iOS devices out-sells Android by nearly 2-1 over the Christmas period

iOS vs Android
iOS and Android - the top two mobile device operating systems

The big news this week was numbers from last week’s Christmas holiday. A research report from Flurry Analytics glommed together Android and iOS devices activated on Christmas day, noting that the combined number of 6.8 million devices was up 353 percent from the rest of the month, and up 140 percent from the same day last year.

Making matters more interesting was a tweet a few days later from Andy Rubin, Google’s senior VP of mobile, putting the company’s own internal activation numbers at 3.7 million devices for the entire Christmas weekend. Crunching the numbers for that single day, Fortune columnist Philip Elmer-DeWitt then suggested Apple may have bested Google by about 1.6 million devices.

All was not so great for Apple this week, though. The company was slapped with a 900,000 euro fine by the Italian government, who said that Apple wrongly encouraged customers in the country to purchase its AppleCare warranty service to extend support on their gadgets, despite the fact that Apple is required to provide two years of complimentary support as per Italy’s local laws.

What is a financial bail out?

It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down harshly, and all the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some room-keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and rushes down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of animal feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the friendly neighbourhood pub. The pub owner slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar – who, in spite of facing hard times, has always gladly offered him her ‘services’ on credit.

The hooker then rushes over to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor quietly replaces the €100 note back on the counter, so that the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, states that none of the rooms are satisfactory, picks up the €100 note, pockets it and leaves town.

No one has produced anything. No one has earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, dear ladies and gentlemen, is how a basic financial bailout package works!

Getting ready for Christmas?

So I have to write about the ridiculous state of the Christmas build-up. The Christmas aisles started appearing in the major Supermarkets on 1st November, and with the Christmas carols starting to be played, it was exceptionally difficult to try to avoid everything Christmassy!

Why do shops insist on spoiling Christmas? At the very least they could wait until December, and allow us all to enjoy the festive time of year.

Some people started putting up their Christmas Trees on the last week of November, and whilst I am sure that they loved this, those same people are completely sick of the decorations, and usually have them down before New Year. By stark contrast, our decorations go up on the second weekend of December, and come down the day before the kids go back to school.

So I implore you, shops and business owners – please stop making Christmas come earlier and earlier each year! Let us enjoy Christmas AT Christmas time, not months before!

Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit get ready for Christmas, in DECEMBER!