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Thu August 2, 2012

The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)

While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

Will my next Samsung tablet computer be cooler than an iPad?

Meanwhile, half a solar system away, the largest rover NASA has ever launchedshould touch down on the Martian surface in just a few days.

If a Mars rover isn't winning you over, perhaps smaller home computers will. But you'll have to give up something to keep it small. How about the VGA port that powers your monitor?  Kiss it goodbye...soon... but consider what that means at the office where VGA ports will linger for years.

Friday on Up to Date, guest host Bill Anderson welcomes The Techsperts - Justin Parlette and Dustin Jacobsen - to discuss these topics and other technology news and developments.  We'll check out why so many people are going "old school" with Instagram, and talk about the benefits of Hulu+ coming to Apple TV.

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Dustin Jacobsen, Chief Strategy Officer at Flat Square Technology Group, leads the practice on mobile, social and emerging technology projects. Jacobsen holds a BS from Iowa State University and an MBA, magna cum laude, from Baker University. He blogs about all things marketing and technology at ShakeGently.com and is on Twitter at@dustinj.

Justin Parlette is an Apple Certified technician who has supported Apple products for over 15 years. Trained by Apple as part of their crack group of technicians (you call them "Geniuses"), he now works for UMKC as their resident Apple expert. Parlette also writes and directs the critically acclaimed web series "Dead Wait," a zombie story set in Kansas City which unfolds at www.dead-wait.com. Follow his escapades on Twitter at @jpar0.

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