Samsung Caught Lying, Continues to Lie

In a statement issued to CNET UK today, Samsung stated, “The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance. This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”

But Samsung has already admitted that yes, it does benchmark boosting, while somehow nonetheless claiming that it does not. Complete doublespeak.

“A maximum GPU frequency of 533MHz is applicable for running apps that are usually used in full-screen mode,” Samsung said, “such as the S Browser, Gallery, Camera, Video Player, and certain benchmarking apps, which also demand substantial performance.”

Go read.

[Old] What’s making Apple lose its brand value so quickly?

[Old] What’s making Apple lose its brand value so quickly?

Just this past year, Coca-Cola’s brand value was measured by Interbrand to be $77.8 billion with Apple chasing bright behind in second place with a brand value of $76.5 billion. But many don’t see Apple surpassing Coca-Cola’s brand anytime soon, with myself and others predicting the brand to fall a few more places on Interbrand’s ratings.

What’s making Apple lose its brand value so quickly?

That was from March of this year.

This was from a year ago by Eurobrand (not Interbrand):

Apple still the world’s top brand as value jumps 44% to a whopping $130.6 BILLION: Report

This is today by Interbrand:

The report estimates the value of the Apple brand at $98.3 billion, up 28 percent from the 2012 report.

How BlackBerry Blew It

Good article from The Globe and Mail.

The most important decision they made was firing the two guys in charge who understood the brand, then pursuing some half-cocked strategy of copying everybody else with a touchscreen-only device while not adopting a popular platform (android). Given that they desperately needed a new modern OS, it’s hard to see why they never tried to adopt and reskin Android.

Of course they could have stuck it out with the BB-keyboard style devices. That would at least have made to their current customers, but instead they delayed their keyboard devices and showed up with an out-of-date touchscreen keyboard two years late.

The article is a good one and it illustrates a lot of failures that happened along the way for Blackberry. It wasn’t just one screw up; it was dozens over a period of six years. But one common thread is that BlackBerry took forever to make decisions, literally years in some cases. The end result is shockingly inexcusable: a total failure to execute. 

Discussions among the senior leaders in Mr. Lazaridis’ organization dragged on for a year – far too long, according to several insiders.

 

Finally, close to six years after Apple unveiled the iPhone, the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 made its debut at a glitzy launch event in January

Sad.

 

Beats By Dre Designer on the Jobs to be Done for Wearables

“The first thing is a wearable product is… It’s not so much about fit, as about how you feel about it and that expression that it makes. It’s part fashion and part personal representation.”

–Robert Brunner, Ammunition Design Group (Designed part of the Beats lineup)

Source: Bloomberg Video

Beats by Dre has been a phenomenally successful wearable technology brand. They dwarf the rest of the industry, with 59% share of headphones sold these days.

Any potential Apple iWatch will be about that personal representation to the rest of the world. The media will expect it to be about the technology, but technology is really not why you wear something.