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A Working Star Trek Communicator (Bluetooth) Handset

10 hours, 27 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Scheduled to ship in January, 2016, this Bluetooth handset is a replica of the original Star Trek communicator. It pairs with your smartphone, and it's full of features.  According to the developer, the Wand company, it's "constructed from pressed metal, die cast metal, machined aluminum and textured ABS to replicate the original hero prop." Here's a summary of the specs from the product page: It has a magnetic stand with a metal base and has multi-color LED charge status lights. There's a built-in lithium polymer battery with wireless charging. It comes with a high quality molded polyurethane foam-lined transit case. Included is a speaker for hands-free calls, and it will play music streamed from any Bluetooth audio player. It can be yours for only US$149.95.  (There's a link to be emailed when it ships.) Here at TMO, we're already drooling.

2 Apple Watch Charging Stands for Travel Compared

11 hours, 42 minutes ago · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

For some users, the elegance and convenience of an Apple Watch charging stand is essential. And soon, these stands will be even more useful when watchOS 2.0 introduces the "Wake me up" feature. John Martellaro looks at two such charging stands that are especially useful for travel.

Apple Stores Are Holding the New MacBooks Captive

5:15 PM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

The major design feature of Apple's new MacBook is its low weight.  To hold it in one's hand, untethered, is to appreciate the significance of the design. So why shouldn't Apple let customers walk around the store with one and test the keyboard for awhile? John Martellaro makes the case.

Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

7:15 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.

OS X: How to Use Separate Spaces with Multiple Monitors

8:30 AM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

OS X Yosemite (and Mavericks), by default in a clean install, provide for each monitor, in a multiple monitor system, to have its own display Spaces. The immediate symptom is a rather confusing presentation of a full menu bar on each display, with the one that's inactive dimmed. John Martellaro explains the ins and outs of that setting, multiple displays and Spaces.

Apple Posts Details of Apple Pay Verification Methods

3:45 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.