Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MC2 Post 1425 Fact-Checking Phil Schiller on iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7

Was Apple Exec Phil Schiller correct in his charges against the Android tablet? 

More importantly, was it even fair to compare the two devices? 

Sometimes yes, and sometimes no.


Apple is growing concerned over 
Android tablets' momentum. 

How do I know? Today, the company's senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, spent a fairly unusual amount of time talking about them.

During the iPad Mini announcement this morning, Schiller got in quite the zinger when he said that "others have tried to make tablets smaller than the iPad, and they've failed." What's more, he claimed that there is a
"gigantic difference" between the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 before leveling a number of charges against the Android device. I'll admit that some of them may have been deserved, but let's take a look at a few of them
to see if they hold water.

glass of water.


Something For the Way-Back Machine:

Do you remember when Sony was Apple?

Sony dominated consumer electronics for decades, 
but that was a long time ago.

 There was a time when Sony was the 
first name in consumer electronics.

 The company's Trinitron TVs dominated the TV market for decades. In 1975, Sony's Betamax was the first widely adapted consumer video recorder format. The Walkman hit the market in 1979 and changed the way people listened to music, creating the personal audio market category. In 1982 the CD, which the company developed jointly with
Philips, changed the way we listened to music even more. Sony extended its reach when it purchased CBS Records in 1988 and Columbia Pictures in 1989, and scored a triumph in the home videogame console realm in 1994 with the first PlayStation. More recently, Sony backed Blu-ray and quickly dispatched the only other HD video challenger, HD DVD.

Like Apple, Sony's styling was always ahead of the pack. Sony's market share, products, and technologies were more widespread and influential than Apple's are now, but Sony's luster is fading fast.

The Sony D-50, the first portable CD player.
(Credit: Sony )

I mention Sony because they Seem to be Having 
Security Issues "Again".

Sony faces setback as Hackers Release PlayStation 3 Decryption Keys

Availability of "LV0" keys allows access to console's most sensitive regions.

Sony faced a setback in its campaign to control what software can run on its PlayStation 3 after hackers published one of the cryptographic keys that forms the core of the security scheme locking down the game console.

218 Freakin' Characters----ARS!

Also Coming on FRIDAY: in addition to Windows 8...

Microsoft's First Stab at a Tablet:
Surface Reviewed






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