A Steve Jobs memorial has been taken down for sad reasons, HTC starts the Lollipop count-down and Sprint is planning to move away from contracts. What a day!
Steve Jobs is one of the most influential personalities in tech. It made sense to see some memorials rising, one of which stood outside a St. Petersburg college campus in Russia. It was put there by business group ZEFS, the same company that ordered to take it down.
It’s the reasoning that will surprise you. This was done because Tim Cook recently announced his sexual orientation to the public.
“Russian legislation prohibits propaganda of homosexuality and other sexual perversions among minors.” -ZEFS
Opinion: It’s very sad to see this happening. Why should it matter what type of life Tim Cook wants to live? And why should Cook’s personal announcement have anything to do with Steve Jobs’ memory? It simply doesn’t make sense.
HTC promised they would give us the Lollipop update within 90 days after receiving the official code from Google. This is a reasonable time frame, and HTC seems to be committed to this promise.
The clock has just started ticking, as HTC announces they have received the Android Lollipop code from Google. The announcement tweet goes on to mention the HTC One M8 and M7 will be getting the update within 90 days… so early February.
Opinion: A few months is still a significant time to wait, but it’s better than with some other manufacturer, to be honest. Being with HTC has its advantages.
We've received Android Lollipop code from Google, the clock starts now! HTC One (M8) and (M7) will be updated within 90 days! #HTCAdvantage!
— Mo (@moversi) November 3, 2014
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure brought good news this Monday, during his investor conference call. He mentioned plans to completely eliminate contracts (and therefore, subsidies) from their business model.
Instead, Sprint is planning to focus on leasing devices and offering installment plans, making customers pay for their devices in full. In a way, they would be following T-Mobile’s steps.
Opinion: Is this good or bad? In a way, it’s always better to be off-contract. You have more freedom to move around and change your set-up. We know many of you benefit from subsidies, though. Will Sprint lower its plan prices due to the subsidy load taken off their shoulders? We have to learn more about this before passing judgement.