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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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12/2/2013 | 4:30:43 PM
Sucked In
Admittedly, I've been sucked into the Apple ecosystem, all starting with the first-generation iPod I got in high school. Lorna is right -- it all depends on who owns your data and whether you're happy with them. I can't imagine switching to an Android phone after all these years, though I know plenty of people who have and are happy enough with their decision.
Andre Richards
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Andre Richards,
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11/26/2013 | 3:26:34 PM
Re: Iphone or icon phone is all they can grasp
@asands064: "80% of the world uses a android phone now."

McDonalds sells about 6.5M hamburgers a day--far and away beyond any of their competitors.

I guess your opinion is that McDonalds makes the best hamburger in the world.
Andre Richards
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Andre Richards,
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11/26/2013 | 3:22:06 PM
Security of Safari
I love Google (or used to) but I despise Eric Schmidt.

Wonderful cheap shot he takes at Safari at the end for supposedly being less secure than Chrome. Huh, considering that 95% of Chrome is the same as Safari (thanks to Apple's open source Webkit which Google is using to power Chrome) that seems like a dubious claim to me.

Besides that fact, browsers would be a lot more secure if companies like Google weren't actively using unscrupulous techniques to get around browser security (go look it up--Google just paid a massive fine for doing exactly that.) Gee, Mr. Schmidt. Maybe you should just tell everyone to avoid Google if they want their browser to be more secure, huh?

What a tool this guy is and I'm sick of seeing his face everywhere. Google used to be the dream shop of awesome geeks doing cool things but they turned into a giant corporate advertising and marketing behemoth that does everything in a Microsoft-like half-baked way nowadays. I used to be the biggest Google fan on the planet until this nattering suit came along and ruined it. 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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11/26/2013 | 9:13:55 AM
Re: Iphone or icon phone is all they can grasp -- NOT!
It all comes down to your content -- which vendor has your stuff, Apple or Google? Are you OK with what it charges for your stuff? Are you satisfied with how it protects your stuff, and your privacy? Does the hardware function well enough?

If you answer yes to most of these questions, I'm not sure switching is worthwhile. But if you're unhappy, don't wait: As with moving in the physical world, the more stuff you accumulate, the harder it is to start over somewhere else.
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/26/2013 | 8:13:26 AM
Re: Iphone or icon phone is all they can grasp -- NOT!
Schmidt wrote, "If [your] old [iPhone] photos are important, send them to Gmail [from your Mac] and download into the Android phone or upload them to Google+." Because that's so intuitive. (It's interesting that Schmidt assumes all iPhone users have Macs, as he doesn't offer any advice to help PC owners on how best to switch.)

I used to own a Droid, currently own an iPhone4S and am due for an upgrade in February. I don't have Mac but I think I could figure out how to upload my iPhone photos to my PC. Still, Schmidt's assumption about the Apple brand is revealing.

Disclosure: I am of the uncool baby boom generation which is seems to be in the vanguard of iPhone devotees. Tell me why I should switch back to Android. 
asands064
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asands064,
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11/26/2013 | 5:07:22 AM
Iphone or icon phone is all they can grasp
900 words oh my. I guess for Iphone users who are simple in mind that might be hard. 80% of the world uses a android phone now. Iphone or icon phone can go bye bye. Everytime I show my phone to a iphone user they say wow. You can see in there eyes they can only grasp using icons and they say the android phone is better but just to hard.


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