Apple keeps figuring out how to make our life better with technology in ways that we keep missing or not thinking about. It's an Apple hallmark that we keep forgetting about over and over, then smile when we see it.
Just when we thought Microsoft was beginning to get it, to understand its plight in the world of mobility, the company schedules an event in New York to launch the Surface 2 tablet. It's almost like doubling up on failure.
Microsoft has been having an identity crisis. Ever since Apple released the original iPad, Microsoft thought that their vision for business would set a preferred course. And then the company discovered that the whole world had changed. Can Microsoft adapt and survive? It depends on your perspective.
Discovering new music can be a challenge, but Vern Seward points out 2 free apps that will help in this week's Free on iTunes. NPR Music and musiXmatch. And there are more freebie as well.
It's time for Microsoft to think differently. The company announced earlier this week that it was buying Nokia. That's certainly thinking differently, but Big Redmond needs to go much further. In today's unsolicited advice column for Microsoft's board of directors, Bryan Chaffin is suggesting that Microsoft turn to Communist China for inspiration and become one company with two systems.
Amazon announced an interesting and important program this week called Matchbook. This program allows customers who purchase some physical books to also download a Kindle Edition version of that book at a discount, or for free. Bryan Chaffin explains why this could show brick and mortar book stores how to remain relevant in the emerging age of ebooks.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch that has been rumored for about half as long as Apple's iWatch. The company announced it today, and the biggest thing Bryan Chaffin gets from it is that it should have been called the Galaxy Fear.
Enjoy Shakespeare? Vern Seward points out two free iOS apps that'll help you get the most out of The Bard's master works in this week's Free on iTunes. They're called Shakespeare and SwipeSpeare, and he has some more freebies to share with you, too.
Nothing stays the same. Trends in technology continue to accelerate. Even if you hold back, you're dragged along at an accelerated pace. It's only a short leap from wearable computers to having them in our head permanently. What does this say about our future?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says there's a big malware threat in the mobile device space, and it isn't Apple's iOS. It's Google's Android, and it's so much of a problem that Homeland Security is warning law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical personell to avoid the platform.
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