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Why I'm ditching Beats Music and going back to Rdio

When I did my initial Beats Music review back in January, I found the service to be so good I was almost certain I'd switch from Rdio and leave it behind. I did just that and for almost three months, I only used Beats Music on my iPhone, the web, and through Sonos. Unfortunately, small issues turned into much bigger ones that, ultimately, have led me to cancel my subscription. Here's why...

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iPads, Lambos, and speed limits

The big news this week was AAPL's earnings. The iPhone beat all expectations to once again thrill — and terrify — the world as an almost unmatched profit-making machine. The iPad, however, came up short. The iPad didn't sell as many as expected or as it had in the past. That's in the context of one quarter, however. What is it in the context of Apple's business?

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How iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 need to fix iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain lets you generate, store, and manage strong, unique passwords between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. In theory, that's an amazing win for both convenience and security. Unfortunately, it's only in theory. Sadly there are two big problems with iCloud Keychain, one conceptual, one architectural, that make it so that I — and anyone concerned with security — can't use it. Luckily, it's something that can and hopefully will be fixed with iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.

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Apple's 7 for 1 stock split: What you need to know!

Alongside their Q2 2014 results, Apple announced a 7 for 1 stock split. In other words every share of AAPL will soon become 7 shares of AAPL. Whenever a big company announces a stock split lots of people talk about it as if it’s some kind of big deal. It isn’t really a big deal at all. Public companies like Apple have their shares traded on a stock exchange where average Joe buyers like you and I can buy and sell. Big money managers can do the same. The total number of shares in existence makes up the entire company. I often explain that it’s like cutting a pizza.

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Tim Cook's game with Wall Street: Underpromise and overdeliver

Tim Cook is playing a dangerous game with investors, analysts and tech journalists. We've been hearing for months about how Apple will launch products in new categories, but there's still no sign of these new products. Time will tell if Cook's gamble to tease us will pay off.

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Apple Q2 2014: Wow, were we wrong!

Last night I was all set to review another boring Apple quarter. Many stock followers thought the numbers would arrive in line with guidance (and Street expectations), and that there wouldn't be too much exciting stuff happen on the call.

Wow. Were we wrong.

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How can Apple excite investors beyond Q2 FY14's boring quarterly report?

Today after the market closes AAPL will report Q2 fiscal 2014 results. Expectations are for a boring (read: very profitable, but no growth) quarter. Analysts forecast $43.5 billion in revenue and $10.18 in earnings per share (EPS), which is pretty much a repeat of last year's numbers. Unless Apple surprises us with something, the focus isn't going to be on the results, or even the guidance for next quarter. Apple investors want to know what's coming next. We all want to know — what will Apple do to become a growth company again?

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Five reasons to stay away from Apple's OS X beta seeding program

Apple's letting the general public test pre-release OS X Mavericks software. There are good reasons not to sign up, however

Apple on Tuesday announced a beta seeding program that enables anyone — not just registered developers — from gaining access to pre-release OS X Mavericks software and applications from Apple. There are some good reasons to get involved, but there are an equal number of reasons to stay away from it. Here are a few.

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Why Tim Cook narrated Apple's new environmental video, Better

Apple recently launched a new, environmentally focused video called "Better" and what's more — it was narrated by their CEO, Tim Cook. That, having a high ranking executive voice-over a video, marketing or corporate, isn't common for Apple. Steve Jobs, famously, recorded the voice over for the now-iconic "Think Different" ad but ultimately went with Richard Dreyfuss as narrator. So, why Tim Cook?

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Why Nike would be smart to outsource their fitness hardware to Apple and the iWatch

There's a rumor going around that Nike is axing their Nike Fuelband hardware division. Whether it ultimately proves to be true or false, given where Apple is and where they may be going with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and perhaps even an iWatch, it makes a ton of sense.

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