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Kuo: 2019 iPhones to feature redesigned antenna structure with focus on improved indoor navigation

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a new report on Apple’s supply chain as it pertains to the 2019 and 2020 iPhones. According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhones will feature “vast changes” in antenna structures due to a shift in suppliers and technology.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2DS4weH

Apple’s iPhone Revenue Drops 17%

Apple reported another quarterly decline in profit and revenue, as iPhone sales fell 17%. Shares, though, rose in after-hours trading as the company raised its dividend and said it planned to buy back more stock.

Read more: https://on.wsj.com/2J3nkeo

Chinese phone maker Huawei punishes employees for iPhone tweet blunder

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker’s official Twitter account using an iPhone, an internal memo showed.

Read more: https://reut.rs/2CSQdGB

The iPhone Franchise

Apple released a new flagship iPhone yesterday, the iPhone XS. This isn’t exactly ground-breaking news: it is exactly what the company has done for eleven years now (matching the 11-year run of non-iOS iPods, by the way1).

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Dear iPhone: Here’s Why We’re Still Together After 10 Years

Dear iPhone: It’s hard to believe we’re still together after 10 years, which is eons in the tech industry. What’s the glue that keeps us together? For one, I rarely get lost now that I always have a GPS device in my pocket.

Read more: http://nyti.ms/2ivZE6D

Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Let’s start with the caveats: no, Tesla did not sell 276,000 Model 3’s in three days;1 that is the number of fully refundable pre-orders that required a deposit of “only” $1,000.2 And yes, Tesla has a history of delivering cars late and with a higher price than expected.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1SbGeZW

Apple’s San Bernardino fight is officially over as government confirms working attack

After months of work, the FBI finally has a way into the San Bernardino iPhone. In a court filing today, prosecutors told the court the new method for breaking into the phone is sound, and Apple’s assistance is no longer required.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Mxdui4

How to delete all photos from iPhone

Sometimes you just need to wipe everything out and start fresh.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1URrTbp

Google is making a keyboard for the iPhone

Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company’s search engine in a highly used part of the interface, The Verge has learned.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Ryl91Z

Apple iPhone SE invitation

Apple sent out invitations for an event on March 21 where it’s expected to announce a new iPhone called the iPhone SE. The event will be at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Califinoria at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1QL7Vg1

Americans Divided on Whether Apple Should Help FBI: NBC News/WSJ Poll

As the FBI and Apple continue to fight in court over whether the tech giant should help unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans about evenly divided, with a slightly greater number backing the iThing maker.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1M7V6H4

Apple To Debut New iPad, 4-Inch iPhone On March 21, Day Before FBI Hearing

Apple has chosen a final date of its first big event of 2016. Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News Apple has settled on March 21st as the day it will show off a handful of new products — a few days after the tentative March 15 date we reported earlier.

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Steve Jobs 從未曝光訪問片段

Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, a 60-minute film. Get it at: http://www.siliconvalleyhistorical.or…

This enlightening one-hour program stars Steve Jobs from an exclusive 1994, unscripted interview by the Silicon Valley Historical Association where he gives advice to potential entrepreneurs. Jobs discusses risk, failure, his own experiences, and learning the value of creating your own environment.

Never seen before – Steve Jobs on his legacy (1994)

印象中,Facebook 推出新產品的 Track Record 不太理想。無論係 Graph Search,還是係 Facebook home,以 Facebook 的雄厚實力而言,至今 User Acquisition 的成績實在不及格。

換上 Instagram,表面上係不同的兩個 Internet Brand,內裡其實係同一家公司,結果又如點?

