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Apple abandons servers

Apple is getting out of the server business - no, don't act surprised: it's been selling servers since 2002. But after eight years trying -- well, not actually trying very hard -- to sell the rack-mounted Xserve, it's quietly announced [PDF] that, after 31 January 2011, it will no longer sell them.

November 8, 2010 by

Netgear introduces NeoTV media streamer: Does it have any chance against new Apple TV, Google TV?

Netgear has a history of offering streaming media players that support a wide variety of file formats to play on your HDTV, like its latest introduction: the NTV550 or NeoTV 550. But can NeoTV make itself a place in the marketplace when Google TV is on the way, Apple appears set to release a new version of its TV as early as this afternoon, and even Sony has a compelling streamer in its new Netbox?

August 31, 2010 by

Apple tops PC makers in customer experience survey

Apple beat all of the top PC manufactures in a survey about their customer experience.Forrester asked nearly 5,000 consumers about their interactions with a variety of companies, gauging the usefulness, ease of use, and enjoyability of those experiences in its Customer Experience Index 2008 (PDF, reg.

April 19, 2009 by

Internet traffic data shows the iPhone was top dog in February

AdMob released their February 2009 report (PDF link) that gathers data from ads on more than 6,000 mobile web sites and 1,000 applications around the world. This data does not show sales information, which is tough to really understand because of the way companies count sales and the way data analysis companies count smartphones. Looking at the US smartphone figures, Apple has the lions share of traffic 50% in Febuary 2009 with RIM in second with 21%, Windows Mobile in third with 13%, Palm in fourth with 7% and Android in fifth with 5%.

March 24, 2009 by

MWC 09: DataViz shows Documents To Go on iPhone with copy and paste

We knew that DataViz was going to demo their Documents To Go product at MWC for the Apple iPhone and Dieter Bohn had a chance to sit down with them and get a live demo of the product in action on an iPhone. At this time Word document editing is working with Excel editing still not quite there yet. Their product will provide Word and Excel support along with PDF viewing. They also do have cut and paste support within the application.

February 18, 2009 by

Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

The big news today regarding the Apple iPhone seems to be the launch of Soonr (PDF news release). Soonr is an iPhone application that lets you access and view documents stored in the cloud. You cannot edit or create documents on the iPhone since that functionality is not yet available, but you can share them with others and print to a remote printer from your iPhone. Evernote also recently launched their file syncing capability. Is one better than the other or are both services valuable for iPhone users?

January 5, 2009 by

IT Dojo: Disable USB storage under OS X or Windows

Hollywood would have IT pros believe that the biggest threat to network security comes from international super hackers or high school kids trying to download games like global thermonuclear war. In reality, we face a more mundane threat--our end users, particularly those wielding USB storage devices.These pocket-sized devices can store a large amount of data. But even if your users aren't planning to cart off sensitive company files, USB storage devices (external hard drives, camera, memory stick, MP3 players, etc.) can be a headache in other ways. Employees may use your networks to download music to their USB-based MP3 players. New USB flash drives, such as SanDisk's U3 smart drives, can even run software directly from the device--a perfect tool for the end-user who wants to run unauthorized software on your network.If your concerned about USB storage devices on your network and don’t feel a written policy alone will protect your data, disabling the devices is your next step.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, shows you how to disable USB storage devices on both Apple OS X and Windows. The United States National Security Agency (NSA) described the process in a March 2008 document from the agency's Information Assurance Directorate.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, download PDF version of this tip, and learn more about mitigating the risks poses by USB storage devices from our IT Dojo blog.

April 28, 2008 by

Preview's CMYK conversion bug

Apple keeps improving its Preview application that comes with Mac OS X. However, a recent Apple technical note warns that when converting color spaces and formats, the software may bring unexpected (and unwelcome) changes to an image.

April 15, 2008 by

Under the hood: FCC site shows pix of iPhone with back cover off

Since the period of confidentiality Apple has requested of the FCC for displaying images of the iPhone has now expired, this means that the FCC site can show all sorts of iPhone photos taken during the testing and documentation process for the device.Some of these photos are available within a PDF file posted on the FCC site here.

July 5, 2007 by

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