The Frames of Awareness
Ubuntu is developing new features that will enable web apps to integrate directly with the desktop. A sign for where the future of apps will go.
Samsung's new ads are pretty clever. The theme is "The Next Big Thing" saying that the hype around iPhone is not such a big deal. Samsung is the new leader. The phone for the trendy people looking for individuality. It's a reuse of Apple's strategy used against Microsoft and Windows as a positioning element.
It's beginning to be rather boring. The new iPhone looks like iPhone 4. Not bad but same of same. Apple need to present something new, make a change. Besides that I find Android to be more user friendly, playful, and modern (seen from the outside) than iOS, which is kind of stuck in its own mold.
Apple has become a dogmatic design promotor. Previously they where a free spirit challenging a rational linear Windows world. The decreasing dominance of Microsoft can be an explanation. Apple lack a fixed point for its preachings.