Review

Aug 8, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
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IcloudCloud computing and Cloud services have been around since the first computer was networked with a server. Cloud services are things that happen on a server somewhere in cyberspace, such as Google docs, which are server applications used through a web browser. It may feel like a locally running desktop application, but make no mistake, everything is driven from the server level. While the client computer does all the inputting through the magic of javascript and very fast network servers, the computations are done on the server side.

Cloud services are problematic for Apple. In order to build iCloud into a very usable tool, Apple can't limit it to just Mac users or iOS users, but needs to deliver it to all types of users on different platforms, using a variety of web browsers. The idea for the Cloud is to be able to share, access and collaborate platform independently. Think of Facebook. What if Facebook only ran on Windows? This is Apple's dilemma. Apple has no incentive to create a raft of software that runs on ALL platforms with any browser. Apple only wants to create something for its platform which in turn sells their hardware, which is where Apple's value - and money - is made. 

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Aug 7, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
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BezosOn Monday it became public news that Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million in cash. While Jeff is the founder, CEO, and chairman of Amazon, this deal was done privately, between Bezos and the Graham family (which owned the news organization). The $250 million purchase was not a significant spend for Bezos, who has a current net worth of $25 billion. Bezos not only purchased The Washington Post, but he is also taking it private so he has no shareholders looking over his shoulders.

The Washington Post maybe an iconic newspaper, but it is not a money maker. Newspapers all across the country are losing money as more people switch to the internet to get their news and The Post is no exception. Why does the founder of an Internet powerhouse buy a newspaper?

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Aug 5, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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Itc_buildingApple's stock price continues edging higher, up 1.1% to $467.67 USD in early trading, on news the White House ordered a "disapproval" of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban of sales of iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (and original iPads) in the United States. In simple terms, the Apple products can remain on sale in the U.S., leaving Samsung's victory snatched by the mouth of defeat. 

Samsung had sued Apple, claiming the tech giant had infringed on some of their patents, specifically, patents held under the Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) standards. Unfortunately for Samsung, no court was putting the stamp of approval on their claims, as Samsung was unfairly pricing these patents for Apple, while licensing them under reasonable terms to competitors. But something took an unexpected (and wrong) turn with the U.S. ITC, as the commission ruled against Apple and banned several legacy iOS products from entering the U.S. due to patent infringements.

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Jul 26, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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ChromecastA lot of buzz is being bantered around regarding Google's latest homegrown device called Chromecast. In the wake of Google's failed Google TV effort, Chromecast does not offer a keyboard nor is it being heavily marketed by Kevin Bacon. Chromecast is also not the over priced Nexus Q part II. So what is this $35 USD Chromecast device?

Chromecast is a wifi dongle for HDTV's, allowing users to stream from Chrome equipped devices. In other words, Chromecast is Google's version of Apple's AirPlay technology – and that's it.

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Jul 25, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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Itunes_logoApple released their 2013 fiscal third quarter earnings this past Tuesday, and within Apple's report a surprisingly strong number emerged – iTunes revenue grew to $4 billion USD.

The iTunes figure was stronger than analysts had expected, and year over year sales growth climbed a solid 25%. At the same time Apple's China sales drew in a disappointing $4.9 billion. 

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Jul 19, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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Steve Ballmer has done a good job at Microsoft, and Tim Cook, if measured in the same way, should be fired. This is according to Ed Bott, the award winning writer of ZDNET. During the infamous online technology show, TWIT (This Week in Tech), Ed stated “Steve’s done a pretty good job. There aren’t too many CEO's in the tech industry today that are capable of continuing to make a profit. I mean, by that same logic Tim Cook should have been fired three months ago.”

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Jul 18, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
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RssGoogle Reader has now been officially turned off. Since Google’s announcement back in March, many software developers have stepped in trying to fill Google’s shoes (and win over Google’s customers). The field is diverse. Some developers charge a monthly fee, while others are still in early beta stages with minimal features.

So far the most popular service that has replaced Google Reader is Feedly, which is also free. Feedly’s developers have said they will offer a premium version for those who want more features and want to support the developers of the service, but will also continue with a free version. Feedly has won many customers with responsive service and active development. While the service is a good replacement for Google Reader, their iOS apps need a lot of work.

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Jul 11, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
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The evolution and changing of markets. It is inevitable. Companies come and go. Those who struggle either find an exit through a buy-out from a more successful company or go out of business. One of the determining factors to which road a struggling business travels is whether they have something unique to offer the marketplace. This something unique will take others far too long to build themselves or cost too much time and resources to develop in-house. Therefore purchasing the struggling company for their “something special” becomes an attractive choice — that is, if it can afford to purchase the business.

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Jul 8, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
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Last month after Apple's 2013 world wide developers donference, Apple quietly added several new channels to AppleTV, with the highlights being: HBO GO, Watch ESPN and Sky News.

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Jun 27, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
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ThunderboltApple's Mac Pro is arriving later this year, but there are many unanswered questions. How exactly can the Mac Pro be configured, what will be the pricing, and perhaps most importantly, what accessories will exist for the blazingly fast Thunderbolt 2 ports that expand the Mac Pro?

Intel's Light Peak technology, marketed by Apple and Intel as Thunderbolt, bests USB 3 speeds by a theoretical 2x. With Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0 is bested by 4x, as the newest high speed technology throws around 20Gbps. It would be a shame to own a new Mac Pro, but be unable to get one's hands on Thunderbolt 2 SSD drives and perhaps even a few 4K displays with Thunderbolt built-in for daisy chain capabilities.

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