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What Now: Freemium or Paid?

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Your company SpiderNet is in the final stages of defining the go-to-market model and pricing for the product. The company has spent a great deal of time debating the benefits of doing a freemium model versus paid. The product has the capability to be split along a free/paid feature set,...
What Now: Freemium or Paid?

Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?

www.theatlantic.com
Last week I mentioned Mark Bernstein's essay on the surprisingly complex sequence of decisions, trade-offs, and design choices that went into creating even the most routine-seeming aspects of the electronic environment that surrounds us.Now reader David Glende, a software veteran in California, describes the way that Internet-era everything-is-a-commodity pricing pressures...
Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Launching Tomorrow; Hands-On Impressions Today

As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren't Dumb

www.bothsidesofthetable.com
By now you will likely have read Andy Dunn’s scathing post about Venture Capitalists in which he decries the industry’s masses. I read Andy’s post with a knowing smile on my face. After all, I am no stranger to the publicly expressing the frustrations of dealing with the downside of this...
As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren't Dumb

Apple's Next iPad Could Sport A Slimmer Shell, Take A Page From The iPad Mini Playbook

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Apple’s next iPad might look like an enlarged iPad mini, according to new pictures received by 9to5Mac that claim to represent the device’s new back casing. The pics aren’t “verified,” the blog says, but 9to5Mac’s track record is solid, with another example that it generally posts good info coming earlier...
Apple's Next iPad Could Sport A Slimmer Shell, Take A Page From The iPad Mini Playbook

Skyhook offers devs battery-friendly persistent location

gigaom.com
For all the talk of persistant location apps like Highlight, Glancee, Banjo and others changing the way we live, many consumers haven’t jumped on board, in part because the battery hit to using these apps has been too great. Location data provider Skyhook said it now has an update to...
Skyhook offers devs battery-friendly persistent location

Kickstarter project ‘Brydge’ makes iPad like MacBook Air — no toaster required

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Apple CEO Tim Cook took a thinly veiled jab at Microsoft and Windows PC makers yesterday, saying that the notion of a hybrid tablet/notebook requires so many trade-offs that no one ends up being happy in the end. “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are...
Kickstarter project ‘Brydge’ makes iPad like MacBook Air — no toaster required
Don't Call The New Microsoft Surface RT A Tablet, This Is A PC
Hands-on: getting work done with Google's new Aura interface for Chrome OS

Tim Cook: Here's Why Microsoft's Plan For Windows 8 To Work On PCs And Tablets Is Insane (MSFT, AAPL)

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On Apple's earnings call CEO Tim Cook addressed the forthcoming tablets from Microsoft. In short, he's a skeptic. Microsoft's plan is to release an operating system that works on traditional PCs as well as tablet computers. Cook thinks that's crazy. He said anything can be forced to converge. But the...
Tim Cook: Here's Why Microsoft's Plan For Windows 8 To Work On PCs And Tablets Is Insane (MSFT, AAPL)

The do's and don'ts of safeguarding cloud-based data with encryption

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A good way to secure sensitive data in the cloud is encryption. But there are trade-offs....
The do's and don'ts of safeguarding cloud-based data with encryption

The DeanBeat: Nvidia is taking big risks moving into game hardware. Is it crazy or genius?

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Nvidia grabbed a lot of the coveted media attention this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The world’s biggest stand-alone graphics chicps company announced it would make Project Shield, a portable game system that can run Android and Steam PC games on a 5-inch screen or,...
The DeanBeat: Nvidia is taking big risks moving into game hardware. Is it crazy or genius?

Tim Cook On Microsoft's Surface Tablet: It's Like A Car That Flies And Floats (AAPL, MSFT)

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On the company's earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about Microsoft's attempt to crack the tablet market with the Surface. He warned that he hasn't played with one himself, but from what he's read, "it's a fairly compromised, confusing product." He added, that one of the toughest things...
Tim Cook On Microsoft's Surface Tablet: It's Like A Car That Flies And Floats (AAPL, MSFT)
Logitech To Launch Its Pint-Sized UltraThin iPad Mini Keyboard This Month

Trade-Offs and Revealed Preferences, Republican Leadership edition | Angry Bear

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Trade-Offs and Revealed Preferences, Republican Leadership edition | Angry Bear
Microsoft Surface v iPad mini: which has the brightest future?

