Tag Archives: iPhone

How Apple Achieves Massive Scale Without Pain


The Elastic Enterprise, Authors: Nicholas Vitalari and Haydn Shaughnessy.

By Steve Denning – Apple [AAPL] met the diverse needs of hundreds of millions of individual iPhone users by launching its own ecosystem—a technology platform that enabled hundreds of thousands of developers to create Apps that could meet every conceivable human need and to offer them directly to customers.

A very different and more beneficial form of externalization is taking place at the moment.

One example of that would be the switch at Autodesk [ADSK] from a B2B business to a B2C business. It’s not fully implemented yet. It took them thirty years to grow a customer base of 12 million users. But in three years, they have grown a community of 120 million. So in a tenth of the time, they have grown a community that is ten times the size. more> http://tinyurl.com/ojhcxmq


Update: Corning’s Paper-Thin, Flexible Glass

By Ann R. Thryft – Corning is already known for making a different material: The Gorilla Glass that’s used in smartphone displays as a protective outer cover. The new, paper-thin Willow Glass can also be used for displays, but these are substrates with flexible electronic devices printed on them. At 100 microns thin, it can be rolled into tubes with a diameter as small as 2 inches. This makes it adaptable to high-volume, low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing processes, which has not been done before with glass. more> http://tinyurl.com/mb5293k

Apple Needs the iWatch More Than You Do

By Rebecca Greenfield – “The smartphone industry’s go-go years are officially over,” declared the Financial Times earlier this year. Everyone who wants a $600 iPhone already has one — all the growth is on the low end of things.

Even if the iWatch impresses as much as the current fancy-timepieces out there, Apple will sell something. As niche as it is, both the watch and the fitness watch markets are growing. The “fitness watch market” is expected to hit $1 billion at the end of this year, a 50 percent growth from last year. At the very least, the Apple loyalists will buy into it. more> http://tinyurl.com/k7nbwwj

Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?

By Rob Spiegel – There has long been tension between plant control and corporate IT when it comes to security. The two disciplines have opposing points of view. Its mantra is protection comes first. Control insists that uptime and throughput come first.

“The war with IT will never settle down. IT is an organization with a set of tools to protect their network. Their job is to protect data,” Lee Neitzel, senior technologist at Emerson Process Management told Design News. “All of their tools are around protecting data. IT says we’re going to install this in two hours and it will require a reboot and control has no choice in the matter.” more> http://tinyurl.com/nw7vjvy


What Apple and HTC’s Landmark Pact Means for the Patent Wars

By Sam Gustin – Put simply, these patent wars have spun out of control. This could have detrimental effects to U.S. competitiveness. No less a legal authority than federal judge Richard A. Posner — who recently dismissed a major patent lawsuit between Apple and Motorola — recently wrote that “there appear to be serious problems with our patent system.”

Last year, for the first time, Apple and Google spent more on patent litigation and intellectual property than on research and development. That’s not healthy for either of these companies or the U.S. economy. more> http://tinyurl.com/aqmffh4

Apple vs. Google is the Most Important Battle in Tech

By Sam Gustin – In the 1990s, Microsoft Internet Explorer battled Netscape Navigator in the great Web browser wars. In the 2000s, Google and Yahoo locked horns over Internet search — and we know how that turned out. Today, the latest high-stakes tech conflict is between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android mobile operating system for supremacy in the smart phone market.

Each of these clashes defined an era of Internet history. Apple vs. Android is no different. Everyone agrees that the struggle for Internet advantage is shifting to the mobile realm, and iPhone and Android have surged to the front of the pack with diametrically opposed business models. Neither of these players will be vanquished anytime soon — these battles take years to play out — but the company that gains the upper-hand will be best-positioned to take advantage of the massive structural shift from desktop PCs to smart phones and tablets. more> http://tinyurl.com/9lvcckc

What Is Embedded Vision & What Can I Do With It?

By Ann R. Thryft – “What the heck is embedded vision?” you may be asking when you see the title of our next Continuing Education Center course, Fundamentals of Embedded Computer Vision: Creating Machines That See.

Until recently, because of its cost, embedded computer vision was found mostly in low-volume applications like machine vision. There, it usually consists of visible light and maybe also infrared cameras, plus various types of inspection systems, attached to robots or not, on the manufacturing floor, the assembly line, or the warehouse.

But then one of those magic moments happened. CMOS image sensors got cheaper, smaller, and much more powerful, and cameras started appearing everywhere — for example, in tablet PCs, the iPhone, and driver safety systems. Those high-volume apps drove prices down even further. more> http://tinyurl.com/blqde5v