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Ben Reierson
Re: Microsoft to unveil new Xbox at E3 2012 - http://bgr.com/2011...
"hah, try living in Australia. They are paying $120 USD for new games! Of course, they also have some of the worst internet connections, so downloading them isn't going to work very well either (at least in the near-term)." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Microsoft to unveil new Xbox at E3 2012 - http://www.bgr.com/2011...
"hah, try living in Australia. They are paying $120 USD for new games! Of course, they also have some of the worst internet connections, so downloading them isn't going to work very well either (at least in the near-term)." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Microsoft to unveil new Xbox at E3 2012 - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"hah, try living in Australia. They are paying $120 USD for new games! Of course, they also have some of the worst internet connections, so downloading them isn't going to work very well either (at least in the near-term)." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Has the tech industry forgotten users? We are in an insider bubble - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"I'm just surprised that you keep finding people who use all kinds of apps. I actually wish I'd meet more of them myself. I live in Seattle (a very wired city), yet nearly every time I talk to someone about their phone who isn't a self-professed tech geek they say something like "Oh, i'm not really into apps." I hear this at least twice a week. I see someone has a smartphone, ask them about it and what apps they use, and I get the "oh, i don't know, just email and pandora." Any apps they DO list tend to be from big established brands (kindle, netflix, etc). So the reason I think there are people out there who don't really care about apps, is because I meet them all the time. I don't know WHY they don't care. It bugs the hell out of me. I can show them amazing stuff I'm doing with my phone. I can talk about how much time it saves me, and how much effortless entertainment I get from it. At some point, they will start talking about how they don't want to be one of those people who use..." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Has the tech industry forgotten users? We are in an insider bubble - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I'm just surprised that you keep finding people who use all kinds of apps. I actually wish I'd meet more of them myself. I live in Seattle (a very wired city), yet nearly every time I talk to someone about their phone who isn't a self-professed tech geek they say something like "Oh, i'm not really into apps." I hear this at least twice a week. I see someone has a smartphone, ask them about it and what apps they use, and I get the "oh, i don't know, just email and pandora." Any apps they DO list tend to be from big established brands (kindle, netflix, etc). So the reason I think there are people out there who don't really care about apps, is because I meet them all the time. I don't know WHY they don't care. It bugs the hell out of me. I can show them amazing stuff I'm doing with my phone. I can talk about how much time it saves me, and how much effortless entertainment I get from it. At some point, they will start talking about how they don't want to be one of those people who use..." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Quality varies, yes, and many of the first try's on WP7 were not as good as the versions that have been refined on iOS for various reasons. However, I really think WP7 offers a great design language that (properly applied) leads to greater usability and consistency. Foursquare, for instance, has a third-party implementation in '4th and mayor' that blows away the Android and iOS apps. The Geocaching app is also better on WP7 imo. I think WP7 app quality is improving as developers get used to it." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"Quality varies, yes, and many of the first try's on WP7 were not as good as the versions that have been refined on iOS for various reasons. However, I really think WP7 offers a great design language that (properly applied) leads to greater usability and consistency. Foursquare, for instance, has a third-party implementation in '4th and mayor' that blows away the Android and iOS apps. The Geocaching app is also better on WP7 imo. I think WP7 app quality is improving as developers get used to it." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"I really don't think Android being open source was the key to its success. Android didn't start selling well until the Motorola Droid (see youtube visualization of Android activations over time). Motorola had plenty of budget to pay for OS licenses if they needed to. It's not like some startup came out of nowhere with an amazing Android phone with modified source code. Microsoft is using a hybrid of Google and Apple's business models. They are closed source and require in-depth application review, but they allow their OS to run on lots of different hardware (as long as it's _good_ hardware). I think it's a good mix of both approaches." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I really don't think Android being open source was the key to its success. Android didn't start selling well until the Motorola Droid (see youtube visualization of Android activations over time). Motorola had plenty of budget to pay for OS licenses if they needed to. It's not like some startup came out of nowhere with an amazing Android phone with modified source code. Microsoft is using a hybrid of Google and Apple's business models. They are closed source and require in-depth application review, but they allow their OS to run on lots of different hardware (as long as it's _good_ hardware). I think it's a good mix of both approaches." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
So where do we go from here? « Confessions of a coder - http://peteohanlon.wordpress.com/2011...
