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We’re pleased to bring you our first look at cool new products from last week’s Macworld/iWorld trade show, along with Adam Engst’s thoughts about the real problems that Apple faces, which aren’t the same as those the mainstream media seems to focus on. Adam also examines what’s behind Apple’s emphasis on the professional user with the new 128 GB iPad. Lastly, Joe Kissell looks at the ioSafe Solo G3 hard drive, which is waterproof, fireproof, and theft-resistant, and even comes with free data recovery in case of damage — the question is if it’s worthwhile. Notable software releases this week include Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12; SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air; and Microsoft Office 2011 14.30.

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Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2013: Part 1

As always, one of the best parts of Macworld/iWorld is running across new products that set the mind racing: iPad-based telepresence robots, tiny elliptical machines for standing desks, sensors that watch your posture, and more. Read on for the first installment of products that caught our attention at the show.

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Apple Doomed, According to News at 11

In several interviews at Macworld/iWorld, Adam Engst was asked for his opinion about the waning of Apple’s fortunes, thanks to the distressingly low $54.5 billion in quarterly revenues and $13.1 billion in profit. While debunking the financials as a worry, Adam points out that there are real concerns in how Apple is running the business.

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ExtraBITS for 4 February 2013

A quarter of a million Twitter users were affected by a data breach at the company, leading to password resets and no doubt a few headaches. In a better headspace, Adam and Tonya Engst appeared on Glenn Fleishman’s podcast The New Disruptors, which talks about ways creative people reach audiences. And if you’re feeling vindictive toward an app, we have a string of eight characters that will likely cause it to crash.