Today in “Google Being Mean”:
Last week, I wrote an article defending Google from the likes of angry and obnoxious internet writers, but today, they’ve earned a few mean-spirited pokes and prods. First, it’s been revealed that they will soon fire 20% of Motorola’s workforce (4,000 jobs), which is the first thing they’ve done with the company since acquiring it for $12.5 billion earlier this year. This only further supports the theory that the purchase was all about Google landing more patents and not at all about creating hardware. And then there’s Google buying a newspaper ad as a way to showcase how their ads are so much more effective than newspaper ads. Well, at least they know how to respond to their critics with a sense of humor.
Today in “Google Being Successful”:
Since we’re being mean to Google, we should at least acknowledge their successes. The last quarter has been very, very kind to Android devices, which outsold iOS by a three-to-one margin. Of the individual Android manufacturers, Samsung was the the top dog, moving 90 million devices. We all knew this was coming: just by sheer availability, Android was destined to overtake Apple in sales and market share. However, Apple doesn’t have to worry until the iPhone and the iPad stop being trendsetters…which probably won’t happen for a long, long time.
Today in “Apple Messing Things Up, Too”:
It’s been all-but-confirmed that the iPhone 5 will do away with the 30 pin port connector that has been standard across all of the company’s products since 2003. Although many smartphone users have already acknowledged how annoying this is (yes, you’ll have to replace all of your docks and chargers if you want to use future Apple technology), we don’t know the half of it. This transition could result in a massive “E-Waste” problem. The sheer number of old iPods and ports that will be thrown away is simply alarming. This is the kind of transition that should take a few years, but Apple is attempting to force it through one on device. Bad move, Apple.
Today in “Siri’s Expanding Social Circle”:
We’ve met Siri, her cousin Nina and her grandfather Winston…so what does that make Ask Ziggy, the new voice control program for Windows phones? Her high school rival, maybe? Although Ask Ziggy initially paled in comparison to Siri, the company behind the program has recently raised $5 million in additional funding to bring it up to snuff.