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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

Gil Grissum

Apple will likely come up with some way to mask the back doors in the upcoming iOS 8. They'll do a better job of hiding it in their next iPhone versions, as well. Someone slipped up and didn't mask the back doors. Someone has likely been quietly fired and given a gag order to keep them from discussing how they screwed up hiding the back doors. Likely, they'll have received a healthy severance in exchange for their silence...

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

Gil Grissum

The problem with the premise that bringing the start menu back might increase interest in Windows 8, is that Classic Shell gave the Start menu back to Windows 8 and 8.1, for free, many months ago. It's a bit late in the game for Microsoft to have finally come to their senses and realized that lack of the start menu turned almost everyone off to Windows 8. They should've figured that out after the thing wasn't selling well to begin with. Will bringing back the Start menu move the needle enough to increase Windows 8 uptake? We shall see, once it appears as a download.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

Gil Grissum

They should've done an upgrade to the Z30 and made it a side slider. That makes sense and would be comfortable to hold. Nothing about the "Passport" makes me want one. I wanted a Z30, but it never made it to Sprint. Maybe Chen can sell these for cheap in the EU or developing nations. It's just not going to be popular in the USA.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

Gil Grissum

Not interested in a phone that's watching and listening to what's going on around me. I'm sure that the NSA and GHCQ would love for lines to form to buy this phone, but I won't be in any of those lines.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

Gil Grissum

Alrighty then. Won't be considering Windows Phone. And I was getting interested in Cortana. Looks like I'll be avoiding that relationship now. :-)

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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

Gil Grissum

Way to go, Oracle.

Was this bloke making money from supporting your product with a website that provided helpful information for JDE users? Nothing I've seen, indicates that he was charging for access to his website. So why dump this legal grap on him, when all he was really doing, was giving Oracle customers a reason to keep doing business with them? Ridiculous heavy handed nonsense!!

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Gil Grissum

Re: Do people on this forum even understand the issue?

No one really cares about the middle class or the poor, since apparently, they aren't gay or lesbians. Don't expect there to be a petition that gets Aynn Rand fired from her job or to "step down" from her job.

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Gil Grissum

Ok. So Mozilla just needs to hire a gay or lesbian and that should calm the outrange G's and L's down enough for us to all get back to our lives? If you don't support same sexy marriage, you might not want to express that opinion, publicly. Just sayin.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

Gil Grissum

Cortana is welcome. At least she won't sound like a trans gender version of Lurch from the Adams family.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

Gil Grissum

If the NSA can give us free cloud services, then why can't Obama give us free health care instead of helping his Insurance company buddies wallet r8pe us? Maybe Obamacare is secretly funding that NSA Cloud? Don't know, but I decline participation in both.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

Gil Grissum

Short of attempting to go off roading and rock crawling in a Tesla, what sort of freeway were the two affected cars traveling on that had obstructions large enough to puncture a battery compartment from underneath the car?

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

Gil Grissum

Is this bungling clown responsible for the Windows 8 train wreck? Human stupidity has stooped to a new low.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

Gil Grissum

It doesn't really matter what Microsoft wants. As stated elsewhere, business customers don't rush into new OS or new PC deployments. Windows 7 is what they all want and if PC manufacturer's stop selling Windows 7 PC's in February of 2015, business customers will just wait it out until they see a significant change from the disaster that is Windows 8. No matter how much the handful of geeks that like Windows 8 think everyone should jump on board, that's just not going to happen. Microsoft blew it with Windows 8 and businesses aren't going to be pressed into buying Windows 8, no matter what Microsoft does.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

Gil Grissum

OMG. Delays in shipping the R2D2 Edition Mac Pro? What shall we do while waiting?

