Now would be a good time for Google to update us on their longterm plans for their fiber rollout.
It's my one hope at this point since Google isn't someone Comcast can just buy and of course Google realizes the importance of not allowing a single entity to control something like our access to the internet.
I cut the cord 9 years ago; i didn't get rid of my ISP, i simply stopped paying for their TV programming.
I prefer to spend my money on a faster internet connection and stream the shows or sports I want to watch thanks to options like Netflix and NHL Gamecenter. I no longer need Cable TV to buy the NHL package for example; nor do I need Cable TV to watch Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones.
The author of this article is confused; it's not literally about cutting your cord with your ISP, it's about saying no to expensive programming we simply don't want anymore.
Isn't it more likely they'll use these drones inside their warehouses to fill orders? Longterm maybe home delivery but they/Bezos have to be planning on using this to process orders inside their warehouses.
so is this all misdirection, or really their longterm plan?
The PC is dead, it's just not dead for computer professionals, and never will be. But for the rest of the world - think mom, dad, gramps,grammy - why on earth do the need the headaches of a full PC (mac or windows)? A good tablet is basically enough for almost everyone else.
Anecdotally, I've found that "non-technical users" have trouble adjusting to any new UI, including Apple laptops, phones and tablets.
For them the choice is between keeping an old computer, on which they already know how to send emails and compose documents, and buying a new tablet on which they will need to learn a whole new set of UI idioms. In addition, physical keyboards and larger screens (and no "ipad neck") make laptops and desktop computers more attractive.
Add Windows 8 to that, and oh boy, there's a lot of tears. My aunt's laptop died so I bought her a new one. Every time I talk to her she's complaining about the Windows 8 UI. She still hasn't figured out how to do some tasks she would do before with Windows Vista (which she had no problem with).
I'll never get this point. Laptop - fine, yes, but a tablet? How do you chat, post FB status, or write an email from the virtual keyboard? It's painful. Especially if you are 50+. I don't see my mom or dad using these devices.
My grandmother is 90 and she does all of those things from her iPad. She's also almost blind and has arthritis, and yet she finds the tablet meets her needs - which mostly involve keeping track of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren via email and FB.
I think even for the casual user there are a still a lot of use-cases in favor of a PC. Basically anything to do with managing large amount of content like photos, music or even fairly light content creation like writing long emails is much easier to do on a computer with a larger screen and mouse/keyboard.