• Apple Introduces New iPhone 6 and Apple Watch – Catching up with Android?

    I’m a huge fan of gadgets and cell phones, so a day of announcements from Apple is bigger than my birthday (now that I’m post-30, that’s easy to say). To be honest, I’m more of an Android guy, but nevertheless, I love new and innovative tech. So what did Apple announce today? iPhone 6: Brand new entry into their iPhone line, but this time with a 4.7” display. iPhone 6 Plus: The big brother, with a 5.5 inch display. Incredible size. Apple Pay: Use your phone with the TouchID button to make payments at retailers that use the payment sensor. Apple Watch: The worst kept secret at Apple, the Apple Watch aims to compete with Android Wear. Different sizes available with different wrist-bands to choose from. Apple usually innovates with new hardware launches. For example, the iPod revolutionized MP3 players, as the iPhone did with smartphones, and lastly, the iPad with tablets. With the Apple Watch, not so much since Android beat them to the punch – but we’ll have to wait and see what the user experience is like. I’m personally still sticking with the Android ecosystem, but there’s no doubt that these announcements from Apple are exciting. I’d…

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  • Does Yelp’s New Partnership Spell Trouble for Google’s Dominance?

    For most of recent tech history, Google has been king. It dominates U.S. search engine market share, with 66% as of January 2012.  Its web browser, Google Chrome, recently overtook the ubiquitous Internet Explorer to take the lead with nearly 33% of the market share, and Google’s Android mobile OS leads all other smartphones. But with recent partnerships with companies such as Apple, Yelp may be on its way to topple Google from its throne – at least as far as local search and SEO are concerned. Since Apple released the iPhone 4S last year, Yelp has been providing much of the content for Siri, the phone’s much-hyped voice recognizing “personal assistant”. Though the local search experience with Siri is imperfect, and Yelp’s branding in the system was kept to a minimum, it seems that Apple and Yelp have bigger plans in the works: namely, teaming up to bring Yelp’s check-ins and local business listings to the new and highly anticipated Apple Maps, an application to be included in the upcoming iOS 6 that will be replacing Google as the default location tool for iPhones. Though the Apple Maps application is still in development, it’s been reported that users will…

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