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11/17/2010 05:37 AM EST
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docdivakar
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docdivakar   11/26/2010 7:49:44 PM
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Balsillie is critical of Apple's refusal to support Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash software but that pales in comparison to the PR disaster RIM suffered in handling demands of several governments (Saudi Arabia, India, etc.) for access to its servers traffic for security reasons. Apple has a huge lead as a a software platform company over RIM which is insurmountable. It is also becoming a chip components company defining and designing its own silicon, albeit for internal consumption. MP Divakar

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tjwal   11/18/2010 10:44:31 PM
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Neither is my blackberry convenient for input. The only good thing about it is being able to access work email.

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MajesTEK   11/18/2010 3:51:04 PM
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There is a point at which boldly disguising monopoly under "security feature" tab is just insulting.

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jimcondon   11/18/2010 2:54:58 AM
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I actually like the iPhone approach, enable the whole web through a browser, but supply an SDK to enable iPhone specific applications. It works great on the iPad too. Nothing prevents people from writing web apps for the iPad except wait... the App Store enables an easy way for you to get paid. The beauty of the iPhone App store and apps in general is that it motivates programmers to develop for the platform. People are willing to use the platform SDK to get paid. Simple and efficient. If people don't like don't use the app store, but look at the economics, people like it. Some times a good business model just wins.

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LarryM99   11/17/2010 10:44:39 PM
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I am no particular fan of Apple, but this Apps flap seems to be the current incarnation of thick versus thin clients, a discussion that has been going on for quite a while. Also, Rick, apps actually fit nicely into web services, since they separate the presentation layer from the backend data. There are actually real advantages to building specific applications natively on a platform rather than a 'one-size tries to fit all' web application built on a browser platform. My complaint is not that, but how Apple controls the access to the device platform. Larry M.

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selinz   11/17/2010 7:38:55 PM
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@Test_engineer: pretty bold statement... If they were starting new, I might agree. However, they are still significantly entrenched and the Iphone is simply not convenient for input. It's a "dazzle the dorks" focussed platform that is a marketing gem. Every day I have cube neighbors saying "ooh, look at this new app" for something that they play with for a couple days and then ignore. The worst thing is that they are causing the entire market to move away from functionality in lieu of eye candy. Wow, that sounded harsh...

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krisi   11/17/2010 3:28:46 PM
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Finally, NFC is my cell phone!...this is long overdue...just swipe your cell across payment terminal...apparently technology available in Finland for a while...Kris

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Test_engineer   11/17/2010 3:01:44 PM
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As a Canadian and as a former Nortel employee, I can only say that the days of RIM are numbered. There is no way, no way, messieurs et madames, that this company is going to compete with a behemoth like Apple. This California company has both the engineering and marketing muscle to take over the entire smart phone industry.

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Robinho   11/17/2010 8:43:09 AM
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If there is an app for every website you would need another app to manage them! The good news for these sites is that users are willing to pay for apps when they are not willing to pay for paid membership of sites (e.g. Zagat).

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rick merritt   11/17/2010 8:09:19 AM
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The RIM CEO is right. The whole apps craze was created by Apple as a way to drive value to its proprietary iOS platform. But in the era of Web servcies it's a step backwards. Do we really want an (iPhone only) app for that?

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