Last week the Macintosh celebrated its 30th year anniversary. The Mac was revolutionary for its time because up till then, computers were operated by typed-in commands such as C> DIR /P and other cryptic phrases on IBM machines. There were no graphics on the displays to navigate, and computer users only saw green glowing letters against a black background.
When the first Macintosh computer arrived on the scene on January 1984, it featured an interface where anyone could just use the mouse to point and click on icons on the screen. This was called a GUI or graphical user interface. Everything was graphical and you no longer had to type in strange commands and computer jargon.
Today, all computers work with the graphical user interface system that was first released publically by Apple and its Macintosh computer. This is taken for granted now, but the Macintosh way of computing changed the computer industry forever.
30 years ago, Steven Levy, a freelance journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, interviewed Steve Jobs about his soon to be launched Macintosh computer. Most of the transcript was never printed until now.
Levy has released the transcripts, and here is a sampling of what Jobs said. More...
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is fond of telling the press that new and exciting products will be coming from his company. At the moment this still remains to be seen, but if patents filed by Apple means anything, we may be in store for a solar powered MacBook.
Although patents are merely a formality in securing the rights to inventions or processes, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they will ever be made public or be sold.
But in spite of this, this shows that Apple is trying to boost its fortunes as far as an innovator of electronics. More...
One of the most successful smartphone brands in the world, the Samsung Galaxy S series, is due for another upgrade soon. We’ll delve into the most recent rumors about the Galaxy S5 and see which ones are believable or not.
It’s been generally accepted that the new GS5 will make its appearance around March or April; the traditional time when Samsung unveils its new smartphone model. But a recent rumor from International Business Times says that it could be as soon as February.
According to IBT, tech blogger and analyst Eldar Murtazin says that he believes the new Galaxy S5 will make its launch on February 23.
For those tech savvy individuals out there, this date will seem familiar because it coincides closely with the Mobile World Congress meeting held annually in Barcelona, Spain, held from February 24-27.
But all things considered, if an earlier release of the Galaxy S5 by a few weeks is true, it isn’t exactly an earthshaking prediction. But just the same, earlier is better for Galaxy S5 fans. Conclusion: Rumor is 50 percent believable. More...
Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas produced a truckload of new products and new rumors for the New Year.
Among the popular topics at the CES was the buzz about Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. And according to high officials at company, there will be some interesting changes.
Not too much is known about the new device yet, but Samsung’s vice president of mobile business, Lee Young Hee, had some juicy things to say to Bloomberg News.
And what she didn’t say was just as important as what she did say. More...
We’ve seen stories floating around on the Internet about people inadvertently stacking up huge wireless phone bills because they didn’t keep track of their overage charges or extra fees for exceeding their data limits.
These hefty bills can mean an additional cost of a hundred dollars to extraordinary fees amounting in the thousands of dollars.
Although AT&T and other wireless carriers now send out text and email messages to warn customers of their impending data doom, these warning don’t always work because these messages may go unnoticed by you or family members until it's too late.
There must be a better way to keep track of your data usage, and fortunately for everyone, there is. And the answer is installing a data manager. More...
At the beginning of 2014 we’ve found quite a few apps and games that were installed and uninstalled on our Android phones and tablets during the course of last year.
The survivors, or the ones we kept around, are some of the most useful and entertaining out there for Android, in our opinion. Not all of these selections are well known, but they all have something in common; they do what they do very good.
So here are a few of the apps and games that are favorites of mine, and hopefully, they’ll be as useful and fun for you as well. More...
It’s that time of year again where gadget lovers and technology fans from all walks of life gather at the annual Consumer Electronics show (CES) to see the latest and greatest devices and electronics.
While “The Show” only runs from January 7-10, the overwhelming display of wares and products can dazzle and numb the mind. But in spite of this there are several standout products that may be worth mentioning.
We’ll take a look at some of these show stoppers that may be an indication of what trends we may see in the future. More...
Some electronics industry watchers have predicted that laptops will someday be a thing of the past and will eventually be replaced by tablets. We don’t know if this will happen or not, but tablets are very popular with many people.
