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In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.
Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.
Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.
There's nothing more boring than black text on a white background when listening to music. iTunes 12 allows you to turn on colored backgrounds for open albums, movies and playlists. Unfortunately, the color chosen isn't up to you.
Germany's highest level court that hears patent cases, the Federal Court of Justice, has invalidated the German part of Apple's iOS slide-to-unlock patent. In the end, it no longer matters to Apple.
Occasionally, the Apple Watch just stops displaying the sunrise and sunset time. John Martellaro explains how he's managed to fix that.
An Apple Watch charging dock should try to avoid classic problems with cable management, mobility, Apple Watch attachment, viewing angle and stability. The Just Mobile Lounge Dock brilliantly sidesteps or solves all the problems seen in other charging docks reviewed to date.
Apple has hired a senior engineer away from Tesla, adding to the considerable stable of engineering and management talent in Apple's car project. Mr. Jamie Carlson joins several others at Apple with expertise in self-driving technology.
In the early days of personal computers, there was nothing to do with them but compute. Nowadays, computers have wrapped us in a worldwide web of consumer services that's most helpful but masks the kinds of helpful research that can be done, even with a desktop computer. John Martellaro points to a fabulous article that just might shake many out of their doldrums.
Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast, in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.