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[ 30 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Stealthy Maxima still Nissan’s top offering ]

I once thought Nissan should drop the Maxima. What’s the point? The Altima is nearly the same size, is cheaper and is nearly identical in look.
So I thought.
I changed my mind when I drove a Maxima recently. The Altima is a very good family sedan. The Maxima is a nearly great four door sports car.
Nissan still markets the Maxima as such. The 4DSC stickers are still on the rear windows, nearly hidden though. I guess …

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[ 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on The review: One week with the iPhone 5 and….. ]

Like many of you, I pre-ordered iPhone 5, actually two of them, the first day it was available. I’ve carried an iPhone since the iPhone 3G appeared and have had every subsequent model since then. This year, I reviewed and fell in love with the Samsung Galaxy SIII and very nearly left Apple for the larger nearly 5-inch phone.
But after watching the Apple keynote and getting a hold of an early version of the device, …

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[ 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Apple CEO Tim Cook says Maps app will get better ]

It’s not often that Apple makes big mistakes, and it’s not often that Apple admits them and publicly encourages customers to use other alternatives, but Apple CEO Tim Cook writes an open letter to customers today doing both things.
Apple has come under major fire from bloggers and tech press and users after releasing its new iOS6 mobile operating system’s new maps application. The maps app has caused frustration with users getting lost or the app …

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[ 21 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on iPhone 5, um, smashes Samsung Galaxy SIII in a Hong Kong Droptest ]

Well this didn’t take long.
We’re getting our first iPhone 5 drop test videos and, while we’d still recommend putting a case around the iPhone 5 — which does detract from the phone’s premium design — it is more durable than probably any iPhone we’ve seen.
The guys at Android Authority, admitting the iPhone is the “phone we love to hate,” did a drop test in Hong Kong with a new iPhone 5 that didn’t even have …

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[ 21 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on iPhone 5 sales open to long lines, Maps controversy ]

Apple’s new smartphone, the highly anticipated iPhone 5, went on sale today and from all reports, the lines at Apple stores have been quite long. Some fans have camped out for more than a week.
Several hundred iFans lined up outside Apple’s New York store and were featured in national broadcasts during the morning news cycle. Apple employees were seen walking around the line answering questions, handing out coffee and water, as people waited to get …

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[ 19 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Sony releases new slimmer PlayStation 3 model ]

While we wait for PlayStation 4, which may show up by 2014, and while we really wait for Nintendo Wii U, which shows up Nov. 18, Sony has brought us a new PlayStation 3 model.
The new PS3 will come in a 250 gigabyte model and a 500 gig version. It’s also 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the current PS3.
The 250 gig version releases Sept. 25 for $270 as part of a limited …

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[ 19 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Apple releases iOS 6 mobile operating system, Maps app creates controversy ]

Apple has released its latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, today. It’s available for download.
Current users of Apple mobile devices can install it by connecting to a computer or by hitting settings on the user screen, the “general” and then “software update” when connected to WiFi.
The new iOS6 removes YouTube and Google’s Maps applications. You can download a new YouTube app from the App Store that is better than the one previously …

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[ 18 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on T-Mobile to fight iPhone 5 with money on Zero Down Magenta Days ]

T-Mobile may not be getting the iPhone 5, but it’s running a promotion that it hopes to lure customers into its stores regardless.
For Sept. 21, the day Apple’s iPhone 5  hits stores, until Sept. 30, T-Mobile is sponsoring a deal its calling “Zero Down.”
What’s it mean? New and existing T-Mobile customers can purchase any device, including the hot new Samsung Galaxy S III, for what works out to be a zero down payment plus a …

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[ 18 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Microsoft plans to have 30 new store locations by Christmas ]

Move over Apple store, Microsoft’s coming.
The Redmond, Calif, based company is planning to more than double the number of its U.S. retail stores in time of the holiday season.
Microsoft has plans to open 30 new locations, according to a report in PC Magazine.
Microsoft is anticipating heavy demand for its new Surface tablet as well a Windows phone and other new devices that will use Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.
Currently, Microsoft has 23 U.S. retail …

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[ 18 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Twitter for iPad app is updated ]

Twitter has updated its iPad app today. The company says it’s “rebuilt the app from the ground up to make it fast, beautiful and easy to use.”
The new app loaded faster for us and made switching between your home feed, your mentions and searching easier. Those tabs sit on the left side of the screen, however you hold your iPad.
When you expand Tweets with photo or video links, the tweet launches in full screen with …