The U.S. government said that Apple was being anti-competitive with it’s Book Store. They also said that Apple had a collision with book publishers jack up prices. The DOJ will take their case to court but not for a long time. This means Apple has almost a year to beef up their case. The case will go to court on June 3, 2013. In an ironic twist Apple says they’re trying to keep the eBook market free from Amazon dominance. Funny, last I looked Apple had a monopoly on digital music. They don’t seem to have a problem with that dominance.
Amazon was selling book at $9.99 which very cheap for books and led to Amazon having a big market share. Just like Apple charged 99 cents for songs and go a big market share. Only difference is that Apple did not have the market and went after it hard and illegally. Steve Jobs was stated as wanting to offer publishers a means to boost prices, and “create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” Apple says it has not conspired to fix prices for e-books. Apple must have a lot of Lawyers on retainer. It seems there are cases against them or by them weekly.… Read the rest
If you work for IBM guess what? Don’t bring your iPhone 4S to work with you. If you decide to bring it anyway you might want to turn off one of its best features. Siri has been blocked at the tech giants offices. Big Blue is concerned that the digital assistant keeps what you say in server somewhere that only Apple has access to. What’s more they are also worried that you might tell her somethings that you should keep to yourself. I am frankly surprised that more companies are not blocking Siri from their networks due to concerns over privacy.
Siri sends anything you ask to a data center in North Carolina. No one knows what Apple is doing with the data. No one knows how the data will be used. No one knows how long the data is kept. The generally thought is that the data is being used to make Siri better but who really knows. Siri is still technically in beta so anything that may or does go wrong can be written off. Apple’s iPhone Software License Agreement clearly says: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text,” Apple says. IBM CIO Jeanette Horan said that “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.”
When I heard that Facebook had brought my beloved Instagram; I was shocked, angry, sad, and finally at peace. Someone told me those are similar emotions felt when you lose a loved one. It was enough to open the floodgates to Android. I was happy for that move but to sell out to Facebook is taking a big plunge into the unknown. Everyone is aware of the privacy issues Facebook has. That is the reason I hardly use the social network.
Instagram is a model of what all programs hope to be. Loved and valuable. Instagram managed to attract not only a loyal but dare I say rabid fan base. The side effect of that success was the release of a plethora of clones on the AppStore harping for some of the spotlight. None however could manage to shine brighter than the original.
What I noticed right away was that Instagram had no advertisement. No pop-ups, not so much as a in app upgrade feature. The app it’s self was free to download. So, that’s millions of users on a nonmonetized app. Surely there must be a plan to cash in. It seems there was a plan brewing behind the curtain. One wonders how many meetings Instagram had with Facebook before papers were signed. Was the release of an Android app a stipulation of the deal or was it a show of good will? Did millions of downloads overnight jack up the asking price?… Read the rest