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Moonshot

Moonshot Horace Dediu on the iteration and “small wins” that drive a consumer product. Sometimes the big sweeping visions do actually foresee the future, but to do it in a way that wins, you have to be doing a new, useful job for your customers. It calls to mind Steve Jobs telling the shocking story …

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Subsidization and Saturation – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Subsidization and Saturation – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson reacts to AT&T CEO’s remarks about subsidies for smartphones. He covers a number of good points, including both the duplicitous nature of the original comments and some of their accuracy. One thing he doesn’t mention, however, is Apple’s unique advantage in usage. As carriers stop …

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Apple’s App Store Usage Numbers Suggest iOS 7 Adoption at 74%

Apple’s App Store Usage Numbers Suggest iOS 7 Adoption at 74% Apple continues their impressive run of mooning users to the latest OS rather quickly. In just 3 months, we’re now at ¾ of all users on iOS 7 – and that’s after a comprehensive redesign that many worried might scare off some users from …

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Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone – stratēchery by Ben Thompson This is a BIG deal: Apple will be launching on China Mobile. This was one of the announcements we’ve been waiting for since the iPhone event a few months back. It should be a huge opportunity for Apple – probably the biggest …

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Apple Buys Real-Time Access to Twitter Feed With Topsy

Apple Buys Real-Time Access to Twitter Feed With Topsy Apple purchased data-analytics firm Topsy Labs for an estimates $200 MM. Topsy A key point is they are one of the few companies that has access to the Twitter fire hose and can do real-time analysis of the trends and discussions happening on Twitter Although there’s …

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Remote for iOS 7 Shows That Apple is Still Experimenting with Design | iPad.AppStorm

Remote for iOS 7 Shows That Apple is Still Experimenting with Design | iPad.AppStorm Apple has redesigned the Remote app to be more iOS 7. But the iPad design seems really troubling. What is it with iOS 7 and the iPad? At every turn, it feels more and more like Apple’s focus is really on …

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WSJ: Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

WSJ: Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson takes an in depth look at the WSJ article posted earlier and concludes that the only thing surprising is that the WSJ was surprised. Apple is continuing to execute on their playbook – affordable luxury as Ben Thompson calls it …

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Apple finds “surprising” growth in Japan – WSJ

Apple finds "surprising" growth in Japan – WSJ Via Gruber who rightly questions the use of “surprising” in the headline. We said on our podcast that NTT DoCoMo was the “Verizon of Japan” – a phrase originated by Ben Evans – and that you could expect a similar Verizon style jump. As Gruber also points …

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