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The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

6:45 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch owner? You'll love it.

 

Self-driving Cars Will Need a New Breed of Software

2:45 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

We've heard rumors that Apple is working on its own car. It's likely to be a standard electric car with, we think, a phenomenal battery. However, down the road, our attention will turn to self-driving cars, and one question to ask about autonomous cars is whether making them work very safely can be done to the satisfaction of the consumers. Can Apple take that leap as well?

New 4K Blu-ray Players Will Kickstart 4K TV

3:50 PM, May. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

The standard fuss about 4K consists of complaints about how it's hard to see a difference compared to HD, that bandwidth for streaming is severe, and that there's no content.  But, of course, all these objections will disappear into the dusty past of technology. For now, however, how will Apple be affected?

olloCase for iPhone 6 and olloclip Lenses is Slim, Simple

5:30 PM, May. 11th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

For those customers who have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and a corresponding olloclip lens kit, it can be annoying to remove the iPhone's case of choice and attach the lenses. olloclip has solved that problem by introducing a very nice iPhone 6/6 Plus case of its own that needn't be removed. Plus, it's a very nice case in its own right.

Who Could Create Personal Robots Better than Apple?

3:50 PM, May. 8th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

A tremendous amount of science fiction lore has built up our expectations of personal robots. And today, a great deal of research is being poured into artificial intelligence and robot mechanics. But we're still nowhere close to the "Data" of Star Trek or "Ava" of Ex Machina. Which company is worthy to tackle that challenge? Might it be Apple?