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Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

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.  

Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on Your Mac

5:15 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Science Projects for Desktop Macs

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.

OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

OS El Capitan Removes

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.

What You’re Not Doing with Your Mac Matters a Lot

5:30 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

The power of personal computers & planet Earth

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.

German Car Makers Wary of Apple but Seeking Cooperation

2:45 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · News

German car companies looking into Joint Ventures with Apple, Google

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.