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Apple's Home Automation Tech reportedly won't hit devices until Spring

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We hope you weren't in a big rush to outfit your household with devices that use Apple's HomeKit automation technology -- you may be waiting a little whi

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Reportedly, the less-than-ideal timing can be chalked up to Apple's insistence on "rigorous performance standards" for HomeKit, much like what it demands with existing certification efforts like AirPlay and MFi. The ostensible goal is to get home automation working smoothly from the word "go," not to put products on store shelves as quickly as possible. That's good if you'd rather not deal with glitches in your appliances and light bulbs, but it also means that one of iOS 8's tentpole features won't be useful until several months after launch.  - We agree that this rigorous approach to product performance that addresses many of the shortfalls that happen when rushing products to market before they're ready.  We reckon that "antenna-gate" was a key lesson for Apple to do things this way.

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TSMC is finally making 20nm parts for Apple’s next-gen iPhone, iPad

TSMC is finally making 20nm parts for Apple’s next-gen iPhone, iPad | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

TSMC has reportedly begun shipping Apple 20nm chips in volume, setting the stage for an introduction and launch later this year. The iPhone 6 will be the first 20nm SoC on the market — will Apple use that advantage to extend its lead over its rivals? http://www.peepstalks.com/tsmc-is-finally-making-20nm-parts-for-apples-next-gen-iphone-ipad/


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Exactly how much of Apple’s business is shifting to TSMC is still unknown. The A8 will be the first 20nm SoC available on the market; companies like Qualcomm aren’t expected to introduce their own 20nm hardware until 2015. That gap gives Apple first-mover momentum and it’s undoubtedly part of what the company paid for in its agreements with TSMC. It’s possible that this shift could spark other companies to move production to other facilities — companies that compete with Apple at TSMC could conceivably move business to Samsung or GlobalFoundries if they think the Taiwanese foundry won’t be able to keep up with demand.

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How To Know Whether To Buy A PC Or A Mac? [Flowchart]

How To Know Whether To Buy A PC Or A Mac? [Flowchart] | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Don't know what computer to buy? This simple flowchart will easily help you determine whether to buy a PC or a Mac depending on what you'll use it for.

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Now we all know why a PC is better than a MAC, unless you're an artist or graphic designer, for the ROW (Rest of the world) a PC is going to be your internet workhorse, for your on the on-go social media it will be your mobile device

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Alex Simon's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:30 PM

Sometimes i ask myself this same question. these were interesting questions that i would have thought of, i would have thought of compatibility and setup. i think i would have to agree with the picture and buy microsoft.

Pirate ☠'s curator insight, November 22, 2013 10:55 AM

Buy a Mac.

Hamant C Keval's curator insight, November 22, 2013 2:05 PM

I know what I would buy - after switching to a MAc :) but I still use  PC for a few programs - 

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What Every Business Can Learn From Apple’s Mistakes

What Every Business Can Learn From Apple’s Mistakes | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
App developers learned something important from Apple’s iPhone 6 release: even the titans of the industry deal with programming bugs and release disasters.

Ran Rachlin is the co-founder and CEO of Ubertesters, a global provider of a comprehensive, cloud-based, process management tool for mobile applications beta testing.

App developers definitely learned something important from Apple’s latest product release: even the titans of the industry deal with programming bugs and release disasters.

Well, we all knew that. What’s surprising is the depth of the problem; one so severe that Apple was forced to pull its iOS 8.0.1 update just days after it was released.

All businesses, not just developers, can learn a few other useful things from Apple’s mistakes.

Don’t let your past mistakes haunt you

It’s worth considering that almost all of the recent articles about Apple’s current headaches cite problems in the past.

Steve Jobs, for all his virtues, could be curt and abrasive with customers. In response to complaints about the iPhone 4 low signal glitch back in 2010, Jobs declared, “Non issue. Just avoid holding [the phone] in that way.”

Owners responded harshly to the suggestion that they didn’t know how to hold a phone properly. In the end, Jobs apologized: “If you’re still not happy even after getting a [new] case, you can bring your iPhone 4 back undamaged for a full refund,” Jobs said. “We are going to take care of everyone.”

