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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) • Openly criticizing Amazon’s new price-check app, which allows users to go in stores, scan the barcodes and see if Amazon has lower prices than said shops do — for a discounted price at Amazon. With the location feature turned on, consumers effectively can let Amazon know what their brick-and-mortar competitors are selling something for. What do you all think? Clever or sketchy? Does it empower the consumer or hurt small businesses? source (via • follow)
December 11, 2011
parislemon: Hard to pick the most ridiculous element of these updated numbers. Is it that just 0.6% of Android users have Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) two months after it launched? Is it that of the remaining 99.4%, only 55% are upgraded to Gingerbread (2.3), which came out over a year ago? Is it that over 30% are stuck on Froyo (2.2) which is 20 months old? Is it that 8.5% (something like 10 million devices) are stuck on Eclair (2.1), which came out two years ago? Is it that only 3.3% are using Honeycomb (3.0), which means that all those highly-touted tablets last year are clearly huge flops? I can’t decide. You choose.
January 4, 2012
parislemon: Jordan Crook reports that Sony COO Phil Molyneux unveiled Sony’s new retail strategy at a press conference this morning. Wait for it… Sony Stores! As Cook notes, the strategy is basically “follow Apple’s lead”. But I’m confused, wasn’t this also their old retail strategy? It sure sounds like they’re basically doing the same things they were doing with the Sony Style stores but holding a press conference to say the strategy is new because it didn’t work the first time around. The real problem — which I’m not sure either Sony or Microsoft really understand — is that simply building stores which look like Apple Stores isn’t enough. It’s the Apple products in them that make them successful. Apple’s strategy with the stores worked because they knew they had the best products, they just had a hard time conveying that with the existing retail channels. The products quite literally sell themselves, they just needed the most efficient and effective way to get them in peoples’ hands. At the same time, they realized there was a huge opportunity for competent human beings (who don’t work on commission) to usher users into this brave new world of computing everywhere. It was the perfect one-two punch. That’s the Apple Store. But if you open a Apple-like store and your products just aren’t very good, guess what happens? The opposite of success. Think of it this way: if you opened the nicest looking store in the world that sold bags of shit, would it be successful? Focus on the products first, not the stores.
November 30, 2011