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by: E. Werner Reschke | May 11, 2011

Microsoft recently launched their latest PC Shopper commercial with Julie having a PC Store built in her home. Surprisingly “Hildegard” had something similar happen as well...

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Android Malware Explodes by 400%

by: Mark Reschke | May 10, 2011

According to net-security.org, Android malware has exploded 400% since the summer of 2010. Juniper Networks issued the report, which claims there is a shift from attacking the desktop market to the mobile space.

Key reasons cited for increased attacks on the mobile market are:

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Performance Comparison for Todays Macs

by: Karl Johnson | May 10, 2011

Historically, desktop computers have been faster and cheaper than laptops. Recently though, laptop prices have fallen to desktop levels, and laptop performance has caught up and surpassed the needs of today's software. This transformation in the PC industry has led to an explosion in laptop sales.

These same trends have also occurred in the Mac ecosphere, with many people switching from Mac Pros or Power Macs to MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Now that the latest iMacs are out, it is time to compare the performance of the latest product line-up coming out of Cupertino.

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The Summer of Microsoft

by: Mark Reschke | May 09, 2011

Microsoft's latest pursuit is yet another sign that Apple is tearing them up. The company from Redmond is rumored to be in pursuit of buying out (or heavily investing in) Skype. If you are a user of Skype you may have noticed their latest updates are pretty much deplorable with regard to user interface, and their video quality typically stinks when compared to Tango or Apple's Facetime.

Based on Microsoft's track record, I can only assume they will purchase Skype, repurpose it for "Windows Phone 7 Extreme Plus Home Edition" and market it as: Windows PeopleTime – The Windows you love, now with video chat... Please.

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Happy Mother's Day

by: Mark Reschke | May 08, 2011

The T-GAAP Staff wish all those Moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day – You deserve it!

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Five areas for Thunderbolt

by: Mark Reschke | May 06, 2011

Cnet's Scott Stein comes up with five creative areas where he'd like to see Thunderbolt deployed. Scott has some creative – and some not so creative – ideas:

  • External Storage
  • Monitors
  • Cameras
  • External GPUs
  • iPhones, iPads and iPods

Hmmmm... We take a quick look at each area to see what makes sense.

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The Jobs Principle: Keep Your Frenemies Close

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 06, 2011

Apple's North Carolina Data CenterApple's Steve Jobs seems to be the wunderkind reborn after his return to Apple in 1997. His first stint with Apple led to the design and launch of the original Macintosh and the original Mac OS. During his second time behind the wheel he brought us the iMac, Mac OS X, and the i-Series of products and iOS operating system.

There's not much that Apple has done under Jobs' leadership that hasn't been a success. One of guiding principle Jobs has used is during his second term is, "Keep Your Friends Close; Keep Your Enemies Closer". There are three examples of this from the recent decade: Intel, Google and Facebook.

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Evidently those pesky iPad devices are just too darn good at what they do. In a Port Stephens counsil meeting a resident was told to quit taking notes on his iPad or leave, because the iPad was deemed a recording device due to the citizen taking notes on it...

Dick Appleby (love the first-half of that last name), owner of the iPad, said in his defense "To apply this logic you'd have to ban pencils and paper because they can record speech". The council provides hard copies of minutes and business papers for each meeting, but Mr Appleby counted this ancient paper-based technique by stating that he could access this information online with his iPad as he took notes – a more 21st century way.

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Thunderbolt: You're so going to want this

by: Mark Reschke | May 05, 2011

Back in March we covered Apple's aggressive Thunderbolt plans, and how we believed every Mac would be gaining Thunderbolt by the end of 2011. With the recently updated iMac and MacBook pro lines receiving Thunderbolt updates, nearly half of Apple's Mac fleet has now made the transition to the new technology.

The next Mac on the update roadmap is the Mac mini. But regardless of which Mac is next, Thunderbolt is an absolute game changer, and here's why:

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Tuesday's Rumor Roundup

by: Mark Reschke | May 04, 2011

No, this isn't a new column that will come out every Tuesday. It's just that the last few days has seen a heavy does of rumors, so to aid in keeping you up-to-speed with the things that are – or are not – going to happen.

Check it out:

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