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Apr 18

A Three-Minute History of Apple

Starting with Apple’s humble beginnings in April 1976 and ending with its current status as a tech titan, this video run-through of the company’s history holds a notable lesson for federal agencies.

The company’s first big success came in 1977, with the Apple II personal computer, which eventually sold 2 million units that had what now seems like a pitiful 1 MHz processor. As the 1980s began, Apple went public and exceeded a billion dollars in sales for the first time.

But while the company’s history is rich with accolades, it’s good to remember that there were a few stumbles along the way. The 1983 release of the “Lisa” personal computer ended in disaster, selling just 11,000 units. The Lisa certainly boasted a suite of advancements, including more RAM, a numeric keypad and a higher-resolution display.

But the Lisa’s $9,995 price tag (more than $23,500 in today’s dollars) was far too much for many customers, beyond NASA, which became one of the few organizations to adopt the new computer.

Apple eventually phased out the Lisa in favor of the Macintosh, which left NASA in the lurch.

NASA’s dependence on the Lisa serves as a valuable lesson for agencies without contingency plans, a lesson that’s resurfacing in the wake of Microsoft’s cessation of Windows XP support.

spJust look at what happened to the Internal Revenue Service, which has been left with more than 50,000 computers running the defunct operating system.

Check out the video below from 24 Motion Design.

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Apr 17

When will Apple release the new iPhone 6?

Last Friday, Samsung released the Galaxy S5, its latest competitor to Apple’s iPhone. But before you buy a Galaxy S5 — or, let’s be honest, if you’re an Apple devotee whose iPhone 4s is limping along — you might be wondering: Just when is the next iPhone coming out? 

Our best guess: September. 

Now, before I tell you why, let’s note that predicting a release date for an Apple product is an inexact science. Saying when the next iPhone will be released is much more complicated than, say, looking up when the Yankees next play the Red Sox. Like every other major tech company, Apple keeps its plans secret, so that its big reveal is surprising and creates some excitement. 

Looking at that trend, you might conclude that you should expect the iPhone 6 (or whatever it is called) in September or October of 2014. In the seven years of the iPhone’s existence, Apple has switched up the timing only once, in 2010, when it waited an excruciating 16 months between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4s. 

Apple doesn’t send out invitations to its product reveals until about a week before the actual event. That means we won’t have official confirmation that the new iPhone is indeed coming until it is right under our noses. 

Will you buy the new iPhone 6 released later this year?

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Yahoo aims to replace Google as Apple’s default search

The information comes from inside sources that spoke to Re/code, who claim that Mayer is heading the project. Apparently to pitch the idea to Apple, Yahoo prepared “detailed decks” to help win over Apple executives.

A few executives are apparently already aware of the plan, but nothing official has been presented to Apple yet. The source says that Yahoo’s lack of applicable technology at this time is a hurdle toward meeting this very ambitious goal.

One source said, “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search. It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly.”

We will have to watch this one play out. Do you think Yahoo can win them over?

(source:geeky-gadgets.com)