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Why the iPhone isn't a commodity

Uninformed analysts and tech pundits continue to posit that smartphones are becoming commodities. In doing so, they completely ignore, or perhaps underestimate, Apple's ongoing efforts to differentiate the iPhone from competing devices. Of course, the idea that smartphones are fast becoming...

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TUAW Talkcast 2014-06-22: Summer solstice edition!

The days have gotten just about as long as they can get here in Ye Olde Northern Hemisphere, as we marked the official beginning of astronomical summer yesterday on June 21. We're enjoying the lingering twilight, the thrill of a 2-2 heartbreaking World Cup tie between the USA and Portugal, and...

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Apple's success begets success

Last week, Daring Fireball's John Gruber published a great post detailing the myriad of ways in which Apple, under the direction of Tim Cook, is thriving in ways that would have perhaps not been possible with Steve Jobs at the helm. Gruber articulates that Cook's October 2010 memo (or perhaps...

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With the introduction of HomeKit and the Honeywell Lyric, a Nest acquisition by Apple would have been foolish

Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest was interesting on a number of fronts. Not only did it result in a slew of ex-Apple employees finding themselves under the employ of Google, but it also prompted many to wonder, "Why didn't Apple buy Nest?" After all, on paper it appeared that an...

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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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TUAW Talkcast 2014-06-15: Father's Day Edition!

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live. It's Father's Day, and we're pulling away from our BBQ comas long enough to talkcast tonight -- but with a 10 minute delayed start! See you at 10:10 pm ET. Reminder on new-style talkcasting: With some help...

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If graphene is the next big thing, is Apple already way behind?

For massive companies like Apple and Samsung, continued success often depends on pioneering new technologies and staying ahead of the curve. Graphene, an ultra-thin and ultra-strong arrangement of carbon atoms is one of the front runners for the category of "next big thing" in tech. A graphene...

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The danger of using bogus IDC marketshare predictions to declare "Apple is losing to Android"

As anyone who follows the tech market closely can attest, marketshare predictions rarely play out as anticipated. To borrow a phrase from the political sphere, you might say that marketshare predictions are like cologne; fun to smell but dangerous to drink. Yet the blogosphere, for reasons that...

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Apple isn't going to abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack

There's been some wild speculation by a certain business journal lately that Apple might abandon the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and replace it with Lightning connector headphones that would allow for 48kHz digital sound for the first time. Before we get started lets make one thing abundantly...

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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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