Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine wrote an Open Letter to Steve Jobs in , calling for Apple to help with improved design of medical devices.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has posted an open letter to iPhone customers upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale, and is offering customers a $100 credit to the Apple online store or Apple retail stores, details of which will be released next week.
"First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to 'go for it' this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers. It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent'. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season.
"Second, being in technology for 30 years I can attest to the fact that the technology road is bumpy. There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. This is life in the technology lane. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you'll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon. The good news is that if you buy products from companies that support them well, like Apple tries to do, you will receive years of useful and satisfying service from them even as newer models are introduced."
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Two places you won't find Flash Player. Photo by bm.iphone on Flickr. Some rights reserved
Steve Jobs has defended Apple's decision not to allow Adobe's Flash technology on the iPhone, iPod and iPad - and cited a series of reasons why he thinks letting Flash onto mobile devices is a bad idea, including security, battery life and user experience.
[Update: Adobe's CEO has responded in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Read my take here.]
In what could best be described as a blogpost on Apple's site, Jobs says that there are six key problems with Flash - and that the most important reason is that "letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform."
Jobs hits out at Adobe's claims that Flash is "open" because 75% of video on the web is viewed using it. "Adobe's Flash products are 100% proprietary," he responds. "They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe's Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system."
He rebuffs claims by Adobe that Flash offers "the full web":
"Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access "the full web" because 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don't say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web's video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever. Add to this video from Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, and many, many others. iPhone, iPod and iPad users aren't missing much video."
He then takes shots at reliability, security and performance - pointing out that Flash has a bad security record, noting that "we know that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash" and that "we don't want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash", and putting salt in the wound by saying "We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device" - pointing to continued delays in its implementation.
"We think it will eventually ship, but we're glad we didn't hold our breath," Jobs says.
But the most important reason is that Flash comprises a layer of abstraction between the programs and the platform, Jobs says, adding that "we know from painful experience" that that leads to sub-standard applications.
The conclusion: Jobs is calling Adobe's bluff about Flash running on mobile devices - and although Apple is making some efforts to work with Adobe on letting Flash run more efficiently on Mac OSX (such as the newly-released alpha of a hardware-accelerated Flash decoder), Apple is clear about the compromises that Flash would impose - and its unwillingness to bend to them.
Adobe has already abandoned plans to let developers create cross-platform apps compiled in its Creative Suite 5 application to run on Flash and also on the iPhone: Apple effectively outlawed any such apps with its revision to the iPhone developer licence just ahead of CS5's release.
But by pointing to the continued delays in the release of a fully-featured version of Flash on mobile devices, Jobs - and Apple - also point to the problem Adobe faces: that HTML5 and H.264 may be adopted more quickly than it expected. The purchase of Palm by HP - which looks likely to implement Palm's webOS in tablet-style devices - will heighten that. Although Adobe announced in February 2009 that it would develop a version of Flash Player for webOS, it announced a delay in April 2009.
There wasn't much evidence of it by February 2010, when it announced it again.
Yet at the time Adobe said
"By 2012, it expects nearly 53 percent of phones to be shipping with Flash Player 10.1 and that roughly 250 million devices will be supporting it at that time."
But 2012 suddenly looks a long way off. It's nearly the middle of 2010, and if you want to play Flash on your Symbian smartphone (which dominates the smartphone sector in numbers, if not access to websites) then
you have to download a special app. Not that many people do. you'll have Flash Lite - but that's only a subsection of Flash playing (see the differences via the FAQ).
How about on a BlackBerry? Adobe said in April 2010 that it will have support for those "in the second half of 2010".
That's the two big ones. How about the third one, Apple? Oh, no. Well, what about Android? Well - that's promised too.
But Android uses WebKit, and that's HTML5, and while Google might like a lot of things, and has even appeared to array itself with Adobe against Apple - why, Android 2.2 is going to support Flash, Andy Rubin of Google told the New York Times - we have to say that we've heard that one before. Specifically, April 2009, when we were confidently told that Adobe Flash Player 10 For Android Due in October. That was Adobe's chief executive in an earnings call.
