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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

March 12, 2014 at 9:04am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

Wwdc-2013-apple-logoEven though much of the country has suffered a brutal winter, there has been a recent shift that most of us can now sense is on the horizon – Spring! In the world of all-things-Apple, Spring is a time of rabid speculation, accompanied by a big ramp up to WWDC. This year is proving to be no different.

Rumors are flying in from the Far East on a daily basis: 

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February 26, 2014 at 8:27am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Intel-broadwellIntel’s main processor roadmap was leaked last week. The main takeaway is Intel’s new Broadwell processor will be delayed until 2015. Intel does have a few updated Haswell processors coming out in 2014, but they do not show significant improvement over current designs.

Intel will be using their new 14nm design on the Broadwell processor, which is the main reason for the big delay. This new chip is rumored to have a 40% increase in GPU performance over their current GPU built into the Haswell processor, which is a main focus for Intel. The current Haswell processor’s main improvement was battery life with only modest CPU improvements. So what does all this mean for Mac users?

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April 09, 2014 at 9:05pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 2 Comments

Most likely you’ve seen one of these ads by Samsung touting their fabulous multitasking feature. The reason they brag about it is because neither the iPhone or iPad have “multitasking” the way Samsung is describing it. But the way Samsung is describing multitasking is not how we use multitasking.

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February 24, 2014 at 10:43am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

DarkfinityPodcast Episode 103: DarkFinity. It’s your lucky day. The next hour and a half is arguably one of the best tech/entertainment podcasts ever produced. Yes it’s that good. Trust us. Now sit back, relax and begin to absorb the following knowledge and wisdom from our sages:

  • Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable…
  • Bloomberg says NEW Apple TV to be announced in April - launch late-fall…
  • Mac at 30 years old: What’s next.
  • iWatch, not just a txt msg device. Health industry
  • AT&T and Apple - Charging twice for data? Net Neutrality dead… Carriers about to kill internet competition?
  • IDC critical of Apple due to Apple not selling sub $200 smartphones that don’t make any money, for the sake of market share…?
  • New M$ CEO: Satya Nadella - Online Services Division
  • Gates: Spends first day back at Microsoft trying to install and update PC to Windows 8.1
  • Paul Thurrot: “Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.”
  • Apple Mac Pro ship dates slip to mid-April. Huge demand. 
  • RUMORVILLE
    • Apple to release bezzel-less 4.7” iPhone 6 and 5.5” Phablet? According to the Korea Herald.

All this and much, much more in Podcast Episode 103: DarkFinity

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February 21, 2014 at 9:33am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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In Samsung’s never-ending effort to become the new, shiny Apple (what Samsung might self-describe themselves as being “what’s next”), their latest advertising campaign not only offends the very customers they are trying to convert (Apple customers), but also leaves the viewer with a low opinion of Samsung. This can’t be the branding Samsung is trying to imprint on the U.S. consumer.

Last year, amid disappointing sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Korean tech giant swiftly swapped out ad agencies, moving from Razorfish to RGA. Samsung works with a host of other agencies, but RGA is now the lead dog in charge of consumer advertising. Samsung’s previous ad campaigns showing iPhone users being out of touch — or standing in Apple store lines when the best smartphone was to be found under the Samsung brand — have been exchanged for a even deeper cutting, less tactful approach. The executive desperation at Samsung to meet overinflated sales targets can be felt within their latest ads.

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February 19, 2014 at 11:00am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 4 Comments

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Apple's A7 Processor found in the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a stunning achievement amongst mobile processors. There is no chipset in its class and the industry knows it. Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and nVIDIA all scrambling to play catchup. But for all its current achievements, the future glory of Apple's A-series processors is likely to be found in what Steve Jobs described as “trucks” — that is — desktops and laptops running OS X.

During Apple's iPad Air reveal, Apple's top brass were keen on calling the A7 “64-bit desktop-class architecture” showcasing technical details not typically shared by Apple executives. The A7 has over 1 billion transistors, rapidly catching up with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge architecture (found in Intel's Core i-series of processors), all in a package only slightly larger than the previous generation A6.

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February 15, 2014 at 8:42am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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I recently made my annual pilgrimage to the Portland International Auto Show and walked away with the same conclusion I arrived at year ago, and the year before, and the year before that — the auto industry grasps technology about as well as a first grader understand astrophysics.

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February 11, 2014 at 9:25am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

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ESPN, Fox News, CNN, NBC Sports Network,... the list of sports and news cable entities living in the past goes on and on as if it were still 2004, not 2014.

The major headache for these sports and news networks are cord cutters — those who have abandoned getting video content via cable or satellite — whose numbers continue to grow. These sports and news networks remain fearful of selling the prized channels directly to customers ala cart because of the predictable blow back, and possible ban, by the cable and satellite providers. 

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January 24, 2014 at 9:58am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

MoneyYesterday, with Ballmer’s tenure as a lame-duck CEO, Microsoft produced record revenue for the Redmond company — $21.5 billion in their 2nd quarter with a net profit of $6.38 billion to be exact. Much of the reason for Microsoft’s success came in part from exuberant XBox One sales for the Christmas shopping season. Microsoft boasts 3.9 units shipped. The other bright note was increased revenue in their IT/Server Management business. Windows PC sales continued to decline.

While champagne corks have no doubt been popped in Redmond, will Microsoft’s success continue, or was it a blip on the radar? That will most likely be determined by their next CEO. This could be Microsoft’s most important decision since taking the IBM contract to create MS DOS in the 80’s.

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January 23, 2014 at 11:53am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 2 Comments

3_headed_monsterSynonymous with Kleenex, Apple, Google and Amazon have become household names, and it has only taken a decade for them to do so.

Apple’s rebirth via iPod, iPhone and iPad have forced the entire technology industry to follow their lead. Google’s search prowess has taken them well beyond anything they thought possible in just a few short years ago, and Amazon’s reach has moved from online retailer to hardware and content provider.

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