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A Home Grown Phone

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A new smartphone is making its U.S. debut and some assembly is required.

Motorola recently announced its opening a facility in Texas to manufacture; the Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the country. Motorola says the factory will create 2,000 jobs and it has already started the hiring process.

Texas governor Rick Perry is on board saying the announcement is great news for the state. He says it's not surprise big companies are drawn to Texas for its healthy economy, low taxes and fair legal system.

The factory itself will be run by a Singapore based company with a long standing relationship with Motorola. And the manufacturing move back here to the U.S. is being picked up by another major company.  read more »

Fifty Billion Downloads

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Need an extra $10,000; there’s an app for that.

Apple is approaching a milestone. It has almost reached 50 billion apps downloaded from its app store. And to celebrate the tech powerhouse is rewarding one lucky consumer.

If you happen to be the lucky person that downloads the 50 billionth app Apple will give you an app store gift card worth $10,000. The next 50 downloads after number 50 billion will receive $500 app store gift cards. But before you go crazy with the downloads the contest will only register 25 downloads per account per day; and you have to be at least 13 years old to win.  read more »

Apple to the Core

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Has Apple turned into forbidden fruit, or is now the time to take a bite?

Once every investors favorite stock, Apple has fallen out of favor on Wall Street and Main Street. It's stock is down more than 42% from its high of $750 a share. It's recently been trading well below $400 a share. Simply put its upward momentum is broken.

Reasons from pundits include the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, fierce competition in tablets, phones and laptops. Its profit margins are lower and it has a lack of new sexy products it can hype to get consumers excited again. But Apple still has an incredible $137 billion in cash on hand.  read more »

A Workplace Wonderland

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Feel like a vacation; then head to the office.

Tech companies are flying out of the recession with a new business plan; incentives. More than ever before Silicon Valley companies want their employees in the office. It started with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banning the practice of telecommuting and has moved to extra-large office space and job perks.  read more »

Smartwatch

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Your smartphone is getting a little bit closer to your fingertips.

Samsung is now joining Apple in the wristwatch department. But this won’t be your ordinary accessory; these watches will be designed to operate like a smartphone. Some features that have been mentioned in tech blogs include the ability to tell you who is calling or texting you, play music and monitor your heart rate.

So far Samsung is not releasing any specific information about their product including a price or release date. The company did say they have been working on a prototype for a while and a watch is definitely one of their upcoming products.  read more »

Consumer Electronics Show

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The latest gadgets just wrapped up their big Las Vegas Show.

This past week the Consumer Electronics Show was once again a big hit. Hailed as the biggest trade show in the country, this was the year of the television. All the big brands were there trying to convince buyers to do away with HDTV’s and make room for ultra HDTV’s.

But it might not be enough to bring in crowds. According to tech blogs the show suffered because it highlighted items such as desktop computers and camcorders.

But these days, most people are drawn to gadgets that do everything such as smartphones and handheld tablets. Unfortunately for CES the show has yet to embrace the trend and offer items people want.  read more »

Vanishing Products

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The year is coming to an end; and a few of your favorite products are leaving with it.

It might be time to stock up on some of your must have gadgets because in a few days they could disappear from store shelves. Whether it’s from faulty parts or poor sales numbers a yahoo tech blog has put together a list of items set to expire.  read more »

Lost in Australia

Apple is still sending people in the wrong direction and they’re being left high and dry in some bad locations.

Police in southeastern Australia have contacted the Silicon Valley powerhouse after a handful of tourists became stranded in a national park. They say the travelers were trying to get to the town of Mildura. Instead Apple maps directed them to an untouched area of Murray Sunset park.

Police say people were stuck in the snake infested desert in the blazing heat for hours. In some cases travelers had to make do without food or water until rescued. Police say people were too afraid to get out of their cars and start walking after spotting snakes, foxes and other breeds of wildlife.  read more »

The Mini iPad

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Get ready to line up; another Apple event is just around the corner.

Apple is hosting an event in San Francisco on October 23 and analysts are expecting another big product announcement. Fresh off the heels of the iPhone 5 this big unveil will most likely be the mini iPad.

For months people have been predicting that the tech powerhouse will release a smaller, less costly version of the tablet to take on competing devices. These include Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.

Both of those devices have 7 inch screens and sell for just under $200. One Wall Street analyst says he has already had the chance to test out the mini iPad. He says it is 7.85 inches and offers customers a more mobile experience.  read more »

A Bumpy Road

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Apple is heading in a new direction with their maps app.

Since the iPhone 5 was launched on the eager audience complaints have come rolling in about the maps feature. These included things such as melted bridges, closed restaurants and farms being listed as airports. Even CEO Tim Cook admitted the blunder issuing an apology to loyal Apple fans and promising a quick solution.

And to find that solution the company is looking to its blue shirted hourly employees. According to a new report from Mac Rumors multiple Apple stores are devoting forty staff hours per week to fixing the maps problem. This means teams of employees will be hitting the streets double checking the apps accuracy and making sure the burger restaurant it says is on the corner isn't really a bank.  read more »