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January 22, 2014 at 8:56am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Russell_johnson-gilligans_islandEpisode 102: Heads Up (Beep Beep) Fire In The Nest. Wow, are you in for a real treat. 35 minutes of hilarity coupled with need-to-know information make this podcast a must. On this episode you'll learn about:

  • The difference between Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan’s Island), Russell Wilson (NFL Quarterback), Russell Westbrook (NBA Superstar) and Karl Johnson (T-GAAP Co-Founder)
  • China Mobile Launches in China: Mobs for iPhone. What does Gene “no lines” Munster have to say about this?
  • Google Buys Nest for $3.2 billion: How intrusive can this become?
  • Android vs iPhone: NPD - Apple 42% in US - Samsung 25%. 
  • Who is Microsoft’s next CEO? Jay Leno is available? So is Russell Johnson… so is Ron Johnson.
  • iOS 7.1 to get revamped look and feel. Duller icons, rounded icons, etc…
  • Is Apple bringing an A8 dual/quad core laptop to market? iOS with Finder? 

All this and much, much more in Episode 102: Heads Up (Beep Beep) Fire In The Nest

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January 21, 2014 at 11:56am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Sergey_brin_google_glassWalter Isaacson, writer of Steve Jobs life in his exclusive biography titled Steve Jobs, recently threw out the notion that Google is more innovative than Apple. During a recent CNBC interview Isaacson claimed "The greatest innovation today is coming from Google." Regardless of which technology camp you live in, objective truth be told, Google is clearly out innovating Apple, at least in a public sense. But whether Google delivers 500 innovative solutions to the public, compared to every 2 from Apple, does it really matter?

Apple and Google are companies with entirely different corporate cultures and the results manifest themselves in how these two tech giants go to market with product. Google will launch virtually any form of new idea into the market just to see what does, or does not, stick. Apple also innovates, but their technologies are kept behind closed doors, with only the rarest of products making it onto the stage of Apple's special events.

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April 09, 2014 at 9:07pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

Most of us were earlier adopters of iOS 7. I held out for two weeks, but only two weeks. Most people who own a modern iPhone or iPad are running iOS 7. It would take a conscious effort and specific reasons NOT to upgrade.

That said, iOS 7 has some serious interface drawbacks. Example one: try turning off your iPhone or iPad. It looks as if the graphics department had the week off and the engineering team made it work, but... there is a lot to be desired. It isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen. Another way of saying it is that it isn’t something you'd expect from Apple.

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January 08, 2014 at 9:04am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Yreba-buena-center-iphone5-3Will Apple hold a special event within the next few weeks? When Apple produced a special event is something Apple once made an absolute science. In the past, CES would come and go, and then Apple would swoop in the following week with their own special event, sucking the media attention completely away from the varied vaporware revealed in Las Vegas.

Over the past three years, Apple has shifted to holding more events in March, June or the fall timeframe, largely ignoring CES — as if irrelevant to the industry, and certainly to Apple. Apple may be on target with ignoring CES, as it is often nothing more than a lot of hype and spec. sheets, with little for anyone to tangibly buy into for the new year.

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January 06, 2014 at 3:04pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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Today Apple announced they will be releasing their financial information and holding their quarterly financial conference call on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:00 Pacific Time.

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January 03, 2014 at 3:20pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

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Apple rarely bricks on software implementation or product categories, but every now and then a few splinters crop up. With the new year gearing up, here are 10 items we hope Apple takes the tweezers to in 2014:

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December 21, 2013 at 11:54am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Apple_happy_holidays_boyIt's amazing really, how one commercial has garnered so much attention in such a short amount of time. Many consider the past few years as the desert of broadcast TV commercials, and then there's Apple, continuing (as cliché as it has become) to think different.

Apple's Happy Holiday ad, launched earlier this week, has seen a wide range of reviews. Criticism of Apple encouraging antisocial bahavior, to rave reviews from all corners of tech community have been blanketed the web, but make no mistake, the ad is amongst the boldest strikes since Apple's famed "Hello I'm a Mac" ads.

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December 19, 2013 at 8:52am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Mac_pro_pricingWishing for Santa to deliver a new Mac Pro for Christmas? Well, at least the ability to order one started this morning, but they won't be arriving into studios and power users hands until February.

There are two configurations for the Mac Pro, starting at $2,999 for a quad-core system, and $3,999 for the six-core powerhouse. But this is just the entry point for a configuration. We started configuring the high-end model and maxed out with a price of $14,959.98. A Mac Pro or Kia Soul, take your pick. Maybe get one of each.

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December 17, 2013 at 10:08am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 4 Comments

Icloud-logoApple cleaned up iCloud’s many syncing bugs with iOS 7 and OS X version 10.9. Not all of them are gone, but enough to make it reliable. Now that iCloud is a stable solution, developers have been adding iCloud features to their software. As iCloud continues to grow in popularity, users will be asking for more features.

There are lot of features that Apple could add to iCloud. What are the most important ones? Which features will have the most impact on the users? Here are three features that would have the most impact.

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December 13, 2013 at 9:51am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 7 Comments

Mac_pro_santaIf you are hoping for Santa to spring a new Mac Pro under the tree to act as your new 4K power-house editing machine, fugheddaboudit.

It appears Apple's elves won't be delivering the Mac Pro to market until after the clatter of hoofs and milk and cookies are long gone. Or, at least until Monday, December 30, which can be closely tied to the New Year – the prefect excuse to set a New Year's resolution for better editing, gaming and blazingly fast everything (all in the shape of an oversized soda can)!

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