Feb 18, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke

It seems the next generation of programmers are starting to wake up. Instead of providing us apps that do the same things only a little better, we're starting to see apps that take a dare and do things differently — and sometimes better.

Welcome Mailbox.app. Mailbox.app takes the idea when we read our email we would all like to get to "nirvana" (an empty mail box). But with today's email clients it is difficult to get there because it takes too much work and it takes too long. Moreover, the tools are the same tools we saw when email first hit the popular culture around the mid-90s.

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Feb 13, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson

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When the iPad first came out, we saw people mounting them onto the dash of their cars and trucks. They did same thing when the iPad mini came out as well. Were the automakers watching?

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Feb 12, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Apple TV, News, Review

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Another Blockbuster Video retail location closes. Dish Network is quick to point out that it is "This Location Only" but there is little doubt there are dozens more across the country closing their doors -- permanently.

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Jan 31, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iMac, iOS Applications, iPad, MacBook, News, Products, Review

The Auto Show came to Portland last weekend January 24-27, 2013, which showcased the latest cars and trucks by most of the auto industry. They also had specialty areas for green, exotic, luxury, and tricked out autos.

This year, the guys of T-GAAP went to the show to check out to latest cars and trucks, but we also wanted to see if Apple had any presence at the show. What we found was indeed interesting.

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Jan 30, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Humor, Products

I was in the Portland, OR area the other day and at a local high-end mall. Microsoft is advertising anywhere they can these days. One place they picked was this escalator in the mall. Along the sides of the escalator the glass is covered in pink and baby blue. It says "Surface. Exclusively at Microsoft retail stores." Strange. There's only an Apple Store at this mall, no Microsoft store.

However, what was truly funny is how this made for a great Microsoft metaphor: Surface takes you down, down, down and then ends in needing repair. Typical Microsoft I would say.

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Jan 25, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson

KitcamApple’s Camera app for the iPhone is a good basic application. It is easily accessible through home screen and it is one of the fastest to load. The panoramic tool, which Apple added with iOS 6, is one of the best panoramic tools available. Yet, it still lacks many features.

When users are looking for more features, they turn to alternatives in the App Store and there are tons to choose from. The camera app genre is a very competitive area, with many excellent choices. They continue to get better and leap frog each other with each update. A relatively new application has come out to lead the rest.

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Jan 24, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPad, News, Products, Review

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Microsoft's Surface Pro with Windows 8 runs on an Intel Core i5 processor starting at $899, as is available for purchase in the U.S. on February 9. At first glance the price may seem a bit steep, but don't worry, that's only because it is. Microsoft is keen to point out that for $899 it ships with 64GB of storage, but that's only half the story. Perhaps it's better said that's only half the storage... 

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Jan 23, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPhone, Products, Review

FlashlightbyrikThe iPhone can be used for many more things than just making calls. There are the other obvious uses like email, music and web browsing. The iPhone 4S and 5 also have a really great camera built-in for taking pictures, but the camera also comes with a flash for pictures in low light. This flash certainly has more uses than just night photos.

The iPhone flash can also be used as a flashlight. While the main display can be used to see in the dark, the camera flash is much brighter. It may not be as bright as many flashlights, but it is built into the iPhone which is something that people always carry around with them. To use the camera’s flash, an app must be downloaded from the App Store. There are many free flashlight apps and some apps that cost a few dollars. After testing many options, one came out a clear winner.

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Jan 22, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPhone, News, Predictions, Products

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We've seen this before. The rabbit takes off, looks like the heavy favorite, gets distracted, and loses the race. Microsoft tears out in front of an inept Apple in the 90's, only to see the advent of the smartphone and tablet eclipse their massive lead and take over the race. And while the tortoise and the hare fable has an end, in the real world of tech there is seemingly no finish line, yet the race is anew with Apple and Android in the mobile space. Android is the rabbit, while Apple is again the hare. Sorry Apple haters, but the Fan Boys (a derogatory term for those that like, use and support Apple products) are likely to win this race too.

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Jan 16, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPhone, News, Predictions, Products, Rumors

Iphone5The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is cutting some of its iPhone 5 part orders by as much as 50%. One if the main parts listed in their reduction claim is the screen. The same report also speculates that the reason for the reduction is weak iPhone 5 demand. Is that the only possible reason?

Other news sites are speculating that Apple may be getting ready to update the iPhone in a few months. This would change the iPhone product cycle from yearly to every six months. While both could be true or partially true, the iPhone update looks more plausible for the following reasons:

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