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Groovv Makes Apple Pay for Small Business Easy and Inexpensive

12:30 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

Apple Pay for Small Businesses

Many of the big retailers have embraced Apple Pay as a
payment option as the industry moves to more secure mobile payments. However, most small merchants have not upgraded their payment systems because of the cost. Now, Total Merchant Services, in concert with Apple, has developed a solution, the Groovv Terminal One. It's a small, easy to set up Point of Sale device with a low initial cost and can be purchased right in the Apple online store for under US$100. Small businesses everywhere are suddenly able to accept secure mobile payments. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Marketcircle’s Alykhan Jetha

3:00 PM, Oct. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

In this show, I interview Alykhan Jetha, the CEO or Marketcircle in Toronto. A.J., as we all call him, and I have been friends for over a decade, having first met at Macworld Expo.  I asked A.J. about the fascinating story of how he came to move to Toronto with his family after being deported from Africa years ago, how he came to form Marketcircle and launch the famous Daylite application for the Mac. In the interview, we chat about his current apps as well as some of the issues related to being an Apple developer.

Using Weather Apps on Your iPhone? Here Are Some Insider Tips

6:30 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Weather app details, Sun and Pressure

Weather apps, especially on the iPhone or iPad, are usually great looking and informative when it comes to the conditions and forecast. However, for some kinds of data, it requires just a little extra bit of extra knowledge to understand what the app is trying to tell you. This applies in the cases of atmospheric pressure and sunrise/sunset times.

iOS 9: How to Use Slide Over on Your Modern iPad

4:20 PM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · TMO Quick Tip

Using iOS 9 Slide Over

iOS 9 introduces a handy feature called Slide Over for modern iPads. It allows you to slide in a secondary app from the right side and interact with it, perhaps to quickly check on something or grab some data.  In this Quick Tip, John Martellaro explains how to use Slide Over.

Twelve South Forté Charging Stand for Apple Watch is Beautifully Imperfect

7:15 PM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Twelve South Forté

Despite the apparent simplicity of the Apple Watch charging docks, there are several factors to consider. Those include practicality, protection, stability, possible ways the charging cable can be damaged when installed and removed, adjustability of presentation angle, use for both Portrait mode and Nightstand mode, and so on. The Twelve South Forté is exceptionally beautiful, and has a good design, but it doesn't score 100 percent on all counts.

The Thrill of Driving with Tesla’s Autopilot System

2:45 PM, Oct. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Thanks to Google, Tesla (and even Apple), we've been reading a lot about autonomous (self-driving) cars. We're not there yet. But Tesla, right now, does have what's called Autopilot mode. You still have to be behind the wheel and in a fully functional driver's seat. It's part of Tesla's version 7.0 software and "ludicrous mode." Think of it as the ultimate in cruise control. Watch, in delight, as a Jalopnik driver takes a Tesla Model S out for a test run, navigating through heavy traffic, hands free. It's both "awesome and creepy." This may be the coolest tech thing you've seen this year. And the scariest.

Spacelife Jacket Inspired by Astronaut Spacesuit

2:10 PM, Oct. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

After you get back from Space Camp, one thing you might want to look into is this jacket, inspired by the spacesuits U.S. astronauts use. Made of trilobal nylon oxford, it reflects light, maintains its flexibility over a wide temperature range and is water repellent. There is a built-in audio system, including a microphone, inside the hood and powered by Bluetooth. Audio controls, as with any good spacesuit, are on the sleeve. Included is the obligatory mission patch. Available sizes are M, L, XL and XXL. Be ready for an astronomical price of €1499.00.