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Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

How to Test Your Mac for a Hardware Problem

4:30 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Modern Macs have a built-in diagnostic test that can be used to help troubleshoot a hardware problem. The technology has changed over the years, and the procedure is determined by how old your Mac is. John Martellaro has the details.

Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Interview: How to Write Secure Software, Guaranteed

1:30 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Reporter's Notebook

When a security snafu happens on the Internet that's due to a design or coding error, there's always a scramble to issue a fix. Meanwhile, the public frets. Galois, Inc is one of several companies that is developing the process of writing provably correct and secure software. John Martellaro interviewed the CEO to find out how they do it.

OWC Announces a USB-C Dock with Eleven Ports

5:15 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

On June 8, Other World Computing announced a full-featured 11 port USB-C Dock for use with the new Apple MacBook and other computers that use the USB-C port. Available in silver, space gray or gold, the new dock is available for pre-order and will ship in October.

It’s Finally Time to Buy a New iPad

4:29 PM, Jun. 9th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

At WWDC, Apple announced some very nice new features for iOS 9 that bring the iPad up to date but require the latest hardware. Is Apple being callous in an attempt to get us to buy new iPads? Will the changes in iOS 9 be enough to spur sales? John Martellaro ponders.