The NeXT Computer: A Great Piece of Tech That Failed in the Market

The vast history of technology is full with the plastic-framed corpses of then-brilliantly innovative devices that couldn’t catch on and then failed in the marketplace. In some cases, these devices were probably ahead of their time; some were crushed by competitors, worthy and unworthy (hello Zune); with some of them, maybe we were all just too stupid to buy them (hello Dreamcast). Out of all on them, in terms of computers, the one that hurts the most (should have been successful, but wasn’t), is Steve Job’s successor to the Macintosh, the NeXT Computer. Continue reading “The NeXT Computer: A Great Piece of Tech That Failed in the Market”

Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products

In an endeavor that is already in progress, all Apple company stores are accepting ANY Apple product for recycling at NO CHARGE, and if the product is resalable, they will offer you some store credit (i.e., Apple Gift Cards) to give customers more incentive to “trade-in”.  Apple CEO Tim Cook declared in a prior shareholder’s meeting that the company should “leave the world better than we found it”, and in an Associated Press interview, Lisa Jackson — Apple VP of Environmental Initiatives (and former EPA administrator) — stated that the company wants to “use all our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better.” Continue reading “Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products”

Meet the Original iPAD!! No, Seriously!!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a bit of an dispute recently concerning the name “iPad” over in the land where most of our expensive American electronics come from; in case you’re wondering, carefully lift your laptop over your head, and you’ll see it (it starts off with “Made In..”).   If you guessed China, you are correct; but why is there a dispute about the name of the popular Apple device?  Well, there’s a company called Proview that already has an existing trademark on the “iPad” name; to be more clear, the name is stylized as “iPAD,” which stood for Internet Personal Access Device.

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