The day that Google announced its Nexus One retail strategy, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story250839.html"]I wrote a post[/URL] pulling no punches that I thought it was a horrible idea. If [URL="http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/14/nexus-one-sells-only-20-000-phones-its-first-week/"]first week sales figures[/URL] are any indication, I am being proven right. What's more, Google appears to be cannibalizing their own ad space to prop up the sluggish phone sales. [B]Ads Are Their Bread and Butter[/B] Yesterday as I made my way around the web looking at articles where Adsense buys appear, I noticed a trend. Nexus One phone ads dominated, meaning they are using one of the most profitable parts of their business …

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In a [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/10_04/b4164028483414.htm"]very interesting read[/URL] in BusinessWeek last week, writer Peter Burrows describes what he sees as the start of war between Apple and Google with the big prize being the Mobile Ad market. Burrows further speculates that it's possible this could escalate to the point where Apple will make Bing its default search engine on the iPhone. Hard to know whether this will happen, and if consumers would stand for it, but it certainly could mark a new chapter in the ever-shifting alliances among Google, Apple and Microsoft. [B]Each Company Has Its Strengths[/B] Google is a search and ad …

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Word emerged this week that Apple was in talks with Verizon and everyone assumed it was it about the iPhone, but buried at the end of a BusinessWeek article, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2009/tc20090429_594307.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech"]AT&T's iPhone Dilemma[/URL], is an interesting nugget: [QUOTE]Apple has also shown Verizon a larger, more computer-like device dubbed by one person as a "media pad."[/QUOTE] That Apple is talking to other carriers seems indisputable at this point and has been widely reported, but what they are talking about is unclear. The natural assumption is that they are negotiating iPhone distribution, competition if you will for the current exclusive carrier, AT&T, but …

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One of the most time-consuming (and boring) after-effects of attending an industry conference is the deluge of business cards you bring home. Despite your best intentions to cull them and put important contact information in your database, let's be honest, it rarely happens. It's a pretty safe bet that the business cards you gave out are probably at the bottom of desks and briefcases, too. Back in the day, Palm handheld device users could simply beam their contact information from one device to another via infrared technology, but that feature [URL="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Palm-Pre-Doesn-039-t-Have-microSD-Slot-for-Design-Purposes-102817.shtml"]appears to have been dropped[/URL] from the most recent Palm …

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I was a bit surprised to open my [URL="http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-ballmer-apple-is-too-expensive-for-this-economy-and-thats-why-msft-will/"]PaidContent.org newsletter[/URL] this morning and find that Steve Ballmer was taking direct aim at Apple in pointed comments at the McGraw Hill Summit yesterday. Ballmer went straight for the jugular calling Apple too expensive for today's economy, perhaps because Apple's computer sales are truly softening and he senses they are vulnerable. The comments were part of a Q&A with BusinessWeek Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler. [B]He said what?![/B] Ballmer began with a volley directly at Apple's bow when said pointedly "No one's going to pay $500 more for a logo." PaidContent reports the audience …

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For the better part of this decade Apple has created some amazing products from the Mac Book to the iPod to the iPhone. They've had an enormous technological and cultural impact, but even with all of these accomplishments, the meteoric rise of the App store is simply astonishing. They went from zero apps to 25,000 apps in a single year. By giving developers access to the same tools Apple itself used to create the first generation iPhone apps, an amazing thing happened. The developers came in droves and they created games, utilities, accessories. Some were mundane like the famous fart …

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Lots of news from Apple this week. There is of course [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/technology/personaltech/12pogue-email.html?em"]the new Shuffle[/URL] which has the web abuzz with chatter because the controls are on the headphones and not the device (stupid design doomed to fail) and there is the standard [URL="http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/G-8Z2A_yWvk/another-patent-hints-at-mac-tablet.ars"]Mac Tablet[/URL] rumor (Yawn; call me when they are releasing it OK?), but the biggest news to me was the fact that Apple has called a [URL="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2342962,00.asp"]press conference[/URL] next week to introduce some new features of the upcoming iPhone 3.0 software. Apple, the company that can keep a secret better than the folks in Langley are giving a …

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Since Palm introduced its [URL="http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/daily-news/090109-CES-2009-Palm-Introduces-Smartphone-with-GPS/"]new smart phone[/URL] at CES last month, the buzz has been deafening and for that alone, Palm deserves a lot of credit. Let's face it, they were up until that moment, a company on life support, but with one smoothly-presented product announcement they were on the lips of the entire the internet and people began anxiously awaiting the release of the new Palm Pre ([URL="http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=14858"]Rumor[/URL] pegs a March 15th release by Sprint). People were suddenly talking about Palm again (and not speaking nostalgically about their Palm Pilots). The questions remains however whether this phone can really …

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A coordinated effort by global central banks, led by the U.S. and the Federal Reserve Board’s 0.5% emergency rate cut today has more or less calmed the financial markets this morning (down about 100 points in mid-morning trading). I say “more or less’ because who really knows? But the economists I’m seeing and reading think that lower rates will get more people back into big ticket items like houses, cars and travel packages – a must for an economy that is being dragged down by frightened consumers. Plus, the rate cut relieves pressure on banks who either can’t or won’t …

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Welcome back to another Crystal Ball Sunday. Those of you who celebrate freedom on July 4 hopefully have had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Freedom comes in packages of all shapes and sizes and this week's Crystal Ball Sunday is about freedom in small packages: Embedded Devices. Embedded device refers to a piece of hardware that has limited resources (memory, power, range) and usually has a very specific function--sometimes a singular function. This means that the operating system that the device uses must have a very small footprint and be energy efficient. Embedded devices are as diverse as the above …

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Mozilla Corporation, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless have joined the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation in order to expand and deliver wireless choices to mobile phone users. Verizon's choice to join LiMo further creates a rift between them and Google's OHA (Open Handset Alliance) over whose service will be more 'open.' Openness of the platform is important for adoption. The more open your platform, the more developers, hobbyist programmers, and end users you'll have converting to it. Unfortunately, this intense competition will end up hurting consumers and end users because companies may rush products to …

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Ah, forget what I've been saying. I have a new focus now; consumer beat-downs. What's that? I'm glad you asked. This blog's entries will be heretofore devoted to bringing to light some of the nasty tricks played upon consumers for the purpose of getting them to part with their cash, often for little or nothing. It's part rant, part informative commentary and part opinionated tomes about why it stinks to be at he mercy of a mega-corporate world. Let's get started. I want to start by talking about phones. Not home landline phones but mobile phones. Gotta love'em. They have …

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The End.