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The problem (which I will try to clarify in the... 82 Views / 5 Replies  
The problem (which I will try to clarify in the article) is that it's difficult to get solid figures for "total digital payments" (which would include things like in-app purchases and all online...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Yesterday at 07:52 PM, in Tech News
If you're just looking to move your contacts and... 173 Views / 3 Replies  
If you're just looking to move your contacts and *only* your contacts, then yes ... exporting them from the old machine and importing them to the new one should work just fine.

If you're using...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM, in Applications
I find it odd that the BBC documentary crew... 82 Views / 6 Replies  
I find it odd that the BBC documentary crew didn't give Apple the opportunity to rebut. They are generally quite even-handed on these matters, but perhaps Apple was invited to comment and chose not...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 19, 2014 at 06:44 AM, in Tech News
Actually, Google Wallet will probably benefit... 52 Views / 2 Replies  
Actually, Google Wallet will probably benefit from the growth of Apple Pay -- more NFC terminals, more places that can accept Google Wallet, the iOS version of the app has just been updated to use...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 19, 2014 at 02:35 AM, in Mac News
I'll wait for schmidty to come up with a line of... 390 Views / 17 Replies  
I'll wait for schmidty to come up with a line of logic that magically changes the decision of the cinemas and Sony Pictures not to release the film into something personally handled by President...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:13 AM, in Tech News
Good luck getting that crappy fingerprint sensor... 75 Views / 4 Replies  
Good luck getting that crappy fingerprint sensor in the S5 to work reliably enough for purchases, Samsung ...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 17, 2014 at 02:08 AM, in Tech News
Th point that Stewart failed to address, which... 152 Views / 3 Replies  
Th point that Stewart failed to address, which hopefully will come up, is that the $10 price was *unsustainable.* It was Amazon's loss leader to promote its Kindle, but Amazon was losing $2-3 per...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 15, 2014 at 06:43 PM, in Tech News
Bluff. Called. 72 Views / 2 Replies  
Bluff. Called.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 14, 2014 at 05:40 PM, in Tech News
I happen to know a few "junior engineers" at... 86 Views / 2 Replies  
I happen to know a few "junior engineers" at Apple, and I assure that your claim is false. The security guards make about double minimum wage, engineers at Apple *start* at $74K+, not even counting...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 12, 2014 at 07:21 PM, in Mac News
Yes, that's probably what was intended. I changed... 81 Views / 2 Replies  
Yes, that's probably what was intended. I changed it to "Original." Thanks for catching that.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 12, 2014 at 02:17 AM, in Tech News
Other articles we have done about Apple Pay say... 94 Views / 2 Replies  
Other articles we have done about Apple Pay say that Apple collects a tiny fee -- 15 cents out of every $100 spent, or $0.015 -- that comes out of the percentage credit card companies charge...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:34 AM, in Mac News
Time Machine and other forms of regular backup... 824 Views / 9 Replies  
Time Machine and other forms of regular backup have definitely diminished the NEED for DiskWarrior, but I'd say it still justifies its price for people who fail to routinely back up (or do so...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:34 PM, in Mac News
My fault, but I was quoting the company's press... 824 Views / 9 Replies  
My fault, but I was quoting the company's press release. Perhaps they have changed their minds due to user feedback from sites like MacUpdate. The pricing error was just a typo -- 9 is next to 0....
