Keeping it real: When Apple derangement ruins an argument

Writing for the Huffington Post, Bill Robinson jumps up on stage, grabs the microphone, and declares he will let Apple finish, but Sony was the greatest innovator of all time.

“Apple, the Great Innovator? Nope, Sony Is the Original Innovator” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody)

That’s not an unreasonable claim. It’s just kind of a shame that Robinson makes it in such an unreasonable manner.

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Delayed: Reports assume a lot based on very little

Sometimes the Apple fail is so intense, it ripples forward into time and affects products the company hasn’t even announced yet. Yes, it’s another quarter and another delay of things that don’t even exist.

“Larger Apple iPad to Be Delayed” (tip o’ the antlers to @GadgetGav)

The Macalope’s not even sure who’s supposed to be upset by this “news.” Corporate customers? Who’s supposed to be crying out for these things? The horny one is mystified.

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No stupid questions: Samsung's slump puts that axiom to the test

Samsung announced it was staring down the maw of a 60 percent reduction in quarterly profits, so you know what that means.

No, you do. Look inside yourself. You have always known. It has been there waiting for this moment to blossom like a beautiful flower. A beautiful and stupid flower.

“Is Samsung Sales Disaster Bad for Apple?” (that’s a non-link link there and a tip o’ the antlers goes to Tom Swanson)

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The outrage gap: How Apple always gets top billing

Attention pundits! Your Apple bias is showing. First, in outrage over bendable iPhones, then in a matter of security. Then we learn what Steve Jobs would have thought about Apple’s new product names. From some dude.

Getting bent

Writing for the Huffington Post, Shelly Palmer unleashes a charming euphemism to describe how Apple is treating its customers.

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Not breaking news: Smartphone subsidies are just a fact of modern life

Hey, you all know how phone “subsidies” work, right? You pay a reduced up-front charge for the phone so they can rope you into a contract, blah, blah, blah. That’s not surprising in 2014, is it?

It used to be surprising. Here’s the Macalope, five years ago when AT&T customers were first figuring this out:

[It] isn’t a “subsidy” by the traditional definition. It’s a loan. AT&T is loaning you the money to buy an iPhone and you’re signing a contract to pay it off over the next 18 months. If you decide you want out of your loan, you have to pay a buyout.

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Exactly backwards: Apple's security statement is more a PR coup than a nightmare

Once again it is time to play: Willfully Obtuse or Really That Clueless?! Why is it always so hard to tell?

Writing for Business Insider, James Cook goes all-in on the police’s side of the story on smartphone encryption. Surely in this environment of concern about government spying on citizens and the militarization of the police, there’s nothing to be lost by taking the anti-privacy, pro-police side. That’s just common sense. After all, if you have nothing to hide...

“POLICE: ‘Apple Will Become The Phone Of Choice For The Pedophile’” (tip o’ the antlers to ghibby!)

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