Steve Jobs narrates the first Think different commercial "Here's to the Crazy
Ones". It never aired. Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover for the original spot
that aired. However Steve's is much better 1997.
Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John
Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted
Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha
Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso.
A Samsung US commercial poking
fun at Apple, that would have driven Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder, nuts if he
It has been a bad few weeks for Apple which reported flat
holiday quarter earnings last month even though it sold 28%
more iPhones and 48% more iPads, its two biggest products, than the year ago
final quarter of 2011 - - the firm sold a record 47.8m iPhones in the quarter.
Samsung Electronics of South Koreareported
that its quarterly profit jumped 76%, as its Galaxy smartphones beat
Apple's iPhone in each quarter of 2012. Apple's shares are off 33% since hitting an all-time high of
$705.07 on September 21 last, just as the
iPhone 5 launched in stores and in January, ExxonMobil, the oil giant, reclaimed
its crown as the world's most valuable public company. Apple's
market value is however back
on top and at close of business last Friday, Apple was worth $446bn
compared with Exxon's $399bn.
cap on Friday was $196.5bn.
Samsung is estimated to have held 28% of the global
smartphone market last year - - the key growth sector that is also the most
profitable -- up from 20% a year earlier, according to IHS iSuppli. Apple's
share, meanwhile, just moved up from 20.5% in 2012 from 19% a year earlier.
reports that Apple said last week that the board and management are
discussing the return of more money to shareholders, after a proposal by hedge
fund manager's Greenlight Capital Inc.’s David
pay out more of its $137.1bn in cash and securities,
possibly with higher-yielding preferred stock.
Gross margin fell to 39% last year from 45% a year earlier and was caused by the
introduction of the iPad mini, other products with higher costs and price cuts
for existing products but as competition intensifies. Apple's world premium price will
be under relentless pressure.
China's labour costs surged 15 to 20% on average. Fuel prices tripled
from that in 2000, while road charges made up one third of the total logistics
costs, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP).
The New York Times
reports today that Samsung has emerged as a potent challenger to Apple, the
top consumer electronics maker. The two companies are the only ones turning
profits in the highly competitive mobile phone industry, with Apple taking 72% of the earnings and Samsung the rest.
Yet these two rivals, who have battled in the marketplace and in the
courts worldwide, could not be more different. Samsung Electronics, a major part
of South Korea’s expansive Samsung Group, makes computer chips and flat-panel
displays as well as a wide range of consumer products including refrigerators,
washers and dryers, cameras, vacuum cleaners, PCs, printers and TVs.
Where Apple stakes its success on creating new markets and dominating them, as
it did with the iPhone and iPad, Samsung invests heavily in studying existing
markets and innovating inside them.
The once mighty Sony of Japan, inventor of mobile music and modern television
technology, is struggling badly in Samsung's wake.
With Samsung showing success in offering a range of
phones at varying prices, Apple is reported to be planning to launch a cheaper
iPhone. In the meantime, the main battle is between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy
In this video, 50 reasons are detailed as to why the
Samsung Galaxy S3 is better than the iPhone 5. The reasons include both hardware
and software features that the Galaxy S3 that the iPhone 5 does not (or if it
does, it doesn't work as well).
Keep in mind that not everything in high tech works
as well in reality compared with the marketing claims.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 4S
Can the Samsung Galaxy S3 pass the drop test against
the iPhone 4s?
William Dalrymple on Afghanistan's first quagmire for the West: 1839-1842
The historian and author of "Return of a King" describes the hasty British
takeover of Afghanistan in the 19th century, and the bloody defeat that soon
A review in The Daily Telegraph
April 1839 Britain invaded Afghanistan for the first time. When the British Army
left in 1842, after first suffering and then avenging its worst military
disaster of the 19th century, a contemporary wrote that it was 'a war begun for
no wise purpose… Not one benefit, political or military, has been acquired with
this war. Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an