from September 2012, Review

Sep 28, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: 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: Review
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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 26, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Review
Apple-maps

Apple Maps. It's a sore spot for iOS 6 users. To any honest observer, Apple blew this one. While we all know Apple Maps will get better, right now Maps does not meet the high standard we have come to expect from an Apple product or service.

While everyone else is discussing what is wrong or what went wrong, I'd like to take a moment and ask, WWSD? or in other words, "What Would Steve Do?"

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Sep 25, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Review
iPhone 5, Apple

For those of us who don't have time to stand in line (either at a physical or virtual store) to place our order for a shiny new iPhone 5, it will probably be a month or two until we get our mitts on one that we can call our own. That said, we don't have to wait to learn how slow our phone has become (whether an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G) now that the new kid has arrived in town.

One of my T-GAAP partners asked a simple question, "How fast is the iPhone 5?", and the other one took up the challenge and did a little research (care of Geekbench). Here's what we learned:

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