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The iPod accessory market is huge and very profitable. Most of the market is based on the docking connector or cable. Those docking stations were nice when it was an iPod. Now, as the iPhones replace iPods, that same connector is a pain because users do not want to leave their phone in one spot.

That is all changing with the release of AirPlay and Bluetooth 4.0. These two technologies will make manufacturers very happy, as users replace their old docking station setups with new wireless versions.

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Netflix has been a huge streaming success story and has been the chief rival to Apple's so-called hobby, Apple TV. But everything may be about to change. According to Barrons report, Verizon is setting its sites on acquiring Netflix or perhaps even Coinstar (which owns the DVD RedBox rental kiosk business). Verizon acquiring either would be a boon for Apple, as the takeover would likely occur in the timeframe Apple launches its own HDTV with integrated offerings.

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Analysts have been coming out of Cupertino lately, ratcheting up their iPhone sales figures. The Street predicts roughly 29 million iPhones will be sold for the quarter, while AT&T's CEO recently commented on seeing a record number of iPhone sales for the December quarter being highly likely.

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Podcast Episode 67: Hick-up

by: E. Werner Reschke | Dec 09, 2011

Podcast Episode 67: Hick-up. The Three Guys (Mark, Karl and Werner) discuss Mac OS X 10.7.3 reveal drivers for possible update to Mac Pro line, Ivy Bridge processors for new MBA and MBPs, Quad Core CPUs for iPhone, 720p for iPhone, Windows 8, Microsoft's big, big problem, porting Office to iOS, Gene No Lines Munster claims sizes of new Apple TVs and HTC sales down 30%. All this and much, much more in Episode 67: Hick-up.

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Cloud Services Comparison, Part 2

by: Karl Johnson | Dec 08, 2011

This is part 2 of a 2 part series on cloud service comparisons. Part I of Cloud Services Comparison >

SugarSync: SugarSync is a cloud service that competes well with Dropbox. Both services sync files between the cloud and multiple computers and devices. Unlike Dropbox, SugarSync can sync any folder or folders on a computer. Files can also be emailed to one’s SugarSync account, which comes in handy on mobile devices. 5GB of free space is included as a standard option, which fairs well compared to most other competitive offerings that start at only 2GB. SugarSync plans are also a little cheaper than the rest, however, SugarSync does have some issues. The service itself is pretty slow and it takes up more memory than Dropbox. The software is also more complicated to navigate and use. For iOS users, very few applications are setup to access SugarSync files. While SugarSync covers the basics, it just does not have enough advantages to replace Dropbox.

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Cloud Services Comparison, Part 1

by: Karl Johnson | Dec 07, 2011

A cloud service is basically a hard drive in a data center that allows users to store their data or files on the Internet. These services are increasing in their popularity as developers create more useful features. Apple is one of those developers who has thrown their hat into the ring with iCloud.

Cloud based services are continuing to evolve at a rapid rate as new features are added and new players emerge. This article will look at some of the more popular cloud services and compare them with each other. The services include: iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync, box, Amazon's Cloud Drive, Google's cloud services and LaCie's Wuala.

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Will A 64-bit Final Cut Pro 8 Emerge?

by: Mark Reschke | Dec 06, 2011

With the dust settling on Final Cut Pro X, with both its detractors and supporters alike, a recent report shed some light that 64-bit Final Cut Pro 8 was ready to roll, but the decision was made to leave it on the cutting room floor and break ties with traditional editing solutions and deliver a new direction. Apple's goal in Final Cut X was clear: Jobs philosophy to skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is now, would rule the day.

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Why Apple Must Rethink Their Server Strategy

by: E. Werner Reschke | Dec 05, 2011

A recent article by CIO.com titled, "Apple in the Enterprise: Breaking Microsoft's Grip", makes the keen observation that Microsoft is starting to lose their dominant grip in the corporate space. Apple's iPhone and iPad are breaching corporations the same way that Research In Motions Blackberry's did — through the Sales & Marketing Door. iPad's and iPhone's work well on most corporate networks, so it's been difficult for the IT department to prohibit the use of iOS devices within sales and marketing groups. The result has been an explosion of Apple's iOS devices being used in Microsoft's seemingly impenetrable fortress: corporate environments.

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Apple's Perfect Timing For iTV

by: Mark Reschke | Dec 02, 2011

Nielson Reports issued shocking numbers yesterday: TV ownership is set to decline for the first time since 1970, which marks the first time since Nielson started tracking this data. An initial reaction would be to blame the economy for such a depressing year in television sales. However, get beyond the simple reasons for the decline and a different story emerges. And with that different story, Apple is set to enter a market that isn't in decline, but in transformation mode. Apple is once again skating to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.

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Improving iCal with QuickCal

by: Karl Johnson | Dec 01, 2011

Apple’s iCal has been greatly improved with the iCloud service. Users can now sync their To Do lists and calendars across multiple Macs and iOS devices for free. This simplifies and makes it easier to manage one’s life. Yet, iCal is slow at handling multiple calendars and To Do lists.

iCal makes adding non-default items to calendar events or To Do items difficult. One has to change the calendar or list after it has been created, which greatly slows down the process. This builds a big enough barrier to prevent iCal from being useful in everyday life, like grocery lists and tasks around the house. But here is a solution.

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