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@CharlesW I helped raise my nephew (who had severe diaper problems) on-and-off between his first and fourth birthdays but, no, I do not have kids.
And really? You think that Tweeting -- broadcasting -- someone's bodily functions is the best solution? How about a push notification or, as the (fake) product suggested, SMS? There's a difference between notifying someone that their kid has taken a piss and broadcasting that information.
2 weeks ago on Twitter: Enabling the Internet of Things-lite
@AlexanderJWilkas Wrong on both counts, actually. But that seems to be the default position taken with any remotely critical article (this post was an indictment of the Lumia line and was only tangentially related to Windows Phone itself) so, hey, think what you like.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The future of Nokia is Asha, not Lumia
@templar73 Yep: http://pandodaily.com/2013/01/01/finally-a-year-when-mobile-doesnt-seem-like-a-two-horse-race/
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Verizon doesn’t care about BlackBerry or Windows Phone — it just wants to beat the iPhone
@GamerJunkdotNet Yep: "The iPhone hasn’t been exclusive to any one carrier since the iPhone 4 came to Verizon in 2011. Now the device is available from T-Mobile, Walmart, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and prepaid carriers. Unlike other smartphones, many of which prominently display the Verizon logo or are exclusive to the carrier in some way, the iPhone is the iPhone, no matter who you buy it from."
@alfonzso That's what I was getting at! It's not about Safari or Mail.app sucking, even though that's how the argument is usually framed -- it's about being able to choose.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Let geeks choose their own ice cream
@DNIDK That's been my (limited) experience as well, setting up PCs for my fiancee's younger siblings. No issues understanding the OS or its design. I actually greatly prefer it to traditional Windows and (maybe) OS X.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Windows 8 is killing PCs. It’s also one of the fastest-selling operating systems in history
@Lucas Rayala @cooldoods The bit Lucas points out is spot-on. I chose the term "modern smartphone" very carefully -- I am aware that there were pre-iPhone smartphones, but it is commonly accepted (and my own opinion) that the iPhone started the *modern* smartphone trend.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on How the iPhone and its “tick-tock” release cycle made consumers care about software
@getravi You are absolutely right. Fixed.
@AssafLavie Sure thing. From the IDC's report:
"Microsoft, which is a focal point for many in the tablet space, entered the top five for the first time as shipments of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets combined for a total of nearly 900,000 units. [...] Beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market. Total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units."
So, if Microsoft sold 0.9 million Surface tablets (which, obvs, run Windows 8) and 1.8 million Windows tablets were sold, that means that alllllll the other manufacturers sold 0.9 million tablets as well. So, half.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Four takeaways from the IDC’s tablet market report
@ubut Ah, I was wondering when the crazies -- er, the faithful -- would show up.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is both right and wrong about tablets
@abbu @nathanielmott We'll see how those things work out. Certainly an exciting time to be using (and writing about) technology.
@crucible Thank you for catching the error -- I mistyped and didn't catch it later on. It's been corrected.
@abbu Oh, and note that i said that thinking that people will not be using tablets is like Ballmer dismissing the iPhone back in '07.
@abbu Two things, in regards to BlackBerry going into the smartphone market:
1. You're absolutely right that it made little sense for them to launch a smartphone. It doesn't make much sense for the guys at Jolla to be developing Sailfish, or for Canonical to bring Ubuntu to phones and tablets, either. But they believe that they can make a dent -- evidence to the contrary be damned -- and so continue to introduce new products.
2. As irritating as it is, BlackBerry is just about the only handset maker shipping a QWERTY smartphone in 2013. (Or the only one that matters, anyway.) So, that is enough to differentiate it for now -- whether or not that will be the case in the future remains to be seen.
@elicolner @nathanielmott Ah, gotcha. I can certainly see that; Morin has been pretty tenacious in his efforts to make Path as big as he believes it can be.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Apple continues to “think different” — it’s just that “different” is, well, different
@elicolner I'm not seeing the connection.
@Leon Falk Both of the things you took issue with, the introduction of the iPad and the "ceded the battle" note, were included as a point-counterpoint structure. Those are not my views, which is why I shot them down in the following sentences and paragraphs, depending.
This is largely about two things: how Apple is viewed, and what Apple is. The beginning part (point) is a view; that's why they're linked. The second part (counterpoint) is how things really are, and in many cases are also linked.
Hopefully that makes a bit more sense. I'm certainly not among the "marketshare versus profit" or "Apple needs to release something new!" crowd ;)
@timrpeterson That's odd -- I've used it a bit and haven't encountered any problems. I'm able to edit documents, they auto-save, and formatting works properly.
1 month ago on Fidus Writer is a collaborative writing tool custom-built for academia
@rhytrr "Anvil, an ecommerce company billing its Pack Store as the 'cure for the Kickstarter hangover' and the 'App Store for hardware.' Anvil is betting that hardware makers and consumers want a one-stop shop that anyone can sell through."
Which part of that is unclear?
1 month ago on Anvil seeks to cure the “Kickstarter hangover” by becoming a one-stop shop for connected devices
@LaVonneReimer Glad to hear that you enjoyed it :)
1 month ago on Manual Retweeting, misguided thumbkissing, and other social media sins