大家好快就知,因為這兩日,Instagram 好可能會推出短片產品,發佈地點係 Facebook 總部:

  • The new video product is something that the service said it was planning to do for two years now.
  • In a sense, video on Instagram is not a complete surprise. After the rise of products like Viddy and Socialcam last summer, many have expected some sort of mobile video offering from either Facebook or Instagram.
  • Facebook has gone after competitors in the past with varying degrees of success. Poke has been a spectacular flop. Same with the Quora-like Facebook Questions, and the very Foursquare-ish Facebook Places.
  • In other words, just because Facebook is aping your product, doesn’t mean you’re gonna get crushed.

read more on AllthingsD

李開復:看中國網民對斯諾登事件的反應

Kai Fu Lee
Kai Fu Lee
CEO at Innovation Works

If you think Prism has made a mess in the US, you should see the reaction in China:

1. The overall tone was very clear – microbloggers were angry about the perceived hypocrisy, they were sympathetic to Snowden, and they were disillusioned about the US as a democratic role model.

2. Many microbloggers showed concern for the Chinese First Lady, who was photographed to be using an iPhone during her visit to the US. The microbloggers asked “Would the US government access her private data through Apple’s iCloud?”

3. Hardliners gained an upper hand, and pushed to question: Whatever happened to protecting human rights? How can you trust this hypocrite? Does this demonstrate that the system of democracy, “checks and balances”, “due process” and “rule of law” has failed?

4. Quite a few netizens called Snowden a hero. Netizens eagerly discussed and admired how he gave up a $200,000 salary and a beautiful girlfriend. They even gossiped about his modeling career and his good looks.

5. 81% of the microbloggers supported China to offer Snowden asylum, and only 3% supported extraditing him back to the US.

read more on http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130617124651-416648-chinese-netizens-react-strongly-to-prism?trk=tod-posts-art-

cook_hero20110204

“I wear glasses because I have to. I don’t know a lot of people who wear them because they don’t have to,” he said. “I think the wrist is interesting. The wrist is natural.”

Apple is widely considered to be developing a “smartwatch,” with analysts speculating that it could have a 1.5- to 2-inch display, with technology similar to the iPod Nano, on sale in 2014.

He also acknowledged the company’s stock price, which has fallen 21 percent over the past year. “It’s been frustrating for investors and all of us,” Cook said. “What we have to do is focus on products.”

相關內容:

  1. Apple CEO Disses Glass: ‘The Wrist is Natural.’
  2. Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says CEO Tim Cook

自從Steve Jobs離世,蘋果增長速度放慢,是不爭的事實。與此同時,作為蘋果的緊密拍檔,鴻海的首季收入亦下跌19﹪,純利下跌2.9﹪。

關於鴻海的對策,WSJ做了一個有趣的報導,結論是鴻海亦跟Google和Amazon等互聯網企業一樣,以不同的角度去進軍內容業務,以下是部分有關內容:

Samsung Electronics Co.’s strong mobile sales haven’t benefited Hon Hai because Apple’s closest rival doesn’t outsource to the Taiwanese company.

Besides Apple, Hon Hai also assembles PCs for Hewlett-Packard Co., PlayStations for Sony Corp. and mobile phones for Nokia Corp.

The company has already made some headway with clients in China. It is assembling large liquid-crystal-display TVs for Chinese Internet-TV operator LeTV.com, smartphones for Huawei Technologies Co., and smartphones and TVs for U.S. TV maker Vizio, said people familiar with the projects. It also plans to manufacture a six-inch smartphone for Chinese TV station Hunan TV, which will come loaded with exclusive TV content.

Hon Hai’s ultimate aim is to be able to supply content for all of the devices it assembles, executives familiar with the company’s strategy said. The company is hiring software engineers for its research and development center in southern Taiwan, who will focus on developing mobile applications, cloud-computing technology for servers and applications for smartwatch devices. Company executives declined to disclose the amount of investments being made in software and content.

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Bernard Marr

Best-selling business author and enterprise performance expert

Rumour has it that later this year Apple will launch a wrist watch that will not only tell you the time but will allow you to monitor yourself and control other devices. The watch will understand where you are, what you have eaten, how many calories you have burnt, how well you have slept etc.

