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March 25, 2013 at 10:41am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

iPad mini - whiteWe all love it, the iPad mini. Its form factor makes it far easier to tote around than its larger sibling, the full size iPad. The iPad mini is lighter weight, can be held in one hand and does everything the iPad does. However, the iPad mini's one drawback is its display — it is not a retina display.

Maybe that doesn't matter so much for folks with good eyes like millennials. However, for older geeks like myself, being able to clearly read a web page, tweet or email without eye strain is very important. The lack of the iPad mini's retina display is the reason that all three of us at Three Guys and A Podcast have not purchased the iPad mini. Matter of fact it is the ONLY reason, and we don't think we are alone. We believe many others are sitting on the fence waiting for Apple to announce the iPad mini with retina display. Until then, we will just wait.

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April 06, 2013 at 11:20am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Supply-chain-managementEpisode 94, Upstream Supply Chain Guy: While Karl is away, Mark & Werner play T-GAAP high-tech trivia, then wax eloquent about the results of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, Digitimes iPhone 5 upstream supply chain rumors, T-Mobile's special event on to be held on March 26th, Johnny Ive being in charge of both hardware and software development, Apple's threat from no-name Chinese smart phone manufacturers, and Apple data centers using renewable energy. All this and much, much more in Episode 94: Upstream Supply Chain Guy

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March 22, 2013 at 11:09am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 13 Comments

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It seems since TIm Cook took the controls at Apple it's been one ho-hum Keynote after another. Whatever happened to the day when Steve Jobs would say, "... oh, and one more thing..." and then that thing would be revolutionary. I remember when Steve did this in 2007 at MacWorld with the iPhone. It was totally awesome. Then three years later he did it again with the launch of iPad. However, since 2010 Apple has released new versions of existing products, making them better and better, but nothing revolutionary.

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March 20, 2013 at 12:13pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 4 Comments


Maybe you're like me and you have a relatively modern Mac. I bought mine in the Spring of 2011, but as you can see it was a late model 2010 MacBook Air. It lacks a few features the newer MacBook Airs currently sport: back-lit keyboard, new Intel iCore-series processors and a limit of only 4GB of RAM. But it works — matter of fact It works really well, however, one feature it lacks has bothered me since the day Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: It can't use Airplay.

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March 19, 2013 at 11:25am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments


A strange phenomenon is taking place in the world of mobile. Smartphones continue to move to ever-larger screens, while the world of tablets moves smaller. Will one device rule them all? Not likely. But in the realm of tablets, the iPad mini is taking control of the wheel, while the 10-inch iPad is rapidly taking a back seat. With the torrid pace of small tablet expansion, the iPad mini lineup and its pricing structure won't be far behind.

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March 18, 2013 at 11:17am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 7 Comments

Macbook_airThe Macbook Air was last updated on June 11, 2012. Recent history shows that Apple has been updating the MacBook Air every 9–12 months. That update cycle would lead to a March-June 2013 update range. The MacBook Air is still a major product for Apple, so look for them to follow the current update cycle.

One of the major new features obviously coming to the MacBook Air is a Retina Display. It is unlikely Apple can just drop the high-resolution display into the current Air, which suggests a major redesign coming as well.

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March 16, 2013 at 2:31pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

CreepyEpisode 93: Don’t Be Creepy: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch, Google: Don't Be Evil hypocrisy, Intel's Haswell design, Marissa Meyer Micro-managing, iWatch, AppleTV,...  All this and much, much more in Episode 93: Don’t Be Creepy

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March 15, 2013 at 12:10am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment


On the eve of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 announcement, Phil Schiller did something that Apple hasn't done in a very long time — help their competition. Yesterday Phil Schiller had interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Apple's PR goal was clear: Phil Schiller would take some shine off the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch by presenting a series of facts about Apple's iPhone, contrasting them against Android devices. The obvious winner would be the iPhone's seamless integration vs a fragmented Android world.

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March 15, 2013 at 12:06am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Apple vs SamsungToday, March 14, 2013, in New York City Samsung officially will announce their latest smart phone the Galaxy S4. This is a big deal in the tech world and Samsung has done a decent job building a lot of hype surrounding this new smart phone release.

According to a Bloomberg interview with Piper and Jaffray's Gene Munster, there are a couple of interesting developments in the Apple vs. Samsung smart phone war.

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March 13, 2013 at 12:14pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Sony-walkman-thomspon-twinsSony has just released a new version of its Xperia Transfer software, making it easier for iPhone customers to migrate their data and contacts to a newly purchase Sony Android smart phone. The software works with Sony's Xperia V, Xperia VC, Xperia TC, Xperia T, and Xperia TL, as well as the company's most recently announced Xperia Z phones.

While this is the right idea (make it easy to get your data off your old device and onto your new one), one has to wonder if Sony is swimming up Nigra Falls. The Sony brand burst into the American youth sub-culture in the mid-80s with the advent of the Sony Walkman. However, since then Sony is almost like a 1980's one hit wonder (Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now" anyone).

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Episode 104: Alien Abduction and the Missing iPad 2

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