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Apple Should Release a New Apple TV Soon and Be Done

5:20 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Time for a new Apple TV

Apple has dragged its feet for years on a next generation Apple TV, and now the competition is really heating up. Instead of releasing the very best hardware it knows how to make and letting a subscription TV service sort itself out, Apple, it seems, delayed hardware when it had every reason to expect that negotiations with content holders would be difficult and protracted. John Martellaro thinks this was a very bad strategy.

How Star Wars Has Influenced Film, TV and Even Tech Writing

3:20 PM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." In 1977, what seemed like just another a small-time scifl flick, relegated to the smaller screens in some theaters, exploded into the public consciousness and has remained there for almost 40 years. Mindful of the release of Star Wars Episode VII on December 18, in glorious infographics and charts, Jordan Roland in the Shutterstock Blog has celebrated the influence of this series on film and TV. In fact, the language of this movie series has even seeped into the popular lexicon of technical writing. (Pray I don't change the wording any further.) See, for example, the TMO Spin in a recent article by our Jeff Gamet. Enjoy this fabulous article that visually depicts the influence of Star Wars on our entertainment even to this day.

thingCHARGER Tidies Up, Augments Your Outlets

6:00 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Standard home and business electrical outlets are just not designed for the modern smartphone and tablet user. But the thingCHARGER,  a very successful Indiegogo project, changes all that. It fits nicely over a standard double outlet and features an interchangeable connector on the top (including Apple's Lightning) plus two standard USB outlets on the bottom. Inside are stored the interchangeable plugs, and you have options there at purchase. You can buy one for US$39.90 or buy a 4-pack or 7-pack and save money. This looks like one of those very cool, 'gotta have' home accessories. The video tells all.

How Apple Leaves Money on the Table and Still Flourishes

5:15 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple vs. Google's Android

One of the modern concepts in American business is that every technical decision should be made in such a ways as to maximize revenue, leaving nothing on the table for the often dangerous competition. Apple, however, has not, in general, thought that way and has left money and market share to others. Yet Apple has flourished. How has the company done that?

Cable Hive Nicely Organizes All Your Wires & Chargers

2:00 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

With all the different cables and power adapters we use these days, it's likely they all end up mixed together in a box. What a rat's nest it can be. But the Cable Hive (Kickstarter) aims to help you organize all those cables in a simple, modular system. From the developer: "The 330 x 330 x 220 mm crate comes with either a 39 hexagonal compartment core, suitably sized for most consumer computer style cables. Or alternatively a larger core size with 20 hex compartments, for the musicians needing to organise their longer and thicker guitar, microphone or other audio leads." Pledges start at US$44, and first deliveries are expected in December. This is just what you'd expect to see in Lt. Commander Data's quarters.

My 4 Favorite Features of OS X El Capitan

6:00 PM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

4 Favorite El Capitan features

There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.