The reason I believe the iWatch (or the smart watch idea in general) will change the world is because it will allow all of us to collect and analyse data on both a personal and global level. Take health as an example. These intelligent wrist watches will permit monitoring of an individual’s heart rate, calorie intake, activity levels, quality of sleep and more.

重要內容

  1. Samsung Confirms It Will Build A Smart Watch As Speculation About Apple’s iWatch Continues
  2. Apple’s Planned ‘IWatch’ Could Be More Profitable Than TV

報業的未來:Pageview Journalism

這幾天,基於愛國示威暴徒人多勢眾,不少內地的跨國企業投降,吉野家澄清是愛國港資企業,日本城幾乎要改名中國城,日產車車主「大義滅車」,紛紛作出「我們都是中國人」的澄清。相反在互聯網上,大家都在嘲笑這種民族主義狂熱。

瀏覽Facebook和討論區,我發現大量反日示威的內容,包括二次創作、改圖,或微博圖片,而且在數量上,遠比傳統的兩岸新聞報導為多,這現象令我聯想 到最近iPhone 5推出前後,不少外國科技網站同樣被大量iPhone 5內容「洗版」,以及一個新興字眼 ── Pageview Journalism。

顧名思義,Pageview Journalism乃指基於內容的Pageview,亦即瀏覽量,來決定內容揀選和編採方針,換言之,亦即從讀者口味和市場反應,不斷調節內容的出品方 針,完全以讀者喜好主導內容。

於傳統媒體的世界,尤其是紙媒,每則內容的反應難以量度,難以做到Pageview Journalism,但於互聯網世界,對立足互聯網的新興媒體(例如Techcrunch、Mashable等科技新聞網站)而言,每則內容的成績,幾 多人點擊,有幾多人讀,讀幾長時間,有幾多電郵,幾多人分享到Facebook,幾多到微博,完全是一目了然,這些數字跟收入有直接關係,因此絕大部分的 外國科技新聞網站,現已奉行Pageview Journalism,它們甚至將文章的瀏覽量和訪客人次跟員工和寫手的薪酬掛鈎,以鼓勵出品更多高瀏覽量的內容。

Pageview Journalism興起以後,不少人提出疑問,以「成績」調校出品,而不靠從業員的專業判斷,會不會令「重要的」新聞愈來愈少?

以科技新聞為例,為何 「機身薄了20%」的iPhone 5,所得到的報導量,竟比起Intel的第四代處理器 Haswell為多?要知道,前者只是單一產品的「小改進」,後者是技術的大躍進,全面推入市場之後,將影響到數以億萬的人口,這麼「重要」的消息,難道 就不應該得到更多報導?

以上這問題,我沒有標準答案,因為我肯定每個人對「重要」的定義都不一樣。但可以肯定的是,任何生意或產品的基本目的是幫人,要滿足這目的,就必須爭取實質的用戶,因為用戶愈多,幫到的人愈多。

eBay上的無數成功案例證明長尾也可以找到市場,互聯 網的好處是free to choose,值得討論的,可能並非什麼重要,而是如何作出選擇。

2012年9月19日刊於蘋果日報

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Chrome登陸iOS

Chrome登陸iOS!

向來需要同時用2﹣3個瀏覽器,又多個選擇!

Download:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chrome/id535886823?mt=8

AT&T former CEO on early iPhone negotiations

I remember asking the question: Are we investing in a business model, are we investing in a product or are we investing in Steve Jobs?The answer to the question was, you’re investing in Steve Jobs. Let’s go after this thing. And we went after it, and the rest is history.

