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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: Lucy in the sky with sapphires

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch (AppleInsider) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: 100 percent Can you think of any reason why Apple wouldn't want to do this? Neither can I. It actually makes a lot...

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Rumor Roundup: Jump to conclusions [Updated]

It's autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the leaves are turning, pumpkin-spiced everything, Christmas music beginning promptly in mid-October, and the annual firehose of Apple rumors is streaming down to a tiny trickle. The gigantic iPad Pro will have significant competition...

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Rumor Roundup: More questionable reports

Microsoft's pulse-tracking smartwatch rumored to land in time for holidays ahead of Apple Watch (9to5 Mac) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: Oh, it's too good not to be true. So here's the question: will this rumored Microsoft watch be prone to a Red Ring of Death via...

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Rumor Roundup: Stephen Colbert has his work cut out for him

iPhone rumors start out stupid and outlandish in the early part of the yearly cycle. The closer we get to the actual announcement, the less stupid and outlandish they get -- with the notable exception of analysts, who remain stupid and outlandish pretty much forever. The iPad rumor cycle this year...

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Rumor Roundup: Pre/post 2014 iPad event

Well, this is slightly awkward. Due to the vagaries of time zones and schedules and "the real world" and various other bits of whatnot, by the time this Rumor Roundup is published Apple's event will have already taken place. Oh, well. In the grand tradition of all things media, I'm just going to...

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Rumor Roundup: Unannounced Apple product delayed until next year (yes, again)

New Photo Claims to Show 2 GB Elpida RAM Chips for iPad Air 2 (MacRumors) Source: Some website even MacRumors has never heard of before Chance it's true: 50/50 If these chips were shown attached to a logic board, I'd say this rumor was a lock for being true. Presented on their own, however, the...

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Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac) Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company has been forced to file for bankruptcy. Tell me...

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Rumor Roundup: Pyre of Fail

Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in February, sapphire to blame for low supply (9to5 Mac) Source: Taiwanese media, via Chinese website Chance it's true: 50/50 Here's another entry in the ongoing "Apple Watch launch date bingo" game. Even 9to5 Mac is savvy enough to note that "the...

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Rumor Roundup: Screaming from the digital rooftops

Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens - report (AppleInsider) Source: Some market research firm Chance it's true: 30 percent. Probably. I don't know where these guys got the idea that Apple is using a plastic AMOLED display in the Apple Watch. Apple hasn't...

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Rumor Roundup: One million yeaaaaars dungeon

Rumored 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' May Include More Powerful A8X Processor (MacRumors) Source: Taiwanese website Chance it's true: 30 percent The standard disclaimer for Taiwanese sources applies: their track record isn't great, so it's usually not worth taking them at face value. Additionally, if...

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