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How to Beat Apple at its Game of Relentless Change

3:50 PM, Nov. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

The higher purpose of technology

Apple is a very large company now. Its pace of change is enormous. It does a lot of different things that appeal to a lot of different people. However, no one person, not even  tech journalists, can engage every technology at every level. John Martellaro ponders the problems and good solutions.

My First Weekend With an Apple iPad Pro

4:45 PM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

A first weekend with an iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a breakthrough device, according to John Martellaro. With its generous RAM, fast CPU and GPU, USB 3, a gigantic display, multiple stereo speakers, Apple Pencil and Bluetooth-free keyboard, all combined with iOS 9 features, it sets a new path forward for iPads. John reports on his first weekend with his iPad Pro. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview with BusyMac’s John Chaffee

2:00 PM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Chaffee is the founder of BusyMac, the company that brought us BusyCal and, recently, Busy Contacts for the Mac. In this interview, John describes how his early work with Now Up-to-Date launched a life-long interest in calendaring. But then, there were the customary career choices including some time developing Palm OS apps. Eventually, in 2007, John and former associate Dave Riggle reunited and founded the two-person company, BusyMac. John talks about the impact of the Mac App Store on his business and the future of Mac apps. Will there ever be a BusyMail? I just had to pop the question.

How to Create Fast and Easy Checklists in OS X El Capitan’s Notes App

3:10 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Making Checklists in El Capitan's Notes app

To Do apps are great, but they can often have too much technology wrapped around them for mundane tasks. Simple text files are okay for fast to do lists, but your favorite app may not be cross-platform and sync via iCloud. In OS X El Capitan, Apple has added the ability to create simple checklists which might be all you need for short-term to do items. John Martellaro shows you how.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Gaurav Khanna

3:10 PM, Nov. 9th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a huge Apple fan. His specialty is the computational study of gravitational phenomena in the vicinity of black holes. John first got to know Dr. Khanna when Apple was pursuing supercomputing hardware and software in the early 2000s, and Dr. Khanna's technical support for scientific computing on Macs made him a hero in the community. In this interview, John asks Dr. Khanna about his current day research using his 2013 Mac Pros, his use of Apple's OpenCL for parallel computing and thoughts on Apple's support for the scientist.

Major Tech Companies Are Being Crushed By Their Own OS Strategies

5:40 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

The Proliferation of OSes & Security Challenges

After the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft has worked hard to arrive at Windows 10 everywhere. Apple has stuck to a purely mobile OS and a traditional desktop OS. Google concocted Chrome OS to solve one problem but now seems to want to merge it with Android.  Apple has launched watchOS and tvOS and may be on the verge of carOS.  What's going on here? How can these companies possibly cope with the massive technical demands of new/merged/derivative OSes and the agggressive security threats on each new OS?  John Martellaro ponders the dilemma.

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone Makes Compromises

5:00 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone

There is now a pretty good selection of charging docks for the Apple Watch. Some provide a place on the base plate to rest a charging iPhone, but the Belkin Charge Dock goes one step farther and provides a vertical support and Lightning connector for the iPhone in addition to a pre-installed Apple Watch charge disk. The design, while good, introduces compromises. Find out more in John Martellaro's review.

Watch Jeremy Clarkson’s Hilarious Amazon Fire TV Stick Ad (and Shot at the BBC)

5:30 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Fact: Jeremy Clarkson is part of the beloved (former) Top Gear trio that includes James May and Richard Hammond. Fact: In May, Mr. Clarkson's contract was not renewed by the BBC. (We all know why.) Fact: Amazon has acquired the the talent of this trio, and they'll star in a new car-related show on Amazon Prime in the fall of 2016. Fact: Mr. Clarkson is now doing a TV ad for the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Cool part: Watch how Mr. Clarkson handles the appearance of the BBC in this hilarious TV ad.