Author Archive for Sam

Teacher, writer, composer, and family man. Maker of delicious Halušky. Contact me via Twitter: @Sam_Denver

Tim Cook Says Recent iPad Sales Drop is Simply a ‘Speed Bump’

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The iPad is an amazing product! New models are more powerful and have additional bells and whistles, but even the original iPad is still so revolutionary that people continue to use it for surfing the web, checking email, and reading books. My new iPad Air 2 is arriving on Friday and yet most of my tech friends are surprised I upgraded at all. Tim Cook calls the decline in iPad sales only a ‘Speed Bump’ but I call it the result of Apple making a product that is too good and they haven’t created an intense need to constantly buy the latest model.

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Cable Cutter Rejoice – CBS is the Latest to offer Web Streaming Subscriptions

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In the midst of the big news from Apple this week there was a smaller announcement which made me even more happy! CBS has long resisted joining popular services such as Netflix and Hulu+, which means you are at the mercy of their website to view some of the most popular content on television after the fact, at least of if you have gotten rid of your cable subscription like I have. Now CBS is foraging forward with an online service which provides access to live content and archives of older and classic content.

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The iPad Air 2 is Here and You Should Definitely Buy It

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Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 yesterday and it is another large jump forward for tablet technology. It has all of the obvious improvements such as being thinner, more powerful, and having a better camera, none of which by themselves justify trading in your current iPad Air. The features which make this new product worth the investment, however, include specialty features such as Apple Touch and the new anti-glare screen coating.

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New iPad Camera Matches the iPhone which Means More People Will Continue Holding the Biggest “Camera” Ever

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Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2 and it comes with most of the expected bells and whistles. One of least surprising updates is a new camera, which essentially matches the same quality we have come to expect with the iPhone. The only downside? Get used to even more people holding up their iPads at sporting events, kids’ concerts, and just about everywhere you can imagine.

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Google Play Shows Incredible Growth in Downloads but Still Lags in Revenue

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The latest report from App Annie is showing that Google Play users are downloading 60% more apps than iOS users are from the App Store. The bad news for Google is that those high download volumes aren’t necessarily turning into the same level of profit since iOS apps produce 60% more revenue than what the Play store is generating.

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Popular Graphic Design Website ‘Canva’ Comes to the iPad

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I remember the first time I visited because their site is creative and they have clearly mastered the online experience. Now we get to see if they can master the mobile experience with a Canva app for iPad releasing today. What is Canva? It is a simple to use design program that enables you to create great looking graphics without design experience and without breaking the bank.

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Rumor: New iPad Pro Delayed due to iPhone 6 Production Demands

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Supply chain sources have told The Wall Street Journal that a rumored larger iPad is being delayed until the iPhone 6 Plus can meet demands. While a delay is disappointing, the good news is that we have further evidence of a 12.9-inch iPad in the works. If true, the larger iPad will go into production for an early 2015 release.

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Developer Finds Hidden Apple Pay Screens in Latest iOS 8.1 Beta 2

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The release of Apple Pay is not far away and iOS 8.1 is a potential release version for the new features. Developer Hamza Sood posted pics of various Apple Pay setup screens which he found in iOS 8.1 Beta 2, both for the iPhone and the iPad. There isn’t a reference on the iPad screen to paying in-store, which points to a probable lack of NFC technology in the upcoming iPad announcement.

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*Update* Apple Campus Taking Shape as Revealed in Recent Drone Flyby

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A drone video has been posted online showing the construction progress of the new Apple Campus. The project, one of the final legacies of the late Steve Jobs, has received a lot of press since its announcement and will be a monument to green construction on a massive scale. FlyOver in Apple Maps also shows earlier progress and the scale of this project is quite impressive as you can see below.

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Future Apple Remote App may Pack Interactive Apple TV Content


The Apple TV is an interesting product that has never made a big splash in the news but has still slowly developed into an integral part of many people’s home entertainment systems. An interface update last week reminded me that Apple is still working on refining the device and a newly published patent application suggests that even bigger changes are in store.

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