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Where would tech be today without Apple?

Where would tech be today without Apple?

Imagine a different world, a world without Apple, the most dominant company in the world. Better yet, imagine a world where Apple never existed and never launched its computers, never offered the iPod or iPhone, and never unveiled an iPad.

Now that all of that is in mind, imagine what the world would be like. Would it be a better world? Would the technology industry have more innovative companies delivering technologies we have now? Would companies that Apple demolished along the way have found a way to succeed and do what Apple hasn’t?

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Mojang’s 10-year safety net

Mojang’s 10-year safety net

The gaming company Mojang made the game Minecraft. Because of this game, primarily, the company is able to make massive amount of profit. This week one of the co-founders of Mojang, Markus "Notch" Persson, made clear that the company is doing so well that they currently have a 10-year safety net.

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Apple’s Beats buy about Music, not headphones

Apple’s Beats buy about Music, not headphones

Apple acquiring Beats is not about design. Apple did not acquire Beats for their design prowess, as the Beats group does not design the physical elements of their own products - Ammunition Group* does. Instead, Apple will have acquired Beats for its inroads to music, one way or the other. It is possible, if this deal is done, that Apple will have made a bad decision.

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LEGO grows up: Ages 6-11 and Unlimited Potential

LEGO grows up: Ages 6-11 and Unlimited Potential

Upon learning I'd be heading to New York City this past month, the first thing I did was to seek out the local LEGO store. Going to a LEGO store is not the same as shopping at a mall - it's more akin to seeking out a local landmark. Going to a LEGO store is not the same as purchasing LEGO bricks at a Target or a Wal-mart. Visiting a LEGO store is an experience in and of itself - entirely unique.

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Is the long-awaited Apple television vaporware?

Is the long-awaited Apple television vaporware?

Apple is working on a television. That’s what the rumor mill says, at least. It’s also what analysts claim, what Steve Jobs hinted to in the Walter Isaacson biography on his life, and what everyone hopes to see. But at this point, I’m starting to wonder if all of those claims and our hopes and our dreams about an Apple television won’t ever translate to an actual device launch.

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PlayStation 4′s best 4 games for now; 4 for later

PlayStation 4′s best 4 games for now; 4 for later

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is, so far, the leader in the gaming industry, thanks in large part to its outstanding design, affordable price tag, and appeal to the hard-core gaming segment that wants as many high-quality games as possible. Still, this generation is young and there’s still a long way to go before Sony’s console officially takes the top spot in total sales. And the thing that will help the PlayStation 4 achieve that goal will be its games library.

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Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Cable-cutting -- the act of cancelling your cable or satellite subscription to join the ranks of occasionally holier-than-thou set-top-boxers -- is a slowly growing change to how many get their daily entertainment fix. Benefits abound for cutting the cable, and you've likely heard the tropes by now: lower cost, better access to content in the moment, and the reality that cable-cutting better fits with many viewers' schedules (if you're time-shifting all your shows around your work schedule, there's little point in keeping a traditional cable subscription, after all).

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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