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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B3VW3HS
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Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Battle for the Internet Audiobook – Unabridged
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Well, it seems random partly because the narrative itself is quite random. Roughly chronological, it focuses on a couple of big themes (search and mobile), missed opportunities etc. It's basically a flimsy framework with some very interesting nuggets - many of which are already fairly widespread, eg in the Jobs biographies - attached, though Arthur's experience in tech journalism comes to the fore with several stories from his career lacing the narrative.
This is well-written and a good read. It does feel somewhat piecemeal and it's a shame, because this writing style along with deeper research and some further analytical thought could have made for a very good overview of digital as a whole (not focused on Microsoft, Google and Apple) over the last couple of decades. Missed opportunity.
A further annoyance is that by relying on these three companies, a lot of international development in digital has been ignored. China in the last 6 or 7 years, parallel with the development of the iPhone, has made huge leaps in digital. No mention of the massive app install base in China. No mention of the absolutely huge market as yet still properly tapped by Apple and Google (for financial and ethical reasons) and Microsoft (for copyright reasons). This book would have been worthy of an extra star for throwing a Baidu or Xiaomi into the mix instead of a throwaway comment about custom Android builds.
As a result, the book feels extremely lacking. Still, very much worth a read. Just make sure you do it on a Kindle ;)
Despite being a technology editor for a national newspaper, Charles appears to have little interest in Technology in general, just a very narrow focus which, without the checks and balances of a national newspaper to restrain him, turn this book in to a mish-mash as preconceived prejudices, factual inaccuracies and cherry-picked supporting data.
Some of the arguments he puts forward are simply absurd, a particular 'highlight' is the Post-PC section.
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