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Top 5 Myths About Apple – the Legendary Brand

Top 5 Myths About Apple – the Legendary Brand

A lot of people had taken a bite, and it looks like they cannot seem to get enough of it. Each new release is juicier than the previous one so this explains why a lot of people are going gaga over Apple. No, I’m not talking about the fruit per se. I’m talking about the fruit that has become a driving force in the technology industry. What would the world look like today if Apple did not come into existence?

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    Apple: The fruit that became a worldwide phenomenon

    The name Apple is now a world-reknowned brand, famous for bringing into the world the iMac, iPod, and iPhone. With its name tied to innovation, Apple has been the leading brand in smartphones, mp3 players and user-friendly personal computers. But a huge name such as this one isn’t without its surrounding myths and rumors. Critics have been using these myths about Apple as an opportunity to demean the company’s reputation. More often than not, these critics have been proven wrong. So what are these myths exactly?

    Myth #1: Without Steve Jobs, Apple is done

    Steve Jobs is widely known as the founder and CEO of the company and is acclaimed as a top innovator and a tech guru. One thing’s for sure; Apple wouldn’t be where it is if it wasn’t for him. Critics and fans alike have thought that without him, Apple is going to go under. But with his death in 2011, this myth was proven wrong as Apple is still up and going. Sure they grieved Job’s death, but the company went on with their operations to bring us even more innovations and gadgets.

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    Myth #2: Macs cannot get viruses

    This myth is probably the most popular as it is perceived that Macs don’t get viruses while PCs do. This is false since no operating systems are invulnerable to malware, including the Mac OS. Macs still have their own share of malware but most developers don’t bother creating ones for Mac since the PC market is larger and more accessible. The malware that affects Macs aren’t focused on the operating system’s faults but more on the gullibility of the user. Sometimes, these malware attacks are disguised as anti-virus programs scattered around as ads. Generally, there aren’t many threatening malware that exists for Macs but the surest way to protect yourself from malware is to keep your Mac updated. Yes, it’s that important.

    Myth #3: Macs and PCs are incompatible

    The most common argument between Mac and PC fans are the incompatibility issues. They say that Mac software isn’t compatible with PCs and vice versa; this is not entirely true however, as a lot of programs are usable in both Macs and PCs such as Microsoft Office, most browsers, Adobe programs, and even iTunes. There are even programs that let Mac users to boot the Windows OS and even PC software to boot the Mac OS. A significant difference between the two would be the availability of games. PCs can play almost every game that is available on the market, and Macs get a platform of their own a few months after the game’s release or maybe not at all.

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    Myth #4: Apple is Spying on You

    Two years ago, news circulated that Apple installed a tracking code in their iOS 4 update. This has kept Apple users on their feet, really wary and afraid that Apple is tracking their every move. The rumor was so widespread that it spawned the US Congress to conduct a legal inquiry. But Apple has denied the allegations, saying that the data they collected were about WiFi hotspots and cellular towers that are being detected by the iPhone.

    Myth #5: Jailbreaking Apple Devices could Land You a Spot in Jail

    Contrary to popular belief, jailbreaking your iPad and your iPhone is not illegal. Of course, it can affect your warranty negatively but as per the U.S. Library of Congress, jailbreaking your Apple device does not mean you are breaking or infringing copyright laws.

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    Myth busted?

    Busted or not, these myths about Apple are the most popularly known among critics and users. There are probably more popular myths or less popular myths surrounding this widely known gadget giant but it would be too big a list if I were to enumerate and describe them all. More myths may emerge in the future and it would be up to the critics and fans to gauge whether these myths are true or not.

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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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