Microsoft enlisted former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rob Schneider and disgraced baseball star Pete Rose to denigrate Google Docs in two new videos that posted to the Web Friday. via Pete Rose, Rob Schneider mock Google for Microsoft Office | Microsoft – CNET News. Watch the videos, and try not to cringe.  Then shower […]

Bill Gates has lost the plot

Bill Gates On The iPad via Business Insider: He then said of people using iPad-like devices, “A lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there.” I think this is a clear indication of how out of touch and isolated from the real world Microsoft can […]

Setting the bar low

From the “Pro” section of Techcrunch’s Galaxy S4 review: Acceptable battery life Surely that’s the very definition of something that’s not a pro, but just merely acceptable?  That’s like putting “Has microphone” as a pro.  They’ve set the bar pretty low here, which is actually a reflection of where most Android phones are, especially those […]

People in glass houses…

Microsoft’s top executive for mobile phones took shots at both iOS and Android today, calling Apple’s operating system “boring” and claiming Google’s is “a mess.” via Microsoft exec talks mobile smack, trashes iOS as ‘boring,’ Android as ‘a mess’ – Computerworld. Perhaps Microsoft, and specifically Terry Myerson, should focus more on getting their own house […]

Apple’s retention strategy

Interesting spot from Bloomberg: Four of the five highest-paid employees at Standard & Poor’s 500 companies aren’t chief executive officers. They’re Apple Inc. (AAPL) senior lieutenants receiving compensation packages designed to keep management intact in an increasingly competitive industry. This is Apple trying to provide some stability in the wake of Steve Jobs’ death.  They […]

“Market Standard”

Simon Dawlat, the CEO of AppGratis the app “discovery” platform that was banned from iOS last week: Then for advertisers, we offer sponsored slots that are being displayed within our regular stream of editorial picks. These advertising campaigns are clearly label “Sponsored”. They are sold on a “CPI” Cost-per-install basis, which is the market standard […]

Put the Apple pitchforks away, get the journalism pitchforks out

Comixology on the reports that Apple had prevented them from publishing the latest issue of the excellent Saga comic because it contained two small panels depicting gay sex: In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due […]

Microsoft is staring in to the abyss

It’s difficult to overstate the challenges facing Microsoft at the moment. A Gartner report out this week: Traditional PC Market Predicted to Decline 7.6 Percent as Change in Consumers’ Behavior Drives Transition to Tablets and Ultramobiles (Am I the only person who finds Gartner referring to themselves in the third person highly amusing?  Like that […]

Staying power

From CNET: Apple’s iOS browser captured 61.79 percent of all mobile browser Web traffic seen by Net Applications in March. That was a healthy rise from the 55.41 percent tracked in February. What does this tell us?  What it tell me is that all those Android tablets that were sold over the holiday period are […]


Reuters talking about Tim Cook’s apology for Apple’s China warranties: With its rare apology, Apple Inc went from pariah to praiseworthy in the eyes of China’s state-controlled media, a lesson for other foreign firms not to underestimate the speed and power of the government press. I’d take issue with the third word.  Apple appears to […]