– Randall Stephenson

This was the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006 | The Verge

宋漢生:Instagram十億神話的秘密

Instagram迫人先開戶,所以每一個下載的人,都成為社區的一員,沒有走雞。然後,為了扮Lomo寶麗萊,相片一律只限方型。而濾鏡和效果,沒有多弄,反而不少用戶,先用其他app做效果,然後上載到Instagram社區,Instagram坐享漁人之利。

Instagram被Facebook以十億美金收購。兩年,十三人,沒有收入,是天價了。

從一開始已留意Instagram,不是先見之明,只是因為好友的團隊,做的是同一個市場,大家不時討論,下一部怎麼做,怎麼改。

其實Instagram不算早入場,早於2008年,蘋果剛開放平台,好友已經小試牛刀,弄了一個防手震的影相app,第一個星期,已超越十萬次下載。同期也做影相app的,肯定上百支團隊。最終贏盡的,卻是2010才推出的Instagram。被Facebook收購,最值錢的,是有三千萬用戶的社區。這個龐大的社區,沒有花太多宣傳費,是怎麼建出來的?是純屬運氣嗎?

不知道答案,但過去兩年留意Instagram,發現某一些大的決定,我跟好友討論時,會站在Instagram的另一邊。

第一,要決定,打開app,是迫人先開個網上戶口,才可以影相,還是先讓人影相,後來才讓人選擇開戶,以打開網上分享的功能?我們想,人家下載,是為了影相,如果要是開戶,有批人可能會乾脆不用,無理由要設置無謂的障礙。

第二,相片的直橫。對,正方型的相,當然避開了直橫不一的問題,但你在現實裡,找一千張相,有沒有十張,是方型的?羅浮宮裡的名畫,有沒有幾幅,是方型的?既然大家用慣了長型,就繼續長型好了。

第三,濾鏡和效果,無窮無盡,應該塞在同一個app,還是分開不同的app?塞在一起,遲早介面會變得難用,倒不如分開不同主題,分不同的app,其中共用同一個分享平台。

結果,Instagram迫人先開戶,所以每一個下載的人,都成為社區的一員,沒有走雞。然後,為了扮Lomo寶麗萊,相片一律只限方型。而濾鏡和效果,沒有多弄,反而不少用戶,先用其他app做效果,然後上載到Instagram社區,Instagram坐享漁人之利。

這些分別,是否就是關鍵的因素,跑出不同的效果?不肯定。但如果真的有關,我也不會感到驚訝。

4月14日刊於蘋果日報


聯繫我,最直接是訂閱尹思哲的 Facebook電子通訊,我會盡量回覆,請多多指教!

Zuckerberg和哥倫布

「參與互聯網創業的冒險者,可以分為「有條件親自探險」及「沒有條件親自探險」兩種。所謂條件,包括免於債務的經濟自由,免於家庭負擔的個人自由,免於其他事業責任的自由,以及基本於互聯網行業縱橫必備的技術及視野。」

Facebook 買 Instagram,大部份人看到10億美元的收購價,我在意的,是又一個冒險家的傳奇。明明是互聯網創業,為什麼要叫冒險家?因為,歷史給哥倫布的評價,也是冒險家。

於哥倫布身處的大航海時代,冒險家是個尊稱,但當世界上幾乎每一片土地已被人類征服,冒險家骨子裡的愛探險基因,自然會替他們找到新的戰場。來到 Steve Jobs、Mark Zuckerberg 這一代,他們挑選了電腦和互聯網,作為要征服的瀚洋。結果,兩人也像大航海時代的冒險家一樣,為舊世界的人民,建立了一個全新的世界,令人不惜改變原來的生活模式,擁抱以蘋果產品和 Facebook 為中心的新生活,而且縱使 Steve Jobs 已經離世,這新舊生活交替的速度,卻沒有一刻慢下來過。

自從踏足互聯網創業圈子,我發現,參與互聯網創業的冒險者,可以分為「有條件親自探險」及「沒有條件親自探險」兩種。所謂條件,包括免於債務的經濟自由,免於家庭負擔的個人自由,免於其他事業責任的自由,以及基本於互聯網行業縱橫必備的技術及視野。以上幾項,可以解釋,為何未畢業的大學生最有條件創業,為何許多成功創辦人,取得巨大成就之時,仍然是30歲不出頭。

