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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Alan Freeman is duly appalled by Apple’s attempt to throw itself a pity party with the money it’s hoarding rather than paying in fair corporate taxes. And James Mackintosh reports on Jeroen Dijsselbloe… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Why can’t we have nice things like U.S.’s monthly instalment price plan for iPhones here in Canada?

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail 

Apple Inc. revealed a new way to buy its flagship device last week – the option to pay for unlocked models of its newest iPhones through . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Wise Law Blog: Apple’s i0S 8.3 Reveals More Diverse Emojis

Users have spoken and Apple has created!

The Next Web recently reported that consumers requests were heard. Emoji’s on the i0S 8.3 will have different skin tones and further country flags. A little taste of what’s to come is below.

photo taken from The Next Web -Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

Visit our Toronto Law Office . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Apple’s i0S 8.3 Reveals More Diverse Emojis

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

Apple, BMW, LG, HP, Coca-Cola, and Walmart are among the 187 companies cited by non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project for doing the most to combat climate change. These green warriors also outperform the Bloomberg World Index. Five Canadian companies made this elite group. I find out how their stock prices compare to the S&P/TSX Index.

The . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple numbers: languishing iPad sales a function ofthe phone subsidy model

The ability to make phone calls on a modern smartphone is now just one app among many. For most people it isn’t even close to the most used app with Facebook, YouTube, messaging, games, and the like dominating usage. And it is also an app with many com… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple numbers: languishing iPad sales a function ofthe phone subsidy model

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple numbers: languishing iPad sales a function of the phone subsidy model

The ability to make phone calls on a modern smartphone is now just one app among many. For most people it isn’t even close to the most used app with Facebook, YouTube, messaging, games, and the like dominating usage. And it is also an app with many competitors like Skype and Google Hangouts and . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple numbers: languishing iPad sales a function of the phone subsidy model

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

While Apple is a wildly profitable money printing machine that hoards its cash and returns billions to shareholders, Amazon makes no official profit. As Benedict Evans points out, this is just a sleight of hand for Amazon has numerous profitable busine… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

While Apple is a wildly profitable money printing machine that hoards its cash and returns billions to shareholders, Amazon makes no official profit. As Benedict Evans points out, this is just a sleight of hand for Amazon has numerous profitable businesses, it is just that it reinvests every penny back into the business (or, more . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

One of the most fascinating aspect of following technology is not just the speed at which the technologies themselves change. It is that the shifts are so large and so fast that business models need to get changed on the fly. Many of the biggest battles in tech are not battles between products, as . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

Geoff Campbell: Final Cut Pro X Certification

While my work keeps me very occupied I know that I need to further develop my skills beyond my daily tasks. In early January I worked through hours of training videos (thank you, FinalCutProX.net) and the official Apple Pro Training Series book and DVD-rom with lesson/media files. It took a lot of time and energy . . . → Read More: Geoff Campbell: Final Cut Pro X Certification

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Lessons from HDDVD vs Blu-ray

My first real foray into the world of following tech news came with the epic HDDVD vs Blu-ray fight. This was more than a little odd. At the time, I didn’t even have an HDTV, and had no intention of getting a next gen optical media player let alone a DVD player. Even today, . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Lessons from HDDVD vs Blu-ray

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple’s tablet upgrade cycle problem

On this blog I like to cover the big issue facing our planet, issues dramatically affecting millions or billions of people: war, conflict, global warming, poverty, economics, rights and freedoms, etc. Okay, okay, sometimes I like to get bogged down in the personalities and gamesmanship of politics, but if I can I like to . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Apple’s tablet upgrade cycle problem

cmkl: Apple Store revisited – I’m back to being a fan

It’s now abundantly clear to me why the geniuses at the Apple store needed my computer to test my battery. I went back just after opening Friday morning (I would recommend that if you – like me – don’t like crowded stores in malls) for my appointment. Rideau in fact opens the store half an . . . → Read More: cmkl: Apple Store revisited – I’m back to being a fan

cmkl: Negative Apple Store experience

I just sent this to Apple’s customer service via their website feedback form.

