Apple, Google, and Microsoft offer all three things: devices, platforms, and services. But each has a different starting point. With Apple it’s the device. With Microsoft it’s the platform. With Google it’s the services.

And thus all three companies can brag about things that only they can achieve. What Cook is arguing, and which I would say last week’s WWDC exemplified more so than at any point since the original iPhone in 2007, is that there are more advantages to Apple’s approach.

Or, better put, there are potentially more advantages to Apple’s approach, and Tim Cook seems maniacally focused on tapping into that potential.
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Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, like Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt, were directly involved in a wage-fixing agreement between their companies. That’s according to analysis of confidential internal Google and Apple memos reviewed and published by the news site PandoDaily. They found that it wasn’t just Google and Apple who were guilty, but dozens of other tech companies were also involved, affecting the salaries of more than a million employees.

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Over on Yahoo Tech, they’ve a post up titled 15 Wacky and Wild iPhone Cases but one in particular is anything but wacky and nothing less than AWESOME!

In particular, the Prong PocketPlug Case has a wall plug built into it.

Let me say that again, IT HAS A WALL PLUG BUILT IN!

This is sublime and inspired genius for anyone who has ever stumbled about on low battery searching in desperation for someone, anyone who might happen to have an iPhone plug and be generous enough to allow you to monopolize it for an hour or two.

Source: 15 Wild and Wacky iPhone Cases

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Happy Birthday Mac!

Tomorrow (January 24) marks the 30th birthday of the revolutionary Apple Macintosh computer.

Here’s to the GUI, Mouse, MacPaint & the 1984 commercial. All hinting at Steve Jobs bountiful genius.

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The word “innovation” gets thrown around so much one might think it’s as easy as applying enough elbow grease. The mere notion of innovation has become some sort of arms race in wowing people with newness. This might be a straw man for our attention-mongering culture, but it’s far from reality. If you think innovation happens by continually introducing things no one has ever seen or dreamed of before, you would make a poor product lead.

Real innovation means thinking around a problem from a different point of view. Trying to be innovative, just like trying to be cool, usually fails.
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