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Aboutronaldcarlson, Author at Tapscape



Monsieur Le Bloggier — Viva le difference, viva le Mac.

Posts By ronaldcarlson

Microsoft Band Makes Play for Wearable, Mobile Payment Relevance

October 30, 2014 | 4

For some reason, today’s Microsoft Band announcement came as a complete surprise to some people. While the rumors haven’t gotten much press — notably zero press here at Tapscape — folks have been expecting a wearable from Microsoft for … Read More

Tim Cook Comes Out: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

October 30, 2014 |

Did you feel that? The ground moving under your feet? Yeah, the world just changed and Apple CEO Tim Cook is the agent of that change. Or put another way, Steve Jobs’ handpicked successor, the head of the world’s … Read More

Apple Pay vs CurrentC? MCX Already Hacked

October 29, 2014 | 1

This string of “bad luck” began when MCX CurrentC partners turned off NFC in order to block both Apple Pay and Google Wallet users. Then people started reading the MCX terms of service, which gives the Walmart-backed payment service … Read More

iPad Air 2 Camera, Display Are Major Innovations

October 28, 2014 | 2

Quick, what time is it? If you said, time to buy a new tablet, then Apple has an offer you would be silly to refuse. Yes, the iPad Air 2 is still very much an iPad in design and … Read More

Apple Pay Is the Future? Not at Rite Aid, CVS

October 27, 2014 |

The corner myopic and shortsighted? Rite Aid’s mobile payment policy calls it home. Your pharmacy is always open? Not, dear iPhone owner, if that pharmacy is CVS. Why can’t iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners use Apple Pay … Read More

OS X Yosemite vs iOS 8 Adoption: A Lot Ahead, A Little Ahead

October 25, 2014 | 8

While iOS 8 adoption looks a little anemic compared to last year’s iOS 7, OS X Yosemite buy is high. In fact, the view from Tim Cook’s corner office — Mister Humble probably doesn’t have a corner office — … Read More

iMac Retina Reviews: Best Desktop Available

October 24, 2014 |

All of the reviewers I could find were, to varying degrees, blown away by the new iMac Retina 5K. That’s due to the simple fact they spent serious quality time with Apple’s newest desktop and learned just how deep … Read More

Fire Phone Failure Sparks Massive $544M Amazon Loss

October 23, 2014 |

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos always seems to get a bye from investors. Earnings, sales and product reports that lack hard data yet overloaded with jargony happy talk have been the norm. However, following Amazon’s just reported $544 million quarterly loss, … Read More

iOS 8 Problems: Lots of FUD, Little Real Fire

October 22, 2014 |

Mothers save your children! Men gather your women folk and babies, bolt the door and don’t open it for anyone or anything. Set your iThings to AirPlane mode and cower low because iOS 8 problems and doom, doom, doom … Read More

iPad Air 2 with A8X Is Way Faster Than iPhone 6, Android Tabs

October 21, 2014 |

If you had any doubts whatsoever, the hard data will silence them. Yes, the iPad Air 2 is not only 68 percent faster than last year’s full-size Apple slab. It is also 55 percent zippier than the iPhone 6. … Read More

Apple Q4 2014 Results: Mac, iPhone Up; iPad, iPod Down

October 20, 2014 |

Another triumphant earnings report for Apple. Yes, iPad sales were down again, but that was expected. What came in ahead of expectations of were both Mac (+21%) and iPhone sales (+16%). Quite naturally, Apple Q4 2014 also saw record … Read More

iOS 8.1 Is Here: Get the Inside Info on Apple Pay, More

October 20, 2014 |

As promised, Apple’s first major iOS 8 Update has shipped today and it’s with features, fixes and, of course, the company game changing Apple Pay mobile payments system. What’s new, fixed and/or exciting in iOS 8.1? Step inside, my … Read More

Bose Banned from All Apple Stores

October 20, 2014 | 4

No highs, no mids, no lows and definitely no Bose. Last week’s rumor that the Beats vs Bose battle for the $100-plus headphone was getting personal has come true. Yes, Bose products have been banned and removed from both … Read More

iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Reviewed, Compared

October 17, 2014 | 2

Did you watch Tim Cook’s “lackluster” Apple Event keynote on Thursday? The considered opinion of the internet is that iPad Air 2 is still pretty awesome and, because the iPad mini 3 didn’t get the same upgrades, it sucks. … Read More

iMac Retina 5K Ships Today, Mac mini Gets Fresh, too

October 16, 2014 | 2

As Tapscape previously reported, Apple has introduced and shipped the iMac Retina 5K. Though the company has gotten grief in recent years for ignoring its pro Mac customer base, the iMac Retina 5K is definitely targeted at those critical … Read More