During 2017, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favor of digital radio. Traditional FM radio receivers will not have any local stations to receive. I am not familiar with radio stations and reception in neighboring countries, so I am not sure what the people in Norway might be able to receive on traditional FM radio once their local stations all go digital.
I read an article on the topic a few days ago, and give some thought to the question. It quickly turned to a "who cares" type of issue. I scratched my head a bit, wondering why I should care. Norway is not a leader in technology, so how is this an earth shaking news story?
But in recent days it appears that technology in Norway has people thinking. I am actually surprised how many people have posted or commented about it. I have been asked, does it makes sense to eliminate FM radio in favor of digital broadcasts?
I have read many online forums recently where the question is being asked, "Why didn't Apple refresh the Mac Pro and Mac Mini at the October 2016 MacBook Pro event?" Apple fans are shocked, wondering why Apple did not come up with any major updates to their beloved Mac Pro this year. How dare they!
Apple is the victim of expectations by their fans. Here's a thought that might get a few Apple fans upset, the goal of the company is profit. Innovation involves risk, which could possibly lead to less profit. If Apple can maintain their profitability by focusing on smartphones without taking risks in other areas such as developing new personal computers, why should they?
Apple was never the dominant player in terms of desktop computer sales, they were the innovator of cool toys. As the innovator of various cool toys over the years Apple became one of the world's most profitable companies. As the innovator of cool toys such as the iPhone, Apple became a profit leader in the smartphone industry.
Upstaged by Microsoft
What makes the Apple fans panic even more is that the recent announcements by Microsoft of cool new additions to the Surface line of products. There are people who dare to ask, "Is Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple?"
For years Microsoft was the dominant software and operating system company in an area of personal computers. Now Microsoft faces stiff competition from Google in many areas they once controlled. As tablet computers become more popular, the Android operating system cuts into Microsoft's market share. As Google Docs takes business collaboration software from the desktop to the web, Microsoft restructures their Office applications.