Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 11:26 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The rise of the tablet has heralded changes big and small across the tech ecosystem, from a booming market for cloud storage to the fall of Flash. If the computing industry was a stagnant pond in late 2009, the introduction of tablets a few months later was less akin to a pebble flicked from the shore and more like a boulder hurled from 10 feet up. The ripples have been widespread and lasting." Simple question: if an ordinary user used her laptop to check Facebook, the news, and read a few blogs, and now uses a tablet to do the exact same thing - how much has really changed? Are any of the things mentioned in this article - the rise of HTML5, streaming video, and internet storage - really the result of tablets?
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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 12th Sep 2012 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I doubt he cares if he's running Gingerbean or Jelly Bong

Why, it's almost as if the sound & fury over "Android fragmentation" is largely just manufactured faux-outrage...

But that budget smartphone has become his internet-capable computer now. An internet-capable computer he'd have never had if computers were still the traditional computers (desktops/laptops) you and I do most of our work on.

It's also worth mentioning that he would never had that computing device if Apple had there way, and were able to limit that technology to the only the richest segments of the richest countries - by keeping their prices artificially high to maintain profit margins that most loan sharks would be embarrassed of, and by attempting to use the legal system to block competition.

TL;DR summary: Apple hates the poor.

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