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Happy Birthday, Apple II

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The Apple II personal computer is 35 years old today, a bit of news that I’m sure is either making you feel wildly old or gives you an odd rush of steampunk retro-nostalgia. The computer, launched on April 16 and 17th at the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire, went on...
Happy Birthday, Apple II

Polaroid Snapshots of the First Apple Computers Ever Made

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Technologizer's Harry McCracken has unearthed some photographs taken by Paul Terrell of the Byte Shop in Mountain View, California in 1976. At the time, the Byte Shop was one of the only computer stores in the world, and ended up being the first dealer for an upstart company called Apple...
Polaroid Snapshots of the First Apple Computers Ever Made

Will Microsoft try to take on Apple by manufacturing its own tablet?

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Microsoft is allegedly prepping to directly compete with Apple in the tablet market The Redmond, Wash.-based Company scheduled an event in Los Angeles on Monday to make a “major announcement”. AllThingsD reported earlier this week that the event would unveil Microsoft’s tablet plans: After signaling for months that it...
Will Microsoft try to take on Apple by manufacturing its own tablet?

Phil Schiller Claims Customers Aren't Asking for Built-In Blu-Ray Anymore

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Apple customers are no longer asking for Blu-ray drives in their Macs these days, according to Apple marketing head Phil Schiller. This is perhaps unsurprising given Apple's trend toward removing optical drives from its notebook and now desktop lines, but may still cause some consternation among Blu-ray fans. A MacRumors...
Phil Schiller Claims Customers Aren't Asking for Built-In Blu-Ray Anymore

Photoshop C6 Review roundup, and free beta download

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We reported this week that Photoshop was on the way and the review embargo has just lifted. HEre are some reviews from around the web: Time’s Harry McCracken says it is a little magical. The Verge thinks it’s largely the same Photoshop, good and bad, underneath. developing… Download Photoshop CS6 from...
Photoshop C6 Review roundup, and free beta download

Everything you need to run your business... from your iPad

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This week, TIME Magazine editor-at-large Harry McCracken interviewed himself as a follow-up to his piece on how he had been using his iPad as his primary computer. During the interview he mentions that he still uses his iPad a lot – so much so that it is still his favourite...
Everything you need to run your business... from your iPad

Google Is Close To Acquiring Personalized News Startup Wavii (GOOG)

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Google is close to acquiring news reading startup Wavii, according to a source. We have reached out to the company and Google. Both Wavii and Google declined to comment. We don't know the price range. Wavii is a Seattle-based startup. It was founded in March 2009, and was in stealth...
Google Is Close To Acquiring Personalized News Startup Wavii (GOOG)

Atari Is 40 Years Old And I Still Can’t Beat The Dragon In Adventure

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It was 40 years ago yesterday that Atari’s Nolan Bushnell taught the world the play. Bushnell, an engineer in game programmer, built and sold Atari in the late 1970s, ushering in the era of the video game and changing the way kids spent nice summer days. Atari is 40 years...
Atari Is 40 Years Old And I Still Can’t Beat The Dragon In Adventure

iPhone 5: First reviews upbeat about Apple's new device

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Ready to get in line for the iPhone 5? This might influence your decision. Early reviews of the new phone are trickling in from tech reviewers around the country, and the consensus is that it’s a strong upgrade from Apple — considerably faster and lighter than the iPhone 4S, providing...
iPhone 5: First reviews upbeat about Apple's new device

The Industry's Reaction to Amazon's Event

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Proving that Twitter isn’t just about complaining about poor customer service or the election, Amazon’s event – which saw the introduction of new Kindles, a new Kindle Fire HD, and more – inspired a firestorm of Tweets. We’ve collected a few of them below, and we expect to have a longer...
The Industry's Reaction to Amazon's Event

Microsoft's Head PR Guy Tries To Make Fun Of Google, Has It Blow Up In His Face (MSFT, GOOG)

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Microsoft's head of communications Frank Shaw is much more entertaining than any other company's head of communications on Twitter. Unlike his rivals, Shaw isn't scared to mix it up a little. For instance, he trash-talked Google over patents on Twitter. He also talked smack about the FT for a story...
Microsoft's Head PR Guy Tries To Make Fun Of Google, Has It Blow Up In His Face (MSFT, GOOG)

Microsoft Surface Pro reviews: Device is good, not great, critics say

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The Surface Windows 8 Pro arrives on store shelves Saturday starting at $900, and the verdict is in for Microsoft's marquee PC-meets-tablet device. Microsoft, like the rest of the stalwarts in the PC industry including Lenovo, Acer and Dell, is attempting to create a Windows 8 device that perfectly...
Microsoft Surface Pro reviews: Device is good, not great, critics say

Microsoft's Secret Event Could Totally Blow Up In Its Face (MSFT)

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We're just minutes away from Microsoft's big secret event, and the anticipation is shockingly high! This is good for Microsoft because it's winning the tech press's attention for the day. It's also bad for Microsoft because it is making the tech press's life miserable. Microsoft didn't tell anyone where the...
Microsoft's Secret Event Could Totally Blow Up In Its Face (MSFT)

Premature Crapulation?

