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[News] [Rival] Why Apple is Like a "Cult" and Why it is Lagging Technically

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Why Apple is Like a "Cult" and Why it is Lagging Technically
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 22:04:57 +0100
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A cult called Apple 

,----[ Quote ]
| For some technical miscalculations, users are 
| unable to get a good cellular reception when 
| the phone is gripped in a certain way. When the 
| complaints got to Steve Jobs, his reply was 
| simply to "either hold it the way I'm showing 
| you or get the case". Only problem is, the case 
| comes at a damage of $29. Phew.
| I have been wondering a lot with all the 
| massive publicity that Apple gets and the range 
| of products it releases whether it is more of a 
| cult than a company. Apple almost always 
| releases completely locked down products with 
| features that other competing products have had 
| long before it and yet you have its users (I'm 
| talking to you fanboys) applauding it 
| incessantly.


[Humour] What can the Apple iPad be used as?

,----[ Quote ]
|  *iPad cannot be used as a phone because â..*
| â.. It cannot make calls. Period
| *iPad cannot be used as a replacement for your 
| laptop or netbook because â..
| *
| â.. It does not have a multi-tasking OS
| â.. It does not have a Drag & Drop file 
| management
| â.. It does not have a USB port
| â.. Its storage maxes out at a paltry 64 GB & 
| has no expandable memory slot
| â.. It does not have a HDMI port


All-in-one computer sales up 63 percent (but Apple losing out)

,----[ Quote ]
| Appleâs all-in-one market share is expected to 
| drop from 50 percent (in 2009) to 38 percent 
| (in 2010). HP, MSI, and Lenovo are expected to 
| gain where Apple has lost.



A Little Over A Year Later, Android Is Unstoppable

,----[ Quote ]
| The more you look at Android today, the
| more you have to think back to the fact
| that early last year, people wondered
| whether Google's mobile operating system
| would even survive.  There were countless
| columns in March of 2009 trumpeting the
| fact that only one Android handset was
| shown at Mobile World Congress that year.
| Now, Android is spreading out far beyond
| just the many smartphones it appears on.
| This week, Cisco announced a new tablet
| based on the OS, and that's just one new
| direction for Android.


iPhone vs. Android: Five points of difference

,----[ Quote ]
| The iPhone is as proprietary as Apple can
| possibly make it. If you like what Apple
| wants to give you in the iPhone, you'll
| never notice.
| But, if you want more than what Apple wants
| to offer you, you're out of luck. Take
| Adobe Flash, for example. Adobe would love
| to let you view Flash videos and play Flash
| games on an iPhone, but Apple will have
| nothing to do with Flash. Short of the
| Department of Justice ordering Apple to let
| Flash on iPhones or Adobe suing Apple into
| submission, the only way Flash will show up
| on iPhones, or iPads for that matter, will
| be through technical kludges.
| Android is far more open. If there's an
| Android application out there, even if it's
| not in Google's official Android Market,
| you can download, install, and run it.


Linux Tablets to Be Headed in the Near Future

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| As a matter of fact, word is that some Linux
| tablets are headed our way in the near future
| but they ainât here yet. And while I think
| that Linux tablets will do well, it also
| drives me to expect a lot from them.
| According to Jim Zemlin, the head of the Linux
| Foundation, it is necessary for mobile Linux
| vendors to increase their technical
| investments in order users could benefit Linux
| devices.


Kogan promises a sub-$200, Android based iPad rival

,----[ Quote ]
| Koganâs giving Android another shot with a
| tablet that has HDMI output, 512MB RAM,
| 2GB internal memory and SDHC expansion
| slot, ARM 600-MHz processor, and a 800 x
| 480 capacitive touchscreen. All of this
| wrapped up into a less than $200 package.


Resolved Kogan Promises $200 HD Pad

,----[ Quote ]
| It's been a while since we last checked in
| on Ruslan Kogan, the brains behind the
| just-about-released Kogan Agora Pro.  With
| a launch only a few weeks away, the
| Australian electronics maker pulled their
| Android handset back and quietly went off
| the radar.  So what is Ruslan up to now?
| Bigger, better things!Recently, he was
| found demonstrating a new tablet at the
| MediaConnect Kickstart forum in
| Queensland.


Need a tablet? Android based iLet Mini HAL shipping March 1 for $199

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| With all of the tablet-fever recently, you
| may have sat back and thought to yourself,
| âdo I need one of these things?â Even with
| Apple trying to convince us that the next
| form of computing is going to be tablet and
| gesture based, many people including myself
| are still questioning if a tablet is
| something we really need.
| It looks like the company Haleron thinks we
| need a tablet in our lives and decided to
| enter the game with their 7â Android 1.6
| based iLet Mini HAL. It isnât the most
| powerful device; running a 600MHz VIA CPU
| with 128MB of RAM but for a low $199 price
| tag you canât really ask for too much. The
| Haleron iLet Mini HAL will also have 2GB of
| onboard memory as well as 10GB of âcloudâ
| storage for all of your stuff and will start
| shipping next week.

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