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

Gil Grissum

Selling an old version of the iPhone in emerging markets has always been Apple's "low cost" solution. Trouble is, consumers can find Android and Windows phones with bigger displays, more memory, faster CPU's, and bigger batteries that perform better than the iPhone 4, hence why Apple's market share outside the USA is relatively small compared to Android. Consumers want more for less, not 4 year old technology for less that was behind the curve when it was introduced four years ago and even more behind the curve now. Sure, people want the fashion statement that is the iPhone, but apparently, they don't want it nearly as much as they want Androids, outside the USA.

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Gil Grissum

Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

You drop a phone that isn't in a protective case, it's going to break. That includes the iPhone 4. Best way to protect it is with a case. The screen and back didn't break by themselves or due to a "design flaw". The phone was obviously dropped. Only the user can take the blame for that.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

Gil Grissum

This is an interesting way to keep Google's OEM partners happy, while giving the Chinese Lenovo, yet another American company. Has this become the United States of China?

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

Gil Grissum

As far as I can tell, Blackberry has never invented, produced, and sold an externally attached Blue Tooth Keyboard for any of their Blackberry phones, so merely claiming that a vertical slip on Blue Tooth keyboard that's not built into any phone but is a separate keyboard attachment violates any Blackberry patents, is questionable, at best. And if merely having a vertical keyboard was a Blackberry patent violation, Why didn't Blackberry sue Samsung for the Jack, Palm for the Treo, Centro, Pre, and Pre + and others who produced phones with vertical keyboards?

Blackberry has it's work cut out for it on this one, I think.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

Gil Grissum

Big surprise? I doubt Ms. Keys would have jumped ship if it wasn't sinking. She probably doesn't want to be associated with the brand now, especially considering that Blackberry has left the consumer market. From the list of things she did mentioned in this article, it doesn't sound like she did much for Blackberry. Of course, her tweeting about the role from an iPhone, probably wasn't the best idea.

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AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

Gil Grissum

AT&T is clearly uncomfortable with T-Mobile's 2013 growth and the potential for what they may promote at CES. While you can get cash for turning in a T-Mobile phone and cash toward a new AT&T phone, you still face the same AT&T conditions services, and capped data, that were present before they offered T-Mobile customers this bribe. And the fact that they are specifically targeting T-Mobile customers (not Verizon or Sprint), means that it is in fact, T-Mobile, that AT&T is most concerned with. I don't see very many T-Mobile customers bouncing to AT&T for this offer. The short term benefits aren't worth the long term headaches.

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Canadian teens cuffed over alleged Snapchat child sex pics ring

Gil Grissum

Is Snapchat still worth 3Billion?

How many incidents like this must happen before Spiegel sees the light and accepts a 3 billion or less, offer for his company? More incidents like this and he'll start feeling like an idiot for not selling for 3 billion. Greed is only good when you can take the money and run. Waiting around for more money may be proven to have been a very bad idea for Spiegel.

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Death of the business Desktop

Gil Grissum

Post PC era

I've been hearing about the so-called "Death of the PC" since 1996 when Scott McNealy confidently proclaimed that his Java Station thin client was suppose to replace PC's. Problem is that thin clients and flash arrays are dependent on company's spending more money on Servers and Server management than on desktop computers and server management combined. We're not just talking about flash memory arrays, we're talking storage, and since at this time, Flash memory is much more expensive than HDD disc storage, this "Post PC era" hasn't happened and isn't going to happen any time soon. Bean counters, are the reason why. There is no cost to performance benefit in eliminating desktop computers. Desktop computers are cheap and aren't complex to manage because they have their own memory, storage, and CPU and therefore, are not dependent on a server for memory, storage, and CPU. They are only dependent on networked servers for networked connections and the internet access, e-mail, and in any networked software or additional services. And if, as in my day job, you work in a call center doing tech support for Enterprise Mobile Device Management and all of the system that you use run inside of a browser, you sure as hell wouldn't want your computing entirely running from expensive servers that would have to be deployed in greater numbers than your desktop computers, just to allow you to do your job.

