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iTunes 12 is Apple’s Worst Software Ever, Should Be Withdrawn

4:50 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

For many people, music is an important part of their lives. It's so important that Apple's iTunes should be the finest example of what Apple developers can build. It should be up to Apple's standards as best-in-class software. Unfortunately, iTunes 12 has a subpar user interface, and it is judged to be the worst software Apple has ever produced. It should be withdrawn from the market.

The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

Prompt 2 from Panic: A Drop-dead Gorgeous SSH Client for iOS

2:10 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Prompt 2 is version 2 of a very good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS. It's from Panic Inc, the people who brought us the excellent Transmit FTP client. As the website says, "Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car..." Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic's sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in "clips", private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. Best of all? It's only $10.

Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

5:02 PM, Oct. 24th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.

OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

3:00 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

On October 16, Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. John Martellaro has been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here in this review is everything that he learned and how he sized up this stellar OS X release. Should you install it right away? Read on. 

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.