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Old 02-25-13, 12:14 AM   #126
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I went that route but have a Timecapsule, which acts as a router. When I first wanted to get wireless at home I could not get it with the POS generic routers - they were just uncooperative. Once I got the time capsule it just meshed perfectly with my systems and have been rocking it ever since. It also helps that it works as a hard drive too.
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Old 03-14-13, 09:02 AM   #127
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc marketing chief Phil Schiller attacked Google Inc's "fragmented" Android software and its biggest adopter, Samsung Electronics, a day before the Korean firm takes the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone in the United States.

The marketing chief's rare attack on a rival, on the eve of the Galaxy S4's global premier in New York, underscores the extent of the pressure piled upon a company that once stood the undisputed leader of the smartphone arena, but ceded its crown to Samsung in 2012.

Schiller, in an interview on Wednesday, told Reuters that Google's own research showed the vast majority of Android users were stuck on older versions of the software, and that Samsung's new phone itself may debut with a year-old operating system that will need updating.

"With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system," he said. "Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference."

Schiller said fragmentation, or the host of customized versions of Android in the marketplace, poses a problem for consumers.

Every version of Android's operating system update has to be tested to ensure a good fit for a multiplicity of handset makers before it can be widely released by the handset makers, which slows updates. That's because some manufacturers, such as Amazon.com Inc, employ heavily customized versions.

"And that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is being rumored to ship with an OS that is nearly a year old," he said. "Customers will have to wait to get an update."

Schiller pointed to multiple research from third parties that showed that people who have iOS devices actually use them more than people who own Android devices, and more than half of iOS users are using the latest version of the software.

He also said that Apple's internal research shows four times as many consumers are switching to iOS from Android than the other way.

Schiller also took a shot at the vast sales volume of Android, which sees 1.5 million activations a day, saying even the out-of-the-box experience of using an Android device is far inferior with the consumer having to log into nine different systems to begin using the device fully.

"At Apple we know that it's not just enough to have products pumped out in large numbers," he said. "You have to love and use them. There is a lot of data showing a big disparity there."

Google declined to comment. Samsung did not respond to a request for comment.

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Samsung will take the wraps off its Galaxy S4, after a broad marketing campaign that has helped drive pre-launch speculation and hype to Apple-like proportions. The launch -- the first time Samsung has chosen to host a global Galaxy debut in the United States -- is deemed critical to propelling Samsung deeper into Apple's home turf.

Apple remains the most valuable technology company today, with a $137.1 billion cash pile, or the equivalent of just under the gross domestic product of Hungary.

But Samsung knocked Apple off its perch atop the global smartphone arena in 2012, and continues to chip away at its market share with a combination of aggressive marketing, rapid technology adoption and boundary-pushing designs.

That onslaught, coupled with growing uncertainty about whether the U.S. giant can sustain growth in coming years, has contributed to a 30 percent decline in Apple's stock since its September peak.

Samsung had 30.3 percent of the smartphone market in 2012, up from 19 percent a year earlier. Apple's share was 19.1 percent last year, up from 18.8 percent in 2011.

That rapid ascendancy was made possible partly by Android, the software Google Inc launched just a few years ago but is now the world's most-used smartphone platform. IDC expects shipments of Android tablets to exceed those of the iPad in 2013.

Schiller's remarks came the same day Android architect Andy Rubin stepped down, after having built the free, open-source software into the platform of choice for mobile phone manufacturers around the world.

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Old 03-26-13, 12:53 PM   #128
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I will definately get the iPhone 5S (or whatever they call it). But I do hope Apple change things up a bit. All I want is a slightly bigger screen (is that too much to ask for?).
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Old 03-26-13, 01:09 PM   #129
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Everyone already seemed so wary about the size of the iPhone 5's screen before it was released, I can't imagine they would go bigger again for a 5S. How would it fit in anyone's pockets?!

In other news, iPhone finally officially on T-Mobile.
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Old 03-26-13, 02:41 PM   #130
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That's because they went taller and not wider, it's goofy looking.
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Old 03-26-13, 02:50 PM   #131
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If the rumour is true about the budget iPhone, then maybe they should also release various screen sizes. Just want the choice. As much as I do like Apple, it's great to see what the competition is doing as hopefully they'll keep Apple on their toes.
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Old 03-26-13, 02:51 PM   #132
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Everyone already seemed so wary about the size of the iPhone 5's screen before it was released, I can't imagine they would go bigger again for a 5S. How would it fit in anyone's pockets?!

