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In iTunes 12.2, which supports Apple Music, you can still create your own custom radio station. There are several ways to do it, and you can create a station from the song or the artist. John shows you how.
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.
There have been vociferous complaints about Apple's new MacBook thanks to its single USB-C port. However, it turns out that having only one port helps the MacBook in a very important way. How's that? John Martellaro explains.
Apple is a company that surges relentlessly forward in technology. It can do that because it has earned a lot of money from happy customers. The philosophical contrast with the U.S Federal government is stark. John Martellaro worries that the gap is too large and growing.
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.
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.
There is now a dizzying array of power adapters, wattages, Magsafe connectors (original and version 2) and connector types ("L" and "T" shapes) that go with each MacBook Air and Pro model. John Martellaro helps sort it all out.
One of the great annoyances of the Apple Watch and watchOS is the 18 second display time out. There's no setting to define how long the display will remain lit, and it always goes dark at just the wrong time, especially when demoing or timing events. But John Martellaro has discovered how to keep the display alive.
When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition. Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?
Modern Macs have a built-in diagnostic test that can be used to help troubleshoot a hardware problem. The technology has changed over the years, and the procedure is determined by how old your Mac is. John Martellaro has the details.