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  • The Google-Free iPhone

    The Google-Free iPhone

    When the iPhone launched in 2007, there were three key components of the device that relied on Google: 1) Maps 2) YouTube 3) Web search Let’s look at that list today, following the news that YouTube has been given the boot in the latest beta build of iOS 6: Read More

  • OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness

    OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness

    Trying to write a review of OS X Mountain Lion is tricky. First of all, I had already written a review back in February, when Apple legitimately surprised the world with the revelation that the ninth iteration of OS X was just about ready to go. Granted, back then I only had a few days to play with an early build. But it was already pretty solid at that point. Now, months later, I’ve had… Read More

  • With Apple’s Numbers, Timing Is Everything

    With Apple’s Numbers, Timing Is Everything

    Time to panic. Apple has produced another “miss” with their just-released Q3 2012 results. It’s their second such “miss” in less than a year. The sky is falling. Sell — Wall Street already is. Run. Well, unless you’re a rational human being. Then maybe walk. Or stop. Look. And listen. Why did Apple produce another miss this past quarter? It’s… Read More

  • An iPad Lover’s Take On The Nexus 7

    An iPad Lover’s Take On The Nexus 7

    Trolls, feel free to skip to the bottom of this column and post your comments immediately without reading a word. Actually, who are we kidding — you didn’t make it this far. Everyone else, brace yourselves. You may want small children to leave the room. I’m about to do something I don’t do often — something I always said I’d do if the product deserved it. Read More

  • The MacBook Pro Strikes Back (With Retina Power)

    The MacBook Pro Strikes Back (With Retina Power)

    It was nearly two years ago that I said goodbye to my MacBook Pro. I loved the device, but the new MacBook Air was that good. My Pro — which was only six months old at the time! — seemed like total overkill for my computing needs. The Air was finally fast enough to use on a daily basis, and it was (obviously) significantly thinner and lighter. It was a no-brainer in my mind: Air… Read More

  • Behold & Drool: Pictures Of The Retina MacBook Pro

    Behold & Drool: Pictures Of The Retina MacBook Pro

    It’s simple really. The new MacBook Pro with the “Retina” display is something you have to see to believe. Perhaps you were watching the live coverage of the keynote today and thinking it’s not a big deal. It’s a very big deal. Once you see this screen, you will forever be ruined. You will not be able to use another screen. The effect is similar to the one we… Read More

  • Dear Eric Schmidt, It’s Been 6 Months — Where Are Those iOS-Slaying Android Exclusive Apps?

    Dear Eric Schmidt, It’s Been 6 Months — Where Are Those iOS-Slaying Android Exclusive Apps?

    Flashback to December 6, 2011: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is on stage at LeWeb in Paris and is asked by an audience member why most application developers still choose to develop for iOS first rather than Android? Schmidt’s response: “Six months from now you’ll say the opposite. Because ultimately applications vendors are driven by volume. And the volume is favored by… Read More

  • After Years Of Flirting, Facebook And Apple Set To Achieve Relationship Status In iOS 6

    After Years Of Flirting, Facebook And Apple Set To Achieve Relationship Status In iOS 6

    There’s been a lot of flirting going on in recent months between Apple and Facebook. In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a group of investors that Facebook was “the one company that is closest to being like Apple”. Last week, Apple did a big App Store promotion for Facebook’s new Camera app, and clearly knew about it well beforehand. Then, of course, there were… Read More

  • iOS 6 “Sundance” And The Sunsetting Of Google Maps

    iOS 6 “Sundance” And The Sunsetting Of Google Maps

    For Google Maps, winter is coming. Potentially. As you’ve undoubtedly seen by now, with the upcoming iOS 6 software, Apple intends to replace the Google Maps aspect of their default Maps application with their own, in-house version. Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac was the first to report this news, and dives into more of the detail behind it, including the 3D aspect. John Paczkowski of… Read More

  • Android Is Either “Winning” Because Apple Is Letting It, Or Losing

    Android Is Either “Winning” Because Apple Is Letting It, Or Losing

    In September 2010, I wrote a post that ignited an absolute shitstorm around these parts. “Shitstorm” in this case meaning a post with a thousand comments, the majority of which were spewed up by rabid Android fanatics. The title of that post: Is Android Surging Only Because Apple Is Letting It? At the time, we were in the midst of a massive Android surge to the top of the… Read More

  • Apple’s Mothra Quarter Was Actually More Impressive Than Their Godzilla Quarter