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 10, 2014 at 05:04 AM, in Mac News
There's no industrial ugliness nor clunky... 583 Views / 7 Replies  
There's no industrial ugliness nor clunky performance in either Mavericks or Yosemite on the machines we use here. But if you've got a fireplace full of design awards and benchmarks that contradict...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM, in Tech News
Steve: the problem that these companies are... 280 Views / 6 Replies  
Steve: the problem that these companies are trying to overcome is NOT "we don't have enough people of colour, so let's just go out and hire some willy-nilly." Apple has more Chinese employees than it...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 9, 2014 at 07:26 PM, in Tech News
I can see some of Merkel's point, but the flaw in... 656 Views / 8 Replies  
I can see some of Merkel's point, but the flaw in the thinking is that it all has to be on the same infrastructure. What you'd really want is to build an entirely separate infrastructure so that...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 7, 2014 at 06:42 PM, in Tech News
Yes, Inkling, please do click on the link to the... 201 Views / 5 Replies  
Yes, Inkling, please do click on the link to the actual discussion in the article above to join the forum discussion, I'm sure your comments would be welcome there (not that they aren't here, but...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 6, 2014 at 12:36 AM, in Mac News
nowwhat: you probably already know this, but... 165 Views / 3 Replies  
nowwhat: you probably already know this, but using the "report a problem" feature in Maps (iOS or OS X) will actually get you some results (not immediately, but they really do take notice of those...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 6, 2014 at 12:35 AM, in Mac News
(insert joke about how these robots will be... 745 Views / 8 Replies  
(insert joke about how these robots will be swiftly bought up by Samsung here)
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 6, 2014 at 12:25 AM, in Mac News
I'm afraid you're incorrect about usage. Apple... 157 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm afraid you're incorrect about usage. Apple Maps is waaaaay more popular than Google Maps on both iOS and OS X these days. We actually did a story about this a while back but I can't find it right...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM, in Mac News
just a poster: like Sen. Cruz, you have a deep... 97 Views / 5 Replies  
just a poster: like Sen. Cruz, you have a deep and fundamental misunderstanding of what net neutrality is. Hint: it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the content of websites, or the speed...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 3, 2014 at 09:31 PM, in Tech News
Sorry bjojade, but you are the one who is... 149 Views / 3 Replies  
Sorry bjojade, but you are the one who is factually incorrect. It is a matter of record in the trial -- by Real's own admission -- that they reverse-engineered Apple's DRM and used it on their files...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Dec 2, 2014 at 09:30 PM, in Tech News
I'm sure that in part, Fallon and Timberlake were... 99 Views / 2 Replies  
I'm sure that in part, Fallon and Timberlake were hired because they play off each other well, and probably improvise or help write a fair portion of these ads. I agree with you that their voices are...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM, in Mac News
Rule 1. Don't spy. The government hates... 94 Views / 3 Replies  
Rule 1. Don't spy. The government hates competition. :)
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 26, 2014 at 07:45 PM, in Tech News
While I think the quote was 100 pure marketing... 518 Views / 9 Replies  
While I think the quote was 100 pure marketing boast/hype, if I were Samsung I'd be pretty worried. The growth of Xiaomi is going to impact them a lot harder than anyone else, at least in the...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 24, 2014 at 06:21 PM, in Tech News
If you're going to get sued anyway -- as Chairman... 96 Views / 3 Replies  
If you're going to get sued anyway -- as Chairman Wheeler seems to be saying -- what you do is construct the strongest possible legal framework for the best possible option (which is total net...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 24, 2014 at 06:12 PM, in Tech News
If any company is going to get to be the first... 150 Views / 4 Replies  
If any company is going to get to be the first trillion-dollar market cap company, it's likely to be Apple. When that will happen however, is "not anytime soon," methinks. It took 40 years for it to...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM, in Mac News
OldMacGeek: Adblock is very effective, but it... 204 Views / 5 Replies  
OldMacGeek: Adblock is very effective, but it also means the eventual death of sites that you like, such as this one. It costs money to run a professional website, and that has to come from...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 20, 2014 at 08:01 PM, in Tech News
For some people, all the other features Apple is... 114 Views / 3 Replies  
For some people, all the other features Apple is promising in the Apple Watch may not be of that much interest -- for example, people who want something cheaper, people who want run- or...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 19, 2014 at 07:15 PM, in Tech News
Unless you're using a different App Store than I... 125 Views / 2 Replies  
Unless you're using a different App Store than I am, "free" or "get" does, in fact, immediately get you the app (after a "are you sure" or a Touch ID verification screen). I wouldn't want to...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 19, 2014 at 07:07 PM, in Mac News
Yes, that would work, though as movie buff I have... 303 Views / 6 Replies  
Yes, that would work, though as movie buff I have to say that's an absolutely terrible way to watch movies. Well, maybe its okay for crap movies, but a really good film should command your full...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 18, 2014 at 02:20 AM, in Tech News
From the article: "As a result of Apple's twin... 135 Views / 2 Replies  
