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T-Mobile: Trying to Change The Carrier Game

by: E. Werner Reschke | Jul 07, 2014

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T-Mobile, the 4th largest cell phone/data carrier in the U.S., is trying to shake things up a bit by rolling out multiple offers — that do not charge for data usage. When cell phones first came out in the 90’s, it was talk-time that was restricted by cost. Each plan had “so many minutes” of talk-time in the plan. But thanks to the wonder of competition, carriers built out their networks and beat each other down with better and better talk-time offers until talk time became unlimited on most plans. Today it is almost assumed that a plan of any value will have unlimited talk-time.

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LrqThe announcement that Photos for the Mac will replace iPhoto and Aperture have left many upset and unsure where to go. Many are looking to Lightroom and Adobe is happy to help. Adobe has many plans for Lightroom, but not all will benefit the user.

Adobe has recently moved to a subscription service for almost all of their applications under their Creative Cloud. Lightroom is one application that is available both on the Creative Cloud and standalone. Lightroom for the iOS is only available on the Creative Cloud. The question is not if Adobe will move Lightroom for the Mac to the Cloud only, but when. The cost may be cheaper than the $10 a month it is right now, which is for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Still, most don’t want to subscribe to software.

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Happy 4th of July from T-GAAP

by: Mark Reschke | Jul 04, 2014

4th_of_july_tgaapWe three guys at Three Guys and a Podcast which you a happy Independence Day. We will be back Monday with more all-things-Apple news, commentary and analysis.

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Android_fracturesIt may be going unnoticed, but Apple is quietly going about, continually gaining mobile market share, building an ever-larger iOS customer base world-wide. If anyone is noticing, it's Apple’s competitors of iPhone and iPad. Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, Motorola and others are doing their best to keep pace. Ironically, it is Apple’s competition that are proving to be their own worst enemy.

Maturing markets typically lead to consolidation and uniformity, but this is not what is taking place in the mobile space. In recent years, only Apple and Samsung have been profitable within the smartphone and tablet markets, leaving HTC, LG and others searching for ways to make a buck, which is leading to a massive fracturing of the mobile OS market.

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Rumor — our source in the Bay Area (who provides us nice photos of events like WWDC14) has learned through the grape vine that Apple intends to make a big splash this Fall with the releases of their next desktop and mobile operating systems, by releasing them at the same time. This would be a first for Apple.

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Apple Fixes Make Mac Book Air Sing Again

by: E. Werner Reschke | Jul 01, 2014

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While Apple has been hard at work at on the next generation of operating systems (OS X Yosemite and iOS 8), a few of the OS Crew have been working to squish bugs in the current shipping operating systems.

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Apple_q3_2014_conference_callApple will be announcing their Q3 FY14 earnings report Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The call will take place at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. It can be expected Apple will release their financial statement at 1:00 p.m. PT, as the stock market closes, one hour ahead of the earnings call. 

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Alternatives to Aperture and iPhoto

by: Karl Johnson | Jun 30, 2014

ApertureLast week, Apple announced they are discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto when OS X Yosemite ships this fall. Photos for the Mac will replace iPhoto as the main photos application. This will allow users to use the same application on both the iOS and Mac. Both iPhoto and Aperture will be compatible with OS X Yosemite. For current iPhoto and Aperture users, where should they move their photos to?

For iPhoto users, the path is clear. When Photos is released in early 2015, Apple will provide an easy migration path. Like the iWorks suite, Photos for the Mac may not have all the features of iPhoto at release, but Apple will work to add them in time. When Photos has the right feature set, iPhoto users can easily switch.

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Podcast Episode 105: Snap, Crackle, Pop

by: E. Werner Reschke | Jun 28, 2014

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Podcast Episode 105: Snap Crack, Pop. They say distance makes the heart grown fond. Whether true or not we’re back and smarter, funnier and just more right than ever before. You can’t afford to miss this latest installment of a T-GAAP podcast. Episode 105 covers:

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Review: Apple iPad Air vs Surface Pro 3

by: Mark Reschke | Jun 27, 2014

Ipad_air_vs_surface_pro_3Earlier this week I reviewed the Surface Pro 3 and how it stacked up against the MacBook Air as an ultrabook laptop. I wore the objectivity cape as long as possible, but it was simply no contest. From hardware to operating system, the MacBook Air delivered a vastly superior ultrabook experience. But the Surface Pro 3 claims something the MacBook Air does not – that it is the best of a laptop and best of a tablet. The former was covered, but now it is time to dig into the latter. Does the Surface Pro 3 make for the best tablet when compared against the leader of the pack, the iPad Air?

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Microsoft has been keen to market the Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, but raw processing power of the Surface seemingly gives it an advantage over the iPad Air, not the MacBook Air. Geekbench testing reveals Surface has the power edge over the iPad Air:

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