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Apple is systematically putting many initiatives together in a strategic way. Looked at in isolation, each is nothing for competitors to worry about because it just looks like another puzzle piece. Taken as a whole, the effects will be lethal for the competition.
Out of the box, a Macintosh is configured to search for a wired and Wi-Fi Internet connection. However, there may be a need for some additional adjustments. John Martellaro explains the basics of the Network System Preference.
Apple's new Senior Vice President, Retail and Online Stores is Angela Ahrendts. What are some of the things customers and Apple retail store employees are hoping will be high on her to-do list in her first year? John Martellaro ponders such a list.
The L.E.D. Portable Charger is a Kickstarter project, a high-capacity, Lithium-ion 5200 mAh charger for all your smartphones and tablets. It weighs just 154 grams. As a battery charger, it can charge your iPhone several times over with its 5V, 2A output. It also has three levels of low-heat LED illumination. Used that way, is has a 100 hour battery life. Included are two USB charging stations so you can have, say, one at home and one at work. Two microUSB cables are included. Besides having a good battery capacity, the three LED lights could also be used as a signal lantern or close quarters lighting. The Kickstarter project has eight days to go and needs just a few more backers to reach its goal.
CNET France is reporting that Apple has developed a patent and plans that will allow the iPhone to block a user from texting while driving. The technique utilizes the iPhone's iSight camera.
IDC has reported Q1 shipment numbers for tablets worldwide and noted that, in its analysis, the rise of larger screen smartphones and a longer upgrade cycle by consumers for a new tablet contributed to a weaker than expected quarter.
When the corporate need for wealth, fueled by pervasive advertising, outstrips the funds and time of customers, there is technological pushback. That's when customers start looking more carefully at the concept of value, and that's why they love Apple.
Mozilla has released Firefox 29 with a new, easy-on-the-eyes, more usable user interface. A new customization mode, easy access menu, sleeker tabs, and a consistent look across platforms have been introduced. John Martellaro, a long time advocate of Firefox, describes his first reactions.
During Apple's 2014 Q2 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that, in North America, the iPad's share of Web traffic is almost four times that of all the the other Android tablets combined. That's true, but here's what he didn't say.
There are many technical and enterprise professionals who come to depend on Apple's hardware and software. In fact, their livelihood may depend on these products. Then, when Apple makes a course correction, the howling begins. It's happened so many times with Apple, it's hard to keep count. John Martellaro sizes up the howling, the aftereffects and the opportunities.