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  • Netgear Boss Blasts Apple Chief Steve Jobs


    So much for having compassion for Apple chief Steve Jobs during his latest medical leave of absence. On Monday, Netgear CEO Patrick Lo went on a verbal rampage against Apple and its founding father Steve Jobs. Blasting the company and Jobs over their corporate atmosphere of secrecy inside an already tightly closed business model, Lo did not mince words as he predicted Apple's ultimate demise.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lo was speaking at a luncheon in Sydney, Australia when his rant began - a tirade that hailed the eventual failure of Apple because of its closed platform. "Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far," Lo suggested. "If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it." Lo, however, didn't just spout off with examples of his theory. Referencing Betamax and VHS, in one instance, Lo's speech was teeming with examples of how open platforms commonly prevail over their closed counterparts. The Netgear chief says Apple has to "find a way to open up iTunes without giving too much away on their revenue generation model." Lo says Steve Jobs "wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesn't own the content he could basically demand a ransom."

    Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform.
    In particular, the comment from Lo referencing the prospect of Jobs "going away" has been widely criticized given Jobs' current medical leave. In April 2009, Jobs underwent a liver transplant. At the time, his prognosis was "excellent." But earlier this month, just one and a half years after Jobs returned from his liver transplant, Apple announced Jobs' latest medical leave, raising questions about the Apple boss and just how healthy he really is - or isn't. Lo, however, didn't express much personal concern for Steve Jobs. And although Lo never mentioned Jobs' health, he did mention Jobs' ego. "What's the reason for him to trash Flash?" Lo asked. "There's no reason other than ego." Lo was also certain to mention that he's never had an opportunity to voice his concerns directly to Apple's CEO. "Steve Jobs doesn't give me a minute," Lo stated.

    Sydney Morning Herald
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Netgear Boss Blasts Apple Chief Steve Jobs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 110 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      ^ Well "Android is better than iOS" is an opinion too. Just sayin'
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      no where in my post did I say android is better than ios. Personally I like ios better, but theres more ways to explain it than "ios rulez, android sux"
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Why do so many people believe a closed platform is inferior? I've yet to see any Android OS apps/capabilities out do the Apple iOS...have you??? Please show me some valid examples and i'll run with it. Until then get off Apples NUTS. Apple is successful because they build superior products and market them with intelligence PERIOD!!
      This is why you need an open system:

      -homescreen replacement
      -widgets
      -PSX emulator, GBC emulator, etc
      -REAL multitasking (not just pause it)
      -open a file (from a file manager) with an array of apps; not just what the dev says is okay (or apple as a matter of fact)
      -make ringtones right on the devices without needing itunes
      -lock every app on the devices with a swiping motion, no more pins to remember
      -access internal memory
      -copy any text from anywhere on the screen using OCR (app is called copy-paste it)
      -dropbox upload ANY file you want; no restrictions
      -multiple email apps, you pick which is best for you. thats goes for contacts, photos, calendar, you name it.
      -many browsers to choose from, not just two
      -voice to text input
      -alternate keyboards (thumb keyboard, smart keyboard,better keyboard) for those who dont have the ideal hand size to wield an apple product
      -return apps in 15 minutes
      -download ANY file right from MY browser; i dont need goodreader to do it

      PS- I dont even need to be rooted or what you guys call "jailbroken" to do it. I can do it right out of the box.

      You guys may get me on a couple apps, but you WONT get me on all. peace.

      flame on!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Waleed786 View Post
      no where in my post did I say android is better than ios. Personally I like ios better, but theres more ways to explain it than "ios rulez, android sux"
      Oh ok.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Considering on paper that some high end android phones have better specs than the iphone 4 for example, they don't seem to run as smooth. it isn't a simple combination of putting the best of the best hardware together if A. the hardware doesn't work well with other hardware, and B. the operating system isn't built BASED on that hardware and optimized for it. that is why an iphone 4 with less impressive specs on paper seems to perform better than the highest end android phones.

      look at it this way, most macs run better out of the box than a custom built high end desktop hackintosh with os x on it. the hardware and software are carefully selected and sometimes custom built for a specific purpose and to work well with the other peripherals.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Holy sh**!!! How is this about how ANDROID is beating Apple in the market?! This is a Netgear vs. Apple thread, meaning nothing to do with Android.
      Actually it is about open systems VS closed systems which goes hand in hand with AppleVSAndroid. Android is getting better and better, but Apple has less bugs with their quality control. A process that Android is implementing right now.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Actually it is about open systems VS closed systems which goes hand in hand with AppleVSAndroid. Android is getting better and better, but Apple has less bugs with their quality control. A process that Android is implementing right now.
      Well I guess that makes sense but usually when people start this it has nothing to do with the article at all.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I agree. Where's my jailbreak and unlock?!! Lol
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      ^ Don't get them started
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yes please don't
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      And we should care what this guy is saying because?
      because NETGEAR made the first iphone you dim wit !! in 2005.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Yes please don't
      Then you'll have to clean up
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I don't see the big deal about one company criticizing another company, but when it is reported that it was a "rampage" it seems ludicrous to me.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      because NETGEAR made the first iphone you dim wit !! in 2005.
      What?
    1. oztiz's Avatar
      oztiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      There are reasons beyond ego to trash flash, and Jobs certainly isn't the only one doing that.
      +1
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by eZStaR View Post
      I love idiots who think their smart.
      Lost before you even got out of the chute.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      ^ He did use the wrong "they're", didn't he?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      because NETGEAR made the first iphone you dim wit !! in 2005.
      No need to call people anything(Aimed at Everybody). As for this comment it was Linksys(Cisco).


      iPhone technology previously sold by Linksys is now available from Netgear without the iPhone trademark. The Linksys CIT400 iPhone is now available as the Netgear SPH200D.
      Source: [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_iPhone[/ame]
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      If apple opens up it's platform were going to here that apple is monopolizing the market any yada yada yada. (((If it's not broke don't fix it))), I'm tired of people complaining and dumping on the top dog cause there trying to be the top dog & since you never see two football, basketball, baseball, hockey or any pro sports team share the prize cup or what ever there competing for.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      No need to call people anything(Aimed at Everybody). As for this comment it was Linksys(Cisco).


      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_iPhone
      For the record I don't Necessarily think the guy who said "their" was an idiot, but I do find it humorous.