"Let me clear something else up. Despite what you may think you have heard, Microsoft is not abandoning all other languages and technologies in favour of HTML 5 and JavaScript. " - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Which is exactly why they've chosen to fund people to build some of the most important apps, so they can get over the initial hump. They bet, and I agree, that if you just get the top 20-30 iOS and Android apps ported, then a majority of the user base will be covered. We have plenty of studies out there already that show most smartphone owners don't have more that 10-15 apps and they use even less of them. First you get those users, then you get enough installed base to attract new developers, which starts attracting more users. If it were impossible, how the hell did Android do it? By Scoble's logic, I don't see how they could have gotten where are." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"Which is exactly why they've chosen to fund people to build some of the most important apps, so they can get over the initial hump. They bet, and I agree, that if you just get the top 20-30 iOS and Android apps ported, then a majority of the user base will be covered. We have plenty of studies out there already that show most smartphone owners don't have more that 10-15 apps and they use even less of them. First you get those users, then you get enough installed base to attract new developers, which starts attracting more users. If it were impossible, how the hell did Android do it? By Scoble's logic, I don't see how they could have gotten where are." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"Agreed. App freaks are only a part of the pie. They may or may not be a game-changing part, but WP7 could sell millions of devices before it ran out of the average smart phone user who just wants the core apps. My girlfriend is testing out her first smartphone right now, a WP7 Dell Venue. It has a physical keyboard, which she still says is a must. I'm an android power-user and I'm hard pressed to come up with apps she really wants that aren't on wp7." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Agreed. App freaks are only a part of the pie. They may or may not be a game-changing part, but WP7 could sell millions of devices before it ran out of the average smart phone user who just wants the core apps. My girlfriend is testing out her first smartphone right now, a WP7 Dell Venue. It has a physical keyboard, which she still says is a must. I'm an android power-user and I'm hard pressed to come up with apps she really wants that aren't on wp7." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Microsoft's market research told them the Windows name has value with consumers, so that's why they kept it. I'm positive they were willing to get rid of it if they thought it would help (ex. zune)." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Why Nokia’s Elop is wrong about mobile sales: users aren’t idiots - http://scobleizer.com/2011...
"Microsoft's market research told them the Windows name has value with consumers, so that's why they kept it. I'm positive they were willing to get rid of it if they thought it would help (ex. zune)." - Ben Reierson
tim agen
Community - s2 | e23 - A Fistful of Paintballs - http://www.hulu.com/watch...
SO GOOD. - tim agen
They win tv. - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
RT @thedieline: Gatorade G Series Fit: "Gatorade challenged Tether to create a new line of packaging for G SERIES ... http://bit.ly/fZF2G7 #packaging - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Lord of the Rings Symphony Set to Record - http://www.musicoflotr.com/2010...
"I've been searching for this news periodically for the past several years. All I can say is FINALLY!" - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Lord of the Rings Symphony Set to Record - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I've been searching for this news periodically for the past several years. All I can say is FINALLY!" - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: The Simple (And Perhaps Harsh) Reality Of Apple’s Ecosystem - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
"I will buy a tablet based primarily on whether the content I want is available on it. Yesterday I was ready to buy an iPad 2 knowing I'd be able to continue reading my Kindle books, watching Netflix, listening to Pandora, and accessing Dropbox. If this announcement means I will not be able to do that, because those app publishers decide it's not worth the 30%, I will buy a different tablet. I'm never debating whether Apple is evil, I'm just trying to figure out what product will best fit my life." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: The Simple (And Perhaps Harsh) Reality Of Apple’s Ecosystem - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I will buy a tablet based primarily on whether the content I want is available on it. Yesterday I was ready to buy an iPad 2 knowing I'd be able to continue reading my Kindle books, watching Netflix, listening to Pandora, and accessing Dropbox. If this announcement means I will not be able to do that, because those app publishers decide it's not worth the 30%, I will buy a different tablet. I'm never debating whether Apple is evil, I'm just trying to figure out what product will best fit my life." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Apple’s Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
"I could see Amazon doing this with Kindle. It's relatively easy to do an HTML5 reader." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Apple’s Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I could see Amazon doing this with Kindle. It's relatively easy to do an HTML5 reader." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Apple’s Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"They'd say the publisher is not offering the same product for the same price, and therefore they are not compliant." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Apple’s Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
"They'd say the publisher is not offering the same product for the same price, and therefore they are not compliant." - Ben Reierson
tim agen
Hey, one for Seraph! - tim agen
wow, i didn't realize anyone ever talked about that movie. - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Anatomy Of A Pirate - http://avc.com/2011...
"If I were an artist whose livelihood depended on people paying me for 'bits' I would make sure to offer alternative methods of getting me said payment. Maybe you just heard my single on Pandora and want to throw me a couple bucks the way you would a street musician. Or maybe you couldn't buy my album through official channels but you want to reward my hard work. side note: I still buy cds even though I just rip the contents and put it away forever. The reason is I usually can't buy the same quality digital file online. I don't want to pay (usually MORE) for 320kbps mp3s when the cd has 44.1khz 16bit wavs on it. There really needs to be more lossless music sold online." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Anatomy Of A Pirate - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"If I were an artist whose livelihood depended on people paying me for 'bits' I would make sure to offer alternative methods of getting me said payment. Maybe you just heard my single on Pandora and want to throw me a couple bucks the way you would a street musician. Or maybe you couldn't buy my album through official channels but you want to reward my hard work. side note: I still buy cds even though I just rip the contents and put it away forever. The reason is I usually can't buy the same quality digital file online. I don't want to pay (usually MORE) for 320kbps mp3s when the cd has 44.1khz 16bit wavs on it. There really needs to be more lossless music sold online." - Ben Reierson
Ben Reierson
Re: Anatomy Of A Pirate - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"If I were an artist whose livelihood depended on people paying me for 'bits' I would make sure to offer alternative method of getting me said payment. Maybe you just head my single on Pandora and want to throw me a couple bucks the way you would a street musician. Or maybe you couldn't buy my album through official channels but you want to reward my hard work. side note: I still buy cds even though I just rip the contents and put it away forever. The reason is I usually can't buy the same quality digital file online. I don't want to pay (usually MORE) for 320kbps mp3s when the cd has 44.1khz 16bit wavs on it. There really needs to be more lossless music sold online." - Ben Reierson
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