Why Not License Patents?

Ben Brooks:

I don’t know the why here, but if I had to guess I would say that Apple only wants users to have an iOS experience on an iOS device. And if that is the why, then licensing doesn’t solve a damned thing.

I think Brooks is right. But that also means Microsoft doesn’t care if there’s bits and pieces of Windows Phone in Android, as long as it’s getting paid.

Siri Prank

via Stephen Hackett. The Telegraph:

Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry when it told him: “Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***.”


The Siri system addresses the phone’s user by name – using information entered in its contact system.

Some smart aleck told Siri "shut the f*** up you ugly t***" was his name. You wanna hear something more funny? Tesco:

We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests.

Can’t make this stuff up.

comScore MobiLens: November 2011

via Business Insider. comScore outed its MobiLens report comparing the three month average ending November 2011 versus the three month average ending August 2011.

Top U.S. Smartphone Platform

  1. Google: 43.8% → 46.9%, +3.1
  2. Apple: 27.3% → 28.7%, +1.4
  3. RIM: 19.7% → 16.6%, -3.1
  4. Microsoft: 5.7% → 5.2%, -0.5
  5. Symbian: 1.8% → 1.5%, -0.3

No surprises here. Android and iOS are it. A mere coincidence I’m sure, but it looks like Android’s +3.1 came from RIM’s -3.1.

Top U.S. Mobile OEMs

  1. Samsung: 25.3% → 25.6%, +0.3
  2. LG: 21.0% → 20.5%, -0.5
  3. Motorola: 14.0% → 13.7%, -0.3
  4. Apple: 9.8% → 11.2%, +1.4
  5. RIM: 7.1% → 6.5%, -0.6

These numbers are for all mobile phones including non-smartphones. As of November 16 Samsung sold 134 models in the U.S. On average that’s about 0.2% per phone. What is amazing to me is Apple captured 11.2% with just three.

One Million Kindles Per Week In December


Throughout December, customers purchased well over 1 million Kindle devices per week.

December isn’t over yet, but assuming the one million per week rate continues throughout the last week of December we’re looking at four million Kindles sold. Marco Arment counts a total of 10 Kindle models. To be the best selling Kindle out of those 10 models the sales number for the Kindle Fire for the month of December will have to be at least 400,001. David Smith estimates that number at 780,000 per week or 3.12 million for the month. I wonder why Amazon doesn’t just come out and say how many Kindle Fires it sold.

MG Siegler:

I view the Kindle Fire and the iPad as different devices and so do many people. But as tablets, they’re inevitably going to be compared. And I think it’s fair to think that many people bought one instead of the other this holiday season. With that in mind, Amazon probably wouldn’t want to release concrete numbers that get blown away by a competitor. Especially when the competitor is selling their device for $300 more.


Assuming the sales bump the iPad got last Christmas, where sales were 75% higher than the preceding quarter, Apple may be selling as many as 1,600,000/week right now.

Maybe that’s why Amazon isn’t saying.

Apple To Unveil New iPad At iWorld


Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad — which will come in two versions — at the iWorld scheduled for January 26, 2012, according to sources at its supply chain partners. The new models will join the existing iPad 2 to demonstrate Apple’s complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market segments, the sources claimed.

These supply chain partner sources must have had their heads buried in the sand since December 2008, when Apple announced it will be pulling out after MacWorld 2009. But maybe they know something. Maybe Apple is returning.

Jim Dalrymple:

I checked with a number of my sources today and an iPad 3 is not planned for release at Macworld. In case you’re wondering, an iPad 3 won’t be released at CES either.

Unsurprisingly the sources at DigiTimes know crap. Apple isn’t releasing the next iPad, or anything, at iWorld. The only ones that know for sure work at Apple, but if I were to guess it’d be a press-only event in Cupertino in March.

My Social Network

via Ben Brooks. Justin Williams, carpeaqua:

I consider this site to be the landing ground for everything that I consider most important. I publish the content I care most about here because I own every pixel of the experience. It is also a great launchpad to push fine readers like yourself to other areas of the Internet that I frequent or want to share.

Someone said to write the blog you’d like to read. Or was it for books. Anyway, another someone said to always think of an ideal reader when you’re writing.

Since hearing those wise suggestions, I’ve focused on writing stuff on DisplayBlog I’d like to read. I put up photos I’d like to see, and videos I’d like to watch. There are times when my head gets in the way and nudges me to write about something someone else might be interested in, but my heart wins, most of the time.

And I write as if I’m talking to myself. That might engender some sort of psychological instability in the long run, so I may need to change my ideal conversational partner to someone who is more pleasant to talk to, but that’s how I’m writing now, on my social network.

Post-PC Era, Indeed

David Chartier:

She can’t wait to get to college and, while she hasn’t settled on a major, she doesn’t see a notebook in her future. “If I end up needing to do a ton more typing in college than I do now,” Annette said, “I might get a wireless keyboard.”

Patrick Rhone did type 952 words, “All on the iPhone using the onscreen keyboard.” So maybe a wireless keyboard isn’t absolutely necessary, but it is convenient.