On the eve of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 announcement, Phil Schiller did something that Apple hasn't done in a very long time — help their competition. Yesterday Phil Schiller had interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Apple's PR goal was clear: Phil Schiller would take some shine off the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch by presenting a series of facts about Apple's iPhone, contrasting them against Android devices. The obvious winner would be the iPhone's seamless integration vs a fragmented Android world.
Today, March 14, 2013, in New York City Samsung officially will announce their latest smart phone the Galaxy S4. This is a big deal in the tech world and Samsung has done a decent job building a lot of hype surrounding this new smart phone release.
According to a Bloomberg interview with Piper and Jaffray's Gene Munster, there are a couple of interesting developments in the Apple vs. Samsung smart phone war.
Sony has just released a new version of its Xperia Transfer software, making it easier for iPhone customers to migrate their data and contacts to a newly purchase Sony Android smart phone. The software works with Sony's Xperia V, Xperia VC, Xperia TC, Xperia T, and Xperia TL, as well as the company's most recently announced Xperia Z phones.
While this is the right idea (make it easy to get your data off your old device and onto your new one), one has to wonder if Sony is swimming up Nigra Falls. The Sony brand burst into the American youth sub-culture in the mid-80s with the advent of the Sony Walkman. However, since then Sony is almost like a 1980's one hit wonder (Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now" anyone).
Yesterday Reuters reported that Yahoo!'s latest CEO, Marissa Mayer, was questioned by staff about her requirement to personally review every new candidate applying for work at Yahoo! Some claimed the personal involvement of Yahoo!'s new CEO in HR decisions, on every level, was causing Yahoo! to miss out on top engineering talent in Silicon Valley. While it seems odd for a CEO to review which recruits are hired, and which ones are not, there may be a fox-like method to Mayer's madness.
Marissa Mayer is Yahoo!'s fifth CEO in as many years. But it is more than just that. Meyer has two extra challenges her predecessors didn't face. This is Mayer's first time as a CEO of a public company. While she rose like a shining star at Google, she did not bring any CEO experience with her before taking the top slot at Yahoo! Second, if being a first time CEO wasn't enough of a challenge, add to it that she is supposed to be a "Turn Around" CEO. For the past several years it is clear Yahoo! has been heading in the wrong direction and those who held this job before her completely failed the stock holders.
Something strange is going on at the TWIT.tv studios where MacBreak Weekly records its weekly podcast. The show, once hosted and staffed with those that had an affinity for Apple products, has been overrun by Google fanboys. In a bizarre move, it's as if invasion of the body snatchers has taken over the studio, because it's not a squad of new guys hosting MacBreak Weekly, it's the same guys.
Apple currently has three 13-inch MacBooks in their product lineup. The Standard MacBook Pro is kind of like the iPod Classic of the group. It is still the one for those who need an optical drive built-in or a high capacity hard drive built-in. If one of these features is not a requirement, then pass this model up.
Last week Time Magazine reported that Fox's Rupert Murdoch plans to go after the sports juggernaut ESPN. According to the article, EPSN consistently brings Disney revenues in the neighborhood $6 Billion a year. Capturing some of that revenue apparently is too much temptation for Fox's Murdoch to resist.
Episode 92: Work From Home, LOL: Mark, Karl and Werner discuss Yahoo!'s new work policy: No More Working From Home!; Piper Jaffrey reports Mac Sales up 31% year over year; Will Apple discontinue the 13" MacBook Pro?; Verizon praises free iPhone which has produced a higher than anticipated sales volume; Was Tim Cook the wrong choice for CEO — What about Ron Johnson of JCPenny?; and GM makes deal with AT&T to make vehicles all 4G hotspots starting in 2014. All this and much, much more in Episode 92: Work From Home, LOL
CBS News reports that New York's Mayor Bloomberg is now turning his attention to the volume originating from ear buds. That's right. Bloomberg, famous for banning trans-fats and then the Big Gulp from New York City, is now concerned about your hearing.
His next crusade: loud ear buds users. The Mayor's initiative is aimed at the iPod-generation. His goal is to educate this segment of our population that listening to loud music over a period of time will damage your hearing.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is already discounting Windows 8 in an effort to spur sales. Microsoft's price breaks appear to target those developing "small, touch-enabled laptop computers" with screens 10.8" or smaller. The idea is encourage developers to create ample supply in the marketplace, creating more competition, while pushing costs down for consumers. Slow sales and steep discounts wasn't exactly in Microsoft's Windows 8 roadmap.