Review

Oct 10, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Review

MacbookproThe first MacBook Pro with Retina Display debuted in June of 2012. Apple updated their flagship laptop two times in less than 9 months after that. The first time was in October 2012, and the second was in February 2013. Since then, Apple has not updated this laptop, which was 8 months ago.

The MacBook Pros are past due when it comes to updates. Intel came out with new Haswell laptop chips back in the spring. Apple updated the MacBook Air shortly after the Haswell release, and the iMac line was also recently updated. That only leaves the MacBook Pros and Mac Mini without Haswell updates.

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Oct 9, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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It wasn't complicated. The Big 3 automakers sold fleets of cars, each owned great chunks of market share, and all were amazingly profitable. Coke dominated soda market share, reaping fantastical profits as a result, and Google dominated global share with Android, piling up mounds of mobile cash for over a decade...

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Oct 3, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Review

Ios7Apple released iOS 7 last month with a brand new interface and a host of new features. While there were some download issues at the onset, Apple’s servers soon met the demand for the new OS. There are still a few bugs or errors users are reporting, but it appears Apple is addressing issues at a rapid rate. One update has already been released and a second major update is rumored to be coming soon.

Users are starting to decide what Apple got right and what they need to improve within the new iOS. At T-GAAP we have already looked at the 3 top features for iOS 7. Today we take a look at what Apple needs to do in order to improve in their latest mobile operating system:

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Sep 27, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Review

Apple_ecosystemHundreds of millions of Apple users are diving ever deeper into the diminutive fruit company's ecosystem - Apple's rabbit hole if you will.

Starting out on the deep end of the pool, is akin to entering a companies guarded fortress with arms open wide. It's a risky proposition. But for Apple users, heading into the iOS or OS X world is like walking into a securely developed fun park. iOS 7, iCloud, and the forthcoming OS X Mavericks will have users experiencing Apple's seamless solutions more so than ever before. And there is little worry within the minds of these users because they are loving the Apple experience.

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Sep 26, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Review

Ios7Apple released iOS 7 last week with a bumpy, error filled start. Downloading the OS update often proved difficult due to massive demand for the new iOS. Apple's new mobile OS outpaced iOS 6 in 2 days, with a 32% adaption rate. Apple's servers look to be back to normal as the demand has slowed to a manageable level.

With new iOS out in the wild for the past week, users are asking if the upgrade is better or worse. Some don’t like change and the new OS, while others are loving the new flat style interface. While Apple added many new features to the new iOS, not all of them are for the better. Users wanting to use AirDrop to transfer files to the Mac will have to wait at least until OS 10.9 for the Mac. For now, let’s look at the top 3 features of the new OS:

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Sep 24, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Review

Iphone-5s-goldYesterday it became quite clear: Apple has no chance of surviving since Steve Jobs’ departure. With Tim Cook as CEO, Apple moves rudderless, in any number of directions, certainly not on time, and no one cares.

Wrong.

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Sep 21, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Review

Iphone_5s_battery_lifeApple delivered a raft of features within the iPhone 5S, and now offers a myriad of colors with the 5C. But how does the new flagship 5S stack up against the 5C, and iPhone 5 predecessor, in terms of battery performance? 

  iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S
Talk Time on 3G 8 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Standby 225 hours 250 hours 250 hours
Music/Audio 40 hours 40 hours 40 hours
Video 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Internet 8hrs LTE/10hrs WiFi 10 hrs LTE/Wifi 10 hrs LTE/Wifi

The overall numbers are largely identical, but Apple continues to be able to squeeze more talk time, more standby time and more internet surfing out of nearly identical form factors. Indeed, the iPhone 5C and 5S have a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5, but Apple is driving forward with bleeding edge 64-bit, 1 billion transistor CPU power, while delivering ever greater battery life in the iPhone 5S. The achievement is stunning.

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Sep 20, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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Tim_cook_jony_ive_craig_federighiThat's right, Ive's and company, not Cook and company. Don't get me wrong, Apple is Tim Cook's ship, but he isn't the showman or the man that makes the hardware and software design magic happen. Cook is the man behind the curtain controlling the gears, but Jony Ive and Craig Federighi are the hardware and software gurus that Apple's magic possible.

Tim Cook is a comfortable CEO. He isn't scared to let others take the limelight, presenting and promoting products for Apple. Cook simply isn't concerned with making Apple about himself, he's concerned with making Apple great. Some may argue Apple is great, but that's not how they look at it internally, not even close. Whomever and whatever it takes to keep Apple on the cutting edge and successful, that is what Cook will manage and promote. Over time, as Apple's success continues it will only further reflect on Tim Cook's CEO competence and capabilities. Clearly, Cooks' management style and media persona is different than Steve Jobs, but seriously, how could it anything but different? What is beginning to truly show through is Tim Cook is comfortable being his own man, doing things his way, and that Apple is on the cusp of being a run away success under his leadership style.

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Aug 21, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Review

CloudoutlinerOutlining is the first setup in all writing and researching projects, but that is not the only use for outlines. On the computer, many people use outliner applications to keep track of projects, task management, thought processes, lists, and to keep track of information in a tree format.

There are many programs that allow one to sync text files between all the devices that they own. This is not true for outliner programs, even though keeping track of outlines across multiple devices is just as important. There are many applications that can be used on the Mac and iPad, or the iPad and iPhone, but as of now there is only one that application that has a version for all three devices.

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Aug 15, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Review

MediaconverterFor users who take digital video, converting those video files into another format is a part of life. Video converters change the type of algorithm used to compress the video. These video files either need to be compressed to save space or to change the format so the video editing software can read it.

There are plenty of video converting software choices available today, but the list of good products is slim, as most of them are either expensive or poorly made. Apple has a great solution with Compressor, but it is expensive. or bundled with pro applications. What is the best solution for users who don’t need Apple’s high end solution?

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