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The rise and fall of QuarkXPress: How a titan lost control of an industry they defined

We've seen it happen over and over again. A company exercises almost monopolistic control over an industry (BlackBerry and smartphones, Atari and video games, Microsoft and...well, everything) and then they lose their footing. More nimble competitors sweep in and eat their lunch. Nowhere is this lesson underscored more than in the desktop publishing market with QuarkXPress. So writes Dave Girard in Ars Technica.

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Editor's desk: The biggest thing missing from CES 2014

You don't go to CES. You survive it. CES is like standing in front of a firehose of wondrous, grotesque gadgets, some amazing, some imbecilic, yet the sheer volume and velocity being fired out of any hose... hurts. This year we tried to to blanket our coverage, to bring you as much as inhumanly possible, and Georgia Dow, Anthony, Simon Sage, and Richard Devine on the ground, and Peter Cohen, Ally Kazmucha, Joe Keller, and Chris Parsons back at HQ managed to get almost 50 videos shot, edited, and posted over 3 days. We can argue that maybe it was too much — I'd agree, next year we're going to go for the less-is-more approach — but it was the job they were all given and they kicked it's ass. I can't thank them all enough.

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How many customers does Apple need before it's not a cult anymore?

We've all heard it before: that Apple users are mindless sheeple incapable of thinking for themselves. That they'll buy any polished turd because it has an Apple logo on it. That they're slavishly devoted to the brand. Apple as cult is an outmoded concept, a worn-out trope and a really lazy way to understand the company's appeal. And I'd really like to see that description of Apple stop.

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Booth babes at #CESlive: The next generation!

CES of years past used to have a plethora of scantily clad women whose whole reason was to titillate and draw attention to various tech products. This caused an outpouring of angry feedback from various groups who felt that it was exploiting women and not setting the proper tone for CES. This year there is a lack of the infamous “Booth Babes” but we did find a whole lot of beautiful and bright women selling various products and thought you might want to take a look.

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Apple sees increased use in business, thanks to its success in the home

The iPhone's famed "Halo Effect" is creating opportunities for Apple in business. A recent report from Forrester Research shows that global business spending on Apple computers and tablets has increased dramatically in recent years, rising from 1 percent in 2009 to 8 percent in 2012, according to a new article in the Wall Street Journal (it's behind a paywall).

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Everything iPhone and iPad at #CESlive... in 10 minutes!

Not at CES 2014? Not a problem! We're bringing #CESlive! Right now we're going to take you on a complete tour of the iPhone and iPad booths in North Hall, and show you everything you need to see... in 10 minutes!

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A plea for more humanity in tech reporting: in defense of David Pogue

On Tuesday Yahoo launched Yahoo Tech, a new web site spearheaded by well-known tech pundit David Pogue and comprising work from long-time veterans of tech magazines and the blogosphere. Pogue explained that the new site is aimed at mainstream consumers, people who don't ordinarily read technology sites. He promised to use plain language, steering away from techno-jargon and the self-obsession that marks the low point of tech journalism - buzzword bingo and yawn-inducing inside baseball coverage of the tech industry that regular joes simply don't care about.

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App Store ratings are broken, let's get rid of them

App Store reviews have been a thorn in the side of developers for about as long as they've been around. And yet another story is making its rounds on the Internet to remind us of App Store reviews' ugly side.

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214: What should we expect from Apple this year?

2013 brought us quite a lot from Apple, backloaded as it might have been. For the first half of the year, there was almost nothing. Then, at WWDC 2013 in June, Apple showed off iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, released the Haswell MacBook Air and 802.11ac AirPort and Time Capsule base-stations, and teased an all-new Mac Pro. July saw the launch of Logic Pro X. September is when things really got started, with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, followed in October by the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, the Haswell MacBook Pro and Haswell iMac, and new, free-with-purchase, versions of the iWork and iLife. So what can we expect from Apple in 2014?

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Forget the rumored iPad Pro, what 2014 needs is a better Apple TV

Rumors of a 13-inch iPad Pro were once again making the rounds this week, amped up by talk of a 4K Retina display. I have absolutely no idea whether or not it will ever become a real product, but I’ll happily go on record saying I don’t think 4k resolution makes a lot of sense for a tablet. It’s possible someone might put one out, and it’s definitely possible that there is a market for one, but I don’t think it’s possible for such a product to financially matter to a company like Apple in 2014. Personally, I think Apple could get more bang for the buck if they opened a game store for the Apple TV.

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