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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.

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Rumor Roundup: 1573rd time's the charm

Apple adding hundreds of new engineers and operations staff in China to speed development of larger iPhones (9to5 Mac) The Wall Street Journal says Apple is on a hiring spree in Asia, and they claim this means Apple will perform "faster and more frequent product launches." The Journal only very...

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Rumor Roundup: 'A research note to investors'

Did you know? You can say literally anything that pops into your head about Apple, and if you pass it off as a "research note to investors," rumor blogs will be on that like seagulls on a dropped French fry. Here's my research note to investors: Apple CEO Tim Cook has diverted billions of...

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Rumor Roundup: Where don't Apple rumors come from?

Just because it's a slow week for rumors doesn't mean it's a slow week for people saying stupid things about Apple... including quite possibly the dumbest thing written all year. No points for guessing which of these two cited articles qualifies. Analyst delivers the ultimate insult to Apple,...

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Rumor Roundup: Making something from nothing

Jony Ive disappears from Apple's online executive list (Update 2x: Back, PR comment) (9to5 Mac) This is an all-time classic example of rumor blogs trying to make something out of absolutely nothing. Design guru Jony Ive temporarily disappeared from the executive list on Apple's website, and the...

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Rumor Roundup: 'The near future'

Apple's New Vision for Apple TV 'Less Ambitious' Than Before (MacRumors) The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has "scaled back" its plans for the next-gen Apple TV because of failed negotiations with cable companies. There is, of course, no way for us to know for certain that Apple's plans...

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Rumor Roundup: Contradictions are contraindicated

Multiple instances of publications contradicting one another, and sometimes even themselves? That would get writers fired relatively quickly in any other field, but it's pretty much par for the course when it comes to Apple rumors. New Apple TV hardware references already appearing in iOS 7...

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Rumor Roundup: A matter of time

The iWatch was just about all anyone could talk about this week. Expect many more weeks like this one. Why a health-focused iWatch won't kill smartwatches like the iPod killed audio players (TechHive) Hey, let's speculate on why an unreleased Apple product won't upend an industry that's not even...

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Rumor Roundup: Prototypical

Several rumors from legitimately reliable sources have now come out with information about the iWatch that doesn't sound like completely pie-in-the-sky nonsense. This was so shocking I thought I might be having heart palpitations. There was no way for me to tell for certain, however, because I...

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Rumor Roundup: Still doomed after all these years

The days following Apple's earnings announcements are always chockablock with the very worst "analysis" that money can buy. I chose to steer clear of most of it, because there's only so many times I can bang my head against the desk before I start to worry about the desk. Rumor: Apple lining up...

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Rumor Roundup: Non-zero chance

The Wall Street Journal awoke from its long slumber and squeezed out not just one, but two Apple rumors this week. Oblivious to the fact that the Journal hasn't gotten a months-in-advance rumor correct in a very long time, the various rumor blogs were all too willing to re-post the Journal's...

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