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Apple’s New Ecosystem: the Implications of Apple Pay

By billpetro / October 21, 2014 /

APPLE’S NEW ECOSYSTEM: THE IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE PAY Today, October 20, Apple launched Apple Pay with the release of their iPhone iOS 8.1 version of the device operating system. This new payment system is scheduled to go live with 220,000 merchants today for users with iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. I wrote about these devices…

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Apple Watch: a New Category for Apple

By billpetro / October 14, 2014 /

APPLE WATCH: A NEW CATEGORY FOR APPLE On initial impression, some might say this seems like less of a watch and more an iPhone nano. While the iPhone 6 is an evolutionary change and larger than before, as I discussed in my last article here, the Apple Watch for Apple is a new product category with new ecosystems…

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Apple’s New iPhone 6: Why You Care

By billpetro / October 13, 2014 /

APPLE IPHONE 6: WHY YOU CARE This article is not about a holiday, but it is historical. In the run up to Apple’s press conference on Thursday, October 16th I’ve written 3 articles on the recent launch of the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and two new Ecosystems: Apple Pay and HealthKit. The first of…

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History of Facebook: The Social Network at 10

By billpetro / February 4, 2014 /

HISTORY OF FACEBOOK February 4 is the 10th birthday of the social networking site Facebook. What started back at Harvard — and initially only open to college students or those with email addresses that ended in .edu until September 2006 — Facebook is now the largest social network with over 1 billion people using it…

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History of Macintosh: a 30 Year Love Affair

By billpetro / January 28, 2014 /

HISTORY OF MACINTOSH The now famous Macintosh computer has just turned 30. When Apple President Steve Jobs launched this computer at the Flint Center on De Anza College campus on January 24, 1984 to the theme from Chariots of Fire he called it “insanely great!” The $1.5M “1984” Superbowl commercial filmed by Sir Ridley Scott…

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: daily blog posts

By billpetro / August 29, 2013 /

VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO I’ve been blogging from the 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco. I’ve been attending since 2008 and it’s one of the most exciting tech conferences. Check out my posts on my other blog Tech Trends. You can find them all here: http://techtrends.billpetro.com/tag/vmworld/ Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood technologist www.billpetro.com

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History of User Interfaces: iPad at 3 Years

By billpetro / April 5, 2013 /

IPAD, 5TH GENERATION USER INTERFACE This week is the 3rd anniversary of Apple launching the original iPad. It’s currently on it’s 5th generation with the 128GB version, not counting the 1st generation iPad mini. Back then many pundits claimed it would never catch on. Instead, Apple has sold 140 million iPads, totalling $75 billion in…

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History of World IPv6 Launch Day: June 6, 2012

By billpetro / June 4, 2012 /

HISTORY OF WORLD IPV6 LAUNCH DAY What happens on June 6, 2012? The Internet Society is sponsoring World IPv6 Launch Day. On June 6, 2012 over fifty access networks and more than 2,500 websites — including Cisco, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo — will turn on support for the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main…

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Future of Google+, Is it the Next Social Platform?

By billpetro / July 25, 2011 /

FUTURE OF GOOGLE+ Got Google+? Google+ has been online less than a month. When I first got on over two weeks ago, there were less than 2 million members, last weekend there were over 5 million, and as of this writing it has over 20 million members. And it is getting impressive media attention. Here…

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