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The new Apple MacBook is designed for extreme portability and low weight. Its low power Core M processor provides support for thinner designs and eliminates the need for a fan. To achieve that, it makes a concession to speed. So while the benchmarks are similar to a four year old MacBook Air, this MacBook is most emphatically not a step backward, as Business Insider claims this week.
The base numbered iPhone series, the iPhone 4,5 and 6 have been major upgrades. The "s" iPhones, the iPhone 4s, 5s and presumably the 6s, are incremental improvements. Still, they have been and must continue to be compelling enough to get people to consider upgrading after just one year. What might Apple have up its sleeve this time?
In Apple's iOS Apple Store app, it says, "Pick your favorite models before pre-order.... Choose your favorites by clicking the heart icon next to those models." That way, you can compare them and be ready for the pre-order process. John Martellaro shows you how to do it.
The Surface Pro 3 seemed to be an awkward device with its high cost out of sync with a less than awesome keyboard. However, the new lower cost sibling, the Surface 3, makes some interesting and important design changes. John Martellaro likes it.
Apple's new MacBook, to be released on April 10, is compact, low in weight, and full of new features. But will that low power Core M processor have enough computing punch for most users? John Martellaro takes a first, high-level look at the Core M processor and how it compares to other Apple notebooks, new and old.
Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.
Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.
There are many things to like About Apple. There are also plenty of things for Apple enthusiasts to criticize when the company makes mistakes. However, even if you really don't like Apple, for any reason, it's still important to not only pay attention but even embrace its technologies.
For Comcast customers who want to continuously monitor their monthly Internet data usage, John Martellaro shows how to do it in basically one click and a log on.
A few years ago, there was somewhat of a fuss about emerging Comcast monthly data caps for Internet usage. The number was 250 GB per month. Lately, however, Comcast has not been imposing hard data caps and has, instead, taken a pragmatic approach to monitoring and analyzing network usage. As a result, the path to 4K streaming will be eased.