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Previously, TMO reported that AT&T seems to be warming up to the idea of enabling Wi-Fi calling on its network. Now, a TMO reader has confirmed that it's actually working in his beta of iOS 9 in the New York city area.
Apple has dragged its feet for years on a next generation Apple TV, and now the competition is really heating up. Instead of releasing the very best hardware it knows how to make and letting a subscription TV service sort itself out, Apple, it seems, delayed hardware when it had every reason to expect that negotiations with content holders would be difficult and protracted. John Martellaro thinks this was a very bad strategy.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." In 1977, what seemed like just another a small-time scifl flick, relegated to the smaller screens in some theaters, exploded into the public consciousness and has remained there for almost 40 years. Mindful of the release of Star Wars Episode VII on December 18, in glorious infographics and charts, Jordan Roland in the Shutterstock Blog has celebrated the influence of this series on film and TV. In fact, the language of this movie series has even seeped into the popular lexicon of technical writing. (Pray I don't change the wording any further.) See, for example, the TMO Spin in a recent article by our Jeff Gamet. Enjoy this fabulous article that visually depicts the influence of Star Wars on our entertainment even to this day.
In the modern discussion about Apple, we hear about iPhones, Macintoshes, iPads, music, subscription TV, Apple Watches and even electric cars. Where's the discussion about Apple and robots?
Standard home and business electrical outlets are just not designed for the modern smartphone and tablet user. But the thingCHARGER, a very successful Indiegogo project, changes all that. It fits nicely over a standard double outlet and features an interchangeable connector on the top (including Apple's Lightning) plus two standard USB outlets on the bottom. Inside are stored the interchangeable plugs, and you have options there at purchase. You can buy one for US$39.90 or buy a 4-pack or 7-pack and save money. This looks like one of those very cool, 'gotta have' home accessories. The video tells all.
One of the modern concepts in American business is that every technical decision should be made in such a ways as to maximize revenue, leaving nothing on the table for the often dangerous competition. Apple, however, has not, in general, thought that way and has left money and market share to others. Yet Apple has flourished. How has the company done that?
With all the different cables and power adapters we use these days, it's likely they all end up mixed together in a box. What a rat's nest it can be. But the Cable Hive (Kickstarter) aims to help you organize all those cables in a simple, modular system. From the developer: "The 330 x 330 x 220 mm crate comes with either a 39 hexagonal compartment core, suitably sized for most consumer computer style cables. Or alternatively a larger core size with 20 hex compartments, for the musicians needing to organise their longer and thicker guitar, microphone or other audio leads." Pledges start at US$44, and first deliveries are expected in December. This is just what you'd expect to see in Lt. Commander Data's quarters.
There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.
In the early 1980s, expert computer users worked (struggled) with their PCs and workstations on the command line. Back then, Steve Jobs instinctively knew that in order for ordinary people to use a computer at home and school, a revolutionary graphical user interface would be required. But now, 30 years later, vastly more powerful computers connected on the Internet have dramatically changed how we can interact with them and each other. How has the classic Mac GUI both stood up and also changed with the times?
One of the new features in OS X El Capitan is Split View.
It could come in handy at times, but John Martellaro thinks it's just a silly addition and not really necessary. It'll soon be forgotten.