Very astute, Sly. The iPhone represents a huge transfer of wealth from the carriers to device manufacturers. It's turned them into dumb pipes, which is all they should be. Do you remember the days pre-iPhone when carriers were trying to sell apps and ringtones via their walled garden carrier stores? When they offered their own branded navigation and email solutions? When they actually had a say about what phones should look like?
The iPhone changed everything. The carriers aren't the gatekeepers they used to be anymore.
And the carriers are paying billions upon billions to keep upgrading their infrastructure just to keep up without any daylight in sight... I wonder how long it would take them to figure out that the subsidies are a net negative? Before or after Sprint's bankruptcy?? LMFAO... too funny...
The carriers make their profits partially through exorbitant roaming and termination charges, international calls, etc. There are millions of people who have paid mobile bills of a grand and more because they were caught in the carriers evil traps.
It has been several years since the first rumors of Google's cloud storage service "Drive" started popping up, but for quite a while we didn't see any of them come to fruition. Just last month, however, we saw a leaked screenshot showing off the Drive logo and its interface, leading us to believe that an official launch wouldn't be too far off.
According to GigaOM's sources, Google plans to launch Drive in the first week of April, offering users 1 GB of storage space for free, with a charge for any more storage; rather paltry compared to Dropbox's free 2 GB of storage. One feature that Drive may include could blow Dropbox away entirely, though: an API that allows third party apps to store data within Drive. This may be a key feature in Drive's integration with Android - imagine if all of your apps could back up their data and restore it when you switch to another device?
Remember to take these features (and more importantly, the launch date) with a grain of salt, as they are still just rumors, albeit very believable ones. Google has been taking its sweet time launching Drive, so don't be surprised if we have to wait a bit longer than expected again.
BREAKING...US Judge rejects Hasbro / ASUS sales ban, Transformer Prime prevails By Zach Honig posted Mar 27th 2012 2:39PM engadget.com Coming up with original gadget names is tough work, and, after all, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery -- right? So it was no surprise when ASUS happened upon an alias that more than slightly resembled that of a popular fictional mutant semi -- you know, Transformer Optimus Prime. However shockingly, Hasbro wasn't a fan, opting to battle ASUS to the death in the U.S. court system. And, after countless weeks and many bank holidays, we finally have a victor. It appears that the leader of the Autobots will continue to share its name with the Taiwanese company's tablet -- that's what you get for leaving the fate of the world to mere human bureaucrats. Just don't be surprised when it comes time to name the world's next Superhero, Ms. Zenbook UX31.