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No One’s Buying iPads Because iPads Are Forever

No One's Buying iPads Because iPads Are Forever

Today, Apple trotted out its quarterly earnings, as public companies will do. Massive revenue! iPhone sales up! Mac sales up! iPad sales… well. Okay, so not everything was a hit. But don't confuse Apple's declining tablet sales with the vanishing of the iPad. Tablets aren't dying; they just live forever.

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Brian Barrett

October 20th

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Kindle Voyage Review: The Best E-Reader Lots of Money Can Buy

Kindle Voyage Review: The Best E-Reader Lots of Money Can Buy

For the last week, I've been reading off of a Kindle e-reader that somehow costs twice as much as a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet. What a world! And while I still don't know if the Kindle Voyage is worth $200 (or $290 for the 3G model) I do know that it's the best e-reader ever built.

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Brian Barrett

October 20th

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The iPad Mini 3 Is a Terrible Deal and You Shouldn’t Buy It

The iPad Mini 3 Is a Terrible Deal and You Shouldn't Buy It

The iPad mini 3 is a pretty good small tablet. I know this because it is almost the exact same device as last year's retina iPad mini , a device that I reviewed and enjoyed. If you're going to buy an iPad mini, buy that one. It costs $100 less.

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Brian Barrett

October 16th

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The Most Important Nexus 6 Feature Is the Price

The Most Important Nexus 6 Feature Is the Price

The Nexus line has distinguished itself for two ways since its 2010 debut. First, it's a vessel for the purest expression of what Android's capabilities. As a very close second, it's dirt cheap. One of those things is still true.

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Brian Barrett

October 15th

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Deus Ex Oculus: Coder Builds a Real-Time VR World Around Himself

On the left, rows of small green squares. On the right, the code that brought them into being. Not pictured? The guy wearing the Oculus Rift headset, who's making it all happen in real-time. Forget The Matrix. This is low-level deity stuff.

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Brian Barrett

October 13th

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Apple TV Gets One Step Closer to Becoming Your Smart Home Hub

Apple TV Gets One Step Closer to Becoming Your Smart Home Hub

Apple TV has long seemed like a natural fit as a hub for Apple's smart home ambitions, even before those ambitions were codified in HomeKit . Today, we finally have a good look at exactly how that's going to work in practice.

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Brian Barrett

October 7th

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iPhone 6 Review: The Phone That Lured Me Back to Apple

iPhone 6 Review: The Phone That Lured Me Back to Apple

I'd rather get this out of the way up front: the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone you can buy. In fact, it's better than that. The iPhone 6 convinced me to switch back to Apple.

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Brian Barrett

September 24th

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Apple Ended Up Selling 10 Million iPhones in First Three Days

Apple Ended Up Selling 10 Million iPhones in First Three Days

When Apple sold 9 million iPhones in the opening weekend of iPhone 5S and 5C last year, it was assumed that would be the zenith; the cheaper 5C offered more opportunity, and launching in China for the first time offered untold opportunity. And then this year Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, with no China (yet) and a lot more cash at stake.

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Brian Barrett

September 22nd

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NASA Lands MAVEN Spacecraft in Mars Orbit After 10 Month Journey

NASA Lands MAVEN Spacecraft in Mars Orbit After 10 Month Journey

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft hitched a ride on an Atlas V launch vehicle on November 18th of last year. Now, just over 10 months later, it's finally about to reach its objective: orbiting Mars. Watch along as it closes in on success. [Update: We have orbit!]

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Brian Barrett

September 22nd

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How Apple Traded Magic For Surprise

How Apple Traded Magic For Surprise

If you had a working internet connection and the capacity to Google before yesterday, you'd already seen the iPhone 6 and 6 Pro in full detail. The Apple Watch, though, remained a mystery until the end. How'd Apple keep the secret? By sacrificing a small part of its magic. And by putting itself at risk.

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Brian Barrett

September 10th

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