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I can't wait to have a pair of glasses that can tell me what's in my salad. I wonder if the girl was wearing glasses could they tell her about the ruffies in that wine?
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Sure seems like Google+ brought a knife to a gun fight.
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So what happens when Reed Hastings decides that there are too many people using Qwikster instead of Netflix? Will they start slowing down delivery? Only deliver a few days a week? Increase plan prices again and again? Stock fewer and fewer copies so the wait gets longer and longer for popular titles?

Then look at the Netflix side. They lost the Starz deal. I don't remember the last big content deal Netflix struck. More and more content houses are going to go direct with apps. What would make anyone believe the situation is going to get better for Netflix?

Reed Hasting is a good businessman but this move seems premature at best and is insulting to the customers that built his business.
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Microsoft's smartphone marketshare drops 15%. Shouldn't new platforms go the other way? If this were HP they'd have taken Windows Phone 7 behind the barn and shot it by now.

From ComScore: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/31/comscore-calls-android-top-dog-apple-pulls-further-ahead-of-rim/
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This has been a titanic week for tech news.
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I gotta say, I didn't expect it to work this well. With that said, I still don't think I'd use it if I had it
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+Jeff Jarvis On TWIG you say that "We" moved sites to Page 2 of results. We don't know that and that is the point. We don't know how Google's algorithm works and what motivations it embodies. That is the fear of Google's power.

As to solutions, can someone tell me why we couldn't simply restrict Google to search? All the problems seem to stem from Google using its Search marketshare to promote its other, non-Search, properties.
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Why is no one asking how many of the 550,000 Android "activations" per day we should actually care about when talking about Smartphone market growth?

Would an Amazon tablet be considered an Android "activation". How about a phone running Baidu's fork of Android? What about the Chinese OPhone? Are those being counted in that 550,000/day "activations" number?

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Sure seems like +Leo Laporte is just phoning it in on MacBreak Weekly these days. It's kind of sad to watch since he used to be so enthusiastic about the show. Now it just seems like he sits there looking for a way to mention Android or find a new Jobs/dictator comparison.
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So Dell's growth is in cloud and services. HP is spinning off the PC business in order to focus on enterprise and services. Has Apple wrecked the PC industry? Are we looking at a "earths magnetic poll flip"-level change in the consumer computing space?

Crazy days.
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It would be nice to have an honest discussion about the Android market share/growth numbers. There has been a lot of talk about Android activating 500,000+ devices per day and that Android has 40% of the smartphone market share. However there have also been questions about return rates (dubious) and usage (more interesting). By usage, I mean how many of those 500k activations a day are by users that don't even know they have a smartphone or care? What is the distribution of Android handsets that are sold free with contract (This weekend SuperCuts (the haircut people) started a free Android phone promotion)? How many Android users ever download an app?

Some stats:

Total App Downloads:
Android: 4.5 billion
iOS: 15 billion

2010 App Revenue:
Android: $102 million
iOS: 1.782 BILLION

If Android is indeed activating 500k+ new devices a DAY, where are all the users? How many of them are returns? How many of them are essentially cheap feature phones running on Android but without any of the hardware or features that actually make a smartphone? How many are free on contract users like the old "penny for a phone" deals that don't care whether they have a smartphone or not? How many are honest-to-god app downloading, web surfing, gmail using smartphone users?

The reason we need to ask these questions is because Google certainly isn't offering up any answers. Doubt has been expressed time and again about the "activations" number and Google has never responded. No granularity is offered and its resulted in this narrative that Android is the de facto winner of the smartphone wars and that developers should focus their time and energies there instead of what is certainly a doomed iOS platform. I have heard the activations/day number thrown out as evidence that Android is a superior product because how could it not be when it is clearly so much more successful than iOS? Putting aside the issue of whether sales = better product (Honda Civic vs. BMW anyone?), not having a clear picture of what "activations" actually means makes the smartphone landscape very murky for mobile app developers.

What does it mean for the smartphone wars if there is a high return rate for Android devices? What does it mean if 300k of the 500k activations are on $25 Chinese handsets in the developing world with no Marketplace access? What does it mean if, in a world where App purchases result in a strong lock in for consumers, Android owners aren't investing very much in the Android ecosystem?
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Software Engineer
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  • Automatic Data Processing
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • V-SEPT, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2011
  • Connectwise
  • PatchAdvisor
  • Home Shopping Network
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
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Lutz, FL
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Madeira Beach, FL - DeLand, FL - Tampa, FL - Land O' Lakes, FL
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Introduction
Born in Florida, Martin Johnson was raised in the sleepy fishing village of Madeira Beach. Thanks to a fascination with Science Fiction and an Adam computer he ended up attending the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School. During his years there he participated in the FIRST robotics competition and started a website business with his two best friends.

He later went on to Stetson University in DeLand, FL for a degree in Computer Information Systems. Since then he has been engaged in a number of exciting pursuits in the Software Engineering world developing applications for companies like Home Shopping Network, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and some others you've likely never heard of.

He's currently a co-founder of and lead developer for V-SEPT, Inc., a software solutions provider for the Motorcycle, RV and Marine industries. He spends his non-working hours with his wife Rachel, son Eli and his Kindle (loaded up with Science Fiction).
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  • Stetson University
  • Lakewood High School (CAT)
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