Researchers tout efficiency breakthrough with new 'inexact' chip

www.engadget.com
Accuracy is generally an important consideration in computer chips, but a team of researchers led by Rice University are touting a new "inexact" chip (dubbed PCMOS) that they say could lead to as much as a fifteen-fold increase in efficiency. Their latest work, which won a best paper award...
Researchers tout efficiency breakthrough with new 'inexact' chip

Brian Tolle: Time for Leadership: High-Impact Leaders Need to Re-organize Time

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Innovative leaders are ferocious time managers. This may be the one insight to help you see what's holding you back from experiencing progress. When I describe the work I do -- helping individuals make an impact through innovation -- a certain type of person gets all jazzed up. "That's exactly...
Brian Tolle: Time for Leadership: High-Impact Leaders Need to Re-organize Time

Acer Targets Families, Newbies With Sub-$150 Iconia B1 Tablet

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Just before Christmas, rumors started to swirl that Acer would release an Android tablet priced at around $99. That could still be, but the Taiwanese company didn’t talk exact pricing today when it introduced the new Acer Iconia B1 at International CES. Instead, Acer said the seven-inch Android Jelly Bean...
Acer Targets Families, Newbies With Sub-$150 Iconia B1 Tablet
Here's Tim Cook's Answer To Why Apple Doesn't Have A 5-Inch iPhone (AAPL)

7 hard truths about the NoSQL revolution

www.computerworld.com
Forgoing features for speed has its trade-offs as these NoSQL data store shortcomings show...
7 hard truths about the NoSQL revolution

Poll Technica: Flexible glass displays coming to an iOS device near you?

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Apple may be working on a product that uses flexible glass displays, as evidenced by a job listing that temporarily appeared on the company's site. The listing, seen by several sites and screengrabbed by 9to5Mac before its removal, showed Apple searching for a senior optical engineer to work in...
Poll Technica: Flexible glass displays coming to an iOS device near you?

Huawei Activa 4G Launches at MetroPCS for $149

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MetroPCS added a new 4G LTE smartphone to its lineup today with the launch of the Huawei Activa 4G. It’s Huawei’s first 4G smartphone in the U.S. and the most affordable one in the carrier’s portfolio, at $149.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) without contract. There are some trade-offs for...
Huawei Activa 4G Launches at MetroPCS for $149
Will Apple merge the MacBook Pro and Air lineups?

Five Reasons to Host Your Own Email

www.computerworld.com
Email is still an important means of communication in business. In recent years, an increasing number of businesses are outsourcing their email to web-based services like Google Apps for Business. In a tight economic time, the money saved by moving to the cloud can be hard to ignore. There are...
Five Reasons to Host Your Own Email

Next-gen iPads with LTE and an 8" version in testing? Magic WSJ-ball says "yes"

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The Wall Street Journal has gone ahead and called it on LTE support being included in the next iPad, claiming both AT&T and Verizon will carry the 4G-capable device. The publication cites its usual "people familiar with the matter," noting once again that the next-gen iPad—currently dubbed the "iPad...
Next-gen iPads with LTE and an 8" version in testing? Magic WSJ-ball says "yes"

Samsung Focus 2 Brings Another Affordable Windows Phone to AT&T

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AT&T’s foray into the home-security business might seem a curious move, but one area where the carrier is no stranger is Windows Phone devices. Of the four major U.S. wireless providers, AT&T offers the biggest selection of Windows Phone handsets, and its collection continues to grow with today’s introduction of...
Samsung Focus 2 Brings Another Affordable Windows Phone to AT&T

Nokia unveils the Asha 210, a featurephone with a QWERTY keyboard and dedicated WhatsApp button

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Nokia has unveiled the Asha 210 today, a new featurephone with a full QWERTY keyboard running the Series 40 mobile operating system. As with the Asha 205 announced last November, the device has a dedicated button for accessing popular social networks. Facebook will be offered in Europe and Latin America,...
Nokia unveils the Asha 210, a featurephone with a QWERTY keyboard and dedicated WhatsApp button

iPhone 5 design still not finalized, still no big screen, still no metal back, still on track for October release

www.imore.com
Despite some rumors to the contrary, according to our sources Apple still hasn't finalized the design of the next generation iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple ends up calling iPhone 5,1). No giant screen. No 16:9 aspect ratio. No metal back. Apple typically makes extensive use of the prototyping process,...
iPhone 5 design still not finalized, still no big screen, still no metal back, still on track for October release

Apple's Decision To Make The New iMacs Super Thin Was A Mistake (AAPL)

www.businessinsider.com
When Apple introduced the super thin iMacs we were impressed. But after reading Andrew Cunningham's review of a 21.5-inch iMac at Ars Technica, we're starting to think it was a mistake to make it so thin. (We saw the review via Marco Arment's site.) Cunningham points out that an iMac...
Apple's Decision To Make The New iMacs Super Thin Was A Mistake (AAPL)
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