23 October 2013

Apple iPad Problem, Too Expensive

Apple's iPad Sales - Business Insider: " . . . The larger problem, arguably, is that Apple is trying to maintain premium pricing in a market in which competitors are increasingly selling high-quality iPad alternatives for significantly lower prices. In short, Apple's iPads are too expensive. . . ."

Apple's new Mac Pro revolutionizes the desktop workstation
ZDNet
Summary: Let's take a look at this new king of Macs and see what makes it tick....

Apple challenges Microsoft, Google with iWork collaborative tools
CNET
Unveiled on Tuesday at Apple's iPad launch event, the new iWork suite lets you share your documents with others via iWork for iCloud. The new version of iWork lets you ...

Apple gives away Mac software, unveils iPad Air
Reuters
"We want our customers to have our latest software." Apple's iPad Air is about 20 percent thinner than the previous generation of tablets, starting at $499. But the new tablets would face stiff competition, with Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon.com Inc all ...

Apple OS X Mavericks Released Today for Free
ABC News
Prepare your Macs! Apple's latest version of its OS X operating system will be available today, Apple officials announced in San Francisco. Called OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the software will be available for download through Apple's Mac App Store and will ...

Amazon Raises Threshold for Free Shipping
New York Times (blog)
Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press Amazon.com tightened the requirements for one of its most popular shipping methods, Super Saver Shipping, which for a over a decade mailed items for free as long as the order met a $25 threshold. That was quick.

Microsoft cashes in on tablet fervor with Surface launch event
CNET
Though Apple is sure to dominant the news cycle with the rollout of new iPads Tuesday,Microsoft didn't want the coinciding launch of its Surface 2 tablet to go uncelebrated. So it went ahead and decided to throw a simultaneous nationwide in-store ...

Microsoft Readies Answer to Google Glass
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The company is testing prototypes for Internet-connected eyewear similar to Google's Glass, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal, underscoring the company's ambitions to go head-to-head with Google, Samsung and Apple on devices.

Microsoft's Tablet Strategy Is Straight Out of the Thunderdome
Businessweek
Microsoft, which is in the process of buying Nokia's device business, just started shipping the Surface 2, with its 10.6-inch 1080p display, a dual-position kickstand, an optional keyboard cover, and a starting price of $449. This is like two girls ...

Apple Mac Pro Due in December, With 4K Firepower Under the Hood
Wired
Since June, we've known that Apple's next-generation Mac Pro desktop wouldn't be like previous versions. It would look and behave dramatically different, with a hollow cylindrical shape, a thermal-core center to keep its powerful components cool, a ...

Coding Horror: Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?: " . . . Windows light usage battery life situation has not improved at all since 2009. If anything the disparity between OS X and Windows light usage battery life has gotten worse. Microsoft positions Windows 8 as an operating system that's great for tablets, which are designed for casual web browsing and light app use – but how can that possibly be true when Windows idle power management is so much worse than the competition's desktop operating system in OS X – much less their tablet and phone operating system, iOS? . . ."

Owl City’s Adam Young reveals himself as creator of iOS 7′s sounds - 9to5Mac: "According to his discography page, Owl City founder and singer Adam Young is the creator of iOS 7′s sounds. . . ."

Yahoo To Launch Consumer Tech Site With Help Of New York Times’ David Pogue | TechCrunch: " . . .  Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, has also posted a blog post on the company’s official Tumblr welcoming Pogue to the company. Here’s what she has to say about the addition: "David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts and video stories that demystify the gadgets, apps and technology that powers our users’ daily lives.". . ."

Microsoft Prepares Surface 2 Midnight Launch: " . . . some shortcomings persist, namely a dearth of quality Windows apps. In his review of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, Wired's Mathew Honan observed that in terms of the Windows app ecosystem, excluding legacy x86 software, a year failed to make much of a difference . . . Honan said the Windows Store app marketplace is infested with "crappy little parasites" that add little value. Worse, established apps like Dropbox and Evernote deliver less functionality than their counterparts on other platforms, causing Windows tablets, and the Surface by extension, to fall behind in the mobile app race. . . ."

