Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Most likely you’ve seen one of these ads by Samsung touting their fabulous multitasking feature. The reason they brag about it is because neither the iPhone or iPad have “multitasking” the way Samsung is describing it. But the way Samsung is describing multitasking is not how we use multitasking.
Podcast Episode 103: DarkFinity. It’s your lucky day. The next hour and a half is arguably one of the best tech/entertainment podcasts ever produced. Yes it’s that good. Trust us. Now sit back, relax and begin to absorb the following knowledge and wisdom from our sages:
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In Samsung’s never-ending effort to become the new, shiny Apple (what Samsung might self-describe themselves as being “what’s next”), their latest advertising campaign not only offends the very customers they are trying to convert (Apple customers), but also leaves the viewer with a low opinion of Samsung. This can’t be the branding Samsung is trying to imprint on the U.S. consumer.
Last year, amid disappointing sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Korean tech giant swiftly swapped out ad agencies, moving from Razorfish to RGA. Samsung works with a host of other agencies, but RGA is now the lead dog in charge of consumer advertising. Samsung’s previous ad campaigns showing iPhone users being out of touch — or standing in Apple store lines when the best smartphone was to be found under the Samsung brand — have been exchanged for a even deeper cutting, less tactful approach. The executive desperation at Samsung to meet overinflated sales targets can be felt within their latest ads.
Apple's A7 Processor found in the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a stunning achievement amongst mobile processors. There is no chipset in its class and the industry knows it. Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and nVIDIA all scrambling to play catchup. But for all its current achievements, the future glory of Apple's A-series processors is likely to be found in what Steve Jobs described as “trucks” — that is — desktops and laptops running OS X.
During Apple's iPad Air reveal, Apple's top brass were keen on calling the A7 “64-bit desktop-class architecture” showcasing technical details not typically shared by Apple executives. The A7 has over 1 billion transistors, rapidly catching up with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge architecture (found in Intel's Core i-series of processors), all in a package only slightly larger than the previous generation A6.
I recently made my annual pilgrimage to the Portland International Auto Show and walked away with the same conclusion I arrived at year ago, and the year before, and the year before that — the auto industry grasps technology about as well as a first grader understand astrophysics.
ESPN, Fox News, CNN, NBC Sports Network,... the list of sports and news cable entities living in the past goes on and on as if it were still 2004, not 2014.
The major headache for these sports and news networks are cord cutters — those who have abandoned getting video content via cable or satellite — whose numbers continue to grow. These sports and news networks remain fearful of selling the prized channels directly to customers ala cart because of the predictable blow back, and possible ban, by the cable and satellite providers.
Yesterday, with Ballmer’s tenure as a lame-duck CEO, Microsoft produced record revenue for the Redmond company — $21.5 billion in their 2nd quarter with a net profit of $6.38 billion to be exact. Much of the reason for Microsoft’s success came in part from exuberant XBox One sales for the Christmas shopping season. Microsoft boasts 3.9 units shipped. The other bright note was increased revenue in their IT/Server Management business. Windows PC sales continued to decline.
While champagne corks have no doubt been popped in Redmond, will Microsoft’s success continue, or was it a blip on the radar? That will most likely be determined by their next CEO. This could be Microsoft’s most important decision since taking the IBM contract to create MS DOS in the 80’s.
Synonymous with Kleenex, Apple, Google and Amazon have become household names, and it has only taken a decade for them to do so.
Apple’s rebirth via iPod, iPhone and iPad have forced the entire technology industry to follow their lead. Google’s search prowess has taken them well beyond anything they thought possible in just a few short years ago, and Amazon’s reach has moved from online retailer to hardware and content provider.
Episode 102: Heads Up (Beep Beep) Fire In The Nest. Wow, are you in for a real treat. 35 minutes of hilarity coupled with need-to-know information make this podcast a must. On this episode you'll learn about:
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Walter Isaacson, writer of Steve Jobs life in his exclusive biography titled Steve Jobs, recently threw out the notion that Google is more innovative than Apple. During a recent CNBC interview Isaacson claimed "The greatest innovation today is coming from Google." Regardless of which technology camp you live in, objective truth be told, Google is clearly out innovating Apple, at least in a public sense. But whether Google delivers 500 innovative solutions to the public, compared to every 2 from Apple, does it really matter?
Apple and Google are companies with entirely different corporate cultures and the results manifest themselves in how these two tech giants go to market with product. Google will launch virtually any form of new idea into the market just to see what does, or does not, stick. Apple also innovates, but their technologies are kept behind closed doors, with only the rarest of products making it onto the stage of Apple's special events.