This just in: Mashable op-ed states the obvious

In a ridiculous, duh-inducing article, author Chris Taylor explains how Apple doesn’t make money on apps because their product focus is in hardware.

*crickets*

This profound insight should surprise exactly no one as anyone who has observed Apple anytime in the last 10 years or so, or — as the author pointed out — pretty much since the first iPod.

The question is not why did Apple make iWork and OSX free, it’s why they didn’t make those things available at a really low cost (say $5) that doesn’t even feel like spending money, and get some cream to skim off the top. The “free” (which is only really free if you buy a new Apple product) thing really says more about how threatened they are feeling by their competitors that they feel the need to throw their productivity suite at people’s faces than it does about being innovative in how they are marketing and selling their products. We should realize by now that when you buy an Apple product, you are buying it because of the device not because of the stuff you can run on the device.

Apple's Backwards Business Model Upends Everything We Know.

When Steve Jobs isn’t happy, he really isn’t happy

  When Steve Jobs isn’t happy, he really isn’t happy | Technically Incorrect – CNET News. This article uses the word “reportedly” far too many times (twice in the excerpt below, alone).  Considering it’s not really even a real article, just an amusing anecdote from another article with some bland commentary, it makes me seriously… Continue reading When Steve Jobs isn’t happy, he really isn’t happy

iTunes Security: Worse than you thought?

On December 1, 2008, I woke up to find a series of disturbing emails in my inbox.  They were a pair of PayPal receipts and the corresponding iTunes store receipts for 2 purchases of $200 gift cards sent to anonymous Hotmail and Yahoo email addresses.  The problem was, I didn’t make the purchases. The transactions… (read more)

Avoid holding your iPhone 4G

There’s a phenomena with the new iPhone that, since I don’t own one and have a waning interest in ever owning one, I was unaware of before reading a blog post in the New York Times.  It seems that, for many users, if you hold the iPhone in a certain way, the very act of holding… Continue reading Avoid holding your iPhone 4G

adobe fights fire with…teddy bears

Adobe launched a new ad campaign today along with a response to Steve Jobs’ declaration that Flash will never be supported on iPhones, iPads, and iPods last week.  (In fact, they’ve added a whole new Freedom of Choice section on Adobe.com.)  There are a few amusing (and somewhat contradictory) statements in Adobe’s open letter (like this one: “If… Continue reading adobe fights fire with…teddy bears

signs that Adobe Flash is on the way out

i’ll spare the discussion of how Flash is dead because Steve Jobs says it is. while i agree with him on all of his points, i’m not really into the all bow to the great and mighty Steve camp, even while the rest of the industry bows to the great and mighty Steve.  (i may… Continue reading signs that Adobe Flash is on the way out

Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com

i got an email last night sent from a client we did a website for about a year ago inviting me to become a tester for an Apple iPad.  actually, i got two emails — one sent to each of my main addresses.  The subject line of the email was “Testers needed to test the Apple… Continue reading Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com