10 resolutions Apple should make for 2012


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This is the first year Apple will operate without its co-founder and leader Steve Jobs. To move forward without him, what does the company need to do in the new year? While I’ve never fancied myself a prognosticator, I do have a few suggestions on what the Cupertino, Calif. company needs to do.

Some have to do with changing the way Apple works and does business; others require some hard decisions on Apple’s product lines. Either way, 2012 will give us the first glimpse whether or not Apple can move on from its past and iconic leader.

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January 2, 2012

Microsoft expects IE9 to claim 25% of browser market in December


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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team announced on Friday that IE9 has passed both Firefox and Chrome in market share, and will soon be the number one browser among Windows 7 users according to data from Net Applications.

Though data from the month of December is not yet complete, the Internet Explorer team expects IE9 to close out the year with a quarter of the browser market as users upgrade from Internet Explorer 8.

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December 30, 2011

Microsoft releases SkyDrive, Kinectimals for iOS

Microsoft releases SkyDrive, Kinectimals for iOS

Microsoft debuted two new apps for Apple’s mobile platform. The new apps are iOS versions of popular Kinect game Kinectimals and Windows Live SkyDrive, its online storage service.

SkyDrive is free, although Microsoft is charging $2.99 for Kinectimals. The game is the only app that the company currently charges for. The two apps follow the release of an Xbox Live app earlier this month and OneNote for the iPad, and Lync for the iPhone.

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December 14, 2011

Forget analysts and pundits: Apple’s best days are ahead

Forget analysts and pundits: Apple's best days are ahead

Have investors, analysts, and pundits lost their minds? Reading some recent Apple analysis you could make that case. The company is still wildly successful financially, yet perusing the news sites and the blogs will make you think the company is in some danger of failure. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

There is too much focus on the present, take for example Apple’s most recent quarterly results. The Cupertino company had its second best quarter ever, yet investors focused on analysts sky-high expectations. Apple paid for it, and still hasn’t recovered two weeks later.

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November 6, 2011

5 real-life tales of terror from Apple

5 real-life tales of terror from Apple

To kick off Halloween today, Betanews’ Managing Editor Joe Wilcox gave us a lighthearted list of 10 things about Microsoft to be scared of. Here’s a slightly more grim list of stories from the Infinite Loop.

HORROR FACTORY— Though nearly every consumer electronics company uses some Chinese contractors for parts or manufacturing, Apple has a black mark on its ethical record for the unsafe working conditions at Chinese factories that supply parts for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod product lines. Stories of labor horrors include rash of employee suicides, and fatal explosions at Foxconn, and fatalities from exposure to neurotoxin N-Hexane at touchscreen supplier Wintek.

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November 1, 2011

Delaying Nexus Prime-Android 4 launch — because of "Steve Jobs’ passing" — lacks business logic

Delaying Nexus Prime-Android 4 launch -- because of "Steve Jobs' passing" -- lacks business logic

Friday, Samsung and Google postponed what could be one of the most significant Android device launches in awhile — likely the Nexus Prime — scheduled for next Tuesday, October 11. The original statement was somewhat vague, but disclosed that both parties agreed that “it was not the appropriate time” to release the device.

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October 8, 2011

You bought HP TouchPad, it’s discontinued, now what?

You bought HP TouchPad, it's discontinued, now what?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Today, HP killed its WebOS tablet just six weeks after sales stared. Did you buy one? Are you willing to admit it? We’d like to know how you feel about it all.

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August 19, 2011

Office 365 becomes Office 364 with Wednesday outage

Office 365 becomes Office 364 with Wednesday outage

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Less than two months after launching, Microsoft’s hosted productivity suite went down today in North America.

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August 17, 2011

Can Google-Motorola Mobility bring stability to the Force?

Can Google-Motorola Mobility bring stability to the Force?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his cabal of Jedi lawyers brandish patents like light sabers. But if Verizon’s general counsel is right, Google will end the patent-clone wars after completing the Moto acquisition.

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August 17, 2011

Why isn’t Apple protecting iTunes/App Store users from purchase fraud?

Why isn't Apple protecting iTunes/App Store users from purchase fraud?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

John Gruber and MG Siegler may deny it, but there is massive fraud going on through iTunes and the App Store. Apple’s response, or lack of it, is the first problem. Apologists are the second.

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August 13, 2011