But, a lot of damage was done. Apple eventually accepted responsibility but phone owners and business journalists agreed that it shouldn’t have taken weeks for a more reasonable response to the problem. Apple got away with it, but these sorts of incidents tend to have a cumulative effect. That incident hangs over Apple to this day.

The lesson? Your company has a track record. This is especially true in the social media age when your past mistakes are just a Google search away. Your best bet is to prevent problems through a more diligent approach to all of your work.

Never slam your competition’s attributes as unnecessary

“No one Is going to buy a big phone” claimed Apple’s Steve Jobs back in 2010. In response to a suggestion that an Apple antenna problem could have been prevented by using a larger case, Jobs attacked recently released large smart phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S, calling them “Hummers” and insisting that “no one is going to buy them.”

“Guess who surprised themselves and changed their mind,” wrote Korean electronics giant Samsung on its Twitter feed this week when Apple revealed its new, 5.5-inch supersized iPhone 6 (versus its 4’’ iPhone 5.)

There are probably a few lessons to be learned. Mostly, don’t be so quick to disparage the competition until you’re absolutely sure they’re not on to something. And take ownership for the problem.

Steve Jobs tried to deflect the issue, rather than suggest that a larger phone might be one solution, but not the one that Apple was pursuing.

It’s about you, not them. Don’t be petty. Just do the best quality work you can do.

Don’t make enemies of your biggest fans

By now everyone has seen videos or read stories about the bendable iPhone 6. Apple’s initial response to complaints was silence.

After a few days, the company issued an accusatory response: “With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” wrote Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. Social media quickly dubbed the problem #bendgate.

Is Apple suggesting that these nine users are crackpots? The number is irrelevant. The Apple rep added that the company was “looking into this with an insane amount of detail.”

That was all that was necessary. Although Apple might have thanked the new owners that brought a potential issue to their attention.

The lesson? Always try to use criticism to your advantage. Your users are trying to help you by finding bugs and reporting problems. Be humble and grateful, not sarcastic. The fact is they’re doing your work for you.

Will any of this hurt Apple? Probably not in the long run, even if shares are down this week. Apple will bounce back due to a couple of significant factors: Apple is big enough that it can suffer some financial loss; the company has been around long enough that a short-term problem can be overcome; and, most important, the company has a well-deserved reputation for responding quickly to customer bug reports.

Most SMBs don’t have these advantages. If your company’s new iOS 8 app doesn’t work well, for example, your customers will probably have little patience. That’s why when we work with developers, we always tell them to think of professional app testing as an essential part of the development process, not an optional extra.

Most importantly, do it properly, with professional and experienced quality control people. You can’t expect friends and relatives to know what to look for. We know from experience that app developers who launch an app to the market without proper testing, and subject users to bugs and crashes, risk potential customers simply deleting the app immediately and checking out the competition.

And that’s the final lesson: it takes time and a commitment to quality to build a reputation that can withstand scrutiny and and the worst kind of crises. Back in April 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “You want to take the time to get it right. Our objective has never been to be first. It’s to be the best. To do things really well, it takes time.”

Perhaps he should have listened to his own advice. It’s not too late for you.





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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 23, 2014 9:22 PM

Lots to learn from Apple, successes and mistakes.

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Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

pe “‘Masters are forbidden to poach workers from other members of the craft.' - British medieval ordinances of Bristol cobblers in 1364’” — 
    

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court....court documents show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

    

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos...clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP.

All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.


Read the full article here.


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Sad but true..  And people wonder why so many leave the high tech corporate world to do start-ups and go it alone rather than be a slave.  This article convinced me that Steve Jobs  was never a good manager, while I could over look some of idiosyncrasies, and still other failings to emotional immaturity Steve in effect became the very thing he hated in other's, a corporate slaver.  

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 8, 2014 12:25 PM

This is sobering, especially with Google's "Don't be evil" informal corporate motto.  What nefarious dealings ARE THESE to keep the IT folks down, while large profits are enjoyed by executives?    

If this all pans out as it reads in the media, it's not good, tech companies, not good at all.  ~  D