Apple may have to wait until December 6 to see if it gets any gratification
from the jury decision last week that Samsung copied its technology in its
phones, which it wants enjoined.
The delay is supposed to have something to do with the flood of post-trial
filings the judge is expecting from both sides, but it certainly takes the
teeth out of the victory as the product grow increasingly dated.
"Having considered the scope of Apple's preliminary injunction request, the
additional post-trial motions that the parties have already filed and will
file, and the substantial overlap between the analysis required for Apple's
preliminary injunction motion and the parties' various other post-trial
motions, the court believes consolidation of the briefing and hearing on the
post-trial motions is appropriate," the judge said.
She's also limiting the length of filings.
iPad on Ulitzer
On Monday I wrote an article that put my initial thoughts and findings
together on the newly announced iPad's. It included my belief that the
current mass of iPhone Developers are excited & poised to adopt iPad, not
only with their current applications on the App Store, but creating new
applications to take advantage of the iPad... A New app 'gold rush' gathering
Today I have just read a great article from Jason Schwarz on Seeking Alpha,
which continues my thread and suggests that currently the iPad is being
underestimated for business.
To quote Jason...
"Anyone who previously relied on a notepad or clipboard will adopt the iPad.
Doctors will use the iPad as they move from room to room and interact with
patients, teachers will use the iPad as they lecture, coaches will use it as
an in game video/scouting tool...think of all the real estat... (more)
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Apple hit the ball so far out of the stadium Tuesday it was still in the air
when it put out its "best non-holiday" numbers ever.
Revenues were up 49% to $13.5 billion.
Earnings were up a giddy 87% to $3.1 billion net, or $3.33 a share, with a
gross margin of 41.7%, up from 39.9%.
It beat expectations of $2.45 on $12 billion. That crunching sound you heard
was Apple crushing estimates.
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iPhone sales were up 131% to 8.75 million in the company's second fiscal
quarter, the widget's best showing ever, up 474% in Asia-Pac.
It sold 2.94 million Macs, up 33% year-over-year, a record for the March
quarter. Both laptops and desktops were up in the double-digits, it said.
Expectations were for 2.7 million.
iPods were down 1% but that's still 10.9 mil... (more)
You probably know but for the record we should say that last week the
notoriously patent-poor HTC complained to the U.S. International Trade
Commission in Washington that Apple's iPhone, iPod and iPad tread on five of
its patents, one so new HTC only got the thing the day before it lodged its
It has not - well, at least not yet - filed suit in the federal courts like
Apple has but it wants the ITC, where Apple also has a similar complaint, to
block Apple from importing its precious gadgets, all made in China, into the
U.S. and to forbid it to sell the stuff.
Three of the patents cited HTC acquired and relate to telephone directories
in mobile phones/PDAs. The two others are its own IP and cover power
management in portable devices. HTC says it uses the widgetry in phones like
Google's own Nexus One.
Whether any or all of them will make a difference in th... (more)
The Mobile Proof Presence (MPOP) checkin game is white-hot and set to
explode. In a relatively short amount of time, most people (with an iPhone,
at least) know what a “checkin” is and the most popular checkin
platform (Foursquare) is adding 15,000 people per day! Foursquare is chasing
2 Million users, each opting-in to broadcast the details of their
location-based interactions with real businesses in the context of their
larger trusted social networks. This is no longer a fad. This is real and
could finally be the legitimizing “lift” mobile advertising has long been
Thanks to checkins, realtime social network updates are no longer just
static, general “What you are doing?” posts. They now convey “What are
you doing, where are you, and who are you there with.” While this has
certainly been a fast-moving location-based social media phenomenon, the real... (more)
This morning I was able to catch up with SAP Mentor Bryan Whitmarsh for an
interview. I conducted a video interview with Bryan last year at Sapphire
which you can watch here. Bryan works for Sybase's product
management team and reports to Tony Kueh, who I interviewed last
week. Bryan lives in Boise, Idaho (also my fair city), which he has
called home since 1992, when he moved here from the Seattle area.