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Premature Crapulation?: Harry McCracken for Time: Windows 8 was never (primarily) about driving PC sales for the 2012 holiday season. It's a long bet on a future in which most PCs have touch capability and many of them are tablets. As such, any current conclusions about how it's doing are...
Premature Crapulation?
iPhone 5 is Time's "gadget of the year"
Ken Segall on Steve Jobs: 'When 'dad' is happy, you will be happy'

Facebook buys Instagram for $1bn and everyone hates it already

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Fans of the photo site aren't too keen on being swallowed up by a behemoth, and they've taken to Twitter to talk about itFacebook has acquired photo-sharing app Instagram, a two-year-old start-up, for $1 billion in cash and shares. The deal was announced by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook – but...
Facebook buys Instagram for $1bn and everyone hates it already

iPhone 5 claims Time 'Gadget of the Year' title

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Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S...
iPhone 5 claims Time 'Gadget of the Year' title

Here's What Tech Bigwigs Are Saying About OS X Mountain Lion (AAPL)

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Apple's OS X Mountain Lion was only just announced, and just as with any other announcement by the company, there's already huge response pouring out online. Here's what some smart people are saying about it: Harry McCracken, columnist for Time.com: "For now, the single best thing about Mountain Lion...
Here's What Tech Bigwigs Are Saying About OS X Mountain Lion (AAPL)

RIM CEO Guarantees App Developers That They'll Make $10,000 (RIMM)

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Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins told app developers today that if their BlackBerry 10 apps didn't make at least $10,000 in their first year, RIM was prepared to pay them the difference. Heins was speaking at the company's annual developer conference, the BlackBerry Jam, going on in San Jose...
RIM CEO Guarantees App Developers That They'll Make $10,000 (RIMM)

Watch Steve Jobs' ad man Ken Segal talk for over an hour about the simplicity of Apple [video]

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Ken Segal, author of  Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success talks with Techland’s Harry McCracken at a Computer History Museum event. From the Computer History Museum: Many people consider Apple the most powerful brand in the world — an accolade that’s hard to dispute when its product line...
Watch Steve Jobs' ad man Ken Segal talk for over an hour about the simplicity of Apple [video]
Hey, Twitter -- shouldn't it be about the users?

Harry McCracken Interviews Apple Ad Man Ken Segall

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Former Apple ad man Ken Segall was interviewed by Time editor-at-large Harry McCracken in a special presentation at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Segall published a book earlier this year about his experiences called Insanely Simple that posited "Simplicity" as the driving force behind everything Steve Jobs...
Harry McCracken Interviews Apple Ad Man Ken Segall
Phil Schiller says PC makers are 'afraid' to remove optical drives, other 'old' technology

Collaborate With Me On Collaboration

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Collaboration, though vague in definition, seems to be one of the more powerful end results of successful social media efforts. Whether it’s collaborating internally to improve business processes and efficiencies or gang-tackling a product improvement with your own customers, social media tools seem to tear down silos and connect...
Collaborate With Me On Collaboration

Apple II marks 35th birthday with no Apple fanfare

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Thirty-five years ago, the public got its first look at what has since been called "the most visionary of the early personal computers -- the one based on the clearest idea what a PC should be, and where it go," writes Harry McCracken for Time online. The machine he refers...
Apple II marks 35th birthday with no Apple fanfare

Technology dreamers given window to future in The Jetsons

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Futuristic technology was given a platform in The Jetsons. Now, the cartoon that made you smile and dream of what could be has turned 50. While we don't yet have flying cars with bubble gas transporting people around, robots that walk and talk and so-called "roadable aircraft" do exist....
Technology dreamers given window to future in The Jetsons

'Jetsons' turns 50: Technology dreamers' window to future

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Futuristic technology was given a platform in "The Jetsons." Now, the cartoon that made you smile and dream of what could be has turned 50. While we don't yet have flying cars with bubble gas transporting people around, robots that walk and talk and so-called "roadable aircraft" do exist....
'Jetsons' turns 50: Technology dreamers' window to future

Time's Harry McCracken on the battery life mystery and Polaroid Super Shooters

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Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire. Time's technology editor-at-large Harry McCracken offers his take on OS agnosticism and the golf disconnect in our latest weekly inquiry session. A collection of responses to the...
Time's Harry McCracken on the battery life mystery and Polaroid Super Shooters

Apple Newton celebrates 20 years of eating up Martha

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History hasn't been particularly kind to the Newton. Apple's early play at the mobile device market has largely been a source of ridicule, considered a low point in the company's catalog. For every suggestion that the device was ahead its time, there are countless "eat up Martha" jokes. It's...
Apple Newton celebrates 20 years of eating up Martha
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