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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode: We present Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of Laptop magazine, who will discuss the ins and outs of the "Heartbleed" bug, affecting some versions of the open source OpenSSL, which impacted a huge portion of the Internet, the magazine's first review of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, and a number of Microsoft-related topics, including Office for the iPad and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.

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    Revisiting Professional Macs

    April 17th, 2014

    While I still run into people from time to time who believe that Macs are sophisticated consumer computers and not suited for professional work, I'm sure most of you know that isn't correct. But I do understand the point of view.

    Regardless, over the years, it was generally assumed that an all-in-one Mac was useful for small business or consumers, while a Mac tower was the work machine that the content creators craved.

    That, however, changed in late 2009, when a new lineup of iMacs came out with quad-core processors, reasonably speedy graphics, and expansive hard drives. As development of the Mac Pro appeared to have slowed, a tricked out iMac, customized with extra RAM and the more powerful processor and graphics chips offered by Apple, actually met or exceeded many Mac Pro benchmarks. Yes, I understand that having extra processor cores counts in some apps, but not in most.

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    Apple and the Market Share Myth

    April 16th, 2014

    Some believe that Macs were the most popular personal computers on the planet before Microsoft and Windows took over. But that was never true, not even at the beginning. In the old days, "real PCs" used MS-DOS and many were actually made by IBM. Sure, Macs were popular among certain classes of PC users, particularly those involved in content creation, but for many the Mac was just a fancy, overpriced toy that would never do real work.

    When Windows became dominant, Apple's minority market share really shrank. The success of Windows 95 convinced some to give up on Macs completely, since Microsoft and Windows were, to them, just as good, had more apps, and more users.

    Indeed, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple as the result of the decision to buy NeXT, the company he co-founded wasn't in very good shape. Some suggested it came to a point where bankruptcy was close, but Jobs made the right moves to cut expenses and discontinue non-performing products. The rest is history.

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    Is Cord Cutting a Fantasy?

    April 15th, 2014

    The conventional wisdom goes that more and more people are ditching cable and satellite TV and taking the streaming video route. Certainly, the growth of Netflix is an example of a company plowing a different road and achieving great success. But it's largely about having award-winning original shows, such as the dark political thriller, "House of Cards," which are not available anywhere else.

    Indeed, there are loads of third-party networks that provide a wide range of TV programming. So if you want typical network fare, there's Hulu Plus," although you won't get your favorite shows at the same time they appear on a regular TV or cable channel. Apple TV offers several dozen apps or channels, or you can just rent typical pay-per-view movies and TV shows via iTunes. Roku offers hundreds of choices, some very obscure, but adding up to a positively huge range of programming choices.

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    Newsletter Issue #750: Imagining the Next iOS and OS X

    April 14th, 2014

    On June 2, 2014, iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks will become yesterday's news. That's when Apple is expected to unveil the next versions of both at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, so let the speculation begin in earnest.

    It's not that there's anything necessarily wrong with the existing versions of Apple's free operating systems. But time marches on, and you have to keep up with the program. Besides, iOS 7 was nothing if not controversial. The heavily-modified flat look, the brainchild of superstar designer Sir Jonathan Ive, was thought by some to be inferior to the previous of aging iOS 6.

    It didn't help that the initial release was ragged around the edges, although the interface and the options to smooth the excesses were largely resolved in iOS 7.1. Performance on the 2010 iPhone 4 even became good enough to be useful for many, so they didn't have to scramble to somehow induce iOS 6 to be reinstalled. According to the most recent estimate, some 87% of iOS gear still in use are using the latest and greatest OS. Take that Google!

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