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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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    The Apple TV Revelation That Means Nothing

    April 11th, 2014

    To show you how desperate the media has become when it comes to news about a forthcoming Apple product — any forthcoming product - there is a certain report that indicates Comcast knows something about the next Apple TV.

    Or maybe not.

    In an FCC filing designed to explain why it's a great idea for Comcast and Time Warner to merge, there's a single phrase that is giving the media goose bumps. It comes from a paragraph designed to explain the competitive landscape in the broadband and cable industries:

    Today, Google competes as a network, video, and technology provider, and 8 out 9 of the next Google Fiber markets the company announced are in Comcast or TWC areas. Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box. Microsoft just announced that it will feature ads on the Xbox One, creating a new video advertising platform. And just last week, Amazon announced its own set-top box while it continues to leverage its unequaled sales platform and family of competitive tablets to promote its burgeoning Prime Instant Video business.

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    No, There’s No Samsung Death Watch

    April 10th, 2014

    The meme that has played out is that, since Apple's profits have been relatively flat in recent quarters, and growth has slowed, the company must be in serious trouble. Any day now, they will be forced to fire Tim Cook and find someone, anyone, with a vision, to move the company forward. Meantime, Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, a manufacturing conglomerate from South Korea, is on a tear and is taking over the smartphone world.

    Or at least that's what the critics say.

    Yet it seems as if Samsung isn't quite the juggernaut some have suggested it might be. But this goes back to the days of the introduction of the iPhone 5 in 2012. Some overeager financial analysts suggested that Apple would sell as many as ten million units the first weekend, with no actual evidence to back up that claim. When Apple sold half that number, a record for the company or any company making smartphones, that was sufficient to indicate the iPhone 5 was a big failure in the making.

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    iWatch or iHealth: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

    April 9th, 2014

    Desperate for news about a new Apple product, any Apple product, the rumors have moved back and forth between Apple TV and its variations (including a TV set) and the iWatch. While it is certain there will be an update to the Apple TV box before long, it's not so certain when it comes to the TV set.

    But enough of TVs and living rooms. What about your watch?

    You don't wear a watch? Well, you're not unusual. While I've had a watch since I was real young, my wife only wears one on the weekends, but she uses it as jewelry, not as a means with which to tell time. My son takes his iPhone out of his pocket when he needs to check the time, although he also had a watch when he was a kid.

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    Time for Another Apple TV Rumor: Ho Hum!

    April 8th, 2014

    For a while I thought that the media fetish over the possibility of an Apple TV set was over and done with. But it's back again with yet another alleged supply chain rumor about Apple sampling 65-inch flat panels. This time, they are reportedly using OLED, a promising technology that has yet to appear in a product people can actually afford.

    OLED, short for "organic light-emitting diode" is yet another technology employed in digital displays. The supposed advantage over the various LCD schemes used now include extremely deep black levels, high contrast levels, and infinite viewing angles. The latter is the biggest advantage all things being equal, because it means that a family doesn't have to crowd together on the sofa to get the best TV picture.

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