In other news, iPhone finally officially on T-Mobile.
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Old 05-22-13, 07:36 PM   #133
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The WWDC is less than a month away so I figure it's time to revive this thread. Can't wait to see what Ive has in store for iOS 7.
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Old 05-22-13, 08:18 PM   #134
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I'm interested in a new Apple TV (not an iTV, but the next puck). I think I'll finally bite on that. Also curious to see if there are any laptop refreshes.
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Old 05-23-13, 12:39 PM   #135
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Yeah I want to get a second AppleTV but I'm waiting for any announcement in June.

With AirPlay my AppleTV is getting a lot of use. My wife just subscribed to a Yoga website, that has a lot of videos, and you can send them to your tv via AirPlay. It's just amazing.
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Old 05-23-13, 04:36 PM   #136
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I'm most excited to see what Jony Ive has done with iOS 7. He has a really good eye for design, so it could be amazing. (Huge emphasis on the "could be" part )
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Old 05-23-13, 06:11 PM   #137
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I normally wait for Apple as well. But may switch back to Android to try the S4. We have two upgrades available on our phones, so even if I hate the S4, I can just upgrade another phone to the iPhone 5S and give my wife the S4.
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Old 05-23-13, 08:22 PM   #138
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Well, nevermind, I just ordered a Roku 3 when I learned I could stream movies and music to it from my computer using Twonky Beam.
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Old 05-23-13, 09:53 PM   #139
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Well, nevermind, I just ordered a Roku 3 when I learned I could stream movies and music to it from my computer using Twonky Beam.
imo, Plex works better for that. But Twonky rocks for any other web content on your Roku (ie - Yahoo! streaming, YouTube videos ... porn, etc; ) in conjunction with your phone or tablet.

I'm really happy with mine.
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Old 05-24-13, 02:29 AM   #140
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Airplay takes care of any streaming needs for me.
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Old 05-24-13, 03:50 PM   #141
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And...

http://techpinions.com/androids-mark...y-a-joke/16709
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Old 05-24-13, 04:37 PM   #142
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The article seems overly defensive. It also relies a lot on the observation that Apple is able to extract a lot of profit from each item sold, i.e. their items are overpriced. Worryingly for this article, their profits are falling:
http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_announ...-news-5905.php

The reason market share is important for smartphones/tablets is because of one thing: app development. Developers only make apps for the most popular platforms. Right now, Windows Phone is stuck in a vicious cycle where it can't get people to develop apps for it because they have such a small market share, while people are reluctant to buy the phone because there's so few apps for it.

Originally, people developed apps for iOS, then maybe Android somewhere down the road. Nowadays, apps typically launch on both platforms simultaneously. If the iOS market share continues to drop to where it's on par with OS X, then it's going to see OS X levels of app support. Where iOS is different than OS X is that, for now, the App Store generates more revenue than Google Play, making it more appealing to app developers:
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/0...93L04B20130422

Google Play is catching up fast though:
http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/17/goo...-each-quarter/

Speaking of Google Play vs the App Store, it's not clear if the Apple revenue includes App Store revenue. It's a bit hard to compare Apple, which is selling both its own hardware and software, with just Samsung, which is mainly just selling the hardware.
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Old 05-24-13, 04:50 PM   #143
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That was a worthless article. Opinions are fine, analysis is fine, but at least contribute something that hasn't been said a million times.
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Old 05-24-13, 06:04 PM   #144
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Airplay works great for me as well. Sharing videos and pictures from my Macbook, iPad or iPhone is really easy an convenient when family comes over.
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Old 05-24-13, 07:21 PM   #145
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Does Apple TV let you stream stuff off your PC? I bought one for my folks and they still can't quite grasp Airplay, so if I can stream some files from their PC it'd be useful.
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imo, Plex works better for that. But Twonky rocks for any other web content on your Roku (ie - Yahoo! streaming, YouTube videos ... porn, etc; ) in conjunction with your phone or tablet.

I'm really happy with mine.
Yep, figured out Plex was the better option about 10 minutes after setting the Roku up. Thanks!
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Old 05-31-13, 07:02 PM   #147
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Holy awesomeness. MacPro inventories are dwindling at retailers. This only means one thing - big announcement at WWDC!
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It seems they are announcing new Mac hardware only.

No new iPhone or iPad.
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Old 05-31-13, 08:07 PM   #149
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My question is, will they continue to refresh the non-retina MBP's? I'm not interested in a more expensive Macbook with permanent, non-replacable RAM, hard drive, etc.
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They're discontinuing the Mac Pro line.
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