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My assignment: Suggest gifts for family, friends and even yourself. My list is things I use and adore, or things I want to buy. I'll offer some thoughts on hardware and software. Let's get right to it. Prop 'n Go iPad stand I bought a new iPad Air 2 this year, and it's a joy. But the Apple case...

December 5th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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I took a look at Wickr for iOS more than a year ago. It offered free and extremely secure messaging between others with the Wickr app. At the time of the review, I longed for a Mac client, and now one has just been released. It has all the features of the Wickr iOS app, and there now are apps for W...

December 4th 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Arguing for consumers in a class action iPod lawsuit against Apple, Attorney Patrick Coughlin accused the Cupertino company of deliberately deleting music files downloaded from competing music services. These files were removed from customer's iPods without their knowledge or consent between 2007 a...

December 4th 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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I usually enjoy games which require strategy, problem-solving, and mental exercise. I hate the vapid passivity which our technologically-glutted culture appears to aid and abet. I also deeply appreciate app creators' attempts to be thoughtful, careful planners who finely tune their creations to co...

December 4th 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Long before Apple was shoehorning the latest from U2 into your iTunes account, it was deleting songs originating from rival services. Tell us if this sounds familiar: You grabbed Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster from Amazon MP3 in 2009, threw it in your iTunes library, went to sync your 160GB iPod cla...

December 4th 2014 at 7:24am 0 Comments
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Your holiday gift-giving might include an iPhone or iPod touch for your favorite person, but do you really want them to listen to music through the standard Apple earbuds? Klipsch has been making speakers since 1946 - when I was in college back in the 1970s, it was a sign of pride to have a pair of...

December 3rd 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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For many, the holidays mean shopping, and that prompts a hunt for deals. Fortunately, you can use apps to keep you fully informed and speed you along on your shopping journey. Zen Shopping (free) is a solid entry in the growing field of shopping apps, and one you will want to take a look at. The...

December 3rd 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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It's hard to believe that in 2014, we're still talking about the iPod as a monopoly. Hell, it's strange that we're even talking about the iPod at all. But thanks to a slow winding judicial process, a class action suit against Apple stemming from its business practices in the mid-2000s is getting u...

December 3rd 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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The iPod's glory days are long gone, but plaintiffs certainly have long memories. Add a slow-moving judicial system into the equation and what we have, in a broad sense, is an upcoming anti-trust trial regarding Apple's ancient efforts to restrict music purchased on the iTunes Music Store to the i...

December 1st 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Black Friday may be over, but the holiday shopping deals continue on Cyber Monday. The deals on Apple gear are not as plentiful last week, but you can still save some money if you are looking for a Mac, an iPod or an iPad mini. Mac Select MacBook Air and Pro models - Best Buy - Up to $100 discou...

November 30th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments