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On April 16, Honda unveiled an updated version of ASIMO, its personal robot project. What's cool is how well Honda engineers have engineered the movement of the robot — demonstrated by walking, dancing, kicking a soccer ball, and going up and down stairs. These days, with all the fuss about Google Glass, the iWatch, Apple's TV initiatives and demands for even more innovation, it's easy to overlook this quiet, ongoing work by Honda to build a personal robot.
What's interesting about ASIMO, standing 1.2 meters tall and weighing just over 50 kilos is how it's been made to appear non-threatening with its astronaut-like look and diminutive stature. Reality and Sci Fi aren't too far apart now, and it could be that the vision in the charming movie "Robot and Frank" could be upon us sooner than expected. And notably not from any U.S. tech giant.
Working for Apple is the experience of a lifetime. Most everyone who has had that privilege looks back with affection on the experience — if one ignores the reason for leaving. But a recent article, without having spoken to any former Apple employees, looks only at the downsides from a few whiners. It was a one sided, deceptive picture.
Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad. John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.
Havard's Law states: "Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases."
Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to Apple customers, iTunes and music.
Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.
MyTask, launched on Kickstarter, is an iPhone 5/5s case that includes options for three different slide out trays: urban, bike and stash. The urban version, weighing just 65 grams, includes, for example, a pen, a touchscreen stylus, an 8 GB USB drive, a Phillips screwdriver, a Flathead screwdriver, a mirror and scissors to name a few. The bike version, weighing just 80 grams, includes box wrenches Allen wrenches, a pedal and axle wrench, three tube patches and more. A third option has a 3.5 mm deep accessory tray that allows you to stash your own stuff. The case adds only 6 mm to the iPhone's thickness.
Plus, all the items are TSA approved, so you can take this case on a flight. At the US$50 support level, backers get a choice of case color, red or black, and tray type. Time is running out for this fabulous Kickstarter project.
Black boxes for delivering video content are flooding the market, and, as fast as they appear, they're updated with new designs. Is it just a phase the industry is going through? Where is this all leading? More importantly, how can Apple differentiate itself?
Occasionally, a Mac can become stubbornly uncooperative and refuse to accept inputs. It's time for a reboot. Here are some simple techniques to force a restart your Mac with escalating abruptness.
We know that PCs still outsell the Mac, but PC sales are plunging and Mac sales, as a percentage of the market, are climbing. This has to lead somewhere, but where? John Martellaro peers into the future.
Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.