Bye Bye Blockbuster

Bye Bye Blockbuster

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Blockbuster closes

That Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection isn’t surprising. Holding out for so long is the real shocker. I expected today’s filing at the beginning of 2009. This outcome was inevitable and may yet foreshadow future bankruptcy filings from other dinosaurs of the retail analog age, such as Borders Books.

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September 24, 2010

10 questions to ask before buying iPad


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

On Friday night, I bought an iPad nearly three months after giving 12 reasons why I wouldn’t. An unexpected reason came up: My wife’s MacBook Pro died. I reckoned she could temporarily use the tablet (which cost way less than any new Mac laptop) and give me a chance to better test the device (than using the Apple Store display models). I’m not among Apple’s inner circle of reviewers, nor on any of its other reviewers’ lists. I’d have to buy an iPad to test one and pay the restocking fee should I decide not to keep it. The MacBook Pro failure presented reason to join the iPad Generation.

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April 19, 2010

iTunes pricing is out of control

iTunes pricing is out of control

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Succinctly stated: You pay more.

Apple has a reputation for charging more for most everything, while often delivering less than competitors. Any Windows PC-to-Mac laptop pricing comparison is example enough. The Windows computer typically comes with higher-resolution display, more system memory and beefier storage than comparatively-priced Mac portable.

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January 12, 2010