In the high stakes patent games, trust no one, especially not the lawyers whether working for you or against you:
But the documents in the public record thus far may just be the tip of the iceberg, and big questions remain. Why didn’t Morgan Lewis—which knew the lawsuit was coming before it was filed—see an ethical problem in letting one of its partner invest in a patent troll, especially one specially designed to target one of the firm’s big clients? And how many other big-firm lawyers are entwined with “start-ups” that are actually holding companies, created to attack the very corporations they are supposed to be defending?
Who’d have thought that Apple had such huge Harry Potter fans:
The SMC, or system management controller, is a chip used to regulate a Mac’s current and voltage, manage its light sensor, and temporarily store FileVault keys. Turns out that the SMC contains undocumented code that is invoked by entering the word “SpecialisRevelio,” the same magic words used to reveal hidden charms, hexes, or properties used by wizards in the Harry Potter series written by author J. K. Rowling.
Really shows how much the iPhone camera has evolved, the biggest jump being the 3G to 3GS one. I’m sure other smartphones will have a similar trend as well. 2009-10 seems to be the time when the camera modules came of their own in smartphones.
This attitude could so easily be extended to the common man, taxes and administrative corruption – What steps are you taking to save your money from government corruption?
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to Apple, Google, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Samsung Electronics Co. seeking information about what the companies are doing to combat thefts of their devices in the state, according to copies of the May 10 letters.
A real tongue in cheek answer – at least Apple can’t claim to be the first victim. You definitely can’t accuse Samsung of not keeping with the times or latest trends.
Before Apple, Samsung did not copy the Blackberry either.
This is the Samsung Blackjack II. Notice that the name Blackjack sounds nothing like Blackberry.
And before that, when the Motorola Razr was a top seller. Samsung definitely did not copy it with a phone called the Blade. The word Blade and the word Razr don’t even start with the same letter.
Apple’s string of success is effectively impossible. Yet it happened. They are a black swan.
Look at Taleb’s criteria:
- It is an outlier — check
- It carries an extreme impact — check
- It is explained after the fact — in the case of Apple, the explanation is Steve Jobs. He was a genius, and now he is gone
And so, AAPL continues its downward descent; it was great to ride it on the upside, but now that Apple is a normal company, the probability of another hit are so remote, it’s best to assume it simply won’t happen.
This is the disconnect many of us in the blogosphere have with Wall Street. We actually believe that design matters, that taste is objective, and that culture can be developed. And, by definition, none of these can be measured or quantified — or modeled.
Given the kind of speculation and advice given out by experts and analysts when it comes to Apple, I’m tempted to apply their brand of analysis to myself. Look! I’m growing older by only around 3.5% vs 100% on my 2nd birthday. Can’t wait to touch 1% when I’m over 100…
P.S. For a sane take on the Apple earnings check here.
I choose to quote a para supporting the default narrative unlike John Gruber:
That isn’t to say that Apple should be controlling and arrogant, and that their choices don’t create genuine problems worth bitching about. Nobody should pretend it’s good for consumers that Apple doesn’t let Nuance make Swype for iOS and doesn’t let us set Chrome to be our default iPhone browser and that it’s to my benefit that iCloud makes it impossible to use Byword on the Mac and iA Writer on the iPad to edit the same plain text documents. Apple definitely contributes to their own reputation.