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“Knowing that Uber would use unlicensed vehicles, competitors did so too, lest they be left behind. In normalizing violations, therefore, Uber has shifted the entire urban transport business and set an example for other sectors.”

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What’s next, a subsidized car with LTE?

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I should be thanking Samsung for incensing me straight to the keyboard, like an insulted MMO player whose main character has been nerfed into mediocrity. Pushing the metaphor along, I do feel like a sort-of sacred ground has been tarnished by Samsung, and not over another Apple ripoff.

No, this anger stems from the above abomination, called the Galaxy Camera. As if to bounce back from the latest court loss, Samsung introduced this device at this year’s IFA, touting “the magic of professional digital photography” with “the powerful intelligence of the Android Jelly Bean OS.” Featuring 3G/4G connectivity and Android apps to edit your photos right from the device, Samsung is trying justify putting a smartphone into a camera, instead of being like everyone else who’s putting a camera into a smartphone.

Aside from putting Instagram and “professional digital photography” into the same breath, the one major flaw I see with this device is it’s trying to be the jack of all trades, master of none, when the people buying such a product are looking for a master of one.

The Galaxy Camera is a point-and-shoot camera in the style of an Android smartphone, with the same radio, technical innards, and apps. While certain fanatics of the robotic OS will cope with the shortcomings of the territory, wasting battery life on irrelevant apps, like the aforementioned Instagram, and not living up to expectations of a point-and-shoot camera will quickly kill this monstrosity.

People looking for a point-and-shoot in these modern days of eight megapixel cameras in our pockets are looking for one thing: to take lots of photos. They want that camera to keep snapping during whatever celebration is going on, and they give less than a rat’s tail about 3G/4G or being able to access whatever app store. Those activities waste battery life that would’ve gone to little Timmy taking his first steps, and the first time the Galaxy Camera dies at the most critical moment, that camera’s breaking the sound barrier into the closest brick wall.

The only possible reason for the existence of a 4G-enabled point-and-shoot is Samsung trying to hook those people still using a feature phone into buying into the Galaxy smartphone line. Like Apple using the Mac to hook people into the iPhone and using the iPhone to hook people into the iPad, Samsung must be thinking once people are used to using the Galaxy Camera, they’ll go for their latest offering into the high-end smartphone arena.

Unfortunately, unless this camera outperforms every other point-and-shoot in performance and battery life, the only people buying this gadget will be the people who already bought into the Galaxy line, which will sink this mutation back to the depths from whence it came.

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Microsoft’s Reimagining

Being an Apple supporter is a tough gig. So much misguided hatred from the vast majority gets exasperating after a while, like that Gates/Jobs/Ballmer image that was floating around yesterday.

For those of you who believe in that image, I’d like you to look up the Tablet PC sales from 2002 to 2009, then look up iPad sales from 2009 until now. No, Apple didn’t invent the tablet, but it has made the best.

Execution is just as important as invention. Just ask Nicola Tesla, who died alone and broke despite the fact he basically invented the 20th century.

Microsoft knows the iPad is the one to beat. They’re bringing out their big guns, and it’ll be an interesting fight. This video is just for some giggles.

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Should You Buy the MacBook Pro with Retina Display?

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Apple brought out their next generation MacBook Pro, the first OS X system to go Retina. Between all the pro-Apple love and anti-Apple hate, it gets confusing as to whether or not you should actually purchase one, especially if you’re in the market for a new laptop. You could call this laptop a genius stroke of engineering or simply a pretty face, but ultimately, why should you buy this laptop?

Look at the graphic above. If you can decipher it, you should buy it. If you’re interested in doing high-level video editing/production or high-level photography, it’s a no brainer. Once all the professional apps are updated, and they will be, very little other systems will offer the real estate needed to see exactly what you’re outputting while having access to all the information needed to tweak it endlessly.

What if you’re a gamer? Apple showcased Diablo 3 in their announcement, so obviously, this laptop must be a gaming juggernaut, right? Normally, Macs are good, not great, with gaming. As long as you’re willing to either run Windows under Boot Camp or deal with your laptop’s screen, you can get decent gaming performance out of it. All reviews of the new MacBook Pro point to these same conclusions, so if you want to game, you’re better off waiting for the later Macs to be upgraded to Retina.

For everyone else, from programmers to writers, waiting would be the best thing. Regardless of this wonderful laptop, it is a first generation product, and from now on, they can only improve on it. I’m writing this post on an early-2011 MacBook Pro, and it’s still performing wonderfully for all my tasks. As a budding video editor, I’d love that Retina display, but I’ve got a good two years left out of this baby. In two years, all the Macs will not only be updated to Retina display, but their innards will be just as jaw-dropping as the visible screen.

Should you buy the MacBook Pro? If you’re a Pro, get it now. If not, patience will only help.