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2013 Mac Pro–Not for the Market

WWDC 2013 – Apple released the upcoming Mac Pro with no details on price nor options. The idea was to have a system that will replace the current (now discontinued) Mac Pro which is respective of a full size tower which has seen no real updates in a decade.

Apple’s new design as with most of Apple’s products are aesthetically unique if not pleasing. Those without an open mind will call it a trash can, or ashtray. However, the design behind its shape is an engineering concept to eliminate the otherwise bulky fans and heat sinks.

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AT&T bought a T-Mobile, and it’s bad for everyone

On Sunday evening, AT&T made the initial offering to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion, and stock in AT&T. Don’t worry Europe, you are safe from the evil monster, it’s only the US that getting bent over. And after the rumors opened on the Internet, T-Mobile confirmed it with a small FAQ of the acquisition. The only thing stopping this is US regulators such as the DOJ, and FTC. However, I feel this will not happen, and it would be bad for everyone as a whole. AT&T of course will benefit as they will instantly increase their network dramatically, and add to a customer base of loyal customers. They are even likely to usurp Verizon Wireless as the number one carrier. AT&T stock holders will love this, and in some twisted way of faith, customer of what would once have been T-Mobile will have the option of the iPhone. However, while their maybe some sugar coating, it is simply put bad for everyone. Not only is it bad for T-Mobile customers which is obvious, but it would be bad for everyone who relies on a cellular phone. In addition, it may even likely hurt the US economy. I will explain why.

First, let’s address how this will hurt T-Mobile customers. First, AT&T already noted that they will take the T-Mobile towers and use them for their LTE roll out. Guess what that means? This will be LTE on AT&T using AT&T’s spectrum. This will now mean that all of the 3G devices on T-Mobile will simply cease functioning, or at best go to 2G which is about 1/4 the capacity of the 3G. And don’t be fooled thinking because you have the new and latest Samsung Galaxy 4G, you are safe – because you are not. This is one thing I disagreed with T-Mobile calling their HSPA+ (high end 3G) 4G. It is not, and those customers thinking they are safe because AT&T is rolling out their 4G network is wrong. So if you are like me and was planning on spending $400 – $500 on a non contract price phone that you would have for a couple of years because you prefer T-Mobile, and the non contract price, you may end up paying more if the network starts shutting down in less than a year.

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MetroPCS does the World! Well Maybe Just 100 Countries

A few days ago, I came across news from CNET that MetroPCS is now offering unlimited calling to 100 countries for just $5/month. Considering this would be a 5 minutes call on my carrier if I was to call the UK, this is actually a wonderful thing. Everyone is speculating that MetroPCS is using VOIP as there would be no way the conventional telecoms would offer this.

So, now MetroPCS offer no contracts, unlimited calling plans, features not found on other carriers, and now this! And MetroPCS does not own their network to the best of my knowledge but leases markets from Verizon. So, if the little guys can do this, why can’t the big guys do so? I will tell you one thing, if Metro offered services in Pittsburgh, and GSM, I would take them in a second.

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