How have Steve Jobs and Apple influenced your technology life?

There is so much talk on the web as I write this about the sudden passing of Steve Jobs. Although the world suspected he was not in great health, his death was certainly a surprise and shock to all. In order to commemorate his dedication to the advance of technology, I think it is important to reflect on his influence on our lives. What Apple technology has changed the way you do things every day?

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MP 112: Steve Jobs Looks Ill, iPhone 5 Prototype, Google Plus, Free Webcam Giveaway

This week Peter McDermott discusses a photo in which Steve Jobs looks pretty ill. A sneak peak at the iPhone 5 prototype. A laser keyboard! Can you believe it!? Google Plus for beginners. Our Griffin Technology Mystery Product, can you guess what it is? Also, our Google Chrome App of the Week and a giveaway for a brand new Rocketfish Webcam!

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MP 108: Mac Rumors, Skype for iPad, Griffin Technology & The Tech Buzz

Peter McDermott, Chief Guru of MicroPatrol.com helps you discover the web. This week, learn why a tablet was delayed its release in Australia, how you can get Skype on your iPad and preview our Google Chrome App of the Week as well as much much more. Visit our website, http://www.micropatrol.com/ for show notes and more!
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Boarding up Borders: The Death of the Paperback

Photo Courtesy of The Hampster Factor (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo Courtesy of The Hampster Factor (Flickr Creative Commons)

After decades of numerous efforts to digitize our texts, retail markets are finally starting to fall victim to the digital paperback. According to USA Today, Borders has announced that they will liquidate more than $700 million of the company’s 259 stores’ inventory including book shelves, displays, music, videos and of course, books.

 

Barnes & Noble was able to survive the recent plunge of tree-killing texts by offering its answer to the Amazon Kindle, what it calls the Nook, which starts at $139, a mere $25 more than Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle.

 

With new tablet options abound, consumers are stuck with the decision to buy something full-color bright LCD screen such as the Apple iPad 2, or a battery-saving black-and-white maverick as Sony, Barnes and Noble and Amazon, among others, all offer now.

 

There are certainly advantages to both products. Google has even entered the race by adapting their popular smartphone operating system, Android, into a tablet version. Last week, CNET rated the 5 best Android tablets on the market with hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, Acer and Asus rounding out the top. Even so, most of these options will set you back $300-$600.

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