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Why the Mac Pro, Not the iPhone 5S, Is My Most-Anticipated Apple Product In 2013

Why the Mac Pro, Not the iPhone 5S, Is My Most-Anticipated Apple Product In 2013

With the possibility of Apple holding a special press event on September 10 looming large in the industry, the excitement surrounding the expected launch of the iPhone 5S has hit a tipping point. Everywhere one turns, they’re finding more rumors and more excitement about the possibility of Apple delivering a new smartphone.

Although I’m an iPhone owner and I’m all for investing in a new smartphone, the iPhone 5S isn’t nearly as important to me as it might be to others. Like it or not, the iPhone 5S promises to be a known quantity. So, perhaps that’s why I’m so excited for the new Mac Pro. In fact, that computer will be everything the iPhone 5S just isn’t.

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Nexus 5: tipped for Motorola, but should it be Sony?

Nexus 5: tipped for Motorola, but should it be Sony?

This week there's been suggestion that the next Google Nexus device would be made in collaboration with Motorola - a team-up that's been expected since the two companies became one last year. In the completion of the Motorola Mobility acquisition by Google, the latter company was pressed on whether they'd give the former special treatment in the form of Nexus device preference - they quickly suggested that the ASUS-made Nexus 7 was proof of non-preferential treatment. Fast-forward to August of 2013 (the month in which this article is posted) and Motorola's first release as "a Google company" is the Moto X.

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Can Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Movie Please Everyone?

Can Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Movie Please Everyone?

Earlier today, I watched a trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS. The film, which stars Ashton Kutcher, claims to be the definitive movie source for the life and times of one of the most iconic figures in all of the technology industry.

Based on the trailer, it appears jOBS will start out the beginning of Apple, delve into the co-founder’s personal life, and talk about some of his greatest achievements. The movie will also follow some of Jobs’ greatest debacles, including being thrown out of the company he co-founded by the powers at the top.

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5500 miles with a smartphone

5500 miles with a smartphone

Smartphones are everywhere. We not only hear this (often with a negative connotation) in our everyday lives, but we witness it, too. It doesn’t matter where you go: to dinner, to the theater, to the bus stop, to the checkout line. It seems every hand holds a smartphone, and every eye is perpetually fixated upon them.

How deeply do smartphones influence and otherwise supplement our lives? Such is not a new question, but one I found myself asking with increasing frequency this summer during a near 40 day road trip from one end of the United States to the other. I spent 5500 miles with my smartphone, and for one drought-ridden summer in an old van it became my best friend, my personal navigator, my faithful mentor, my distraction, my solution, my lifeline - maybe even my crutch at times.

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Is the Moto X too expensive?

Is the Moto X too expensive?

The first Moto X reviews are in, and the verdict seems good: Motorola's new flagship takes a little time to demonstrate its worth, with features like always-listening Google Now and "breathing" notifications, but testers seem taken with the Android smartphone. Yet, if there's one well-repeated criticism, it's of Motorola's pricing for the Moto X; even as it was being announced, in fact, vocal complaints that the phone would cost more than its hardware warranted could be heard. Is the Moto X too expensive? Or are Android smartphones finally reaching a tipping point where overall experience decides worth, rather than how many cores are inside?

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Does Apple drive the tablet market, or ASUS?

Does Apple drive the tablet market, or ASUS?

This afternoon the folks at the IDC released quarterly worldwide shipment numbers for tablets, suggesting as they did so that a slump in the market this quarter may be due to Apple's lack of a new iPad. And we got to thinking: it's easy to relate the growth of the tablet industry over the past several years to the iPad - but what can we see if we pinpoint the releases of individual tablets from each of the other top two tablet-making companies to their quarters? Is it the iPad that's driving this growth, or the release of excellent tablet packages by non-Apple companies?

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Why Can’t Other Tech Companies Be Apple?

Why Can’t Other Tech Companies Be Apple?

Apple is the company that every other firm in the industry wants to be. And why not? For years, Apple has been generating billions of dollars in profits, and the company’s products are considered the very best in the world by a countless number of customers. Apple is simply the most important technology firm in the world.

And yet, over the last decade, we’ve watched company after company attempt to be the next Apple. The companies have tried to produce products that look like Apple devices, they’ve engaged in business practices that resemble those set out by Steve Jobs, and they’ve tried to revive their marketing efforts by making it cooler. All the while, few customers have taken notice.

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Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

The Moto X is too expensive. It's underpowered. It's ugly. Consumers don't want color options. They don't want to talk to their phone, just on it. If it's not metal, it's not premium. Man, the Moto X is a disappointment. Some of the instant - and vocal - criticisms of Motorola's new phone have bordered on the vitriolic, the backlash perhaps again proving that pre-reveal hype can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, there's a sense that in immediately dismissing the Moto X on how it measures up to today's phones, we're missing out on recognizing how it could be showing us the shape of the phones of tomorrow.

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The Wii U Needs to Be Replaced By A Real Contender – Now

The Wii U Needs to Be Replaced By A Real Contender – Now

Can we all finally admit that the Wii U is in huge trouble? I mean, for months I’ve been saying it here on SlashGear, and yet, the company’s most ardent supporters have continued to say that the console will be just fine. But again, that argument flies in the face of the facts.

Nintendo earlier this week announced that during the last quarter, it sold just 160,000 Wii U units worldwide. That’s right – worldwide. To say that’s an abysmal showing for a console that hasn’t even been on store shelves for a year might just be the biggest understatement I can think of at this moment.

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Chromecast is a viable STB replacement, but not for everyone

Chromecast is a viable STB replacement, but not for everyone

The Chromecast was arguably one of the most talked-about new products that was revealed by Google earlier this week. The new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 were cool and all, but the Chromecast definitely got most of the attention, and it’s easy to see why: it’s a media streaming device the size of a dongle, and it only costs $35 ($11 after the 3-month Netflix discount, which has since been discontinued). However, after playing around with it for a little while, I’ve noticed that it’s an awesome device for some people, and an awful device for others.

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