If you are someone who has thought about buying one, but don’t really know where to start, we’ll give you some information so that you can make a wise decision.
You may be someone who only needs basic functions while others will opt for more advanced features and power.
But which one should you buy? Keep reading and we’ll narrow down the choices for you. More...
Can you believe it? There are only a few more days till the official Christmas and holiday gift giving season is upon us.
And guess what, some of you still haven’t done your shopping yet and are getting a bit frantic on what to get for your favorite friend.
Not to worry because the gifts on this short list can be found at local big box department stores, or can be rushed to your doorstep via one or two-day shipping from an online store. But be forewarned, your gifts still may not make it on time because of the huge volume of packages during the holidays.
But if you want to do it the old-school way, going out to brave the elements and facing the shopping hoards, you’ll have a better chance of snapping up a quickie gift. More...
If you are a big fan of the iPhone it probably goes without saying that you’ve probably looked into buying a few accessories.
But let’s face it, there are virtually thousands of goodies out there for the iPhone, but which ones are really useful and worthy of being used with your little electronic wonder?
We’ve gathered a few ideas and think these gadgets will make just about any iPhone fan happy.
Panasonic SC-HC27 compact stereo system
We know this is pushing it a little as far as calling this an accessory, but for what it does, we think it should be a welcome addition to anyone’s room, office, kitchen, or dorm room. More...
There’s an old proverb that goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We should also add that this includes all the Jills out there too.
So what are we getting at here? There’s a time to study and work hard, but having fun outside of homework and your job adds some fun to your life. And what better way to do this than to play an occasional game on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod iTouch?
There are literally tens of thousands of games listed on Apple’s App Store, so which ones are the best ones?
That depends on who you ask, but what we’ll do is list some of the ones that may have slipped through the cracks.
Virtually everyone has Candy Crush, Plants vs. Zombies, Temple Run, or Subway Surfers, but the games we’ll be listing may not be as well-known, but they are still pretty fun to play. More...
The countdown to Christmas and the gift giving holidays is quickly accelerating and time is running out to get the perfect stocking stuffer for that geek in your life.
There are so many choices, what on earth can you give them to make them smile? We’ve come up with a second list in addition to the first one we posted several articles ago and think that these suggestions may help bring a little happiness to your favorite gadget guy or girl.
Most of these gifts are quite affordable so you won’t be stuck with a heavy bill for your efforts. More...
The iPhone and iPad are marvelous electronic marvels and anyone who owns one or both can attest to how they can make their lives more productive and fun.
You can use your iDevices for surfing the web, making phone calls, and shopping online, but there is so much more that you can do with them if you download some apps that are available from the hundreds of thousands of titles on the iTunes App Store.
But there are so many of them how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones? You could download each app, but going through a few hundred thousand apps isn’t feasible, not to mention your life will come to a standstill if you attempt doing this.
Fortunately for us, the Internet is full of reviews on the best apps out there. We’ve compiled a short list of top 5 apps according to this information so you can make up your mind what’s best for you. More...
Choosing the right camera for a friend, family member, or yourself can be easy if you have the right information. Your Aunt Martha may love a standard digital camera but it may be less than adequate for someone who is a serious photo fan.
So what are the differences between camera models and how do you choose the right one? We’ll go over the basics of each type of camera so you can make the right decision.
Compact digital cameras
These are the digital cameras that almost everyone recognizes because they are the most popular and are usually very affordable, so almost anyone can fit one of these in their budget.
Compact digital cameras are rectangular in shape with fixed or permanent lenses attached to them. The top manufacturers for these cameras are Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Sony. More...
Many people havae owned some sort of camera to take pictures with. It may have been an old school styled film camera, an “instant” camera, phone camera, or one of the popular easy to use point-and-shoot digital cameras.
But if you are someone who really likes to take pictures, you’ve probably seen professionals use DSLRs. If you’ve ever wondered what DSLRs are all about and asked yourself the question, “Should I buy a DSLR camera?” you’ve come to the right place for answers.
We’ll give you some basic information on what DSLRs are and if a DSLR camera will suit your needs as a photographer. More...