Entries by Scott Bell

Mac Pro Now Available: Ships December 30 (U)

UPDATE: The shipping date has slipped to February 2014 as pent-up demand drives sales. As promised yesterday, the new Apple Mac Pro has gone on sale, with a shipping date of December 30, 2013. There was concern about where the newly supported 4k monitors would come from, but Apple is offering the Sharp 32″ 4k […]

Pebble Announces Pebble Appstore

Kickstarted smartwatch maker Pebble today announced the creation of its new appstore. Pebble further states that if a submitted app needs an iOS or Android companion app, a developer can include a link to the Apple App Store or Google Play to help users find the companion app. [box style=’info’] The Pebble appstore includes watchfaces […]

200 Google Ranking Factors

Backlink’s Google stud Brian Dean has collected a huge list of the top 200 factors Google is currently using to rank websites. SEO and online marketing has always been a bit of a dark art form. It falls somewhere between voodoo and phrenology. But Dean and  has helped demystify it a bit with his list of […]


Best Smartphones in the World 2013 (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Part 2 More end-of-year “Best of 2013” lists! Anyway… Zach Epstein over at Boy Genius Report is out with his list of the best smartphones in the world for 2013 (Part 1). Refreshingly, Epstein lists the handsets by Category: [list style=’circle’] [list_item] Design: HTC One [/list_item] [list_item] Performance: Apple iPhone 5s [/list_item] [list_item] Display: […]

Mac Pro Available Tomorrow (12-19-13)

Apple’s Mac Pro has been long in the tooth for many years now. They previewed their new Mac Pro at WWDC earlier this year. The pro-level machine is stunning to look at, and reasonably priced for its specs, but basically only expandable through the addition of external peripherals. Apple had promised that the Mac Pro […]

Top 10 Games 2013

It’s that time of year, where everyone and their uncle put out lists of “Best” and “Worst” whatever of the year. Not to be outdone, Mashable is out with many such lists. Way too many. But what interests here is their list of the top 10 Games for 2013. Here’s their list: The Last of […]

Qualcomm Employee: 64-Bit A7 “Spinal Tap” Moment

Dan Lyons (yes, that Dan Lyons) has an interesting piece today on the reaction of chip makers after hearing that Apple was releasing the 64-bit A7 microprocessor with the iPhone 5s (and eventually iPads Air and Mini): Quotes Lyons: [box style=’note’] “The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut,” says the Qualcomm employee. “Not just […]


Android Catching iOS in Mobile Gaming

Analytics site Distimo is out with a new report today illustrating the trends immobile gaming. Specifically, they’re highlighting the fact the gaming revenue on the Android platform is growing much faster than on iOS. The report states that while iOS gaming revenue is up from last year (the top 200 iOS apps in November 2012 […]

Apple Releases OSX Mavericks 10.9.1

Apple just released the first update to OSX Mavericks 10.9. Startup your Mac App Store updater, and get to downloading. Here is a screen cap of the change log from Apple:   Of particular note, Apple has improved support for Gmail in the native Mail app (as well as other Mail enhancements). I have run […]

Samsung Readying QHD and Iris Scan for Galaxy Lineup 2014

ZDNet Korea is reporting that Samsung is planning to quadruple the resolution of it’s Galaxy smartphone lineup in 2014, as well as add iris scanning verification technology to unlock the devices, a la Apple’s TouchID. QHD: QHD resolution is 2560×1440, or “4x clearer” than normal HD according to the source. Iris Scanner: The iris scanning […]