So Adobe has done: promise, promise, promise but not deliver, deliver, deliver when it comes to Flash Player for the mobile. Reality check: Apple is one of the biggest sources of mobile internet traffic to most sites that serve video. If your video site sticks with Flash and your rival's serves H.264, guess which one they'll go to? And if the folks at Google Android see that lots of sites are adopting H.264, will they really fuss about getting Flash playback on their devices? You can guess not.
Flash on mobile? It's dead already. It just hasn't been told. Steve Jobs just sent it the letter. "Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind," Jobs concludes. Put that on Flash's gravestone.
* corrected detail about Flash Lite availability on Symbian.
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Like most other Ph.D.'s, I didn't think much about gainful employment until I was close to finishing my graduate degree. During my senior year in college, when all my friends were frantically applying for jobs and trying to figure out what they would do for the rest of their lives, my future seemed assured. I was off to graduate school, where I would receive all the training I needed to continue in a research career. Certainly none of my undergraduate advisers told me it would be any more complicated than that, and some assured me that an impending wave of retirements from academia would provide unprecedented opportunities for employment. It all seemed so simple.
As I neared the end of my graduate degree, however, I realized that I had not avoided the painful career search my college friends had fought through five years earlier; I had only deferred it for a while. I found myself increasingly troubled by the grim prospects of finding employment in academia, the only career I saw for myself and for which I had been training for the past five years. Instead of walking out of graduate school and into a permanent job, as many of my professors had done, I could look forward to years on a job hunt. More worrisome was my realization that there were some aspects of the academic career that I really didn't like. Even if I did get a coveted faculty appointment, would it be the right career for me? Most important: Would I be happy?
It was about then that an acquaintance of mine, a recent graduate from another department, stopped by our lab and announced that he was leaving his research career in acoustics to take a job with a prestigious management-consulting firm. We were shocked. Incredulity turned to speechlessness when he told us the staggering sum he would be earning: nearly three times a starting faculty salary! Granted, this guy was extremely smart and articulate, but he wasn't much different from the rest of us. And this guy was not alone; at least nine other Ph.D.'s had received similar offers. I found myself asking one question repeatedly: "What did these people learn in graduate school that is so valuable?"
I took this question to the head recruiter for the company that had hired my friend. She told me that, while all the Ph.D.'s her firm had hired were excellent scientists, it was not their particular scientific expertise that landed them their jobs. Rather, what made them attractive and valuable to business (and a wide range of other career fields) was a variety of broader skills and "traits" that they used and developed while in graduate school. Many science and engineering graduate students, I was told, not only have exceptional intelligence and analytical skills, but also know how to apply those skills in new ways. To succeed in graduate school, one must be creative, independent, organized, and a self-starter. One must develop excellent communication, computer, and time-management skills. The ability to work in a team as well as independently also is essential. One person summarized these traits perfectly. "Graduate school," she said, "taught me the courage and ability to approach a problem I didn't know how to solve yet." To me, these skills and traits just seemed like requisite survival skills for graduate school. In the outside world, however, they were both rare and extremely valuable.
Since then I have talked to Ph.D.'s in a wide array of fields. They included computer programmers, a politician, teachers, investment bankers, writers, policy analysts, journalists, even a rodeo star. Many found the transition from a science career path to another career to be difficult and, at times, emotionally wrenching. However, nearly all of them find great satisfaction in their work, and some feel they are making a far more meaningful contribution to science and society in their present careers than they ever would have in research or academia.
There are huge obstacles for scientists who wish to explore nontraditional job options. Graduate schools, especially the most elite institutions, still focus primarily on training students for research science careers. It is hard for them to do otherwise; many advisers have little or no contact with their contemporaries in non-research careers and are often even less informed than their students about the breadth of options available. A few advisers are actively hostile to the concept of their students "abandoning" their training to pursue a nontraditional career, and the negative attitude of a few can cast a pall over an entire department.
