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It's well known that Android has dominant market share as a smartphone OS, but a comScore report released on January 6 highlights the gulf between Apple as the number one smartphone hardware maker and all the rest.
inMarket has announced the launch of the first multi-retailer iBeacon platform with the first grocery marketing solution of its kind. Its "Mobile to Mortar" network utilizes Apple's iBeacon platform to augment the grocery shopping experience for consumers across the country beginning January 6.
Other World Computing, in its initial teardown of the new Mac Pro, discovered that the CPU is upgradeable. So they popped in a new CPU and measured a 30 percent improvement in the Geekbench Multi-core score.
iFixit, not satisfied with it's original Mac Pro teardown, has pried open the "seemingly innocuous" fan cap only to find ... gold in the Wi-Fi antenna array.
On January 3, AT&T announced a plan to attract T-Mobile customers with up to $450 in credits. A promotion/store credit of up to $250 is offered for a current smartphone depending on model and age. Plus $200 in credit, per line, if offered if the customer transfers service to AT&T with the Next plan or activates a device they own on AT&T's network.
Apple has posted an Environmental Report on its new Mac Pro detailing the greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture and use, its energy and material efficiency, packaging and harmful substances analysis.
Dr. Steven Weyhrich has published his long-awaited book on the history of the Apple II: Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer.
The 565 page book covers everything to know about the Apple II: its development by Jobs and Wozniak, its computer languages, everything about the hardware, the accessories, sofware, magazines that sprung up, the online boom (and bust) and all the people involved in the glorious times of the Apple II, all covered in 47 chapters. Two appendices cover the software hits and a complete Apple II timeline.
The book is beautifully produced in hardback and spares no effort with product photos. Anyone researching the history of the Apple II or just wanting to go back and relive those days will want this book for reference. It's a work of passion and scholarship.
Apple's new Mac Pro is now for sale, and reviews are surfacing. They generally tell a story: this is an awesome device, drop dead gorgeous and fast. Already, supplies are constrained. Once again, Apple has properly sized up the market and produced a winner. So why are there grumbles?
What are the essential iOS apps for the backyard astronomer? John Martellaro catalogs some of the most notable iOS apps that round out suite of operational and educational apps for the amateur stargazer using an iPad or iPhone.
olloclip is famous for its line of lens kits for the iPhone series. Now, olloclip has just announced a 3-IN-1 kit for the iPhone 5c with a 10x macro, 180 degree fisheye and wide-angle lens that almost doubles the iPhone's field of view. Plus, it's available in the colors that complement the iPhone 5c: green, blue, pink, yellow and white.
Previously, TMO has reviewed most of the olloclip lens kits, starting with the iPhone 4/4s version, and found them to earn high marks. This model is priced at US$59.99 and launched just in time for the holidays.