From the article: "As a result of Apple's twin moves of splitting the stock 7-to-1 in early June, but buying back far more stock than expected (well over $100 billion worth), there are actually fewer...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 18, 2014 at 02:05 AM, in Mac News
As someone who spends a lot of time in Canada as... 665 Views / 15 Replies  
As someone who spends a lot of time in Canada as well as the US, I find the Canadian health system (which in the US would basically be similar to "expand Medicare to everyone") to be very workable,...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM, in Tech News
nowwhat: you're correct that the CurrentC system... 198 Views / 5 Replies  
nowwhat: you're correct that the CurrentC system isn't even in operation (outside of testing) yet, but they are Apple's largest rival by virtue of the number of large-chain merchants who are members...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 17, 2014 at 06:02 PM, in Tech News
Nice reference to Mother Mother -- great band. 108 Views / 1 Replies  
Nice reference to Mother Mother -- great band.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 16, 2014 at 03:06 PM, in Mac News
I think it's fair to say that incredibly few... 638 Views / 12 Replies  
I think it's fair to say that incredibly few people who are actually planning to buy the 5K iMac are likely thinking about it from a gaming POV. This machine is very clearly aimed at the creative pro...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 16, 2014 at 02:59 PM, in Tech News
mgpalma: are you sure you didn't mean the... 135 Views / 5 Replies  
mgpalma: are you sure you didn't mean the opposite of what you wrote? Net neutrality is what for the most part the US has now -- every website you visit is given equal priority. The current proposals...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 16, 2014 at 04:04 AM, in Tech News
I agree with CCRyder: the 6 Plus seems squarely... 271 Views / 6 Replies  
I agree with CCRyder: the 6 Plus seems squarely aimed at Android switchers, whereas the 6 is the iPhone for people who've previously owned iPhones. Which is not to say that the 6 Plus might not make...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 15, 2014 at 01:19 AM, in Mac News
CEOs also get all the blame when things don't go... 146 Views / 4 Replies  
CEOs also get all the blame when things don't go well. We still routinely get comments from people who appear to believe that Steve Jobs hand-built their under-performing 2006 MacBook ...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:13 PM, in Tech News
Given that the DOJ have, to this point, taken... 259 Views / 6 Replies  
Given that the DOJ have, to this point, taken absolutely no notice of Amazon's numerous abuses, I don't expect they will suddenly start now.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:09 PM, in Tech News
And on top of that ... what's with the old... 103 Views / 2 Replies  
And on top of that ... what's with the old models, Walmart? The original iPad mini and the first-gen iPad Air, not to mention not-very-special discounts on the iPhone 6 and 5s? If I didn't already...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 12, 2014 at 06:19 PM, in Mac News
prl99: to be fair, there is a very, very long... 601 Views / 11 Replies  
prl99: to be fair, there is a very, very long history of presidential nominees not acting as puppets of the administration; indeed, they are not expected to do so, but rather are supposed to try and...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 12, 2014 at 03:20 PM, in Tech News
Well, bear in mind that this only covers North... 65 Views / 3 Replies  
Well, bear in mind that this only covers North America -- not China, where millions of no-name, low-function "tablets" are sold each year, for example, or any of the countries where name-brand...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM, in Tech News
Most of these companies (apart from BlackBerry)... 139 Views / 2 Replies  
Most of these companies (apart from BlackBerry) can afford to absorb the losses through their diversity of other products. I think at present they want to keep their hand in as a global player in the...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 5, 2014 at 06:15 PM, in Tech News
This is just my personal opinion, but if anything... 94 Views / 3 Replies  
This is just my personal opinion, but if anything were to convince me that Title II regulation were the right thing to do, the way the carriers are overreacting to it is it.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 5, 2014 at 06:10 PM, in Tech News
I had some issues with Wi-Fi during the early... 150 Views / 5 Replies  
I had some issues with Wi-Fi during the early betas, but have not seen the problem since. My biggest issue is that "Instant Hotspot" doesn't often come up right away as it should, but it does work...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 2, 2014 at 03:19 PM, in Mac News
If the retro-Mac-Plus style graphics weren't a... 120 Views / 4 Replies  
If the retro-Mac-Plus style graphics weren't a problem, or the "read your email ... three words at a time" misuse of the space, there's the incredible thickness of the watch. Jony Ive could hold this...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Nov 1, 2014 at 01:19 PM, in Tech News
Thanks for catching that, I will fix it. 97 Views / 3 Replies  
Thanks for catching that, I will fix it.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM, in Tech News
Unless the SEC is completely asleep at the wheel,... 369 Views / 8 Replies  
Unless the SEC is completely asleep at the wheel, I'm guessing they will be investigating the stock sell-of in an entirely separate investigation which will likely come to light soon.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Oct 30, 2014 at 02:45 AM, in Mac News
Can you even *imagine* the field day the press... 229 Views / 7 Replies  
Can you even *imagine* the field day the press and the Fandroids would have had with Apple if Apple had tried to lock in merchants into barring Softcard and Google Wallet and other NFC-based systems...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Oct 29, 2014 at 04:11 PM, in Tech News
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