Many sites and authors (among them Matt Hartley at Lockergnome, full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/, Joe Wilcox at Beta news, full article at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, Juan Carlos Perez at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205362/With_Apple_s_Jobs_on_leave_many_questions_and_few_answers, Peter Sayer at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205342/Update_Apple_CEO_Steve_Jobs_to_take_medical_leave_of_absence, Chris Foresman at Ars Techinca, full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars, Matthew Humphries at Geek.com, full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/, Mike Halsey at ghack.com, full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/) covered the anouncement of Steve Jobs leave for absence due to medical problems. Most of them also told that Steve Jobs is strictly related to Apple future in terms of positive impact. On top of this Apple shares declined after the announcement has been made.
In my opinion, Steve Jobs is very important for Apple because of charisma, innovation, leadership and vision. But times are different now form those when Steve came back and reseurrected Apple from ashes.
Apple is now a company with a stronger brand, that goes over the geeks and is more linked to marketing.
Apple is a strong company with cutting edge technologies and more patents that can turn in billion dollars ideas.
Apple has now an industrial approach for going live.
Apple has also grown or acquired lot of professionals and managers that can continue the business.
Apple also has a marketing and commercial model for applications selling that is something that is a step beyond also for new coming devices.
I don’t work for Apple (in fact I work for another very big company that is a competitor for part of Apple business), but I think the Cupertino company is stronger than ever.
With Steve at the helm also has the plus of a Guru, but without can continue the business without problems.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829, at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850, http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9205362#comment-716336, http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars?comments=1&p=21225850#comment-21225850, http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/comment-page-1/#comment-3975084, http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/#comment-1295892 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/comment-page-1/#comment-250537
Matthew Humphries at geek.com informs us that Apple has excluded VLC player form Apple store due to supposed terms of licence under GNU (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/).
Could be for this or to avoid that the service for renting and selling films is put under discussion by the ability to read divx films inside Apple devices?
I really love iPhone, iPad and Mac, though I use mainly Linux and windows for work. But is not with this kind of things (or by trying to exclude porn) that Apple can reinforce the position against competitors.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/comment-page-1/#comment-3968386
Russell Holly at Geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/rholly/) writes a small but good article on Chrome os and CR-48 from Google.
“[…] I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say that off the top of your head, you know of at lease five people who only use their web browser, or applications that require the web, 100% of the time. They don’t code, they don’t edit video, and they probably don’t even use their CD/DVD drive. We are web creatures, and Google has noticed. They noticed that users have more productive time if they didn’t have to worry about things like antivirus updates, drivers, and waiting for their programs to install yet another update. Chrome accomplished this in browser form. It’s always up-to-date, you never have to maintain it, and it comes with the stuff you actually use on the internet like Flash, Silverlight, and a PDF viewer already installed. It doesn’t need you to take care of it. Chrome OS pushes this same functionality into the whole computer. It’s an environment where maintenance is a foreign concept, rather than the first thing you do when you sit down to your computer. […]” worth a read at http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/what-is-chromeos-2010128/.
Andy Carvell at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/Andy%20Carvell/) reports that “[…] WikiLeaks has announced on Twitter that it will release a new document today […]” (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/).
I don’t really like to speak of this, but, I don’t also like the misuse of freedom of speech.
One thing is to release documents on companies doing bad things, another is to “burn” people working undercover or putting them in danger.
Freedom of speech is a right that should be used with some wiseness.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/comment-page-1/#comment-3869117
Matthew Humpries (http://www.geek.com/users/Matthew/) at Geek.com Matt Hartley at Lockergnome and Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo reports that Microsoft is going to give for free to its own employees mobile phones with Windows 7 installed (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/ and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).
Distributing goods produced is a quite diffused practice in companies in order to push them (on marketing side) or to achieve results (e.g. emptying a wharehouse with unsold things, reaching a goal,…).
Having people using what they produce is something I find intelligent, because is an enabler for a lot of behaviours and processes.
What sounds strage to me is the number of 90.000 phones that risks to alter some (or most) of market results, if not in terms of money, at least in terms of volumes reporting.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/comment-page-1/#comment-3847287 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/07/22/windows-phone-7-units-for-everyone/comment-page-1/#comment-215336 and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).
Christian Zibreg at Geek.com writs an article on so called App Store economy that using free applications can bring up to more than 900$ a day of possible earnings (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/the-app-store-economy-how-to-make-900-a-day-with-free-apps-20091014/.
I think that App store strategy of having low cost and at same time high value apps is a winning one, because enables customers buying more at lower prices and helps programmers having well diffused applications to sell.
On the other side I’m quite convinced that if free could be the key for earning more money, at same time is not the key for having internet cleaned of malicious or unwanted ads. I agree on the fact that some providers pay for in applications ads, but some people don’t like having ads shown everywhere. I prefer to pay a little bit rather than having ads everywhere.
I know it could be very personal, but I think that “free” is not the way economy goes on.
This comment as a post also at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/the-app-store-economy-how-to-make-900-a-day-with-free-apps-20091014/comment-page-1/#comment-2357671