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Apple's Beats acquisition may prove to be a huge money maker

Let's be honest: Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics isn't a sexy acquisition. The deal doesn't provide nearly as much room for speculation and intrigue as would exist if Apple purchased a company like, say, Nest or Netflix. But the more I look at the deal and the overall...

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Which iPod is your all-time favorite?

iPods come and iPods go, and there's no portable media player with more history than Apple's icon little music machine. We all have a favorite, and while some were discontinued before their time, they'll always hold a special place in our hearts. Personally, I'm partial to the 3rd gen iPod nano....

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How to avoid the tech support search engine trap

Recently, a friend of mine was having troubles with his Epson scanner. He Googled Epson tech support and wound up talking to a technician who logged into his Mac and claimed to find viruses that were affecting the scanner's performance. He offered to fix the problems on the spot for US$200. My...

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Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote was the most exciting in years

Just a few minutes into Apple's recent WWDC keynote, it was apparent that things were going to be a little bit different, a little bit more soulful if you will. After all, it's not too often that one sees a top Apple executive casually joke about calling the next iteration of OS X "OS X...

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Guest blogger Aaron Watkins: ‚ÄčiOS 8 Provides New Features to Help App Marketers

The WWDC keynote can be a stressful time for app developers. You never know quite what is going to be presented when that famous "one more thing" is revealed. Whether it's a whole new programming language to learn, or Apple suddenly takes the key selling feature of your number one app and makes...

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Why Wi-Fi Calling could be the biggest new feature in iOS 8

As week continues, we're finding out more and more about what wasn't highlighted in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite during yesterday's keynote event. One of those features, Wi-Fi Calling, could easily be one of the most important features in Apple's upcoming mobile operating system for a lot of iPhone...

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iOS 8's silent war against jailbreaking

Apple isn't dumb. The company knows users jailbreak their devices, but more importantly than that, they know exactly why. There are those who jailbreak to use apps that simply would never be approved for sale on the App Store -- and that's a group that Apple has little chance of luring back to the...

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Why developers should test apps on women

On kids too. And counter-tenors. Developer Matt Wiechec had a really positive attitude about our tongue-in-cheek feedback and responded with good news about future updates. "You nailed it in the audio clip Erica," he wrote. "We did test with women and did not see the severity of the issue as...

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Oh look, a developer is making Nintendo's money without them

I've pointed out apps taking advantage of popular IP before, but Poppy Kart is different. Rather than stealing established characters or franchise names to attempt to lure in unsuspecting buyers, Poppy Kart is filling a demand that Nintendo could, but so far refuses to. While clearly inspired by...

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Nintendo's strange, awkward shuffle towards iOS

Nintendo is in a tough spot. Its home console is flopping and sales of its much more popular mobile system are still not strong enough to equalize it. The company realizes smart devices aren't going away, but company CEO Satoru Iwata has been publicly against smartphone and tablet platforms for so...

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The questions no one ever asks about the mythical Apple HDTV

With no shortage of iWatch rumors floating around these days -- not to mention a draining avalanche of iPhone 6 mockups -- we haven't heard much lately about one of the more longstanding Apple rumors, namely that the company, any day now!, is going to release an HDTV. Rumors of Apple releasing an...

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The foolhardy notion that Apple is "too rooted to hardware" and that hardware is "becoming a commodity."

Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson recently spoke at the TC Disrupt conference in NYC where the outspoken investor had some interesting things to say about Apple. Not one to mince words, Wilson boldly proclaimed that Apple by 2020 will no longer be one of the top three tech companies as measured by...

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Rumor Roundup: Year of the Mockup

iPhone 6 Physical Mockup Allegedly Based on Real Machine Schematics Surfaces (MacRumors) 2014 is apparently The Year of the Mockup, as rumor blogs have been inundating us with stories like this one for weeks. "Someone made a mockup/render/watercolor painting based on leaked schematics which may...

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Dish Network's mistake is a blast from the Mac past

It's not often that the onscreen programming guide for your cable or satellite TV service can trigger an unexpected wave of Mac nostalgia, but that's exactly what happened to me this weekend. As a Dish Network subscriber, I'm reasonably familiar with the available channel lineup, but most of the...

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Over the past two quarters, iPad sales actually increased

Not to beat a dead horse, but when analysts and pundits jump on a quarterly decrease in iPad sales and quickly proclaim that the iPad may have peaked, it's worth pointing out the logical flaws in such determinations. As we've previously explained, looking at iPad sales exclusively through the...

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