Perhaps when the cost of Flash Memory reaches the cost of HDD disc storage, we can begin to think about this Post PC era situation, but until thin, while small businesses with more money than sense, could benefit from a "network computer" thin client situation, larger enterprise businesses most definitely would be wasting money in eliminating desktop computers from the work place. There simply is no cost to performance benefit in doing so, at this time.

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

Gil Grissum

I don't suppose the egg head genius's could've come up with a way for Windows 8's Metro interface, Windows RT, and Windows Phone could have a common code base and apps work on all three (while full desktop apps would still work in the Windows 8 desktop). That would've been an idea that made sense. That's the antithesis of Balmer. Or perhaps, Sinofsky is the one to blame for that disaster?

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Selling phones? Nonsense, BlackBerry is all about THE CLOUD

Gil Grissum

I have a co-worker who had a Z10 and was extolling the virtues of the BB10 platform until he tried to side load Android apps. The next time I saw him, he'd gotten an iPhone 4S. Who's going to sign up for some BB enterprise service, especially considering that Microsoft is about to do the same thing and many Enterprise shops run on Microsoft Networks. Microsoft gets a foot hold in providing a similar service for BYOD Enterprises and that's it for BB, if they attempt to do the same. How many businesses are going to trust BB over Microsoft at this point?

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Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

Gil Grissum

I've been hearing about the "decline of the desktop PC" since 1996. The SUN MICROSYSTEMS Java Station was supposed to replace desktop PC's. Where is Sun Microsystems now? They are Oracle's betch and Scott Micnealy is the one who is "gone". Tablet's may be great for sales people and executives but for production workers or tech support workers such as myself? There's a PC on my desk and it isn't going anywhere, any time soon. Smart phones can't even replace Tablets, much less Desktop PC's that discussion is over. Macs? Sure. Managers and executives. Unless Apple turns everything they make (including Macs) into ARM powered devices, the PC as it is, isn't going anywhere, as far as production in large companies is concerned. At least until MS Office runs on every platform and I don't see Microsoft doing that.

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Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

Gil Grissum

Unified Code Base with an Arm Emulator that allows use of X86 apps would make a Surface RT a useable Tablet solution. If Microsoft gets there before Apple does, this will be interesting.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Gil Grissum

Way to got, Samsung. Guess you don't plan on selling too many of those Note 3's. This about guaranties that our Aviation client does not upgrade to the Note 3. They're likely to look elsewhere for a Phablet solution for their flight attendant's. I've heard that Delta's Flight Attendants are using Nokia Windows Phones. They're not Phablets, but at least they aren't region locked and they are on AT&T.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

Gil Grissum

The NSA already has your fingerprints. This just insures that your fingerprints and identity are linked to your iPhone in case it is stolen. Makes it near impossible for anyone to use, who isn't you. So this isn't going to give the NSA your fingerprints because they already have them, know who you are, who you talk to, and what you're doing.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

Gil Grissum
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Re: In most US Corps...

Particularly if that senior is a billionaire and writes the rules for the company. We having a bit of a fling here before returning home to the wife? Hard to imagine Brin will leave the biologist for a mere saucy minx.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Gil Grissum

Maybe this sort of thing is common place in the EU, but having worked for numerous companies where either the CEO is a woman or the CIO is a woman, half the tech support staff are women and some of them where pretty shoes, dresses, paint their nails, wear makeup, and change their hair color. Yes, IT is a "boys club" persay but these days, there are plenty of ladies prospering there, at least for the company I work for.

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

Gil Grissum

Here. There. Whatever

As can be seen by the recent incidents involving the GCHQ and the Brazilian partner of a Gardian publication reporter, it doesn't matter where your data is kept. All you have to do is be traveling through the wrong country and the Jack Boot Squad will "detain" you for questioning.

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

Gil Grissum

Overhyped Apple TV?

So what if Apple does release an over hyped TV. What then? Think everyone will rush out to over pay for a TV with an Apple logo? I seriously doubt it. The fan boys and fan girls will, but the general public will not.

