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TMO Background Mode: Interview With iOS Developer and Book Author Erica Sadun

2:40 PM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Erica Sadun is an expert in all things related to iOS. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech's Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center, did early development work in Objective-C, has written many books about iOS development, and has recently embraced Apple's Swift language, culminating in her latest book: the "Swift Developer's Cookbook." I've had the pleasure of meeting Erica many times, back when she had time to manage the Denver Apple Geek lunches. Erica presented me with some intriguing ideas about the state of Apple, iOS, and Apple's product line imagination. Your Apple thinking will be challenged in this candid interview.

Why Apple Developed the Swift Programming Language - Hint - Apple Car

5:15 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple, cars and Swift

Soon our cars will be semi- or fully autonomous.  That will require the best minds on the planet, engineers and A.I. experts, to write highly error proof and secure code. Current computer languages are close, but earn no cigar and weren't designed for Apple's needs. What better than for Apple to invent its own language, Swift, and get the whole world to test it first?

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Freelance Journalist and Macworld Sr. Contributor Kirk McElhearn

2:30 PM, Jan. 11th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Kirk McElhearn is an expert technical journalist for all things Apple. He's known as "The iTunes Guy" and has a regular column at Macworld. His career started in France as a translator of technical material, and that led to his career as a writer. Kirk has written many books about the Mac as well as several "Take Control Books," including tutorials on iTunes, Audio Hijack and Scrivener. Kirk lives in the UK, and he loves Shakespearean plays and classical music. Clearly this is a man after my own heart. We've followed each other for years, and so I was eager to interview him. In the second half of the show, we both have some rather sharp observations about iTunes that you won't want to miss.

9 New, Cool USB-C Devices Shown at CES

3:00 PM, Jan. 7th, 2016 · John Martellaro · CES

USB-C Products at CES

Accessory makers have kept their USB-C powder dry until CES and have announced a flurry of new devices.  Here's a visual roundup of many of the notable USB-C devices seen this week. The spectrum ranges from simple cable adapters to hubs, displays and storage.

Toyota Announces Leadership for $1 Billon AI and Robotics Team

4:45 PM, Jan. 5th, 2016 · John Martellaro · CES

Toyota's AI & Robotics team

LAS VEGAS - CES 2016. A decade ago, who would have thought that car companies would be leaders and big spenders in artificial intelligence and robotics? But here we are in 2016, and Toyota is announcing its all-star leadership team for its massive artificial intelligence and robotics research.