I travel a lot. I also review headphones. Figuring out what headphones are the best for travel seems like a logical idea. More than just a ?these seem cool? list, these are all headphones I?ve personally reviewed or at least heard, plus I?ve included links to other reviewers that like them too.
As Engadget reports Adobe has decided to ask its customers about the new pricing model for Creative Cloud. Better late than never I suppose but it's often useful to ask people their opinions before you force change on them rather than after:
According to Photo Rumors, Adobe is also considering a new pricing structure in response to a massive online backlash against the subscription model from existing clients, who feel it's too expensive.
It's possible that Adobe will change those price levels in some manner: maybe lower them, perhaps introduce more finely graded levels and so allowing light users to gain access at lower total prices. But as I've explained elsewhere it's most unlikely that they will go back on hte basic idea about having subscription pricing, rather than outright purchase of the software license as in the past:
You see, even if the cost to all users was exactly the same, even if Adobe's revenues (even after the cost of boxing software, or not doing so) were exactly the same, Adobe as a company should be worth more after this move. And that's what the business game is supposed to be about: increasing the return to the shareholders.
There are plenty of theories of financial value that say that this shouldn't happen. Others that say that it's obvious that it does. But our contacts within Adobe intimated that the company had something of a problem with boom and bust in terms of revenues. Most people didn't bother to purchase every upgrade: perhaps every second or third one in fact. This meant that revenues could vary enormously year by year: sometimes the company would release an upgrade that many used and they were awash with cash for a time. At others few did adopt the latest upgrade and money was very tight for a time.
The differences between taking the right shortcuts and getting short-changed are often hard to see in advance. While some shortcuts do allow you to realize the benefits of an activity faster, most involve some sort of trade-off between time and experience. Several books focus on this very topic:
Market watchers and pundits reaction to Yahoo?s month old (May 20, 2013) announcement of its intention to acquire micro blog-social networking site Tumblr was a mixed bag. With $3 billion in cash, selling at 18 times forward earnings, and no debt per the latest March 31, 2013 10Q Yahoo seems to be comfortably muddling along. A slightly closer take reveals revenues at Yahoo (YHOO) have shrunk 6 percent compounded over the last five years going from $8.2 billion to the $5 billion mark. The stock remains down over 75 percent from its 1999 high. Yahoo is paying $1.1 billion in almost all cash for a social media property with 2012 revenues of a paltry $13 million. Yahoo has suffered a number of high profile failures in the acquisition business so is past prologue or will things be different this time?
News last week that the term ?big data? was included in the quarterly online update of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). So now we have a most authoritative definition of what recently became big news: ?data of a very large size, typically to the extent that its manipulation and management present significant logistical challenges.?
Hewlett-Packard has a new head of its market-leading printing and personal systems business: Dion Weisler. He's a former Lenovo executive currently working for HP in Asia. As for Todd Bradley, the long-time head of HP's printing and personal system business, he remains in HP's executive council, but won't control nearly as much revenue.
It's been relatively quiet in China these last few days due to the Dragon Boat holiday, so I thought I'd start the new week with a look at Rupert Murdoch's ongoing divorce with Wendi Deng and what it might mean for his flagship News Corp (Nasdaq: NWSA) in China. Many believe that Deng, a China native, was one of the main forces behind Murdoch's previous bullishness on China, leading News Corp aggressively try to develop the market in the decade from 2000 to 2010. But the company has sharply reversed its China approach over the last 3 years, perhaps reflecting the deteriorating marriage between Murdoch and Deng.
The stories coming out of South Korea at the moment give a pretty mixed picture of Samsung and its battle to sustain the market in expensive smartphones. Apple watch out - many analysts now see the high-end of the market softening very quickly, raising a big question mark over iOS 7 and its ability to attract people to the Apple fold.
One of the biggest drivers of success in the smartphone realm has been opening up the various mobile operating systems to developers via software development kits (SDKs). Thanks to these kits - as well as software that takes those kits and makes it still easier to program apps - the market for smartphone apps have exploded.
After losing a bidding war with DISH for control of Clearwire, Sprint on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery claiming that the $6.3 billion deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders and is against Delaware law.
The cloud industry of Abbott and Costello took place last week - Who's on first..what's on second and I don't know who is on third? This was the cloud drama that happened last week in what is now a full blown fierce competitive marketplace for enteprise grade cloud industry. HP vs Amazon Web Services - folks the cloud wars are on. HP is taking the gloves off.
Last Monday Apple introduced us to iOS7 and announced that a beta would be available to developers later that day. Beta operating systems ? especially for devices like mobile phones ? can be buggy as hell, which is why they aren?t recommended for the general public. I, though, am a licensed Apple developer, so I bravely and gallantly downloaded and installed iOS7's beta on my iPhone 5 to spare you, the reader, any troubles. You should be glad I did.
Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail won't drop for several weeks, but it has already made the hip hop artist $20M. On Sunday night Jay-Z announced the upcoming release of his new album with a three-minute commercial that aired during the fifth game of the NBA finals. The commercial, produced by Samsung, directed users to MagnaCartaHolyGrail.com which provides more details about the album - including the relationship between Jay-Z (born Shawn Corey Carter) and Samsung.
Last November, LivingSocial - the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site - announced it was laying off 400 employees, affecting about 10% of its staff. The move occurred after Amazon.com reported a third quarter loss in 2012 of $274 million, with Amazon blaming most of the loss on its investment in LivingSocial. Most of the layoffs were felt in customer service and administration, though no offices were closed at the time.
Earlier today, the Guardian newspaper set up a a public chat for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, presumably from Hong Kong where he decamped in the course of providing the Guardian and the Washington Post with details of the U.S. government's domestic digital surveillance programs. The chat was a strange affair - slow-moving in its question and answers and seemingly controlled in what queries were chose. It appeared under the column heading of contributor Glenn Greenwald, the swashbuckling activist-journalist and civil libertarian who broke most of the Snowden scoops and acted as host moderator for the slow-moving chat. The whole thing was unintentionally ironic for two men who have been as critical of the Obama Administration as they have: the session was reminiscent of nothing so much as one of those digital town halls that were all the rage in the 2008 campaign - with all of that inherent spontaneity perfectly preserved like an Internet period piece.