Google Reader has been the dominant RSS reader for more than five years. Even though it is the top RSS service on the Internet, Google announced in March that it is shutting it down as of July 1. For those who are still using Google Reader, the July 1 shutdown is almost here. The time to look for a replacement is now.
When Google first made the announcement, an alternative was hard to find, as most RSS readers used Google Reader as their back end. A lot has happened in the past three months as services are coming online to compete for the Google Reader users. Among those that are ready, one is standing out above the rest.
Apple, Inc. is selling products cheaper than its competitors? Not possible many might say, but the truth is Apple has slowly shifted into the price leadership position with many of its product offerings.
Apple waded into the smart phone market with iPhone starting at $599, but within two months it was reduced by $100. The price reduction didn't last long either, as Apple quickly jumped into the subsidized game.
Remember 1995, when everyone didn't have a PC, tablet or smart phone? It was a time when people were getting excited about the summer launch of Windows 95. Many people bought Windows 95 because other people were buying it, and one guy even purchased a copy just to be part of the craze — he didn't even own a PC. Yet this seems to be the way that Microsoft and its partners still think advertising works.
The AppleTV is a nice device for the living room. Right now, it can play music and movies from a number of sources like iTunes, YouTube, Netflix, or an iOS device through Airplay. Through Airplay, the AppleTV can also mirror the display of an iOS device and a Mac Computer.
Mirroring a Mac display on the AppleTV is nice, but it is limiting. Users can’t watch an Internet movie on the AppleTV and still use their Mac at the same time. This limits the usefulness of not only the AppleTV , but also the Mac. This is all going to change this Fall.
TV network The CW and Apple joined forces last month as The CW will be bringing its programming to AppleTV. This may not appear to be blockbuster news, as The CW already has their ad supported content available via an iOS app, Windows 8, Android and XBox 360, but adding AppleTV to the mix — the one device that is a dedicated to content streaming — reveals that at least some networks are ready to forgo the traditionally heavy handed cable operators and set themselves free.
Apple is rebooting its award winning ad campaign, but this time around it has Tim Cook’s signature all over it.
Apple is taking to the airwaves with a new 60 second ad campaign, focused solely on its brand. Apple’s first brand reboot came in 1997 when Steve Jobs reemerged as Apple’s iCEO and left an indelible mark on the culture of tech, with the amazing Think Different campaign. No products, no glitz, just the impactful words “Here's to the crazy ones...” Apple positioned itself as the heart of the nonconformist during a time when 95 percent of the world was using a Microsoft PC.
Apple's Think Different campaign rang true to its 1984 Superbowl ad, in which Apple would topple a world enslaved by the power of IBM. Apple’s new “Designed by Apple in California” theme does not harken back to this previous idea, nor should it. Apple is no longer the outsider looking in, but is now the standard bearer by which all others are measured. “Here’s to the crazy ones” has been replaced with the opening phrase “This is it,” while we see a woman enjoying a moment with her music via Apple earbuds on a commuter train. Immediately, Apple is stating that their brand has arrived, that what they are making just works. Throughout the ad the message that all Apple wishes to be and achieve is now being experience throughout the world.
This past Monday, Phil Schiller launched the updated MacBook Air during Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, but the update fell on deaf ears, as the MacBook Pro lineup was left unchanged. The current MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with retina display were not even given Intel's latest processor upgrade, know as "Haswell." Many are wondering what was behind Apple's decision to leave their flagship laptop languishing while the entry level MacBook Air was given so much attention.
Currently, only Apple and a handful of niche vendors (such as Dell's Alienware gaming division) are getting a supply of Intel's Haswell chipset for their ultrabook laptops. Intel's shortage of processors during their production ramp may be one of the reasons Apple was unable to deliver both MacBook lineups with the processor upgrade, by why did Apple choose the Air over the Pro?
After watching the Keynote presentation live via AppleTV and then re-watching it again later that day, one application Apple did not feature was Mail. While Craig Federighi showed forthcoming versions of an updated Safari, a modern Finder, a much improved multiple display management system and an enhanced Notification Center, what was lacking was any mention of Mail.
Mail along with Safari and the Finder are arguably the three most used apps on any Mac. Not bringing any improvements to Mail tell us that Apple either thinks Mail is fine the way it is in Mountain Lion or the updates were not ready for the demo.
OS X Mountain Lion took away something very dear to many Mac users: RSS Feeds (sometimes also called Atom feeds). RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology used by websites and social media to notify subscribers when content has been updated. For example, on this website you can subscribe to an RSS Feed that will notify you every time a new article is posted.
Yesterday, at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, Phil Schiller stole the show during the Keynote presentation when unveiling the new Mac Pro. “Can’t innovate anymore — my ass!” said Schiller. The crowd erupted in laugher and applause. "The new Mac Pro looks like no other computer, ever." Schiller said the new Mac Pro was a forward looking product, meeting the needs of video editors, photographers, musicians and graphic artists. But what about Server Admins? Couldn't the new Mac Pro be a great Server too? The answer is, of course it could.