The Complete, Unvarnished, Slightly Biased Apple Buyers' Guide
InformationWeek Daily - Thursday, Sep 13, 2007
The Newb's Guide To Apple
As I wrote our Apple buyers' guide, I was directed by a single question: What do I wish I'd known when I bought my first Mac, back in February? Since then, I've had an intense self-guided study in Apple products and services. Alas, I can't put all that knowledge in a time machine and send it back to myself. But I can pass it on to you.
The result is a package of articles, an image gallery, and a chart that'll give the first-time Apple buyer the information they need to make informed decisions. And experts will find some useful information in there too.
I started with Macs. Once you've committed to buying a Mac, which Mac or MacBook should you get? Find out which Mac is right for you in our overview of the Mac product line. This comprehensive Mac comparison chart gives you a side-by-side view of the specs and pricing of all the different Macs and MacBooks, so you can compare their features and capabilities and decide which one you like best.
Load up your Mac with these 14 free and cheap Mac apps. This list describes great software for instant messaging, writing, password management, and more. Ten of them are free, one is donationware, and the other three are priced under $30. Also, find out why you should think twice about Microsoft Office -- it's expensive, and there are less expensive and free alternatives.
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World-Class IT Org, Or Outsourcing Fodder?
How does the world--your internal customers, your company?s paying customers, your various supplier customers--view your IT organization? As a can-do partner and service provider? Or as a chronic naysayer and excuse maker?
The answer to this simple question will tell you whether you have the stuff of a world-class organization or are outsourcing fodder.
Palm Intros New Treo Hardware
At long last. It may not look all that svelte, but the Treo 500v, announced today for Vodafone in Europe, is a small first step for Palm in resurrecting itself.
Will NTP Sue Every Wireless Company?
It seems holding company NTP just loves to sue wireless companies. After winning $612.5 million from BlackBerry maker RIM with its controversial patents on wireless e-mail technology, NTP went after smartphone maker Palm at the end of last year using the same contested patents. Not finished, NTP is now suing U.S. wireless carriers that offer mobile e-mail. Will NTP ever stop?
A Focused Way To Search Discussions
Israel-based startup Omgili has developed a specialized search engine that strives to helps users research topics based on Web discussions and other forms of user-generated content.
Mobile Security 101
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An Invitation To Technology Startups
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Path to Profit: Transform your Underwriting Processes Join Insurance & Technology Editorial Director Kathy Burger, Cindy De Armond, Partner, Insurance Industry Practice, IBM Global Business Services, and Mark B. Gorman, Strategic Research Advisor, Insurance, TowerGroup, to gain insights into how integrating analytics and operations can transform the underwriting process.
ROI Case Study: SAS Business Intelligence and IBM This ROI case study provides an ROI analysis of IBM's SAS Business Intelligence (BI) solution, outlining the various challenges, costs, and benefits that were realized throughout the SAS implementation.
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