Episode 92: Work From Home, LOL: Mark, Karl and Werner discuss Yahoo!'s new work policy: No More Working From Home!; Piper Jaffrey reports Mac Sales up 31% year over year; Will Apple discontinue the 13" MacBook Pro?; Verizon praises free iPhone which has produced a higher than anticipated sales volume; Was Tim Cook the wrong choice for CEO — What about Ron Johnson of JCPenny?; and GM makes deal with AT&T to make vehicles all 4G hotspots starting in 2014. All this and much, much more in Episode 92: Work From Home, LOL
CBS News reports that New York's Mayor Bloomberg is now turning his attention to the volume originating from ear buds. That's right. Bloomberg, famous for banning trans-fats and then the Big Gulp from New York City, is now concerned about your hearing.
His next crusade: loud ear buds users. The Mayor's initiative is aimed at the iPod-generation. His goal is to educate this segment of our population that listening to loud music over a period of time will damage your hearing.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is already discounting Windows 8 in an effort to spur sales. Microsoft's price breaks appear to target those developing "small, touch-enabled laptop computers" with screens 10.8" or smaller. The idea is encourage developers to create ample supply in the marketplace, creating more competition, while pushing costs down for consumers. Slow sales and steep discounts wasn't exactly in Microsoft's Windows 8 roadmap.
According to USA Today, General Motors (GM) has announced a technology agreement with AT&T to bring 4G to all of its vehicles starting in 2014. According to Gartner's Thilo Koslowski, "It shows that GM is serious about the connected vehicle. It's a pretty big commitment."
The idea is that every GM vehicle will soon be a 4G hotspot. You can connect multiple devices to your car so your kids can stream videos, play games or stream music while you drive across the country to visit grandma. While this sounds cutting edge it is, at best, a pretty silly move.
A quick shout-out to Ron Johnson, CEO of J.C. Penny -- Your old job at Apple is open. Take it!
Truth be told, it was a brave move for Ron to take the helm of J.C. Penny. The apparel giant has seemed forever stuck in an identity crisis, caught between Macy's and Kohl's.
Apple has been coy about its oldest product in the Mac lineup for quite some time: The Mac Pro. WWDC after WWDC have come and gone with not even a mention of this category. The most recent public statement was by CEO Tim Cook stating that we could expect to see something in 2013 for Professional users.
Well our San Francisco Bay Area source has just informed T-GAAP.com that the time will be early April 2013. While we have been unable to corroborate this claim with another source, the timing does make a lot of sense.
Computer users have a huge number of options when it comes to bags for carrying and protecting their laptops. It can be hard to decide which one is best with so many choices. There are far more poor options than there are great or even good options. One of those great options though is the Surge II by The North Face.
The Surge II has a dedicated laptop pocket that can fit up to a 17 in laptop. The Macbook can easily fit with plenty of extra room to make it easy to store or remove the computer. There is also a pocket in the laptop compartment for an iPad. This pocket is near the top for easy access. One word of caution though: iPads with large cases may not fit. Most slim cases and slim keyboards should work.
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.
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?