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Nokia Lumia 2520: Which Windows RT tablet ...
ZDNet
Summary: The Surface 2 and Lumia 2520 need to prove there is really a Windows RT tablet market big enough for both Microsoft and Nokia to play in.

ReadWrite

Google brings Maps to business owners with Maps Engine Pro
PCWorld
Google wants to turn business owners into cartographers with a new mapping tool designed to visualize their companies' data. On Monday,Google launched ...

Computerworld Australia

Google's 'Project Shield' Will Offer Free Cyberattack Protection To ...
Forbes
Google Ideas associate CJ Adams presenting Project Shield at a company summit in ... Over its years as an Internet behemoth, Googlehas learned a lot about ...

Times of India

Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps face off in DoD contract
ZDNet
The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) has approved for purchase 50,000 seats each Microsoft's and Google's ...

Neowin

Apple Preparing 65-Inch TV for Release in 2014, Analyst Says
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. (AAPL) will probably start selling ultra-high definition televisions with 65- and 55-inch screens during the fourth quarter of next year, according to a ...

Financial Post

Google closes in on mastering mobile
Computerworld
Computerworld - Google may be the Internet company getting closest to figuring out mobile -- with a slew of mobile YouTube users and increasing smartphone ...

Women Citizen

Apple is making inroads in the business world
Los Angeles Times
Although Palmaz Vineyards is a relatively small business, its enthusiastic embrace of iPads represents something much bigger taking place at AppleInc...

Economic Times

Apple needs 22% of TV set market to stay on top
Computerworld
Computerworld - Apple rose to the top of the ranks of the Fortune 50 on the success of the iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBook, but to continue being a market ...

Computerworld

Apple Environmental Chief: Clean Energy Sourcing Takes Creativity
Chicago Tribune
Unlike Google, which seems to be getting deeper into the power generation business every day, Jackson said that Apple "is not, at this point, embarking on the ...

Chicago Tribune

Walmart And Amazon Get Ready To Rumble This Holiday Season
Forbes
While Amazon and Walmart duke it out over holiday shopping dollars, there are ... likely see a boost as will Google Google Offers from you guessed it, Google.

Times of India

Eric Ravenscraft
Recently, Google released a revamped version of Quickoffice for free to the Play ... It's also worth pointing out that if you want to do any work with Microsoft file ...
Lifehacker

Google Now Offers Free DDoS Protection - Gizmodo
Adam Clark Estes
Google's waving its pro-internet freedom flag again, launching a suite of anti-hacker software intended to help human rights and elections-related websites in ...
Gizmodo

Why Should We Do Everything Google Says? - Search Engine Journal
Bernadette Coleman
Matt Cutts I have said this before, I love Google. I live and breathe Google. But the other day at dinner my husband and I were talking about why we had to make ...
Search Engine Journal

Google seeks to attract small businesses with Maps Engine Pro tool ...
Trevor Mogg
Google announced Maps Engine Pro on Monday, a tool aimed at small businesses that enables map-based visualization of company-related data "to help make ...
Digital Trends

Google's Project Shield helps small websites stand up to DDoS attacks
Yes, it shares the same codename as NVIDIA's portable Android console, but Google's Project Shield has nothing to do with gaming -- it's all about.
www.engadget.com/.../google-project-shield-helps-small-webs...

Google launches new anti-DDoS service called 'Project Shield' | The ...
Google has announced a new suite of tools for activists and non-profits at their Ideas conference in New York today, including tools for evading web censorship ...
www.theverge.com/.../google-launches-new-anti-ddos-service-...

Ford's Alan Mulally for Microsoft? CEO mum on move - CNN.com
Microsoft announced a deal last month to purchase Nokia's mobile phone ... 8 reasons Mulally is better for Motown than Microsoft .... Powered by Google.
www.cnn.com/2013/.../hong-kong-alan-mulally-ford-microso...

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