October 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Podcast 1442 10-18-14: Rumble in the Techno Jungle & ATT Passport
Techno Cage Match Refereed by Rick Broida The Gadget Guy
Our mild mannered and insightful gadget expert and noted cheapskate Rick Broida, tried to keep the warring parties apart during this lively discussion of Apple technology revealed last week and Google Goods paraded before the public.
Are we all being herded into walled gardens of technology that work seamlessly together provided you have the right hardware? Or are consumers getting fed up with the sales pitch and want good products that just work at the right price point no matter who makes them?
This was a uniquely lively show that you won’t want to miss.
AT&T Offers New Passport Plan for International Travel
Melissa Bahoora, Regional Sales Manager for AT&T in Michigan explains the updated Passport program that allows greater freedom outside the US to make calls and receive data without taking out a new mortgage.
iOS 8 is now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, bringing new functionality and features to the platform.
Custom keyboards, better sharing between apps, widgets, an improved Camera app, and new Messages features are all included in Apple’s new mobile software. The list doesn’t end there — below you will find the complete guide to becoming an iOS 8 pro. We even uncover some hidden features not discussed by Apple during the iOS 8 announcement in June.
Founder of Twitter and Square introducesSquare Capital and Jill Drnek, Detroit Square Customer and owner of Human
Square Capital provides a unique cash infusion for Square customers that avoids banks entirely. It is supporting Detroit businesses like Human, a fashion design store in the renovated Cass Corridor, that displays the works of Detroit clothing designers.
Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. WithApple’s September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn’t mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September’s event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple’s coy “wish we could say more” invitation.
June 7, 2014 | Comments Off on WWDC 2014: The Future of Computing with Apple
Okay let me be frank…. The WWDC is really more of a geek fest and info that is directed to developers. It’s really not for the end consumer even though they talk and show things that the end consumer will benefit from.
With that said, the two things I thought were of consumer interest are:
Mac OS X – 10.10 – Yosemite
Well they have changed from Cats with California names. “Mavericks” was the first and now they have Yosemite. While the names are interesting, the OS features are what we really care about.
Spotlight – More prominent and faster searching. Also does searches not just on the Mac itself but Google searches and suggestions as well. Also as before you can start applications from Spotlight as well.
Continuity – This allows you to work between your iOS and Mac OS X platforms using HandOff. So you can start e mail on your iPhone, and move to your Mac and finish the e mail on your Mac. You can also link to your iPhone to your Mac to use it as a speaker phone.
SMS – You can now relay messages from other than iPhone users …
May 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Apple's WWDC kicks off June 2: What to expect
It’s that time of year again, when the Apple faithful descend on San Francisco’s Moscone Center for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant from June 2 to 6 will give the world a glimpse of what’s coming this year. Apple has used its WWDC keynote as a chance to introduce new products in the past, but more recently has focused on software, saving new mobile device announcements for separate events. This year’s conference — and the two-hour keynote at 10 a.m. PT on June 2 — likely won’t be any different.
The latest round in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement battle is finally over — well at least until it’s appealed.
A jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case, determining that both companies were guilty in some aspects but not guilty in others. The trial included about 52 hours of testimony, three hours of opening arguments, and four hours of closings. It covered everything from the invention of the technology at issue in the case to what damages should total. Apple argued throughout the trial that its case was about Samsung, not Google, and that Samsung copied Apple out of desperation. Samsung, meanwhile, argued that Apple’s suit was about hurting competition and Android.
April 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Apple Q2: iPhone blasts expectations, makes up for iPad decline
By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | April 23, 2014
Apple’s cash-cow iPhone unit blasted analyst expectations, making up for one of the quietest three-month periods in the company’s recent history.
Apple reported on Wednesday fiscal second-quarter income of $10.22 billion on earnings of $11.62 per share (statement). Revenue was $45.6 billion, way past its outlook from its January earnings. Wall Street was expecting Apple to report earnings of $10.17 per share on revenue of $43.55 billion. In the three-months ending March 29, the company sold 43.7 million iPhones, up from the 37.4 million estimated by Wall Street. But the technology giant’s iPad line-up plummeted. iPads remain one of Apple’s main business-focused drivers, particularly bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users who buy the tablet for work and home. iPad sales were 16.35 million, compared to 19.2 million expected by Wall Street. It’s little surprise that sales are down sequentially on its first quarter, which is typically its busiest period with the December holiday season. Apple’s sales often go down in its second and third quarters, ahead of anticipated device releases towards the end of the year. Full Article …