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From: Road Walker12/16/2011 6:26:10 AM
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Snobby robbers annoyed by Droids, prefer iPhonesby Chris RawsonDec 15th 2011 at 10:29PM

Today's secret word is " techno-elitism" (actually, if you follow that link, you'll find the secret word is a bit more salacious). Whatever your personal views on Android vs. iPhone vs. BlackBerry may be, at least one particular subset of society has apparently made up its mind on the matter.

According to NBC New York, two robbers in upper Manhattan are targeting Columbia University students and demanding they hand over their iPhones. Upon discovering that one victim had an Android-powered smartphone rather than an iPhone, they declined to take it and demanded cash instead. A third victim had a BlackBerry, which the robbers also refused to steal.

"It's insulting they don't want my BlackBerry," said the victim, earning her a nomination for 2011's Weirdest Perspective of the Year.

This isn't the first time New York-area robbers have shown a marked preference for Apple's products. Various news reports in the mid-2000s blamed the iPod for a rise in thefts and muggings, and for a while it seemed like wearing white earbuds was like wearing a sign that said, "Please rob me." More recently, the NYPD told the Daily News that at least 70% of the cellphones taken in city thefts or robberies are iPhones. [Yes, these aren't the Droids they're looking for. –Ed.]

Apple products consistently retain a high resale value -- whether they're legitimately obtained or not -- and that plus high demand for the iPhone naturally makes it a tempting target for thieves. As for these two thieves' disdain for Android phones and BlackBerry handsets, I'll leave it to the rest of you to speculate just why they may take that stance.

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To: Cogito who wrote (59)12/17/2011 10:35:19 PM
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The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign:

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (72)12/18/2011 11:02:28 PM
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Terrific. Including the comments.

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To: SiouxPal who wrote (10)12/20/2011 1:28:34 AM
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Example of why you should never sell your founder shares: Third Apple Co-Founder

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From: Sr K12/23/2011 1:37:02 PM
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Steve Jobs honored with Grammy award
12/23 01:29 PM


Steve Jobs, the founder of U.S. technology giant Apple Inc. (AAPL:$402.2376), has been awarded a Grammy posthumously, The Recording Academy said.

Jobs, who also was chief executive officer of Apple until just before he died of cancer in October, was given the academy's Trustees Award because he "helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies and books," the Academy said in a statement.

The Washington Post reported Friday Jobs has also been honored as Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating Person" of 2011.

In Hungary, a statute of Jobs was unveiled this week. It was paid for by Graphisoft, a technology company that said it had a business relationship with Apple since the 1980s.

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From: J.F. Sebastian12/24/2011 3:42:16 AM
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This is certainly an interesting rumor...

Rumor: Apple wants to launch 'iPad 3' on Feb. 24 birthday of Steve Jobs

A new rumor from the Far East claims Apple is looking to launch a third-generation iPad next year on Feb. 24, which is the birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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From: J.F. Sebastian12/24/2011 3:43:33 AM
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Apple's Santa TV spot deemed best ad of holiday season

Apple's TV commercial depicting Santa Claus interacting with Siri on his iPhone 4S was named the most effective ad of the 2011 holiday season, and topped 34 other Santa-themed spots.

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From: Sr K12/24/2011 5:49:18 PM
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DECEMBER 23, 2011, 7:01 P.M. ET.

Jobs, Thatcher and the Force of Life
The Apple founder's final words sound an awful lot like an expression of awe.

The great words of the year? "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

They are the last words of Steve Jobs, reported by his sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, who was at his bedside. In her eulogy, a version of which was published in the New York Times, she spoke of how he looked at his children "as if he couldn't unlock his gaze." He'd said goodbye to her, told her of his sorrow that they wouldn't be able to be old together, "that he was going to a better place." In his final hours his breathing was deep, uneven, as if he were climbing.

"Before embarking, he'd looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve's final words were: 'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'"
The caps are Simpson's, and if she meant to impart a sense of wonder and mystery she succeeded. "Oh wow" is not a bad way to express the bigness, power and force of life, and death. And of love, by which he was literally surrounded.

I wondered too, after reading the eulogy, if I was right to infer that Jobs saw something, and if so, what did he see? What happened there that he looked away from his family and expressed what sounds like awe? I thought of a story told by a friend, whose grown son had died, at home, in a hospice. The family was ringed around his bed. As Robert breathed his last an infant in the room let out a great baby laugh as if he saw something joyous, wonderful, and gestured toward the area above Robert's head. The infant's mother, startled, moved to shush him but my friend, her mother, said no, maybe he's just reacting to . . . something only babies see.

Anyway I sent Ms. Simpson's eulogy to a number of people and spoke to some of them, and they all had two things in common in terms of their reaction. They'd get a faraway look, and think. And if they had a thought to share they did it with modesty. No one said, "I think I can guess what he saw," "I know who he saw," or "Believe me, if he saw anything it was the product of the last, disordered sparks of misfiring neurons."

They were always modest, reflective. One just said, "Wow."

Modesty when contemplating death is a good thing.

When words leave people silent and thinking they are powerful words. Steve Jobs' last words were the best thing said in 2011.

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From: Sr K12/28/2011 8:29:59 PM
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Steve Jobs, Revolutionary: An eBook From Wired
By Wired Magazine October 7, 2011 | 9:24 pm | Wired

It’s hard to imagine a better subject than the life and times of Steve Jobs—charismatic and difficult, mysterious and inspiring, with a biography that might have been plucked from Greek myth. In the wake of his death Wired presents Steve Jobs: Revolutionary, an eBook featuring our best stories about him. The anthology begins with a remembrance by Wired senior writer Steven Levy, who interviewed Jobs many times over the last two decades. We continue with six other stories that track Jobs on his uncanny rise, his dramatic fall, and his spectacular, unlikely return to Apple.

Steve Jobs: Revolutionary is available through the Wired app in the iTunes Store. Free to subscribers; single copy, $2.99.

Steve Jobs: Revolutionary is also available in the Kindle Store, for $2.99, and for the Barnes & Noble Nook, also for $2.99.

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To: SiouxPal who wrote (10)1/2/2012 8:39:39 PM
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Chart: How Google And Apple Won The Smartphone Wars

By Erick Schonfeld
January 2, 2012

What a difference just one year can make. In our Year in Tech post, I pointed out that 2011 was the year that Apple and Google won the smartphone wars. I put together the chart above from comScore U.S. mobile subscriber estimates to illustrate the dramatic shift in market share in the smartphone market. In less than 18 months, Apple’s and Google’s combined market share of U.S. mobile subscribers for iPhones and Android phones went from 43.8 percent to 75.6 percent between August, 2010 and November, 2011.

During the same period, RIM’s Blackberry tumbled from 37.6 percent to 19.7 percent (an almost 18-point drop). Microsoft’s mobile share was also nearly cut in half from 10.8 percent to 5.7 percent. And Palm, which had almost 5 percent share 18 months ago, basically
disappeared (comScore stopped reporting its share).

In the space of little more than a year, Android and Apple gobbled up three quarters of the smartphone market in the U.S. Combined, they gained 31.8 points in market share over this period. When you drill down further, almost all of these gains went to Android, which added 27.3 points of market share versus a more modest 4.5 points for Apple. There is some evidence that Android growth is slowing in the U.S. (nothing can keep growing this fast forever). But the fact that market dominance can shift so rapidly (a year ago, Blackberry was still the single largest smartphone platform in the U.S.) is quite startling.

Shift happens, and it is happening faster than ever. I’d be surprised if there was ever a year when PC market share changed so dramatically.

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