Anything from starting a business to working in a corporate environment.
Mike needs to buy a new hard drive. Leo says they've gotten really large and really cheap. He could get a 5 TB hard drive for under $150. And SSDs have dropped below $1 a GB.
Back in 2013, Mike noticed he's had several negative dings on his credit. Leo says to check out his credit report to see if there's fraud or other inaccuracies it. If so, he can challenge them. But if he's a victim of identity theft, it's a hard thing to convince not only the credit agencies, but also the credit card companies and the IRS that he's had his identity stolen.
Larry has gotten a new credit card and it has a chip on it. Leo says that America has finally gone to the chip and PIN system, and we are now in the process of transitioning to it. The problem though, is that he didn't get a PIN with it, and he wants one. Leo says it's a steady transition. First chip and sign. Then we'll get PINs within a few years. But it's odd that American Express, which has a worldwide presence, wouldn't go with a PIN for it.
Taylor Swift wrote a letter to Apple saying that she's pulling her newest album, 1989, off of Apple Music. The decision was made because of Apple not paying artists royalties during the three month trial period.
Leo says that Google Docs is great and it's secure, and he won't have to have a managed exchange server. But he can also subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 and avoid that as well. Google for work is just fine, and Gmail is a better email solution.
Microsoft has turned 40 this past week on April 4. It was originally founded by old high school friends, including Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
Microsoft at 40: Read Bill Gates' anniversary email to employees (CNET)…
Jason runs his business from his laptop and would like to have one computer that he can do everything on. Can he switch to Apple? Leo says sure! He can not only run a business from a Mac, but if he needs Windows, he can run that too. Macs are far more elegant in design.
Apple sold over 75 million iPhones in the last three months, for combined sales of over $18 Billion in profit, a 40% profit margin, the largest in history. Apple also has over $142 Billion in cash. Most of that has been transferred to accounts overseas in order to avoid taxes. So while they have that much money, it's not exactly liquid in the US.
Apple just posted the best quarter in corporate history (CNN)…
Sony Pictures Entertainment is now attempting to take disrupt downloads from sites that have its leaked data through Denial of Service attacks. Its using hundreds of computers in Asia to accomplish this.
A class action lawsuit against Apple is ongoing over the iPod and an old sync feature. The suit is all about the fact that Apple iTunes would erase an iPod if it wasn't recognized by the computer. The lawsuit represents 8 million users for about $350 million, of which half will go to lawyers, of course. That leaves everyone else with a settlement of about $0.50 a piece.