Category Archives: Apple: The Company

Japan: Now Just A Parts Supplier

Outraged authors accuse Apple of destroying Japan’s tech industry

Who is to blame for the dire situation the Japanese electronics industry finds itself in?

“We have been warning people for years, but management are already too old,” Morikawa says. “They just want to survive in their position right now.”

I can’t feel sorry for Japan.

What they blame Apple — one company! — for doing to them, they as a collection of companies did to the U.S. first. In fact, they did worse: We didn’t get even get to supply them with parts. They kept the entire pie for themselves.

Anyway, keep supplying Apple, Japan. It’s just about the only Japanese electronics product people want from your once-dynamic companies these days: Parts.

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Tech Fondle: Apple TV

At the Apple Store yesterday, I went a bit mad and did a bunch of tests (posts to follow). One of which was to finally try Apple TV:


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The confidential internal slides that show why Apple is making a bigger iPhone 6

There is just something so damn funny about the title of that slide.


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Europe Says No To Proprietary eBook Formats

L’Europe va mettre fin aux formats propriétaires pour les livres numériques

Europe will put an end to proprietary formats for digital books

While the European Parliament will be renewed in May, the European Commission, which will also be fully reconstructed by the end of the year, embarks on a surprising activism: she finally grabs the file interoperability digital books, with the aim of forcing retailers using proprietary formats to end these systems.

Amazon and Apple, the two market leaders, are directly targeted. Currently, a digital book bought on can only be read on the Kindle, the e-tailer reading lamp, or one of its applications. Reading lamp which does not accept the open format ePub. It is the same with the iBook Store, Apple’s digital library, which does not allow the reading on the terminals of the Apple brand.

Assuming this isn’t an April Fool’s item, what will happen?

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The Problem Of Digital Detritus

Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

… so far this year, U.S. digital album sales are down 13 percent for the week ended March 9, and digital track sales are down 11 percent from last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Even as download sales have deteriorated, revenue from streaming services have grown, according to two reports released on March 18. The first, from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), showed that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising and licensing revenues in the U.S. last year, up 39 percent from 2012, while downloads revenue were down 3.2 percent to $2.9 billion. The second report, from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), painted a similar picture, albeit on a global scale. Streaming music revenue grew 51 percent worldwide, while downloads slipped 2.1 percent.

It was in 2009 that I first heard about a thing called Spotify, from Bob Lefsetz.

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The Most Powerful Tool In The World

This is something I’m certain Napoleon Hill would have added to his “Magic Ladder” had he paid a bit more attention to the actual anatomy of industry.

It’s a tool to ensure the completion of any project, whether for work or for life. But it’s hardly ever used and whenever it’s suggested or revealed, it’s usually dismissed or ridiculed.

It’s a very simple tool that is possibly the most powerful thing on earth.

It’s a checklist.

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Happy Birthday, iPhone. You’re Doomed.


I just found out that five smart women I Follow (and one I haven’t been, making six) on Twitter own Samsung Galaxy Note phones.

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Today’s Apple Event

iPad Air. In 2008, I was calling it the “iPod Air” — Is Apple’s Tablet The iPod Air? Off by one single letter. And a few years. Ha!

I think Gruber was the first to combine iPad with Air, in this post about the Mini.

iBooks is now built into the iPads:


I think it has to be, now that OS X Mavericks will also have it. That changes the eBook game for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and others.

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Apple’s Greed Did Itself In


Citing Steve Jobs email, DOJ claims Apple changed in-app purchase to retaliate against Amazon

The Steve Jobs email exchange that perfectly captures Apple’s strategy

Did Steve Jobs even see the TV ad in question?

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More Proof The Big Six Of Publishing Are Run By Morons

The PDF of Judge Cote’s ruling [direct PDF link] is filled with comedy gold. You really couldn’t make this stuff up.

Dig it:

1) They let Eddy Cue set the deadline
2) They bought Cue’s “once-in-a-lifetime” schtick
3) They let Apple set price caps
4) They let Apple back them into a corner with MFN
5) They all wound up collapsing like cards and settling

Did any of them ever stop to think?


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