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

Gil Grissum

Android

BB would've done well to have abandoned the QNX approach and install Android with a BB UI. An Android "fork", if you will. That would've instantly plugged BBX (if that's what it would've been called) into the Android app ecosystem directly without the side loading failure (Gingerbread? Really??) and allowed BB to have introduced their new handsets much sooner, remaining relevant. Now look at them and the joke that Heins has become.

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

Gil Grissum

Snowden go to through "proper channels"?

Right.

Had Snowden gone through "proper channels", we never would've heard anything. In fact, he likely would've been "permanently silenced" and would've "vanished" without anyone ever even knowing that he ever existed, just to keep the whole NSA thing under raps. That's how they role. They can't "silence" Snowden now without a severe amount of public backlash. And this press conference and the need for more "oversight" has nothing to do with Snowden? Sure. Right. LIE!!! We wouldn't even be having this discussion if Snowden hadn't leaked the info that the NSA is spying on "ordinary Americans" and everyone else, everywhere. And as others have pointed out, Obama didn't say that anything would change. Just that he'd appoint this one and that one to review this and that in order to make it appear as though there is more oversight, so as to give us all the warm fuzzies. I don't think so. The cat is out of the bag and won't ever be jumping back in...

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

Gil Grissum

SkyNet

Oh sure. Let's fire all of the Sys Admins and turn the world over to SkyNet. You know how that movie ends. BOOM!!!!

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Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

Gil Grissum

Really??

I don't use Facebook mobile any more as it is. Unless these video ads appear on Facebook chat, I'll never see them on mobile and I can curtail my use of Facebook on my computers in all but my business site. Posting and selling advertising is one thing. If Advertisers don't make sales from them, they'll stop buying those ads, won't they?

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

Gil Grissum

REALLY??

I was just laying in wait for the HTC ONE MAX or Galaxy Note 3 until I saw this. I guess it's back to the safety of another iPhone, with iOS 7 and Activation Lock...

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Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

Gil Grissum

Hmmm....

This reminds me of how Comcast use to insist on us installing their "Constant Guard" anti-malware software on both PC's and Macs before allowing connection to the internet in 2011. I uprooted and uninstalled that Comcast malware as soon as I possibly could. Makes me wonder if the much vaunted X-1 platform they've been advertising along with "The fastest WiFi", is actually this listening device nonsense. We don't need it in my house and any attempts to force it upon is, will be resisted.

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Microsoft loosens strings on Office 365, drops kimono on upgrade options

Gil Grissum

NO THANKS

Two different companies that I've contracted for this year, are avoiding Office 365 like the plague. I'm avoiding it too. Office 2011 and Office 2008 on my Mac work quite nicely, while I'm still nursing Office 2007 on my PC. No need for the latest ribbon interface crap version with more nonsense I won't use than anything that I will.

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

Gil Grissum

Hmmmm

Oh well... So much for the iPhone 5C selling to China Mobile. Cook can forget that deal now.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

Gil Grissum

Re: Typical American behaviour @LPF

Sure, because the public is currently buying more iPhone 4 and 3GS than iPhone 5. We wouldn't want to ban products that will be obsoleted in a month. That's a month of obsolete product sales that idiots who can't wait for the new iPhone, will want.

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Gil Grissum

Really??

This wasn't really about the iPad or iPad2. This was about the fact that the iPhone 4 is outselling the iPhone 5 for the simple reason that the iPhone 5 isn't enough of an upgrade to warrant purchase, while the iPhone 4 can be had for lower prices, if not free, entirely. That's what this is really about. But what makes it odd is that, this happened a month before the release of new iPhones and iPads. The iPhone 4 will be retired by then, so this import ban wouldn't really have affected Apple, nor affected consumers in any real way. Consumers have many choices available to them.

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

Gil Grissum

REALLY??

