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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode, we welcome columnist Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will explain why he's cut back on his Facebook activities. He'll also profile iTunes 12, the OS X Yosemite-savvy version, and consider whether he should replace his relatively new Mac Pro with a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

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    The Wackiest Reasons Not to Upgrade to iOS 8?

    October 10th, 2014

    As I write this piece, online stats show that iOS 8 is closing in on an adoption rate of 50%, moving ahead of iOS 7 for the first time. That number sounds impressive, and it would be except for the fact that migration from iOS 6 to iOS 7 was far higher at this point in time. But compared with any other OS platform, the numbers are still startling.

    There are legitimate reasons not to update, other than simply not having an iOS device that supports supports it. The oldest iPhone on the list, the 4s, may offer somewhat slower performance after iOS 8 is installed. It's not a whole lot slower — the timings I've seen are in the quarter second to full second range for app launches — but that could be the critical difference between snappy and not so snappy.

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    Dumb and Dumber Surveys

    October 9th, 2014

    So there a big story this week about a certain survey that appears, on the surface, to indicate that teens aren't especially interested in buying an Apple Watch. The results are based on a twice-yearly survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, a respected industry analyst company. The report comes from Gene Munster, known to like his Macs, so it has to be taken seriously, I suppose.

    But there are problems in this survey of 7,200 teens. Yes, it shows that younger people favor iPhones and iPads, which is certainly nothing new, although some have claimed Apple is losing its touch with our youth as the company's executives get older.

    But what about the iWatch?

    Yes, I said the iWatch. This widely-quoted survey was conducted before Apple took the wraps off the Apple Watch, when the media continued to refer to it by the original expected name. Until Apple Watch was introduced, the rumor sites didn't have a whole lot of information about the configuration or the features, beyond what they assumed from other smartphones. They certainly didn't know the price.

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    Apple Up, Samsung and HP Down — Way Down!

    October 8th, 2014

    After claiming Apple is poised for doom for so long, it's going to be real hard for some members of the media and financial community to admit there are better suited candidates to include in the list of troubled companies. It's not that news of those companies is being hidden, but they won't give it much play unless it's all somehow linked to Apple.

    So you have a story in the Wall Street Journal about Samsung's ongoing problems competing in the mobile handset space against not just Apple, but against such companies as Xiaomi Tech at the low end. So Samsung is being encroached on both ends of the market, and that is considered one of the key reasons why the company is reportedly going to report a drop of 62% in operating profits for the latest quarter. That makes four bad quarters in a row, which is not such a good thing for a company that was once considered to be unstoppable.

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    Is There Really a Serious Problem with iOS 8?

    October 7th, 2014

    Since iOS 8 doesn't look altogether different from iOS 7, there's the perception that there aren't lots of changes. If you look at the bill of particulars though, it's not a handful of refinements and some new apps. There are loads of significant changes that are more than skin deep. It's also true that the controversial flat interface of the previous OS is somewhat tamed.

    Although there were loads of protests about iOS 7, upgrade stats were off the charts. Before iOS 8 became available last month, some 91% of the iOS user base had upgraded to its predecessor. That's a compelling achievement by any estimate. In contrast, getting a high single digit adoption rate for a new version of Google's Android can take long months.

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