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The State of the Mac: Alive, Well, and Not Going Anywhere

The State of the Mac: Alive, Well, and Not Going Anywhere

It is reasonable to question the long-term future of Apple’s 28-year-old Mac business.

While the Mac set another all-time sales record last quarter, and is still growing, iOS is now clearly Apple’s most important platform. Apple also continues to re-shape the Mac experience in the iOS vision, leading some to speculate that future Macs will simply…

When Will Apple Peak?

When Will Apple Peak?

Apple shares set another all-time high today, closing above $509 for the first time ever. The sky’s the limit, it seems, as expectations build around Apple’s new iPad, due next month, and on the heels of a crazy record holiday quarter.

And here’s an amazing thing: Even with Apple’s size and momentum, there’s still plenty of room left for growth…

Facebook’s Incredible Growth Story In Charts

Facebook’s Incredible Growth Story In Charts

Facebook’s IPO filing, released this week, is fascinating for many reasons: We’ve already covered several angles.

Perhaps the most exciting, though, is the wealth of data about the company that is finally public – from its user statistics to its growth around the world to its finances. I’ve highlighted and visualized some of the most…

Surprise, Surprise: Amazon Doesn’t Say How Many Kindle Fires It Sold

Surprise, Surprise: Amazon Doesn’t Say How Many Kindle Fires It Sold

Amazon is notorious for sharing very little information about how its products and business units perform. Its new Kindle Fire tablet is no different.

Amazon just reported its fourth quarter financial results, and, shocking no one, it doesn’t disclose how many Kindle Fire tablets it sold. Or even how many total Kindles it sold.

Instead, Amazon…

Hollywood Isn’t Ruining DVD Rentals On Its Own: Netflix is Happy to Help

Hollywood Isn’t Ruining DVD Rentals On Its Own: Netflix is Happy to Help

It’s easy to slam Hollywood for not understanding how technology works, or for putting its legacy business models ahead of user experience. Especially when big media companies do things like restrict digital access to movies and then cry about piracy.

But Hollywood isn’t always acting alone. Sometimes, the savviest Web companies around…

Why Does the Next Xbox Need Discs At All?

Why Does the Next Xbox Need Discs At All?

If the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system will be designed to bring us well beyond 2020, why would it still rely on last century’s technology, spinning discs, for games?

Videogame blog Kotaku reported yesterday that the next Xbox – still not yet announced by Microsoft – will support Blu-ray discs, and may incorporate some sort of…

Apple’s Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible… And It’s Accelerating

Apple’s Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible… And It’s Accelerating

There are plenty of impressive stats in Apple’s December quarter earnings report, such as 37 million iPhones shipped, $46 billion of overall sales, and $13 billion of profit.

But Apple’s most impressive stat continues to be its growth rate: Apple is not only huge, but it is growing at a rate far greater than its peers. And, even more incredible…

YouTube Tries to Make “Doing Good” Part of its Everyday Routine

YouTube Tries to Make “Doing Good” Part of its Everyday Routine

One of Google’s earliest YouTube employees is now leading a new charge at the company: Trying to figure out how to make YouTube a better service for social good – focusing on nonprofits, education, and free expression/activism.

YouTube has long worked with nonprofit-types to help them spread their causes and raise money. About 16,000 organizations…

Yahoo’s New CEO Pick Actually Seems Right

Yahoo’s New CEO Pick Actually Seems Right

Yahoo named PayPal president Scott Thompson its new CEO today. Scott who? Exactly. I’d never heard of him either. But with a technical background – and a need to prove himself, and no crazy Silicon Valley persona to stroke – he might actually be the right guy for the job.

Yahoo, like all media companies, must learn to become a better software…

Help Me Search the World for the Next Big Tech Stories

Help Me Search the World for the Next Big Tech Stories

Hello, ReadWriteWeb readers! As Richard noted earlier, I am joining ReadWriteWeb as its new Editor-at-Large, and I am very excited about it. I’ll start writing for the site in January, but in the meantime, I have some planning to do. And I’d love your help.

First, a brief introduction: For the past six years, I’ve been writing about the tech…