YAHOO IS LOOKING AT YOU

Yahoo mail recently started forcing users to upgrade to a new version, or stop using Yahoo. This came off as pushy and a little scary for some of our readers. The supposed benefits are faster email, less spam, and an easier-to-use design. But not everybody is on board. The biggest complaint concerns Yahoo’s new policy of scanning your email messages so they can target ads. Google’s Gmail has done this since its beginning, and it doesn’t bother us. It’s just robots selecting the ads, and we’d rather see relevant than irrelevant ones. Savvy folks point out that if you don’t like your email being scanned, you should stop using your grocery savings card, which also tracks usage. And be wary […]

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APP HAPPY EXERCISE

“Daily Arm Workout,” “Daily Ab Workout” and “Daily Leg Workout” give you five to ten minute work-out sessions. The instructor doesn’t see what you’re doing, but you see her and that’s enough. Joy likes them and is still trying to talk Bob into them.

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APPLE UNDERCUTS APPLE

Here are two things we learned from the site DealNews.com:

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THE MAC AT WORK

A reader told us he’s getting a Mac but wishes he could keep the Windows version
of “Quicken” because the Mac version is, as he put it, “a real dog.” (He’s a man of few
words.)

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CANDY APPLES

A Forrester Research Report estimates that Apple will sell $39 billion dollars worth of iPads and Macs over the next two years. This year alone, they are expected to sell $11 billion dollars worth of iPads and $7 billion dollars worth of Macs. That sounds like a lot, but their market share has been dropping and that may accelerate. Apple’s share of the smart phone market has dropped from 23 percent to around 15 percent over the past year. Samsung’s market share, on the other hand, has tripled over the past two years, from nine to 31percent. Apple is hoping a cheaper iPhone with brightly colored cases can recover lost share.

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MACBOOK AIR LIVES UP TO APPLE NAME

Among the true believers, everything from Apple — Macbooks, iPhones or iPads– is treated like a sacred object. So when the new Macbook Air came out this summer, our natural skepticism raised its wary head. After a suitable hiding period, we went out and bought one. Okay, it’s great.

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ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

The number one item kids want for Christmas isn’t an iPhone or tablet, it’s a laptop computer, according to a survey at eBates.com.

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MY MACBOOK

“My MacBook, Mountain Lion Edition, 3rd Edition,” by John Ray, $25 from QuePublishing.com. This book has everything you need to make the switch from Windows to Mac,

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THE LOST INTERVIEW

“Steve Jobs, the Lost Interview” is now available at the iTunes app store. This is a rare interview that was briefly shown in theaters last year. Jobs had just left Apple at the time and had big plans for his NeXT computer company. Even as hard-core Windows fans, we were sold by his visionary appeal. (Bob actually got to try the NeXT.) You can watch the interview on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Launch iTunes and click “movies,” then search for the title. It’s a $4 rental.

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THEIR LIFE IN COMICS

The Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson is a great read at over 500 pages, but you might prefer the comic book version, which we saw on Amazon for $1.07. Now there’s a Bill Gates comic. You can get the print version at your local comic book store or the Kindle edition on Amazon. The Gates bio goes back to his earliest days writing machine code in zeroes and ones. Coming soon are the comic bios of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. You can pre-order the Brin/Page comic book at Amazon for $8.

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