The greatest barriers, however, appear to be internal. It is difficult for anyone-scientist or nonscientist-to open his or her mind and heart to the possibility of drastic change, especially when the change seems to involve the abandonment of a field in which one has invested so many years of training. Worse still, because most graduate departments focus specifically on research, students have little exposure to non-research careers and the people who pursue them. This ignorance can be one of the most frightening aspects of a career change and can leave extremely talented people with the false impression that their only alternative to science is a job in a fast-food restaurant.
I see some encouraging trends for the future. With the increasing competition for federal research funding, more colleges and universities are forging research partnerships with the private sector. These programs can play a critical role in broadening the career perspectives of graduate students by placing them in research teams with science professionals from industry and government. Ideally, these partnerships will produce two products critical to the future economic growth of the United States; scientific and technological advances, and a work force of creative technical professionals who can continue making new advances in a variety of employment settings.
A number of funding agencies and private foundations also are becoming increasingly concerned about the future growth of the technical work force. Some organizations are calling for colleges and universities to refocus on education, rather than scientific research, as their primary product. An active dialogue is well under way among the stakeholders in graduate science and engineering education and has helped identify some areas of graduate training that need improvement. Will academia, especially the elite research universities, modify or supplement their programs to prepare scientists for a larger range of careers? Will funding agencies assess the educational output as well as research output of grant applicants when making funding decisions? It is too soon to tell.
If they ever existed at all, the "good old days," when people could emerge from graduate school and fall effortlessly into a faculty job, are long gone. Science and engineering graduates, and all professionals, must learn to be proactive about their careers and their future. Science is a career and, like other careers, must be individually maintained and developed by acquiring new skills, exploring new career opportunities, and networking with other professionals. Unlike graduate students in business and law, science and engineering graduate students are seldom taught career survival skills and as a result are at a significant disadvantage in today's job market.
In an increasingly technological society, the value of a technical background is growing enormously. A Ph.D. degree is far more than a certificate to be a scientist-it is a certificate that you can both think and learn independently. We scientists have much to offer the world beyond scholarly research, and there are a wealth of fields in which we can apply our training in new ways. Exploring nontraditional careers can be a liberating, empowering, and enjoyable experience. It certainly has been for me. Who knows? Maybe your exploration will confirm your original career goals. No matter what the outcome, you will be better off for the experience-in terms of your own career as well as the advice you may give to your colleagues or your students in the future.
Peter Fiske is a geophysicist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a current White House Fellow at the Department of Defense. He is the author of To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists (Washington, D.C., American Geophysical Union, 1996). It can be accessed online at http://www.agu.org/careerguide.
When you apply for any job, the very first tool you will use to grab the attention of employers is your cover letter. (Yes, there are of course.
Use this email template to respond to open job applications when you don't have open job positions. It can help you save time and build stronger relationships with candidates for your current and future job openings.
Responding to open job applications is very important for building a successful Candidate Relationship Management strategy and building high-quality talent pools.
Even when you don't have job opening for positions job seekers are interested in, you should respond to their application. You never know, they may be the perfect candidates for some of your future job openings.
Responding to open job applications should be done in a timely manner to ensure positive candidate experience. You could set it up to go automatically saying that you will get in touch after reviewing, or you could take 2-3 days to review and answer based on your needs.
Here is an email template to respond to open application when you don't have any job vacancies.
Subject line: Thank you for your interest in [company name]
Dear [candidate name],
Thank you for sending open job application to [company name]!
Unfortunately, at this time, we don't have any job vacancies that would match your profile and interests. However, I will add you to our talent pool, and I will notify you in case that we have a job opening for which you would be a good match.
I thank you once again for choosing [company name] as your employer of choice. That means a lot to us!
Best regards and best of luck with your job search,
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