This haven't learned the Tablet pricing lesson, Microsoft? No one is going to buy the Surface Prof for $899, particularly without the much needed keyboard attachment. How can these idiots not have learned the lesson from their 2002 Tablet PC's? Overpriced = customers won't buy. There are a gazillion products out there offering more value for less money, even if they don't run full Windows programs. Way to fail, Microsoft. Way to fail...

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FBI spooks use MALWARE to spy on suspects' Android mobes - report

Gil Grissum

Hmmmm...

No mention of the iPhone or Blackberry, so is it safe to assume that these platforms are not vulnerable to FBI Malware?

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Gil Grissum

It doesn't matter...

MS Support for XP is less important than MS wanting us all to use that smoking pile of cow heap, known as Windows 8. I'm happy to be working for a tech support firm who has deployed Windows 7 64 with 8GB of RAM on Core i5 3.2GHz Dells.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

Gil Grissum

Your employer's equipment

Using his employer's computer for personal google searches was a bad idea. Employers can, will, and do monitor your internet browsing history and e-mail. Knowing that, I personally do not use my employer's computer equipment to do any personal Google searches. Since I work in Tech Support, I only occasionally visit relevant technology sites (like this one), for which, I cannot be sanctioned. I also do not send personal e-mails from my employer's computers. I use my smart phone for personal use, for e-mail, web browsing, and internet searches, which my employer cannot monitor nor tamper with. Had her husband used his smart phone for such searches instead of his employer's computer, this episode would not have happened.

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Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Gil Grissum

Hmmm...

Sales down from previous quarter? I suppose China consumers have lost interest in the previous low cost iPhones, i.e. iPhone 4 and 4S. Perhaps the plastic candy colored iPhone 5C will spark interest, but only if Apple can convince China Mobile, and that will not be easy. I think that if Apple offered the 5C in the USA, it might be considered to be a premium low cost product by that everyone wants, whereas if Apple just offered the 5C in China, the Chinese might perceive that as Apple offering them a cheap iPhone, exclusively, just to get them on board, instead of a low cost iPhone that everyone everywhere, wants.

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Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

Gil Grissum

Really??

I thought you had to make a genius bar appointment by either calling the Apple store to make that appointment of logging on to the Apple website with your Apple ID and making the appointment. Why would anyone go to some third party website to pay for something that Apple doesn't even charge for, unless the scalpers are logging on to the Apple website to reserve all of the available genius bar time slots? Wouldn't someone at the Apple store notice that the person who shows up for the appointment isn't the person who made the appointment? And given the low market share of the iPhone in China (necessitating the introduction of a plastic iPhone to spur sales in China and hopefully get China Mobile and China Telecom interested in selling the iPhone 5C to customers), how many punters there are really paying for genius bar appointments?

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

Gil Grissum

Really??

The Facebook case is easy to decipher. Someone on his friend list ratted him out. But how did the court discover that the other bloke did a Google search, when no identity or contact details are necessary to perform a Google search?? The British version of PRISM, or was the court authorized to track the internet use of all jury members in that case? Glad I don't live in the UK. Haven't had to serve any Jury Duty here in the USA, although I've been called to do so. Never been picked. I'm biased, and therefore, neither side would want me on a Jury.

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

Gil Grissum
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Hmmm...

Part of the problem is that last year, Apple did their typical spring iPad upgrade cycle with "The New iPad", only to release another iPad in the fall with the "Lightening port, as well as the iPad mini. Those who bought "The new iPad" must've felt slighted by this Apple sales tactic. There was no need for them to run out and buy the "iPad 4", when the only real difference was a lightening port. Apple may have thought that the iPad mini would make up the difference, and while they sold more iPad mini's than iPad 4's, the lower price meant lower profits, and they didn't sell enough iPads to really impress. So while Cook and co. may be "comfortable with where they are at", they may soon find themselves selling even fewer iPads than this. Let's see how comfy they are next quarter and after the year end holidays.

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