Bill Longstaff: Apple and the exploitation of Chinese labour

I have been an Apple fan since I got my first computer—Mac all the way. I cringe, therefore, when I encounter articles about the company and its exploitation of Chinese labour. So I really didn’t need to read this morning that Apple’s new iphone is being produced under illegal and abusive working conditions at its . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Apple and the exploitation of Chinese labour

Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Dunning-Kruger effect graphed by AddAttack on DeviantArt.

LinkedIn has an “opinion leader” piece from Shai Agassi, founder of bankrupt car-battery-switcher Better Place, telling carmakers how they need to respond to Tesla’s success. Who better to give them advice than a guy who raised $850 million for an ignorant, impractical, impossible business model, then drove . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Progressive Proselytizing: Windows 8 is a flop, and there is little they could have done differently

The recent release of an IDC report shines a pretty bad light on Microsoft. Windows 8 is selling very poorly with the steepest declines ever in the PC market, and in particular it has entirely failed to gain traction in tablets, with companies like Samsung even pulling their Windows RT products in some places. Especially given . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Windows 8 is a flop, and there is little they could have done differently

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The New Blackberry 10 – Time to ditch Apple and Google both

The Blackberry 10 has just been unveiled, and the question returns: Blackberry, iPhone or Google-based Android smart phone? Here are some thoughts, techno-weenie talk aside. We’re talking pure functionality and ethics here, not who has the best gizmo-gadgetry whiz-bang for the buck. Google is a partner in evil, willingly collaborating with the super-creepy NSA’s deeply . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The New Blackberry 10 – Time to ditch Apple and Google both

Politics and its Discontents: What Fools These Mortals Be

The title of this post, taken from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, hardly qualifies as a startling insight. Nonetheless, after reading two columns in this morning’s Star, I couldn’t help but reflect on the mass of contradictions that we are. It has likely always been thus, but stands in especially sharp relief in today’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Fools These Mortals Be

Politics and its Discontents: A Humbling Lesson About Critical Thinking

I am going to be offline for a few days as I join two of my fellow retirees on a trek to Algonquin Park, so I leave you with the following rather lengthy blog post:

While I am always mindful of the vital importance of critical thinking, logic, and clear writing, and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Humbling Lesson About Critical Thinking

Exponential Book: Mountain Lion and stuff

Between work and home I own eight Apple computers — four iMacs, two MacBook Air, two Mac Pro. So, like any respectable user, I promptly upgraded the operating system to the new version, OS 10.8 (aka Mountain Lion), which has now been available for a few weeks. Around this time last year, its predecessor Lion . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Mountain Lion and stuff

The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

Tablet computers have been around for years, but it took Steve Jobs to make them popular.

Though the Liberal Party has been around longer than any tablet computer, it shares more than a few similarities with the now ubiquitous device.

The Liberal Party has strong fundamentals and viable market share in a competitive industry, but . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?

Though I’m a long-time Windows user, I’ve certainly done my best over the last couple of years to warm up to Apple’s clearly superior mobile and tablet products.

To be sure, though,  I haven’t quite succeeded.  Subconsciously, I keep asking myself the same nagging question: “Why can’t I do all the stuff on my iPad that . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?

Slap Upside The Head: Apple Adds Same-Sex Emoticons To iOS 6

Have you ever been composing a text message and wanted to insert a generic and practically microscopic representation of a gay couple only to discover that all available visual iconography was exclusively heterosexual? Well, I say straight people have had this unshared privilege for too long! It’s time for a violent revolt! Take up your . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Apple Adds Same-Sex Emoticons To iOS 6

Art Threat: Mobile app shows dirty side of making cellphones – Phone Story by Molleindustria banned by iTunes

Video games have permeated so deep into mainstream culture that they are now places of social activism and protest. Phone Story, a game designed by the Molleindustria collective in Italy, does just this. It turns the fancy screen and sleek design of a smart phone into the engineered system of slavery, inhumanity, and oppression . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Mobile app shows dirty side of making cellphones – Phone Story by Molleindustria banned by iTunes