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Why Competing with Google+ is Impossible

Why Competing with Google+ is Impossible

And why Apple has the rest of the keys to the kingdom. That's what we're about to talk about here. Let me preface this by noting a few facts: The day I write this article is the first day since the launch of the Google+ BETA web and mobile-based service that we've seen the ability to invite new users up for more than a few hours. Another factoid: Google now has a successful presence in each of the following sectors: software (mobile and web-based,) global web-based search, web-based email, and media sales (primarily apps at the moment, with much more on the way in the near future.) Then they've got the most important component of all: a globally recognized top-tier brand. With each of these elements in place, Google, (and more specifically their new social networking project Google+,) has become truly and forevermore impossible to compete with.

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Altec Lansing Unleashes New MIX Boombox iMT810

Altec Lansing Unleashes New MIX Boombox iMT810

Of the many technologies and gadgets that have become obsolete over the years, the form factor of the iconic boombox remains. In fact, Altec Lansing has a lineup of digital boomboxes that are iPod and iPhone speaker docks in disguise and they have just begun shipping out their latest addition---the MIX iMT810 that's now compatible with the iPhone 4.

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Future iPhone could slur speech when battery low

Future iPhone could slur speech when battery low

Your next iPhone could whimper like a tired puppy when its battery is close to empty, or get frantic when connected to 4G networks, if one of Apple's latest patent applications has its way. "Adjustable voice output based on device status" promises to adjust the voice output of various device status reports according to other factors, like sounding "more or less tired based on the battery level." It's not the only Apple patent app suggesting non-traditional communication, either; "Input devices and methods of operation" may be a dull title, but the application describes a new type of tactile feedback that could see buttons breathing on your fingers to guide them into place.

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Spotify takes on iTunes with iPod management, download bundles, more [Video]

Spotify takes on iTunes with iPod management, download bundles, more [Video]

Streaming music service Spotify has launched its biggest assault on iTunes to date, with the addition of iPod management functionality. Plug in an iPod classic, nano or shuffle and Spotify will list it in the new "Devices" section of the updated software: you can then sync across your existing MP3s as well as buy MP3s through Spotify's refreshed download service. Meanwhile there's mobile iOS and Android news for free Spotify users wanting to take their tracks on the go.

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Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Since 2003 Apple has beat on every single earnings report and today the streak continues. We reported on the earnings this afternoon but I wanted to write a more in depth analysis. When looking through the numbers there were a couple of things that stood out that are worth a few thoughts. So let's dive in.

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