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[8 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,116 views]

Apple has purchased a factory ($100 million) and partnered with GT Advanced ($587 million) to produce sapphire crystal. That’s a big investment in a big facility, which has led to big speculation, though at least one obvious application isn’t being …

iPhone, Tech »

[5 Nov 2013 | One Comment | 1,060 views]

Interesting times, indeed. Apple has purchased a former First Solar factory in Mesa, Arizona where GT Advanced Technologies will manufacture sapphire crystal for use in Apple products.
Currently, sapphire crystals are used in iPhone and iPad camera lens assemblies, as well …

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[31 Oct 2013 | One Comment | 569 views]

It has been widely reported that Apple has opened a new AppleCare warranty/warehouse location in Carlisle, PA, its second major US warranty center. However, the deal is apparently not quite done.
The source for the original rumor is 9 to 5 …

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[3 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 1,028 views]

With more than 31 million customers and over 300 daily trains, keeping up with Amtrak isn’t easy. The US national passenger rail carrier, however, has taken a big leap forward into the 21st Century with the launch of the Track-A-Train …

Apple luv, Tech »

[22 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 300 views]

Yes, the generals of the junta linger. Nevertheless, openness and the trappings of modern life are asserting themselves in Myanmar (aka Burma) — the first Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened and, later this month, so will an official Mac reseller.
The …

Cord Cutter, Tech »

[18 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 233 views]

The Roku 3, which shipped in March, has been received very well both critically and in the marketplace. The Roku 3, however, isn’t a standalone device, but a template for other new set top boxes, including the upcoming low-cost Roku …

Tech »

[6 Sep 2013 | 3 Comments | 967 views]

If browser market share is a proxy for Microsoft’s overall fortunes going forward, then Redmond is truly doomed. Five years after its initial launch, piggybacking off Apple’s open-source Webkit project, Google Chrome is now the world’s favorite browser and things …

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[23 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 477 views]

When the original Nexus 7 arrived in 2012, the reviews were breathless — Google had nailed it. However, within weeks, a range of serious issues surfaced — janky displays, poor software, reliability and, capping it all off, deplorable service. Though …

Hardware, Tech »

[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 829 views]

Thunderbolt’s delivery has badly lagged its promise, a familiar state of affairs for those around for the rise and fall of FireWire. As the rest of us wait for Apple’s Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac Pro, another Intel partner, Asus, has delivered …

Mac, Tech »

[24 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,026 views]

Standards, and Apple’s relationship to them, are funny things. Whereas Safari is something of a leader vis-a-vis the unfinished HTML5 spec and the just published 802.11ac wi-fi in the 2013 MacBook Air is fairly cutting edge, Apple is perennial follower …

Mac, Tech »

[24 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,388 views]

Although HTML5 isn’t generating much buzz these days, it’s increasingly capable and common across the internet. Which begs the question, “Which Mac browser provides the best HTML5 compatibility?” Here is an unscientific look at just that.
Why should you care? HTML5 …

Apple luv, Tech »

[17 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 769 views]

Everybody is confessing and Apple Legal has issued a mea culpa, of a sort. As one would expect, it’s not really their “fault” and no real data, of any tangible consequence to us, was released — yet bad guys were …

Mac, Tech »

[5 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 2,953 views]

Back in April, Intel previewed 20Gbps Thunderbolt at the NAB Show, adding that the advanced I/O would ship in 2014. Now, just two months later, chipzilla is back to say Thunderbolt 2, as it’s now called, will in fact ship …

Tech »

[15 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,589 views]

taH pagh taHbe’! Of course, Shakespeare is better in the original Klingon. For those of us not schooled in the language of Kronos, uncovering this beauty was difficult. However, that has changed now that Microsoft’s Bing Tranlate service implemented translation …

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[27 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 1,913 views]

As these things go in the US, my 15Mbps connection for $53 a month from Time Warner Cable (TWC) is a bit expensive, but the speed is twice the national average. However, VTel customers around the small, rural New England …