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    Coming January 31: On this week's all-star episode, outspoken commentator Jim Dalrymple, Editor in Chief of The Loop, explains how he got accustomed to using an iPhone 6 Plus after working with an iPhone 5s. He'll also cover Apple's amazing financials and some issues involving Microsoft, Windows 10, and other products.

    From industry analyst Stephen Baker, Vice President for Industry Analysis at the NPD Group, you'll hear his sage comments about Apple's results. He'll also discuss the impact of 4K or Ultra HD TV, OLED and other technologies, and why, to the consumer, most of these buzzwords may not really matter when they're buying a new set.

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    About Recent Apple Updates

    January 30th, 2015

    Apple had a real busy week, first with those stellar financials. Wall Street seriously undercounted iPhone sales, and sometimes Mac sales. Based on Apple's figures, there are incredible numbers of iPhones being activated around the world. Indeed, it's now claimed that Apple and Samsung are selling roughly the same number of smartphones. But the Samsung numbers are actually rough guesses, so it may be that Samsung sold somewhat more than Apple, or a few million less. But it sounds better to say they are tied.

    With Samsung reporting declining revenue, profits, and smartphone sales, it's clear the public is not so enamored of the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 phablet. All Apple had to do was to make larger iPhones, and they sucked the air out of the Android market. Sure, Android is still the number one mobile platform, and Samsung still sells more more mobile handsets of all kinds than Apple. But most are cheap feature phones that are bought on a budget, or by people who just need a mobile phone without the frills.

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    The 17-inch MacBook Pro Report: From Slug to Sprinter

    January 29th, 2015

    I know full well that Apple isn't about to consult with me about every product marketing decision. So when the 17-inch MacBook Pro was killed in 2012, I may have mourned for the loss of my favorite notebook, but I could understand that maybe it was a little too large and heavy to attract a large number of users. Or I am assuming that is one possibility, the other being that making a Retina display variant might have been too expensive given the state of the technology then. Obviously Apple knows how to do a 27-inch 5K version now, but I do not expect them to resurrect the larger MacBook Pro.

    After all, it's not that sales of Macs have been suffering any.

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    The Apple Blowout Report

    January 28th, 2015

    So after loads of predictions on how Apple would do for the first quarter, the truth is out there. Ahead of those announcements, there was word of Microsoft selling 10.5 million Lumia smartphones, and perhaps a million Surface tablets, as if ether result is a positive. Hint: They're not, at least by the standards set by Apple or even Samsung for that matter.

    What is certain from Apple's fiscal 2015 first quarter numbers is that lots of people are buying iPhones and Macs, and not so much iPads. Still, the folks at Samsung must be freaking over Apple's results, particularly after so many alleged tech and financial pundits originally embraced that company and expected them to destroy Apple.

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    Should Android Users Hide their Smartphones?

    January 27th, 2015

    I know there's a tendency on the part of some online pundits to deliberately put Apple in the headline as hit bait. It's not my intention to do the same thing with an Android slant. Aside from the obvious factual accuracy of this column, I just don't play the hit bait game. I'd like to believe — naive as the concept might be — that the content will be sufficient to attract an audience.

    So there's a report from CNET with a headline that says a lot, "Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers." It's so important I don't know why it hasn't made the headlines of every single mainstream newspaper, not to mention other tech sites. You see, despite the huge sales gains Apple is expected to report this week to the financial community, Android is still the number one mobile platform on Earth. Hundreds and hundreds of millions of handsets and tablets use Google's OS, so if there are serious questions about security, people need to take notice.

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