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Hybrid Macs and iPads Aren’t Going to Happen

5:45 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Particle Debris

It seems as if there's always some discussion of an Apple hybrid device going on. Perhaps it's a MacBook Air with a touchscreen that boots into iOS. Or maybe it's a supercollider smashup of iOS and OS X.  John Martellaro speculates why this discussion starts and aims to put an end to it.

Apple’s Tim Cook Should Develop More Investor Patience

2:50 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Tim Cook and Investor patience

Apple's CEO Tim Cook is a precise speaker, a low-key kind of guy. Sometimes what he says has to be examined very carefully for content, what we call Cook Code.  If not done, that can lead to missed clues by investors who desperately need more confidence in Apple's ability to deliver. John Martellaro ponders this Tim Cook paradox.

A Next Generation Stylus: TruGlide Apex Uses Electronic Magic

12:20 PM, Jan. 28th, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

LYNKtec Apex stylus review

Stylus technology continues to evolve both in the materials used for the nib and new electronic technology that makes the stylus feel more natural. That means a smaller nib, more along the lines of a ballpoint pen. The LYNKtec TruGlide Apex Fine Point Active Stylus is one of the first of that new breed, so it requires some magical help from Maxwell's equations.

After Mac: The Next 30 Years of Computing

3:15 PM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Our digital eyes

This week we look back on 30 years of the Macintosh. It's an essential celebration, great for reminding us how we got here, instructing us in our relationship to technology and inspiring us for more. And along those lines, John Martellaro wants to now look ahead 30 years.

Wacom Bamboo Pad Has The Touch of Class

3:25 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Bamboo Pad review

The Wacom Bamboo Pad is a multi-use input device, touchpad and drawing tablet with stylus.  It can be used with its stylus and/or your fingers for click-tapping and gestures for computer input to replace a mouse. Plus, the stylus can be used with any drawing app.  This review focuses on Macintosh input.

Raspberry Pi: An Approachable, Fun Single Board Computer

4:49 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Raspberry Pi is a neat little single board computer, developed by Eben Upton, that can be used for all kinds of projects, especially for kids and learning programming. From the FAQ: "The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming." Its costs just US$35.

The normal method of programming is with Python. You'll need a power supply (MicroUSB cable), some other support cables, a mouse and keyboard, an SD memory card, and a host computer, PC or Mac, to get going. The cool factor is that you can get your head around this little single board computer and really make things happen.