re: Google To Apple: Catch Us If You Can
There are a number of points in this article that just don't hold water...
Device activations - Yes, I'm sure if Apple were to give away their code and have no control over their ecosystem, they'd win that race as well. Of course, Apple is actually interested in... you know, making a profit. Google doesn't benefit from Android activations directly and even Google claims to make more money per iOS device.
Google Search / rhetoric - Great, so Google gets credit for rhetoric because they're "thinking" about taking risks. Apple, meanwhile, gets no credit for disrupting their most successful iPod mini with an iPod nano product. Or disrupting their entire iPod line with the iPhone product... or disrupting their desktop / laptop hardware business with the launch of their successful tablet business. Sorry, but I fail to see the point you're trying to make here Thomas.
As for Apple maps... I find that the majority of criticism for Apple's maps comes from those who don't even use the product. I'm guessing that applies to the author here as well. Maps aren't easy to make. Apple is criticized for coming out with a product as complicated as global maps that isn't perfect upon introduction. Maps have improved greatly since it was introduced and is an overall great product. I have Google maps installed on my phone as an option, but honestly prefer Apple's maps.
As for iCloud, yes, developers are having problems with the "core data" functionality. That much is true. But, if Apple is so far behind here, where is Google's answer to Core Data? It doesn't exist. Okay, so let's bash Apple for a piece that isn't working right that Apple's competitors haven't even been bold enough to try.
Chromebook Pixel? - Wow, that shows that yet another company can copy Apple's designs. This is supposed to "set off alarm bells" at Apple? Really? How's the Chromebook Pixel selling? ...(crickets)... Copying Apple's products and designs is nothing new for Google and nothing for Apple to get excited about. They're used to it.
Google Play game services - An attempt to copy Apple's established Game Center function, albeit on more platforms. Yes, I see a theme here, Apple creates, Google copies.
Finally, the author complains about Google moving faster and compete more vigorously. Based on what? Because Google telegraphs everything they do? Do you realize that Apple's WWDC is less than a month away? What do you know about iOS 7? Nothing? What do you know about Apple's product plans? Nothing? Yet, you feel comfortable enough to make comparisons and comments that are essentially unsupported. I guess that's what passes for "journalism" these days.