    Apple’s Mothra Quarter Was Actually More Impressive Than Their Godzilla Quarter

    Two quarters ago, Apple unleashed Godzilla. It was a quarter so spectacular that the only appropriate way to describe it was in pure expletive form. $46 billion in revenue. $13 billion in profit. 37 million iPhones sold. 15 million iPads sold. A gross margin of 44 percent. These weren’t just good numbers, they were obscene. That’s what made yesterday’s earnings release… Read More

  • The Slow Decay Of The Microsoft Consumer

    The Slow Decay Of The Microsoft Consumer

    Five years ago, Microsoft reported revenue of $14.398 billion. They reported a profit of $6.589 billion. Last week, for the same quarter, Microsoft’s revenue was $17.407 billion. Their profit was $6.374 billion. The company is still growing, but not fast. And they’re actually making less money. Compare that with Apple. Five years ago, revenue was $7.1 billion. Profit was $1.0… Read More

  • Seven

    Seven

    Will Apple make a 7 inch iPad? That’s the question being batted around yet again today. The true answer right now is easy: I don’t know. No one does. Most likely not even Apple. They’re undoubtedly thinking about it. And may even have to make a call soon. But it has probably not been decided just yet. But that’s a lame answer. Let’s sexy it up using history… Read More

  • Consumer Reports Recommends New iPad As Your Next Home Grill

    Consumer Reports Recommends New iPad As Your Next Home Grill

    Attention George Foreman: report to an Apple Store near you immediately. There’s a hot (literally) product, you simply must buy the entire inventory of to keep your grilling empire alive: the new iPad. Or at least, that’s what the latest nonsense from Consumer Reports would have you believe. We’ve seen this ridiculousness from Consumer Reports before. In June 2010, at the… Read More

  • Apple Quantifies Their iPad “Record Weekend”: 3 Million Sold In 3 Days

    Apple Quantifies Their iPad “Record Weekend”: 3 Million Sold In 3 Days

    Earlier today, AT&T announced record sales and activation numbers for the new iPad. During the Apple dividend/buyback call, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of a “record weekend” for the new iPad. Unfortunately, neither had actual numbers to share. And that was odd since normally when Apple has a new record number to crow about, crow they do. This was more of an Amazon maneuver… Read More

  • The Retina iPad Apps To Test Tonight And Tomorrow

    The Retina iPad Apps To Test Tonight And Tomorrow

    The new iPad nears. Apparently Walmart will be selling them in just a few short hours, well before Apple itself does tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the first direct-to-consumer shipments should be hitting anytime now. Long story short, a lot of people are going to be getting the new Retina display iPad over the next several hours. Unsurprisingly, the Retina-ready apps are already flowing in. When… Read More

  • The New Apple TV Will Finish What The Mac Started: Killing Off Discs

    The New Apple TV Will Finish What The Mac Started: Killing Off Discs

    I remember watching the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray wars closely a few years back. I wanted one to win so I could go out and buy a next generation movie player. But the battle went on and on, and by the time Blu-ray won, I had set my sights on a new frontier: digital distribution. I never did get that Blu-ray player. And now I’m quite certain I never will. The new 1080p Apple TV is here. To be… Read More

  • The New iPad Makes Apple’s Tablet Domination Clearer Than Ever

    The New iPad Makes Apple’s Tablet Domination Clearer Than Ever

    Even if you have perfect vision, indulge me here for a second. You know when you go in for an eye exam and you’re asked to look at a combination of letters and numbers on a chart against a far wall? You read the first few lines, then realize you actually can’t go any further. Then you get prescribed glasses (or contacts) and you can all of a sudden read every letter and number. Read More

  • iPad

    iPad

    It’s sort of funny that the only major thing those in the rumor business got wrong was the name of the new iPad. It’s not the previously presumed “iPad 3″, nor is it the “iPad HD”. It’s just the iPad. And that’s what it will be from now on. This was surprising because our expectations were set for a new name. But it really shouldn’t be all… Read More

  • The iPad HD Sucks*

    The iPad HD Sucks*

    *I haven’t actually seen it yet. I’m not actually sure what features it will have. I’m quite sure I’m a jackass for saying so right now. But hey — FIRST!!!! There was a time not too long ago when the day before an Apple event was the time for everyone to get their last-minute predictions in. For the most part, it was a moment of pure wonder. These days, it… Read More