from November 2012

Nov 28, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke


Yesterday, Amazon announced it sold more Kindle Fire tablets on Cyber Monday than any other day in its short history. The only question is, how many? Amazon isn't saying. In fact, Amazon has never stated how many tablets and readers they have sold. The bulk of Amazon's press release was nothing more than a spec. list of the entire Kindle lineup and an About Amazon statement. That's it. Really.

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Nov 27, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPhone, News, Products, Review


Today Chevrolet officially announced the new Spark and Sonic cars, both due in 2013, will integrate Apple's voice recognition software, Siri. In order to use Siri with the cars the owner must have an iPhone 4S or 5 running iOS 6.

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Nov 27, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Predictions, Review


Someone was onto something -- and it wasn't Apple. When the 6th generation iPod nano launched, it quickly became the wearable gear due to third parties converting the nano into a new kind of watch. Watchbands of very type sprang up for sale. Apple updated the nano software to include 16 new watch faces. Was this a fad or was there something more to it? And then suddenly the iPod touch 7th generation appeared and the wearable format from Apple's lineup was eliminated. Or was it?

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Nov 21, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPhone, Products, Review

174051Many iPhone 5 users have been very happy with their new purchase, but some users and media sites are just looking for problems that are not really there with the iPhone 5, like the maps app. Yet some issues are real and one of them is battery life.

There are many ways the iPhone battery can drain quickly. Leaving the GPS and other radio transmitting features turned up for long periods cam be some of them, however, this is true for all mobile devices. Here are a few things users can look at if their iPhone 5 is draining the battery too quickly.

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Nov 20, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPhone, Products, Review

Iphone5The iPhone 5 has been out for several months, but it still is a hot item. While Apple is starting to catch up to the demand, it will be some time before the iPhone 5 is sitting on store shelves. One reason for this is Apple’s aggressive international roll out. Apple is trying to catch up not only the demand in the US, but all over the world.

Why is the demand so high? New users and a large contingent of current iPhone customers are purchasing the iPhone 5. For the new user, there are many reasons to purchase an iPhone. For current iPhone users, the decision gets a little harder since they already have an iPhone. For those that already own an iPhone, here are 4 primary reasons to upgrade.

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Nov 17, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Podcasts


Episode 87: Surface of Blackberry 10, hmmm: Mark, Karl and Werner talk Apple's iTV is imminent; Apple Stock taking plunge; Texting drops for the first-time in history; Avast does survey of 132k of their customers for USA Today 42% of those planning on buying a PC, said it would be a Mac or and iPad (12% Mac, 30% iPad); Holiday season, Windows 8 and Surface;  Map-Time! Google prepping a Maps app for iOS, Nokia preparing maps: link ; RIM CEO Thornstein Heins is confident of Blackberry 10 success ; UltraBooks = fail. All this and much, much more in Episode 87: Surface or Blackberry 10, hmmm,.

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Nov 16, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Predictions, Products, Review


Microsoft bet the farm on Windows 8. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the Windows RT version that runs on their ARM based Surface tablets or the desktop version that runs on Intel processors (that can run your other Windows software). It has all boiled down to this for the Redmond company: Windows 8 must succeed in order for Microsoft to survive this decade of seismic shift to mobile operating systems.

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Nov 15, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke

Microsoft-surfaceMicrosoft's Surface is quickly turning into another massive "failure to launch" for the Redmond based tech giant. Here's a quick rundown as to why:

Market Positioning

Microsoft figured they would take on the full-size iPad, by out-featuring the iPad instead of staying in the familiar cheap, low-end world of PCs. But Microsoft's problem is the high-end of tech is amazingly unfamiliar territory for the company. They've always won when hardware vendors drove prices into the floor with cheap and poorly built PC's. At $499, and $599 is Surface a compelling enough product to trump the rapidly maturing iPad? Evidently not.

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Nov 6, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPad, Products, Review

Ipad_miniApple updated all of their iOS products this fall from the new iPhone 5 to the updated iPad. They now have products with display sizes of 3.5-inch, 4-inch, 7.9-inch, and 9.7-inch. The only device that does not have a retina display is the new iPad Mini.

With so many different screen sizes, there is a size that fits most people for most uses. Display size is not the only difference to look at though. Device weight is just as important. Lighter weight products are easier to hold and carry around. The graph below shows the differences in weight between the five main iOS devices.

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Nov 5, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson

Sad_finderiBooks is Apple’s ebook reader application. iOS users can purchase and read ebooks through the application. It is comparable to Amazon’s Kindle application for iOS. Kindle does have more ebooks, but iBooks has a better book presentation. iBooks is more interactive, which is better for technical and school books.

Apple released version 3 of iBooks in last month’s keynote. The new version now uses iCloud to store the books. It also includes numerous display refinements and sharing options. Even with these improvements, iBooks has one giant problem.

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