Ho ho ho (at Union Square)
Look: international roaming has always been insanely priced. And like many people, I’ve always assumed that there’s some reason for it. International tariffs, maybe. Special equipment. Something. It couldn’t be as simple as outrageous, consumer-hostile greed, could it?
Yes, it could.
This is a very clever thing for T-Mobile to try — even if the data will be hampered by very slow speeds. As with SMS, the carriers have long used roaming charges to gouge customers simply because they could.
The general rule seems to be that being a dick is not a sustainable business model.
Mary’s Meatloaf | It’s the sweet, tangy topping that makes Mary’s meatloaf recipe so special.
The rush is on to spin this into bad news in some way. Two possible angles:
1) It wasn’t quite double the weekend sales of the iPhone 5 last year!
2) In three days, Apple wasn’t quite able to triple the number of smartphones BlackBerry shipped — shipped, not sold — for the whole quarter!
Back in reality, 200 million devices updated to iOS 7 in just a few days is insane.
Update: And we have a winner — Sandy Cannold, arguing the old this-iPhone-isn’t-really-new-because-it’s-still-an-iPhone angle:
To me though, all this over-the-top fanfare and even the record-breaking first weekend of sales could actually be cause for concern. Now before Apple lovers pillory me and say that I have no idea what I am talking about, hear me out. I fully concede that Apple is going to make billions in profit from the sale of these new devices and the company is in no danger of becoming Blackberry or Nokia. But the reason I am voicing a bit of doubt is that it seems like Apple is now trying to squeeze every last bit of profit it can out of an aging, shall we call it, iStone.
Sandy, luckily you’re extremely lame puns distract from the fact that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Gotta love the lemon.
Pancake appreciation post for national pancake day
Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin.
Steve Ballmer, speaking during a conference call on the Nokia deal this morning.
I mean, he actually said this — while typing on his Microsoft Surface RT with Windows RT featuring Office 2011 Pro Plus with Microsoft Live SkyDrive for Enterprise Workgroups using Azure for the Cloud 2013 Bing Edition 7.43 and a Touch Cover.(via parislemon)