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Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for Your Mac Without the 4K Price

3:00 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Review: HP Z27s 4K Display

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Parallels’ John Uppendahl

2:45 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Uppendahl is the vice president of communications for Parallels, the company that's famous for its virtual machine software for the Mac—called Parallels Desktop. I chat with John about what this product does, its evolution, the different uses by customers, how it has enabled five million customers to have the Mac they want yet launch and use Windows apps completely transparently. Or even multiple different copies of OS X. John Uppendahl also talks about the ever growing solutions that a virtual machine system provides, including the brilliant Parallels Access iPad app that "applifies," with native touch gestures, an interface to a Mac running apps in another operating system. You'll enjoy the infections enthusiasm of this interview.

You Have an iPhone Now - Do As You’re Told

4:45 PM, Nov. 20th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's the Internet, do as you're told.

More and more, modern technical consumers are appealing to their smartphones for what to do next. How to dress. What to eat. How to think. And we don't even have consumer robots yet to attend to our indecisions. John Martellaro sizes up the situation, and it doesn't look rosy.

How to Beat Apple at its Game of Relentless Change

3:50 PM, Nov. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

The higher purpose of technology

Apple is a very large company now. Its pace of change is enormous. It does a lot of different things that appeal to a lot of different people. However, no one person, not even  tech journalists, can engage every technology at every level. John Martellaro ponders the problems and good solutions.

My First Weekend With an Apple iPad Pro

4:45 PM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

A first weekend with an iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a breakthrough device, according to John Martellaro. With its generous RAM, fast CPU and GPU, USB 3, a gigantic display, multiple stereo speakers, Apple Pencil and Bluetooth-free keyboard, all combined with iOS 9 features, it sets a new path forward for iPads. John reports on his first weekend with his iPad Pro. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview with BusyMac’s John Chaffee

2:00 PM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Chaffee is the founder of BusyMac, the company that brought us BusyCal and, recently, Busy Contacts for the Mac. In this interview, John describes how his early work with Now Up-to-Date launched a life-long interest in calendaring. But then, there were the customary career choices including some time developing Palm OS apps. Eventually, in 2007, John and former associate Dave Riggle reunited and founded the two-person company, BusyMac. John talks about the impact of the Mac App Store on his business and the future of Mac apps. Will there ever be a BusyMail? I just had to pop the question.

How to Create Fast and Easy Checklists in OS X El Capitan’s Notes App

3:10 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Making Checklists in El Capitan's Notes app

To Do apps are great, but they can often have too much technology wrapped around them for mundane tasks. Simple text files are okay for fast to do lists, but your favorite app may not be cross-platform and sync via iCloud. In OS X El Capitan, Apple has added the ability to create simple checklists which might be all you need for short-term to do items. John Martellaro shows you how.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Gaurav Khanna

3:10 PM, Nov. 9th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a huge Apple fan. His specialty is the computational study of gravitational phenomena in the vicinity of black holes. John first got to know Dr. Khanna when Apple was pursuing supercomputing hardware and software in the early 2000s, and Dr. Khanna's technical support for scientific computing on Macs made him a hero in the community. In this interview, John asks Dr. Khanna about his current day research using his 2013 Mac Pros, his use of Apple's OpenCL for parallel computing and thoughts on Apple's support for the scientist.