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The Christmas Season

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas; even in September.

We're a few months from the holiday season but some of the biggest electronics companies want their gadgets to appear on your shopping lists. So far we've seen the introduction of new iPhones that come in different colors, new video game players and competition is heating up among developers of smartwatches.

Samsung is releasing its $300 Galaxy Gear. The watch can be linked wirelessly to newer Samsung phones and tablets and allows you to do everything from checking your email to making phone calls all from the device worn on your wrist. The watch will be available in a few weeks in six different colors.  read more »

Apple's Golden Ticket

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Apple is working on a new flavor and it’s not sitting well with the target audience.

According to its supply source in Taiwan Apple's new iPhone will come cloaked in gold. The Silicon Valley powerhouse has yet to comment; but experts say with China expected to overtake India as the world's biggest gold consumer this new option is clearly aimed at the Far East.

Unfortunately they might not be buying it; literally. Shoppers at an Apple store in Beijing say gold should not be coupled with what they consider the pinnacle of modern technology. They say they are more concerned with screen size and operating system then color.  read more »

The iWatch

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The iWatch is on its way; and it's coming just in time for Apple.

The latest iWatch rumor is that Apple has filed a trademark for the gadget in Japan. Of course the tech powerhouse isn't commenting but bloggers predict the iWatch could make an appearance on store shelves early next year. And the latest product could be necessary to save the company.

Bloggers say that despite having one of the most valuable stocks on the market investors are not impressed. Last week it closed below 400 which means over the past nine months it has lost almost half its value. A surprising slump considering it just held its annual worldwide developer conference and introduced a new operating system and MacBook Air.  read more »

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 »