Note: These are not Bryan's exact words, rather my notes from our interview.
Kevin: What is your role and area of responsibility at Sybase?
Bryan: My title is Mobility Product Management. Last year I was focused on
mobile email, but this year I am working with the platform team on SUP
(Sybase Unwired Platform). It is my job to interpret the market, meet with
customers, communicate the road map, both internally and externally, define
product requirements and help ma... (more)
MySmartPrice: Mobile Phone Price in India
A useful price comparison portal, currently limited to mobiles, books &
tags: mobile india shopping pricing comparison
Quite a long list of Bollywood movies & their “inspiration”. Not every
movie listed is such a big ripoff though
tags: bollywood remakes inspiration movies hollywood
What’s a Degree Worth? Report Has Answers, by Major – Students – The
Chronicle of Higher Education
“Over their careers, full-time, full-year workers whose highest degree is a
bachelor’s make 74 percent more, on average, than those whose highest
attainment is a high-school diploma, the authors found. When those with more
than a bachelor’s degree are included, the premium for higher education
rises to 84 percent.”
tags: education economics
Warren Buffett on castles and moats – (37signals)
Revisiting the competitive advan... (more)
Apple delivered in spades Tuesday when it reported its third fiscal quarter
ended June 25.
It came in with revenues up 82% to $28.57 billion when all the smart money on
Wall Street was expected $25 billion. And it earned $7.31 billion or $7.79 a
share, up 124%, when only $5.85 was expected. And it delivered a 41.7% gross
It was, as they say, a personal best. Its stock after-hours ran up 25 point
as though it was Google and tickled $400 for a while there, an all-time high.
Apple said it sold 9.25 million iPads, up 183%, moving every widget it could
make. Apple's acting CEO Tim Cook described iPad 2 sales as "frenzied." He
said 88% of the Fortune 500 was testing the iPad and claimed that decisions
are being made faster than other products in his experience. iPad sales to
K-12 passed Mac sales in the quarter, which surprised Apple.
It's moving from enterprise p... (more)
Adobe is in the process - as it put it - of recognizing HTML5, the modern
answer to Adobe's sacred, Apple-loathed Flash plug-in, as something serious.
It's started to preview a free new design web motion and interaction design
tool called Edge for editing animations and interactive web page elements
Adobe's looking for feedback.
The thing is focused on adding rich motion design to new or existing HTML
projects and integrates with Adobe's web design software Dreamweaver. It's
reportedly not as good as Flash yet, but Adobe means to improve it.
It goes on sale next year.
Nobody else in the history of business has achieved what Steve Jobs has
achieved as a CEO. He has taken Apple from its death bed (in 1997 it was
dying) and made it the most valuable company on earth.
Interesting story: What Happened After Apple Fired Steve Jobs and How we were
able to turn it around
Robert X. Cringely says “Lots of CEOs make products. Many make millions.
Very few make history.”
So, does that make him the greatest CEO? Maybe … maybe not – but will
posterity remember him as a CEO?
Nobody else in history could launch a product the way Steve Jobs could do.
Each of his product launches has become folklore. Remember when he pulled out
the MacBook Air from an envelope?
There is no doubt that he has redefined innovation. Nobody else in the
history has designed five groundbreaking products.
Good summary of what he has achieved: Master Inventor, Master Marke... (more)
The rate of change in a mathematical equation can vary immensely based upon
the equation and the inputs to the equation. Certainly the rate of change for
f(x) = x^2 is a far different picture than the rate of change for f(x)=2x,
for example. The old adage “the only constant is change” is absolutely
true in high tech. The definition of “high” in tech changes every time
something becomes mainstream.
You’re working with tools and systems that even ten years ago were hardly
imaginable. You’re carrying a phone that Alexander Graham Bell would not
recognize – or know how to use. You have tablets with the power that was
not so long ago only held by mainframes.
But that change did not occur overnight. Apologies to iPhone fans, but all
the bits Apple put together to produce the iPhone had existed before, Apple
merely had the foresight to see how they could be put together in... (more)