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Saturday, November 16, 2013

It's Saturday the 16th and time for another batch of articles gathered by Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth

Still Got a First-Gen iPad?  Don't Ditch it Yet.  "Old" is not the same as "obsolete."

Numerous retailers now offer bounties for older iPads.

The iPad can serve as a hand-me-down device that can grow with your child

Over three-plus years of ownership, my iPad has been the least problematic computing device I have ever used.

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The bottom line is that, by trying to maintain its price points and super-high profit margin, Apple has radically underperformed the market for the past couple of years, especially in tablets. Because of the importance of the platform and ecosystem for long-term value, this is a shortsighted decision.

Apple & Samsung take massive 109% of mobile industry profits while competitors lose money

In fact, when tablets, notebooks and other mobile devices are included, Apple earned more than Samsung, LG, Nokia, Huawei, Lenovo and Motorola's mobile divisions combined.

How Windows Has Evolved Over The Last 30 Years
Includes a few comparisons with Mac OS.
Windows OS was incredibly primitive compared to Mac OS until 1995.

Top 5 free apps for investors

Analysis: Only one-third of Samsung smartphone sales are of iPhone class

Samsung: no disputing we sold Apple's property and owe a 'huge sum of money'

I'm beginning to think that Samsung will end up with a net profit for violating Apple's patents -- even after the future court award for damages

Judge Koh ruled Apple cannot pursue damages due to lost profits for four out of the five patents originally leveraged at the start of the retrial, a decision that could be worth $114 million to Apple's final payout.

The one property remaining - the '915 patent for "pinch-to-zoom" - is still important

MacRumors Hacker Promises Stolen Passwords Are Safe

The hacker behind Monday's breach of an Apple-related rumor and news website has promised to not leak any of the 860,000 passwords he stole. 

But he said that any users who'd reused the same password on other sites had only themselves to blame. "We're not terrorists," he said.

How long do hard drives last?  See the graph.

On average, 80 percent of all hard drives are still in use after four years. Through extrapolation, I figure that the median life span of a hard drive -- the point at which 50 percent of drives will have failed -- is about six years.

if your hard drive hasn't failed yet, it probably will soon. Be sure to back up early and often.

Judge Tips Google's Way in 8-Year-Old Books Saga
Google won a critical victory for its Google Books project

"In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits.  It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders ... generates new audiences and creates new sources of income for authors and publishers. Indeed, all society benefits,"
--  Denny Chin, United States District Court Judge

JPMorgan Shows Exactly How To Not Use Twitter

Their starting tweet:
J.P. Morgan@jpmorganFollow
It’s a #TwitterTakeover: We'll host our 1st live Q&A on leadership & career advice w/a leading $JPM exec on 11/14. Use #AskJPM to submit a Q

Their ending tweet:  Tomorrow's Q&A is cancelled. Bad Idea. Back to the drawing board.

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