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Is 2014 Shaping Up to Be Apple’s Year?

Is 2014 Shaping Up to Be Apple’s Year?

We hear it annually: this is going to be Apple’s year. The company’s fans from around the globe predict that Apple will come up with something new or groundbreaking and dramatically change how we interact with technology.

Over the last few years, however, those folks have been wrong. Apple has not unveiled anything in the last few years that could be considered groundbreaking in any way. In fact, save for the Mac Pro, its latest product launches have been awfully boring.

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There is no “Apple Trap”

There is no “Apple Trap”

There's a conspiracy theory appearing in print this week summoning up the suggestion that Apple purposefully creates products that become obsolete over time. The very idea that such an article exists - here in 2013, no less - but that it only targets one single company as such makes it clear: someone didn't do their homework. Claims against Apple specifically are made by the NYTimes in an article called "Why Apple wants to bust your iPhone" in its online edition and "Cracking the Apple Trap" in print.

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Are Consoles Pushing Gamers to the PC?

Are Consoles Pushing Gamers to the PC?

There are PC gamers and there are console gamers. The console gamers would rather not get involved with PC gaming, while PC gamers look at those who invest and consoles and can’t help but wonder why they would invest in a device that won’t change over a significant period of time.

Years ago, PC gamers and console gamers stayed within their silos and didn’t even consider coming out. After all, to be a PC gamer was a badge of honor. And to play console games was to say that investing in new GPUs and high-end keyboards and mice was a mistake.

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HBO Needs to Be the Next Netflix

HBO Needs to Be the Next Netflix

Netflix and HBO don’t like each other. Well, at least HBO doesn’t seem to like Netflix. And Netflix? Well, it would love to have HBO content on its streaming service, but it’s not fond of the fact that HBO has no desire to do so. In fact, HBO has clearly drawn a line between its service and Netflix.

HBO reasons that such a move makes sense. After all, the company has been successful at offering cable-subscription services for years and with new, original programming to offer like True Blood, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom, it’s obviously seeing an opportunity to expand its presence in the entertainment world and achieve something far more grand.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Round is gimmicky not geekery

Samsung’s Galaxy Round is gimmicky not geekery

I love odd gadgets and weird technology. I like manufacturers that think at right-angles when it comes to designs and functionality. Yet Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Round, the Android smartphone with a curved AMOLED display like a techie taco, for all its new screen technology, leaves me cold. "Samsung's Galaxy Round is the epitome of in-fighting with LG" I tweeted last night. ""We got there first" and never mind if "there" is pointless." That prompted a discussion on how I could be enthusiastic about Samsung's Galaxy Gear, also derided by many in recent weeks, but not about the South Korean company's other more unusual designs. For me, it comes down to innovation versus excess.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 Will Win This Console Generation

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Will Win This Console Generation

The war for dominance over the eighth console generation will soon be on. Nintendo has a head start with millions of devices sold, but starting next month, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will hit store shelves, unleashing what will surely be a hotly contested battle between the firms.

But I’m here to tell you, before the industry has even had a chance to get all three devices on store shelves, that the PlayStation 4 will be the winner this console generation.

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Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7 has been a lightning rod of controversy over the last week. The operating system has been called the very best mobile software Apple has ever released by the company’s hardcore fans, while those who aren’t so quick to sing its praises say that it has much room for improvement.

Of course, that there’s some backlash isn’t all that surprising. Apple’s iOS 7 is a major departure from the previous operating system, featuring an all-new design, new visual effects, and new functions. The operating system was crafted by Jonathan Ive, and by the look of things, Apple is going in whatever direction he chooses in the future.

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Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Earlier this week, a teardown by IHS revealed that Apple’s iPhone 5c costs the company $173 to produce, representing a 12 percent reduction compared to the iPhone 5. The entry-level iPhone 5s, meanwhile, sets customers back $199.

The news was not at all surprising. Apple has for years been building products for a relatively cheap sum. But as Apple continues to generate massive profits and carriers sell unlocked iPhones for several hundred dollars, I can’t help but wonder if the company is going a little far with its pricing.

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Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

SteamOS is on the horizon - an operating system based in Linux made to run on a variety of devices called Steam Machines. The gaming company known as Valve suggests that their Steam Machines will become "a powerful new category of living-room hardware", having been created by a wide variety of manufacturers and working with unique hardware made for all manner of prospective gamers. At the base is the Valve prototype - a Steam Machine optimized for the living room, for gaming, and for Steam.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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