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The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

There's no better time than now for Microsoft to turn the way they do business on its head - who better to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer than entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk? This man has successfully launched an all-electric vehicle, sent a privately-made, privately-powered space vehicle to the International Space Station, and is - as of this week - making a series of hand-gesture-controlled rockets based on concepts shown in the Iron Man film series. Wouldn't Microsoft benefit from the real-life version of Tony Stark?

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Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

One of the most engaging bits of technology unveiled this year with the Motorola-made Moto X was Touchless Control, allowing users to say, "OK Google Now" to begin a query with the device. This service is always listening for the voice of the person with which it's tied, and can be activated even when the device is locked. Motorola (and their parent company Google) employed this service on the Moto X as well as all three of the new DROID devices released to Verizon this month - and it's more than likely headed to a wide variety of smartphones (and tablet) once Qualcomm has their way with the market this summer.

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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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