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Apple is a company that surges relentlessly forward in technology. It can do that because it has earned a lot of money from happy customers. The philosophical contrast with the U.S Federal government is stark. John Martellaro worries that the gap is too large and growing.
OS X Yosemite (and Mavericks), by default in a clean install, provide for each monitor, in a multiple monitor system, to have its own display Spaces. The immediate symptom is a rather confusing presentation of a full menu bar on each display, with the one that's inactive dimmed. John Martellaro explains the ins and outs of that setting, multiple displays and Spaces.
A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.
There is now a dizzying array of power adapters, wattages, Magsafe connectors (original and version 2) and connector types ("L" and "T" shapes) that go with each MacBook Air and Pro model. John Martellaro helps sort it all out.
One of the great annoyances of the Apple Watch and watchOS is the 18 second display time out. There's no setting to define how long the display will remain lit, and it always goes dark at just the wrong time, especially when demoing or timing events. But John Martellaro has discovered how to keep the display alive.
When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition. Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?
Modern Macs have a built-in diagnostic test that can be used to help troubleshoot a hardware problem. The technology has changed over the years, and the procedure is determined by how old your Mac is. John Martellaro has the details.
Apple is raking in the profits with its Apple Watch Bands, according to a report from IHS research. In one case, an entry level sort band that sells for US$49 costs just $2.05 to make. Many factors likely come into play in this pricing decision.
The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.
After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app.