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‘(Apple) Have No Idea What They’re Getting Into’. Where have I heard that before?

There’s a rumor that Apple is working on a car. Someone asked a former GM CEO about the rumor. His response

“They’d better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing,” he said of Apple. “We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they’re getting into if they get into that.”

Didn’t GM go bankrupt? Maybe GM isn’t really the company to ask about someone else’s ability to run a successful car company.

This is almost an echo of when Apple launched the iPhone. You know, the product that would make Apple the largest, most profitable company in history.

Jim Balsillie (former) CEO of RIM (Blackberry):

“It’s kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers … But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that’s overstating it.”

Steve Ballmer (former) CEO of Microsoft

“Five hundred dollars fully subsidized with a plan! I said that is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine …. I like our strategy. I like it a lot….Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year, Apple is selling zero phones a year. In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace and let’s see … let’s see how the competition goes.”

Finger chopping?

From www.citeworld.com/security/22399/iphone-fingerprint-scanner-better-biometrics

With the new sensors you don’t have to move your finger, just press it against the reader. And like the sensor in the iPhone 5S, the sensors that will be in laptops and keyboards and other phones can detect the ridge and valley pattern of your fingerprint not from the layer of dead skin on the outside of your finger (which a fake finger can easily replicate), but from the living layer of skin under the surface of your finger, using an RF signal. That only works on a live finger; not one that’s been severed from your body.

This will protect you from thieves trying to chop off your finger when they mug you for your phone (assuming they’re tech-literate thieves, of course), as well as from people with fake fingers using the fingerprint they lifted from your phone screen.

Well it won’t really protect you from thieves chopping off your finger, it will just give them less reason to, I guess.

Windows “Blue”

Windows Blue: Microsoft’s plan to release a new version of Windows every year

“Windows Blue is […] a major update to Windows 8, and also the beginning of a major shift that will result in a major release of Windows every 12 months — just like Apple’s OS X. Blue will roll out mid-2013, and will be very cheap — or possibly even free”

er, Microsoft… you’re a software company, you make your money selling… software. Apple can give away or charge only $20 for their OS because they’re a hardware company and make huge margins on said hardware to offset the software development cost. You don’t have that luxury.

Just putting that out there.