Posted by & filed under Apple, EXAM ARTICLE, Supply Chain Management.

Description: Something unexpected has happened at Apple, once known as the tech industry’s high-price leader. Over the last several years it began beating rivals on price.


Date: Oct 23, 2011

People who wanted the latest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S, were able to get one the day it went on sale if they were willing to wait in a line, spend at least $199 and commit to a two-year wireless service contract with a carrier.

Or they could have skipped the lines and bought one of the latest iPhone rivals from an Apple competitor, as long as they were willing to dig deeper into their wallets. For $300 and a two-year contract, gadget lovers could have picked up Motorola’s Droid Bionic from Verizon Wireless, or they could bought the $230 Samsung Galaxy SII and $260 HTC Amaze 4G, both from T-Mobile, under the same terms.  READ THE REST OF THE STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Using Michael Porter’s Competitive Strategy model, which generic strategy do think apple is pursuing? Explain?

2.  Is this a different strategy than apple has pursued in the past?  Explain.

Posted by & filed under Artificial intelligence, Biometrics, EXAM ARTICLE, robotics, white-collar.

Description: A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Date: Oct 23, 2011

Technology has always displaced some work and jobs. Over the years, many experts have warned — mistakenly — that machines were gaining the upper hand. In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes warned of a “new disease” that he termed “technological unemployment,” the inability of the economy to create new jobs faster than jobs were lost to automation.

But Mr. Brynjolfsson and Mr. McAfee argue that the pace of automation has picked up in recent years because of a combination of technologies including robotics, numerically controlled machines, computerized inventory control, voice recognition and online commerce.   READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you agree with this articles thesis that machines will continue to displace jobs for human workers and that this is a long tem problem?

2.  Do you agree with this statement? Why or Why not?scientific discovery,” they write, “the key to winning the race is not to compete against machines but to compete with machines.”

Posted by & filed under Apple, EXAM ARTICLE, QR codes, smartphones.

Description: Instead of custom packaging, the company puts a sticker on each bag of coffee bearing a blocky QR code that, when scanned, links the customer to more information about the bag of coffee than ever could have been printed on the package in the first place.


Date: Sept 26, 2011

The people at Ethical Bean Coffee Co. Ltd. had a challenge on their hands.
The company wanted more flexibility in where it was sourcing its coffee beans, in an effort to catch the best produce from around the world that met its standards.
This led to a logistical hitch: Disclosure was important to the company, since, as a producer of fair-trade, organic coffee, it caters to a clientele who cares about what’s in their cup.  But it would have been impractical to produce different packaging for every different source of beans.
The solution: QR codes.   READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you feel are the benefits of QR code technology?

2.  How can businesses use QR codes to generate real value for customers – and not just extra layers of advertising, or technology for technology’s sake?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, EXAM ARTICLE, industry analysis.

Description: Dropbox’s ascent has been just as stunning. The 50-million-user figure is up threefold from a year ago, and it has solved the “freemium” riddle, with revenue on track to hit $240 million in 2011 despite the fact that 96% of those users pay nothing.


Date: Oct 18, 2011

What Houston does is Dropbox, the digital storage service that has surged to 50 million users, with another joining every second. Jobs presciently saw this sapling as a strategic asset for Apple. Houston cut Jobs’ pitch short: He was determined to build a big company, he said, and wasn’t selling, no matter the status of the bidder (Houston considered Jobs his hero) or the prospects of a nine-digit price (he and Ferdowsi drove to the meeting in a Zipcar Prius).

Jobs smiled warmly as he told them he was going after their market. “He said we were a feature, not a product,” says Houston  .READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why has Dropbox been so successful?

2.  What is the “freemium” riddle? , and how has Dropbox solved it?

Posted by & filed under bandwidth, fibre optics, ISPs.

Description: The exponential growth in the use of the Internet over the last decade and a half has meant that Canadians now require more robust internet connections.

Source: Globe and

Date: Oct 5, 2011

In Canada, the big Internet service providers to have responded to this explosive growth by blocking or restricting service on their networks in order to provide an acceptable level of service to all of its customers. For example, Rogers Cable restricts upload speeds on its $60 a month “Extreme” internet package to just 1 Mbps upload speed and a bandwidth cap of 100GB per month. In addition, online gaming and peer-to-peer file sharing are capped at a dial-up modem era speed of 80 kbps.  READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why is bandwidth such a large issue for both business use and personal use in Canada?

2.  Do you feel that technology called Fibre to the Home or FTTH will ever make widespread inroads in Canada? Explain

Posted by & filed under addiction, Blackberry, digital divide, Hardware, industry analysis, social impacts.

Description: With the recent BlackBerry outage, psychologist Linda Papadopoulos discusses how society is intertwined with technology.


Date: Oct 5, 2011

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why can’t we live without our gadgets?

2.  List 5 positive impacts of technology on our lives and list five negative impacts technology has had on our lives.

Posted by & filed under Amazon, industry analysis, IS ethics, publishing.

Description: Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailer’s fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers.


Date: Oct 16, 2011

Publishers say Amazon is aggressively wooing some of their top authors. And the company is gnawing away at the services that publishers, critics and agents used to provide.

Several large publishers declined to speak on the record about Amazon’s efforts. “Publishers are terrified and don’t know what to do,” said Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House, who is known for speaking his mind.

“Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,” said Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. “If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out.  READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is what Amazon doing in the publishing business just another example of disintermediation on the web?  What other industries have gone through this process?

2.  In reference to Michael Porters industry analysis model, how does Amazon’s actions affect the forces in that model?

Posted by & filed under Apple, Cyberforensics, EXAM ARTICLE, FaceBook, IS ethics, Privacy, Security.

Description: Welcome to iCheers, where everybody knows your whereabouts. Both Apple and Foursquare are offering new tools for iOS5 that will let us know where our friends are at all times.


Date: Oct 17, 2011

Late Saturday night, “ThomasMetz” posted to MacRumors (via 9to5Mac) about how he turned his wife’s iPhone into a spyPhone:

I got my wife a new 4s and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I’ve had suspicions about her meeting this guy who live [sic] uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there.

via Divorcing wife. Thanks iPhone 4s and Find My Friends – MacRumors ForumsREAD REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Will being given technology tools that make law-enforcement-style surveillance so easy a baby could do it transform us (more than Facebook already has) into a society of spies?

Will we start expecting our friends to be part of our locati

Posted by & filed under Apple, branding, business models, smartphones.

Description: New York Times technology columnist comments on how when Steve Jobs died, the country lost not one but four of its greatest minds.


Date: Oct 9, 2011

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can Apple be just as successful in the next five years with out Steve Jobs as the past five years with Steve Jobs? Why?  Or Why not?

2.  What do you feel is Steve Jobs greatest contribution to information systems?  Explain