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WWDC 2014 Annual Predictions

WWDC 2014 is just around the corner now, so it's time for our annual show predictions. This year we decided to present it based on percentage chance of a particular item being announced at WWDC, in the Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.

Based upon our own internal information, colleges input and rumors here is what we are expecting to be announced and/or launched at WWDC 2014 and beyond.

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Will Jony Ive Be MIA During WWDC Keynote?

by: Mark Reschke | May 28, 2014

Sir_jony_iveSir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware and Software, has been an absolute fixture with the company. He has been with the company for 22 years, and is typically seen and heard via interviews for Apple, or acting as a major presence within Apple’s promotional video campaigns for newly introduced products. Jony’s fingerprints on Apple are indelible and everywhere. But will Sir Ive grace the keynote stage this year at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)?

Jony doesn't like the big stage, rather, he shies away from it. At last years WWDC, Ive introduced iOS 7 via a promotional video, but never took to the stage. Ive makes himself known, but it has been years since he has showed up live, on stage, at an actual Apple keynote event. He seems most comfortable living within the deep, dark tunnels of Apple’s creative nerve center cooking up something good. Evidently really good if the rumors resemble anything close to accurate during next week's WWDC keynote event.

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Real Estate Apps for the iOS

by: Karl Johnson | May 27, 2014

RealestateFinding or selling a home can be a difficult task. In the past, people had to rely on real estate agents to find houses for them. That has been changing over the last 10 years. Buyers can now search for homes on their own without an agent by using sites like Redfin and Zillow. Wikipedia and the Internet has forever changed the way we think of the encyclopedia. Redfin and Zillow are changing how people buy and sell homes.

Redfin and Zillow list homes that are on MLS. In the past, only real estate agents had access to the MLS service. Giving the buyer full access to the MLS system has forever changed the real estate industry since buyers can now search for homes on their own. Both sites show homes on a map and have filters for hiding homes without the right features. They also both have iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone version is great since it allows users to get directions to the house or search for a house while they are out exploring an area of interest. Users can also get more information about a house for sale that they may have just driven by. These two web sites have given prospective buyers an incredible amount of information that in the past they could only get from an agent.

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Happy Memorial Day

by: Mark Reschke | May 26, 2014

The T-GAAP crew thanks you for participating and sharing our all-things-Apple news, analysis and commentary. We will be back tomorrow. Today we honor the men and women who have given their lives in the U.S. Military for the United States and others across the world.

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Jobs vs. Whitman - Turn Around King and Queen?

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 23, 2014

Product-quadrant-gridTurnarounds are tough. Most businesses in danger of collapse don’t survive, and those that do emerge a mere shadow of what they were in their prime. Apple is an exception to the rule.

When Steve Jobs returned as CEO of Apple in the late 90’s, he took a meat cleaver to most of Apple. Gone were the monitor and print divisions. The infamous Newton team were given pink slips. Mac OS licensing that gave birth to clones was terminated. Every project and product was jettisoned overboard except those projects that fit into Steve Jobs neat little four quadrant diagram. One pro desktop an laptop, along with one consumer desktop and laptop. That was it. Jobs move was brilliant, which created the foundation for Apple's turnaround.

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During its 2014 second fiscal quarter, Apple shocked Wall Street and left critics silent, as Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones. Tech milestones are fleeting, with new records born and broken on a weekly basis, but some accomplishments are bigger than others. One such monumental milestone is a soon-to-be-fact, looming on the horizon — Apple is on the verge of selling 200 million iPhones in a single year.

With large screen smartphones being pushed heavily by virtually every manufacturer, the effort has made little dent in Apple’s march to selling an ever-growing number of 4-inch iPhones. In fact, Apple continues to gain market share in the U.S., now at 41.3%. Apple’s growth is surprising given that an assumed pent-up demand was ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which was announced February 24th. In the face for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, Apple is likely to lose little, if any, ground to Samsung in the current quarter.

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Surface Pro 3: Should Apple Be Worried?

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 21, 2014

Surface-pro-3-miss-the-target-arrowsYesterday, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3 tablet/laptop. As the number indicates, this is the third iteration of Microsoft’s tablet coming less than two years since the original Surface RT was foisted onto the marketplace.

The Surface Pro 3’s runs atop Intel’s i3, i5 or i7 processors and Windows 8. Battery life is said to be about 9 hours for web browsing and has storage options of 64, 128, 256 and 512GB. A USB 3 port is included. However, the big feature is the new 12" 2160 x 1440 display. Microsoft is again positioning the Surface Pro 3 as both a tablet and a laptop — portability and power to be both. But Surface being a laptop and a tablet is exactly what Microsoft claimed of the original 10.9" Surface. Whatever the flawed reasoning, Microsoft continues to double down on on their previously failed mantra.

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Honestly? Bad. Really bad. How else can one describe Microsoft’s latest ad campaign which throws Russell Wilson into the mess of a failed product — Microsoft’s Surface. Samsung raced to the world of celebrity, enlisting basketball elite LeBron James to change Samsung’s Galaxy image from geek to chic. With Redmond’s copy machines going full tilt, Microsoft has run to Superbowl quarterback Russell Wilson in an attempt to make Surface hip and cool. However, like many of Microsoft's ad campaigns, Honestly carriers it's own set of issues.

For starters, who knows who Russell Wilson is? Sure, if you follow the NFL closely, you will likely recognize Seattle’s second year quarterback. Certainly Microsoft, which continues to live in its ivory tower of Redmond, WA, is well aware of the Superbowl champ, but does anyone else? A quick man-on-the-street survey revealed that not many people knew Russell Wilson, but nearly everyone recognized LeBron James and Peyton Manning.

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Top 2 Drawing Apps for the iPad

by: Karl Johnson | May 19, 2014

53From cash registers to recreational games, the iPad is used in a variety of ways. For example, take drawing. Drawing on the iPad is more natural than drawing on the computer with a mouse or tablet because the user sees the line they are drawing right under the pen. The iPad has several styluses to choose from making it a great drawing device.

However, finding a good drawing application in the App Store can be somewhat challenging. First, there is no specific “Graphics & Design” category on the iOS App Store like there is on the Mac App Store. This is an important category that Apple needs to add to the iOS App Store. Second, once you locate a drawing app there are a multitude to choose among. That said, despite these drawbacks, we’ve done the work for you and can recommend two clear drawing application winners.

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Samsung’s Fingerprint Security Flaw

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 14, 2014
Samung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Security Flaw

Security Research Labs has discovered an pretty simple way to spoof Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner and gain access to the smartphone. The spoof involves creating a fake fingerprint which the Galaxy S5 thinks is valid and therefore unlocks the phone. What’s more is that the Galaxy S5 allows unlimited fingerprint attempts. This means the hacker doesn’t need to worry about not getting it right the first, second or third time. Just keep trying and eventually the hacker can get in.

However, a bigger problem is that once a hacker has gained access using the fingerprint spoof, they now have access to all areas of the phone — including the new PayPAL app. The hacker can use the hacked Galaxy S5 smartphone to make purchases and send money from the PayPal account on the phone.

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