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The End of T3KD as We Know it

You may have noticed that we haven’t been posting very much here at T3KD. We’ve discovered that we are busy people who don’t have much time to blog the way we would like.

Unfortunately that means that the awesome content that you’ve become used to is no longer being produced. We are sorry for that.

Things come to an end. T3KD started in January 2010, and was variably successful over the next three years. We had many downtimes, a complete loss of content, and a stint as a full functioning multi-author blog. It has been one hell of a journey. But, that journey is over.

The site itself will live on, but this will be the last major post published. The 3 Cast, our weekly podcast is still alive and thriving, and can be found on its own website: The3cast.com. We are now doing two episodes a week. You can still watch live, but the URL is now live.the3cast.com.

We have loved this time with you. We have had so much fun, and maybe we’ll do it again one day. But until then, we hope that your quest for technology dominance has been helped by our blog and that you continue on that quest.

Goodbye.

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How Christmas is Killing Spring

It is getting to the point where if you like new technology you can take the first half of the year off. All the technology companies want to release their products right before the Christmas holiday, which means that the first half of the year is completely ignored. Christmas is killing Spring.

Christmas Doesn’t Really Matter

Sure, Christmas is the biggest buying season, but that is more because that is when all the new stuff comes out than because people give out gifts. If everything was released in March, people would buy just as much of it at XMAS time. They would also buy it in March, so they could get it when it was still cool.

Tech companies mistrust consumer’s ability to buy things any time of the year, but I assure you it is there. Are you trying to tell me that if Apple released the iPhone 5S in March that they would sell less of them than if they released it in October? Come on, get real. People would buy the iPhone even if all you could do with it is look at a steaming pile of dog crap. It is just that simple.

Spring is an Opportunity for Someone

Some energetic company is going to swoop in and realize that there is not a soul in sight when it comes to spring announcements. They will release something then and have the news cycle all to themselves. This is a huge opportunity, because technology is really all about mind share. If they can grab the headlines for the first six months of the year, they win. And they make the rest of the tech industry look like a bunch of Santa Claus loving fools.

Think about it, if Google released their flagship Nexus device in the spring, instead of the fall, they wouldn’t have to compete for news headlines with Apple’s iPhone and iPad announcements. Sure there is room for both, but tech blogs are like sponges. If there is a whole bunch of stuff to soak up, it soaks up a little of everything. But if there is only one thing to soak up, it fills itself up with that one thing. Bad analogy, but hey.

Conclusions

The reason why this is an issue is that I’m bored. We’ve went through 5 months of nothing. CES was boring, and there hasn’t been any other major announcement. Facebook has tried, but Facebook sucks. Now we get into the summer months and there will be a total overload of news and devices as companies ramp up for the holidays. Spread this crap out, it will be better for everyone.

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The Apocalypse – The 3 Cast #107

This week we talked about Apple’s cheap iPhone and why it won’t happen, we asked if Robots will ever take over, and we had hopes for RIM and BlackBerry. Ricky and Matt agreed a lot in this one, so that’s why we’re predicting the end of the world.

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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Vincent Hui, Ricky Williams, Paul Shirey

Topics: Cheap iPhone, Robots taking over the world, RIM and hope. The Final Question and picks of the week

 

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2013 Tech Predictions Show – The 3 Cast #106

This week we went over our predictions from 2012, which means we got to laugh at how epically wrong we were. Then we gave our predictions for 2013. You know what they say, if you fall down, just get back up again. Listen in to see how wrong we’ll be for the upcoming year.

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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Vincent Hui, Ricky Williams, Paul Shirey

Topics: 2012 Prediction Roundup, 2013 Tech predictions

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Why Apple is still cool (NSFW)

There is one simple reason why Apple is still cool, celebrities. I read a post the other day that said teenagers found that Apple was no longer cool. The problem with that is teenagers as much as they strive to be “different” also follow whatever is popular. Our society has a fetish for following celebrities’ lives. It’s a lifestyle although no one would admit we would all love to emulate. It’s the reason celebrities sell everything from cars to cereal. It’s also the reason why Apple is still cool because iPhones, iPads, MacBook Airs they can all be found in celebrities’ hands. Not because they are paid to advertise it but because they use it in their daily lives. It’s the best form of free advertising out there.

So Will Arnett and Oprah might be in commercials or tweeting about how great the Windows Phone and Surface Tablet are but it’s a paid commercial. Which doesn’t have as much pull as seeing Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton, Bow Wow or any other celebrity walking around town with their white headphones in their ears. The iPhone and iPad have even found themselves in rap lyrics from Fabolous on “My Time” and Ludacris on “Do sumthin strange”. In the hands of America’s former First lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and veteran actor Meryl Streep as they take a selfie.

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OKay so maybe there are two reasons why Apple is still cool and men everywhere will be thankful for this one, hot women! The iPhone camera has made smartphone cameras so popular it almost replaces many point and shoot cameras. The snapper on the iPhone 4 was so popular on the photograph site Flickr. It beat a seasoned Nikon DSLR in popularity and inspired a new type of photography, iPhoneography. So when hot women want to take self shots which smartphone camera brings it to us in stunning clarity? Yes that’s right the iPhone and guys everywhere are happy for it.

iPhone Hotties

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T3KD Weekly Seventy

This week we discuss why our governments don’t allow online voting, we talk about Ricky’s experience with the new iPad, and we talk about our backup strategies in honor of National Backup day on March 31. And Ricky tries to get in his customary greeting only at the end. Matt outsmarted him in editing though. Take that!

 

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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Vincent Hui, Ricky Williams

Topics: Online Voting, iPad 3 experiences, Online Backup strategy

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T3KD Weekly Sixty Nine

We made a pack this week to talk about anything but Apple. We did a pretty good job too. We talked about Google’s acquisition of Milk’s Kevin Rose and its impact on Google+, we talked about how frustrating it is to teach old people new technology tricks, and we discussed our top 5 current TV shows.

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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Ricky Williams, Vince Hui

Topics: Google+ and Kevin Rose, Senior Citizens and Technology, top 5 TV shows, Picks of the Week

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T3KD Weekly Sixty Eight

Well, we hope you like Apple. This week we talked a bunch about the big Fruit company. We talked about the new iPad, we talked about why people can’t get over talking about Apple, and we talked about possible companies competing with Apple. We tried a new intro, so let us know what you think.

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Hosts: Matt Weber, Ricky Williams, Vincent Hui

Topics: Apple iPad 3rd gen, Apple Hysteria and Who can stop it.

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T3KD Weekly Sixty Seven

This week we discuss Apple’s pending lawsuit over the iPad trademark in China, we discuss how technology enables college students to cheat and how to stop it, and we all agree on Windows 8’s impending doom.

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Hosts: Ricky Williams, Vincent Hui, Matthew Weber

Topics: Apple vs Proview, Cheating in the 21st Century, Windows 8 Success or Failure?

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T3KD Weekly Sixty Five

So this week we unveiled the first iPad 2 Giveaway Mission. If you don’t know what I’m talking about listen to the podcast. You can also see our post about the giveaway here. We talked this week about the Apple in China situation, Matt made some rude and obscene statements that are sure to get him noticed by Chinese Security, we talked about the PlayStation Vita Reviews, and we talked about how social media is transforming how we get news, and how it differs based on age. All that and more on T3KD Weekly. OH! And in order to complete the first mission you will need the email address that we give out at the end of the podcast. (podcast [at] t3kd [dot] com)

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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Vincent Hui

Topics: First iPad 2 Mission, Apple in China protests, PS Vita reviews, Social Media and the News

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