board in Subjectmarks, with 103. Nice being part of a winning team.

Subject 57957

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To: pyslent who wrote (17349)3/14/2012 4:47:32 PM
From: iggyl
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Google screws one more organization who was stupid enough to believe in them.

arstechnica.com

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From: clochard3/14/2012 4:51:35 PM
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DOUG KASS: This Chart Of Apple Looks Exactly Like Google Did Right Before The Economy Completely Melted Down




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To: zax who wrote (17343)3/14/2012 5:41:15 PM
From: FUBHO
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Is Siri getting stupider?

Criticism about Siri -- even from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- grows louder as a new lawsuit accuses Apple of misleading advertising

MARCH 14, 2012

A class-action lawsuit accusing Apple of misrepresenting the capabilities of Siri, the company's voice-powered personal assistant for the iPhone, is further tarnishing the company's once-sterling reputation. Over the past couple of years, Apple has faced criticism for dropped calls and design problems with the iPhone, reports of iPad overheating, the emergence of Mac-oriented malware, and calls for boycottsover the working conditions at the company's third-party assembly plants.

The latest controversy revolves around Siri, which received positive reviews when it was released as a core element on the iPhone 4S late last year. Using both voice recognition and artificial intelligence technologies, Siri is designed to respond to voice inquiries such as "what's the weather today" or "find me a well-rated Greek restaurant in Hoboken" and pull together the needed information to deliver the result to the user.

The problem, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by New York resident Frank Fazio: The iPhone 4S's Siri feature does not perform as advertised. Fazio purchased the iPhone 4S solely for the Siri functionality he saw in Apple commercials, which showed users getting impressive assistance with such tasks as making appointments, finding restaurants, learning to play guitar, and tying ties.

Immediately after purchasing the iPhone 4S, Fazio "realized that Siri was not performing as advertised. For instance, when he asked Siri for directions to a certain place or to locate a store, Siri either did not understand what Fazio was asking or, after a very long wait time, responded with the wrong answer," according to the lawsuit.

Fazio's problems with Siri are evidently not isolated. Some observers have said that Siri actually worked beautifully once upon a time -- but has steadily worsened in recent months. "I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told The Daily Beast in January. "Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings."

What's more, Wozniak complained that Siri could not reliably connect to the back-end servers that power the system: "With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can't connect. I've never had Android come back and say, 'I can't connect over the Internet,'" he said.

Cult of Mac, too, has criticized Siri, going so far as to say outright that it's so "broken," it did not make it on to the new iPad. "Siri -- a beta by Apple's own admission -- is quantifiably dumber, less intelligent, and less useful than it was just five months ago when it first launched," the blog posted.

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http://www.infoworld.com/t/iphone/siri-getting-stupider-188644?source=IFWNLE_nlt_mobilehdwr_2012-03-14

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To: clochard who wrote (17351)3/14/2012 5:51:55 PM
From: Kurthend
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The graph is a bit misleading. Google's high was in the $747 range. Google's PE was around 40 versus Apple's current TM PE in the 16 and change range. Heck, Google still has a larger PE ratio now than Apple. Plus, I think you could use Google's graph with almost any major company in late 2007 through 2009 due to the financial calamity that occurred in 2008.

Apple is also growing revenue and earnings at a much higher pace than Google, Apple has almost $100b in cash/equivalents (Google doesn't), Apple's revenue last FY was over $100b, and the prognosis for the next 1-2 years is outstanding for Apple.

Just my two cents worth.

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From: iggyl3/14/2012 6:42:53 PM
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Ex-Google employee says Google+ has ruined the company
By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech March 14, 2012: 5:54 PM ET



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Angry rants about the demise of corporate culture aren't reserved only for ex-Goldman Sachs employees. Microsoft-turned-Google engineer James Whittaker -- now once again a Microsoft employee -- fired off a scathing blast Tuesday on a Microsoft blog about why he left Google.

"My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation," wrote Whittaker, who headed an engineering team for social network Google+. "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."

Whittaker, who joined Google in 2009 and left last month, described a corporate culture clearly divided into two eras: "Before Google+," and "After."

"After" is pretty terrible, in his view.

Google once gave its engineers the time and resources to be creative. That experimental approach yielded several home-run hits like Chrome and Gmail. But Google fell behind in one key area: competing with Facebook.

That turned into corporate priority No. 1 when Larry Page took over as the company's CEO. "Social" became Google's battle cry, and anything that didn't support Google+ was viewed as a distraction.

"Suddenly, 20% meant half-assed," wrote Whittaker, referring to Google's famous policy of letting employees spend a fifth of their time on projects other than their core job. "The trappings of entrepreneurship were dismantled."

Whittaker is not the first ex-Googler to express that line of criticism. Several high-level employees have left after complaining that the "start-up spirit" of Google has been replaced by a more mature but staid culture focused on the bottom line.

The interesting thing about Whittaker's take is that it was posted not on his personal blog, but on an official blog of Microsoft ( MSFT, Fortune 500), Google's arch nemesis.

Spokesmen from Microsoft and Google declined to comment.

The battle between Microsoft and Google has heated up recently, as the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission begin to investigate Google for potential antitrust violations. Microsoft, with its Bing search engine, has doubled its share of the search market since its June 2010 founding, but has been unsuccessful at taking market share away from Google.

Microsoft is increasingly willing to call out Google for what it sees as illicit behavior. A year ago, the software company released a long list of gripes about Google's monopolistic actions, and last month it said Google was violating Internet Explorer users' privacy.

Despite his misgivings about what Google cast aside to make Google+ a reality, Whittaker thinks that the social network was worth a shot. If it had worked -- if Google had dramatically changed the social Web for the better -- it would have been a heroic gamble.

But it didn't. It's too early to write Google+ off, but the site is developing a reputation as a ghost town. Google says 90 million people have signed up, but analysts and anecdotal evidence show that fairly few have turned into heavy users.

"Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn't invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation," Whittaker wrote. "The fact that no one came to Google's party became the elephant in the room."

money.cnn.com

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To: iggyl who wrote (17354)3/14/2012 6:59:21 PM
From: pyslent
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The biggest mistake Google made with Google+, IMO? Not releasing an iPad app, and making the website redirect the iPad to the god-awful mobile site. Unlike Android tablets, iPad users are not satisfied with a scaled up smartphone app.

These days, you ignore the iPad at your peril. I tried Google+ when it was new, on Sly's suggestion, and it was decent enough. But when it didn't support my platform of choice, I stopped visiting. I'm sure many iOS users did the same. Android may have more users overall at 300 million, but most of the world's influencers are using iPads.

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