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Chris Rawson

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Chris Rawson has been using Apple's products on and off since 1982. He was a mostly a Windows user during Apple's "wilderness years" in the mid- to late-90s, but he came back to the Mac in 2003.

From 1995 to 1999, Chris served in the US Navy as a nuclear-rated electrician's mate and performed maintenance duties on an aircraft carrier's twin nuclear power plants. After leaving the Navy, he spent two years working as a Radiation Health Physics Technician in the private sector until a contamination accident convinced him to pursue a different career. He was thoroughly disappointed when the accidental radiation exposure failed to give him any superpowers whatsoever.

From 2007 to 2008, Chris worked as an editor for PR Newswire in Cleveland. While at PR Newswire, he gained inside knowledge of the workings of the US media and an amazing repertoire of anti-Cleveland jokes.

Chris moved to New Zealand in 2008. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Kent State University and has earned a Master of Arts in English from Massey University with upper second-class honours.

Chris Rawson's Latest Posts

Rumor Roundup: Three takes on a Samsung rumor

With only one new rumor since the last roundup, it's once again a good opportunity to examine how three different rumor blogs reacted to the same information. Production of next year's A9 chip reportedly underway, Samsung may take 100% of orders (9to5 Mac) 9to5 Mac's headline tells you pretty muc...

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Rumor Roundup: A fool's game

Foxconn Robots Proving Unsuitable for iPhone Assembly, Updated Versions in the Works (MacRumors) Source: Chinese website Chance it's true: Who knows As with all rumors related to Apple's supply chain, there's no real way for us to ever know whether this is true or not. Certainly not unless Apple...

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Rumor Roundup: A tale of three rumor blogs

Occasionally it's instructive to take a look at how various rumor blogs react to the same rumor... such as the recent rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone model in 2015. Unlikely supply-chain rumor suggests a new 4-inch iPhone model next year (9to5 Mac) 9to5 Mac follows its usual schtick of calling a r...

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Rumor Roundup: Crescentgate-gate

UBS survey finds 10% of consumers want a smartwatch, expects 24M Apple Watch sales in fiscal 2015 (AppleInsider) Source: Some analyst Chance it's true: 30 percent Yet another analyst throws his hat into the "this is how many of (unreleased Apple product) will be sold" ring. Is this worth paying...

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Rumor Roundup: 'iPad Air Plus'

It's very slim pickings for rumors this time around - just one, in fact - presumably because all the analysts are still in turkey comas. HUGE LEAK: Major details on Apple's gigantic 'iPad Air Plus' revealed (BGR) Source: Japanese website Chance it's true: 30 percent Macotakara (a Japanese webs...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Reportedly'

They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW. Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change amidst disappointing Galaxy S5 sales (TUAW) Sourc...

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Rumor Roundup: Things that make you go 'Hmmm'

10% of owners of iPhone 5 & up will buy an Apple Watch, predicts Morgan Stanley (9to5 Mac) Source: some analyst Chance it's true: 30 percent at most Morgan Stanley joins the fray of analysts desperate to be FIRST! to predict sales for a product that hasn't even shipped yet. Left unexplained...

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Rumor Roundup: Return of the analysts

Just when I was starting to think all the analysts had gone into hibernation for the year, a few have crawled out of the woodwork to make their typically barmy, nonsensical predictions. RBC raises Apple price target to $120, predicts Apple Watch will earn $10B in first-year revenue (AppleInsider)...

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Rumor Roundup: Everybody pageview, er, I mean panic

Predictably, the later we get into the year, the fewer rumors there are to round up. It almost makes me long for the halcyon days of stupid mockups, moronic drivel from analysts, and thrice-daily tripe from Digitimes. Almost. Now that I think about it, what exactly do you suppose all those Apple ...

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Rumor Roundup: Honestly

Pegatron Reportedly Boosting iPhone 6 Production, Adding iPhone 6 Plus to Meet Strong Demand (MacRumors) Source: Japanese website Chance it's true: 30 percent Reports like this are rather difficult to take seriously since they're never actually verified one way or the other. Even if more iPhone...

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