Oct 2, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: News

Microsoft-logoMicrosoft is looking at making a big investment in MSN so they can turn it into a real media operation. While it might be only a news aggregator like Reuters or AP, Microsoft is looking at hiring some journalists as well. 

Version 8 of Microsoft's top product, Windows, is expected to be launching soon. Most of Microsoft's money comes from either Windows or their Office products. Will an investment into a media operation increase sales of these products?

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Oct 2, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke


iPhone 5, the latest of the franchises' mobile incarnation is a smartphone your simply going to want. iPhone 5 may not seem a massive leap over the iPhone 4 and 4S, but don't let the phones familiar metal edged skin fool you. The iPhone 5 is a leap over other iPhones, and for that matter, the entire industry. iPhone 5 will be the smartphone you'll want to own, here's why:

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Oct 2, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPhone, Predictions


Apple announced its Q4 2012 quarterly report will be arriving on October 25, at 1pm Pacific, while their financial conference call will take place an hour later at 2pm. But what will their numbers reveal, and will they beat or meet the street's estimates since they failed to do so during the previous quarter.

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Oct 1, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Mac Applications, Products, Review

NotesWith Mountain Lion, Apple introduced a new application to the Mac: Notes. Notes started as an app on the iOS platform. Notes in Mountain Lion improves the Mac experience when compared with using iCal and Mail for the same task.

Notes allows a user to take notes and have them synced automatically across all of Apple devices. While there are other similar applications, Notes is built in, which is a big advantage.  While Notes does a good job of syncing across devices, can it take notes?

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Oct 1, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke


It could be animals or wood, sports teams or politics, the fact is iPhone cases have moved from functional to reflecting a very personal style. We've rounded up some more off-beat (and a few mainstream) case makers for you to sink your teeth into. Our personal favorite? Skinit. Let's face it, the ability to customize your iPhone for only $14.99 is pretty cool.

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Sep 28, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Mac Applications, Review

DuckduckgoGoogle Search is the most popular search engine on the Internet today. It is also the default search engine for most browsers except for Internet Explorer. Google has a good search engine, but its corporate practices may leave users on edge. Since they offer everything for free, they make money by selling the information they collect about their users. If that feels like an invasion of privacy, there are alternatives.

DuckDuckGo is a good search engine that does not collect or share personal information. To find out more, head over to their privacy policy here. One of the key features of Google Search is that it does more than search the Internet. If you type in a math problem into Google Search, it will return the answer for example. The same is true for unit conversion. Bing has something similar, but it's not as robust. DuckDuckGo is the first search engine that can compete with Google in this area. DuckDuckGo uses Wolfram|Alpha to answer many of these questions. Wolfram|Alpha is also used by Siri for the same functions. DuckDuckGo can be used as the default search engine for Safari 6 by adding the plugin AnySearch. With AnySearch, users can type their question in the address/search box and go straight to DuckDuckGo.

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Sep 28, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Apple Personnel, News, Review

Dear Mr. Cook,

I'm going to make this short and to the point. By now most of the public interested in iPhones knows Apple's new Mapping application has some glitches in various regions, and for the moment, lacks integrated public transit system information. I was pleased that you came forward with an open letter to inform the public that the highest levels at Apple are aware of the problems and they are being addressed post haste. 

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Sep 28, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke

It's been about 11 months since the passing of Steve Jobs. While Steve didn't manage Apple much in his last days, his shadow was ever-present on the Infinity Loop campus throughout his battle with cancer. His perfectionist character, and his requirement that Apple delivers the absolute best products the market had ever seen, is slowly fading.

Tim Cook has a much different management style than Steve. While Steve was intuitive in what he thought was right, Tim is more calculating. Think of an artist versus a rocket scientist. Steve was a showman, who enjoyed delivering presentations about what Apple had been doing in secret the last year or two. Tim is not a showman. While Tim sounds like Steve on stage, thanks to the script writers at TBWA\CHIAT\Day, Tim's presentations are no where as dynamic as Steve's time on stage. So with that background we now find ourselves here, at "MapGate".

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Sep 27, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Jobs, Steve Jobs, Predictions

Apple-searchApple has enjoyed an incredible run since the launch of the iPhone — and one could argue since the launch of the first iPod, or even first iMac. Apple's been on a roll. But to keep the momentum going, Apple needs to have a strategy for what's next.

While I don't have a crystal ball (yet), Apple clearly has a strategy to ensure they are prisoners to no one. Jobs saw this happen to Apple when he had to cut a deal in the late 90's with Microsoft. Without Microsoft's promise to develop software for the Mac OS, the Mac platform was dead. That deal was life support for Apple, and I'm pretty sure Jobs said, "Never again."

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Sep 26, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: News, Products


According to Intel's CEO Paul Otellini, Windows 8 is shipping with known problems. "Improvements still need to be made to the software," Otellini told employees at a company meeting in Taiwan yesterday.

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