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Samsung's smartphone woes mean little to Apple, and that's by design

Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it would miss Q2 expectations and take a 24% tumble in profit from the same period a year ago. That's bad news for one particular electronics giant, but some shortsighted tech soothsayers decided to shift the narrative a bit and include the iPhone in the...

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King, a $7 billion company, doesn't seem capable of creating an original game

There's been a lot of talk lately about a new "tech bubble" that we may or may not currently be in. This label applies to a lot of different things, from the booming smartphone and tablet market to health tech and smart home devices. But while I personally think the risk of a catastrophic tech...

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iPad vs. Samsung tablets visualized

Having just launched a new pair of iPad competitors last week, Samsung's tablet arsenal seems to be growing at an exponential rate. To get a better idea of just how many weapons Samsung is stockpiling in its attempt to lure customers away from Apple's much more popular tablets, I gathered a list...

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Five apps (and more) to help you write your NaNoWriMo novel

November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. It's a month-long initiative that challenges you to get that unwritten novel out of your head and onto paper. We have a handful of tips to help you get started, and below is an updated list of our some popular writing tools for...

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On the eve of WWDC: What are Apple's three greatest innovations?

An awful lot has been written recently about whether Apple is has lost its spark. "Does Apple have an innovation problem?" asks the Washington Post. Forbes claims to lay out "Apple's innovation problem", although that piece is so muddled and lacking in specific details I came away more confused...

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Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD available for free through new Free Play program

Touch Arcade blogs about iOS games, and they've just announced Free Play, which will periodically feature selected iOS games for free. There are quite a few programs like this around, of which Free App a Day is probably the most popular. But a lot of those programs do things such as charge...

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Publishers' choice: Will the iPad be the hero or villain of the comic book industry?

Music piracy rose to epidemic levels at the beginning of the 2000s (although, according to Wired, those days are now over). There were many causes of this growth in piracy -- high speed internet access, easy-to-use P2P software -- but perhaps the biggest accelerator of music piracy was...

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Apple will be the first $1 trillion company

"A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion trillion dollars." If there's one company that will hit a trillion dollar market cap, it will be Apple, according to USA Today. Apple could do it in the next three years. USA Today came up with Apple's trillion dollar market cap...

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i think Apple is affecting children's grammar

I want to relate an interesting story my brother told me the other day about one fascinating -- and negative -- way Apple is affecting children in the classroom. My brother is a grade school teacher, and recently he's noticed an alarming trend in his students' grammar, specifically...

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Today is just another day I will forget

When Apple teased "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget" on their home page yesterday I hoped it was going to be something really cool -- like cloud-based iTunes or a subscription iTunes service. When the news began to leak out that the event was the Beatles coming to iTunes...

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Where's the Facebook iPad app?

Dear Mark Zuckerberg, You've made the the biggest social network on the planet, you've made quite a few enemies, and you've made Jesse Eisenberg into Hollywood's next Oscar-winning megastar (I know all this because I just saw your Mr. Fincher's movie). Now why can't you make a Facebook iPad...

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Seven ways the iPad is a boon for book lovers

Fellow TUAW blogger Michael Grothaus gave us his take on utilizing the iPad as an ebook reader over the weekend. It's is a good look into some of the down sides of ebook readers like the iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, et. al. I'm the type of bibliophile that reads a lot of different things at once. I'll...

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A tale of two media: Despite the iPad, traditional books aren't going anywhere.

A few days ago I was in London having drinks with a novelist and a literary agent. We discussed the pros and cons of the iPad as a book reader and how the iPad as a medium and its iBookstore affects the reading public. The novelist and agent gave me their impressions of the device and how it will,...

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Dear John Makinson and Penguin, please don't "reinvent" books

"Reading literature makes you a more well-rounded individual." That's what an author told me once. Notice he didn't say "watching literature." paidContent:UK has an article on a presentation Penguin Books' CEO John Makinson gave here in London on Tuesday. Makinson presented ideas on how...

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Apple's 7 commandments of app sex?

Jon Atherton at Chillifresh, the app developer of Wobble, has posted what he says are Apple's new rules regarding sexual content in an iPhone app: I have spoken with Apple, and the following are the new rules: No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either) No images...

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