Recent Articles By John Martellaro [RSS]

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?

Scratching the Surface: Sapphire vs Glass Apple Watch

3:45 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's a tough decision. Pay more for an Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal. Or settle for Ion-X glass and hope it won't get too badly damaged over the next year. The fact is, people's wrists end up in the oddest places and can get banged about. Consumer Reports does the science and scratches the surface of this quandary.