然而,單單有條件,還是不夠。因為包括 Zuckerberg 本身,幾乎所有互聯網創業者,都有籌錢的經驗。即使當年的哥倫布,亦要到處遊說多年,才於1492年,得到西班牙女王伊莎貝拉一世的資助。可見只要有本事,就有機會籌錢,由本來沒有條件,變成有條件。

相反,許多有條件的人,都沒有成為航海冒險家。哥倫布能征服蒼茫的大西洋,找到新世界,靠的是信念和勇氣,鑑古知今,箇中的道理,似乎是千古不變。

2012年4月14日刊於蘋果日報

網絡23條扼殺創新

版權修訂條例草案》向來被視為「網絡 23條」,事實上世界各國有關版權的立法,都被視為對網上自由的限制。在香港,那叫《版權修訂條例》,在美國,那叫 SOPA( Stop Internet Piracy Act),計劃限制載有版權內容的網站,結果美國網民及科技公司群起攻之

不難想像,若當年就有 SOPA, YouTube絕不可能誕生,今天也就沒有 Justin Bieber和許多在 YouTube綻放的明星;甚至於,就連 facebook、 twitter、微博等在未紅遍網絡的時候,已被版權擁有者,拿着版權法例的尚方寶劍殺掉。試想像,倘若世上從來沒有 twitter和 facebook,後來的中東民主革命和中國的茉莉花革命,又有可能發生嗎?有可能奧巴馬亦隨時當不上總統。香港政府要說服香港人,修訂《版權條例》,網上惡搞和二次創作都不獲得豁免,其背後沒有政治目的和任務,還會有香港人相信嗎?

科技進步,生活模式改變,賺錢方式同樣要變。對舊有商業模式依依不捨,而不開拓新產品、新模式的人,只有兩種:失敗者和既得利益者。 2010年美國的電影、音樂和電腦軟體等版權產業的收入,總計達 9318億美元,佔 GDP約 6.4%,難怪無所不用其極,包括促使政府立法加強版權收入的保障。

但最荒謬的,是蘇錦樑打着「與時並進」的旗號來介紹《版權條例》修訂。這些年來,出版業受惠於印刷技術,唱片業受惠於多媒體技術,電視業受惠於廣播技術,他們享受了科技發展的成果,來到今天,他們卻不想適應,不想科技繼續前進和進步?這就是所謂的與時並進嗎?

科技,是經濟成長的主要動力,一個文明社會應該加以鼓勵,而不是加以制約。的確,香港從來不是一個科技行先的城市,但基於互聯網的發展,近年至少出了幾個達到世界水準的代表作,靠自己實力打出名堂,他們沒有打算要政府支持,只求政府不要胡亂立法妨礙就好了。

2011年11月26日刊於蘋果日報

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聯繫我,最直接是訂閱尹思哲的 Facebook電子通訊,我會盡量回覆,請多多指教!

冇iPhone5,股價跌,市場失望,fans嗌回水!

假期前 + iPhone5期望,決定唔訓住睇埋先。

結果,當然係…冇啦,好失望。

原因係,呢場,叫做Steve Jobs走之後第一次,

佢走,已極多人唔睇好,

所以呢次,觀眾既合理期望係:冇理由冇啲「勁嘢」撐住掛?

哈… 真係冇!真係估佢唔到喎!

如果係一場楝篤笑,觀眾聽到「Sorry folks, no iPhone5」,肯定已經忍唔住大叫回水。

蘋果股價應聲下跌,市場既反應係點,非常清楚啦。

究竟係「唔care,未驚過」定還是「真係一個失誤」呢?呢個問題,好值得蘋果分析員/專家好好研究,

我覺得,以Tim Cook既才智,冇理由預知唔到呢個結果,咁即係,佢好大機會,係明知市場有呢個反應,

我又覺得,如果並唔係一個失誤,結果可能會比係一個失誤更大鑊!

