Google, Amazon, and Facebook are betting big on AI and virtual assistants. If those are the wave of the future – and it seems likely they are – then Apple is screwed, says Marco Arment. Apple is lagging badly in those areas, and it’s not the kind of thing you can develop in secret and spring in a keynote.
Arment is not only a smart industry observer, but he’s also an Apple enthusiast and iPhone app developer. He’s the opposite of an Apple hater.
In 2007, BlackBerry was the pinnacle of mobile email and voice devices, which was what mobile phones were for. But the market moved on and BlackBerry didn’t. Apple is at risk of the same here in 2016, Arment says.
Avoiding BlackBerry’s fate – Marco Arment
Related: I recently had my first experience with Apple CarPlay and was delighted. Pairing your iPhone to the car is accomplished with a single tap, and after that you can get your Maps, messaging, phone calls, and listen to podcasts on the screen on the car’s dashboard and using the car’s speakers. Like the Apple slogan used to go: “It just works.” And, quoting another old Apple slogan, “you already know how to use it” – even if, like me, you’ve never used it before, have never read about it, and have had no training.
And that reminds me of how so many Apple tools don’t “just work” anymore. My MacBook Air freezes up sometimes. It seems to not do that if I don’t use Safari and I reboot every day. Not sure though. Haven’t found a cause. And recently I was getting quite exasperated figuring out how to share an album in Apple Photos. I’m still not sure I did it right.
Hence the title of this post.
“A shirtless Vladamir Putin riding a Russian Bear.”
I hear Donald Trump buys them by the gross.
Anytime I need to emphasis that I mean business, I just pull out my Putin Riding a Bear. This will usually result in submission by the aggressor. My landlord was being a jerk while trying collect the lot rent. When I pulled this out, his drunk butt fell off my block step.This talisman will also make the ladies throw themselves on you. It’s really not fair to them that this exudes so much testosterone. I mean really….what chance do they stand with this in your pocket?
Buyer beware! Do not carry this while wearing a lone wolf t-shirt. I made the mistake of doing that (because I forgot I had the Putin in my pocket) and there was almost a riot in the Walmart cigarette line. Thank goodness my wolf shirt got ripped off (maybe it leaped off to defend me…i will never know) and I was able to get away.
Quentin Hardy at The New York Times:
SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world. Instead of renting the rooms, you charge guests based on the grains of sand they touch. You charge very little per grain, but if they lie on enough of them, it adds up.
That is one way to think about what is going on at the world’s biggest cloud-computing companies.
Good article. Good metaphor.
A solar-charged Kindle case is also on the drawing board. Announcements of new high-end Kindles are expected next week.
Amazon to Release New Kindle With Rechargeable Protective Case [Greg Bensinger – The Wall Street Journal]
We’ve had our PaperWhites for a couple of years now. I like it, but don’t love it. I don’t use it enough. I don’t read enough books anymore. I read a lot of articles. Like this one.
I’ve had my Kindle Voyage for over a year now, and I love it [Jason Weisberger – Boing Boing]
Amazon, which has used razor-thin margins to undercut rivals, is susceptible to the same competitive pressure because of its fat AWS profits.
“Your margin is my opportunity.”
It’s a quip often attributed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain his zeal for high-volume sales at teeny-to-nonexistent profits. It’s ironic, then, that in Amazon’s cloud business it is Bezos’ margin that is providing an opening to rivals like Google.
Amazon’s Lofty Profits Open Cloud to Rivals [Shira Ovide / Bloomberg]