日後再詳談(寫)

重温SJ上次公佈iPhone4既時候…

又有得瘋喇

iPhone 4仲有冇得炒?唔知,但肯定仍有人熱衷於此,仲寫埋又有得賣喇呢個app自動push你Apple Store幾時又有得訂。

talkbox – 好快的留言App

talkbox之後,
做了facebook connect,
不到2分鐘,
已有人主動留言hi我,
但非常明顯,
對方點錯相(某本地知名mobile developer),
誤以為我是另一位女性友人。

X:「Hello~ Hello~」

我:「呢個App真係好用喎。」

X:「噫,點解變咗男人聲既?」

我:「其實我係個男仔!」(我知我係好無聊,唔好意思。)

X:「唉吔,唔好意思,搞錯咗。」

我:「唔緊要~」

但無論如何,
talkbox讓我跟一群disconnect的朋友,
又有機會再溝通起來。

用起來,
感覺像對講機,
但對話可以重覆再聽。
說它像voice mail,
又沒有要先打個電話的麻煩。

第二個收到既留言係sidekick
佢用talkbox嚟問我去唔去某個活動,
仲叫我錄啲細路既聲比佢聽,
真係無諗過,
原來talkbox仲可以咁玩!

只是,
不知大家同意否,
無可否認,
互聯網令溝通變得「廉價」。

關於Whatsapp
另外想說一點Whatsapp,
記得約大半年前,
我初次使用Whatsapp時,
朋友清單上沒有幾人,
非常無癮。
用幾次後,
忍不住uninstall了。
昨近再下載,
幾乎所有朋友都裝了,
我反而變得落伍了。
Time flies.

Nokia討回歡心的4個方法

繼iPhone4之後,最近又輪到Nokia N8和Windows Phone登場。智能手機這個表演舞台,就像名利場一樣,新人舊人前浪後浪推推撞撞,永遠不愁寂寞。

早兩晚出席Nokia的活動,雖說是產品發佈會,但基本上,整晚的感覺跟演唱會無異。N8是否一部好手機,銷售成績如何,思哲相信,作為本欄的讀者,Nokia於智能手機市場的困境,大家自然是了解,我也不用再敘。我想大家有興趣的,是Nokia可以如何討回消費者的歡心。又或許,一般坊間愛情專家的意見,都有值得Nokia參考的地方。

1. 減少接觸
愛侶變心後,請別主動聯絡,向對方說「我已經為你作出改變」,對方不會因此而發現你的價值。相反,刻意保持距離,大家可有記掛 Nokia的穩定通話和貪食蛇?

2. 冷靜分析錯處
提出分手一方總有許多理由,請不要相信表面的解釋,要冷靜下來,謙虛地分析 到底那裡出錯。如果問題出在軟件,請對症下藥,不要只顧加強硬件。

3. 切忌模仿情敵
一個女人愛 你,是由於你的自信。別想靠模仿另一個男人或情敵而討回歡心,拜託Nokia不 要推出iClone或Android phone。

4. 保持風度
請勇於承認自己的問題,冒失衝撞、欠風度等只會壞事,例如不要見人就問「為什麼不用我們的手機」或禁止員工使用其他牌子的手機。

活動當晚我身邊有位博客朋友,他曾在某次產品活動中,在Nokia香港話事人Bruce的手上,拿走了一部N900手機作為禮物,那天晚上,這位博客用的卻竟 然是iPhone4,而且當場斷正,被滿場飛的Bruce給發現了,Bruce笑著對他說:「早知道你還是喜歡iPhone。」,這就是風度。Nokia 要從情敵如iPhone、HTC、Samsung的手上,討回用戶的歡心,沒有高質素的誠意、耐性、自信和風度,絕不可能成功。

《2010年11月6日刊於蘋果日報》

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