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TMO Background Mode: Interview With Tidbits Publishing Editor-in-Chief Tonya Engst

2:40 PM, Apr. 25th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Tonya Engst is the Editor-in-chief and CFO of Tidbits Publishing as well as the publisher of Take Control Books. In our interview, Tonya takes us back to the beginning, her college days at Cornell University as a Communications major when she learned about Macs and desktop publishing with Aldus (later Adobe) PageMaker. Soon, she discovered that there was a need for people to learn more about their Macs. With her husband Adam, having moved to Seattle, they launched Tidbits in Hypercard format on Bulletin Board Systems. The breakout of the Internet meant converting all that Tidbits work to internet form. Soon, Tonya was writing books, and her expertise in electronic publishing naturally led to the Take Control Books that we all love today. It's the awesome story of Tonya's life journey into ePublishing.

The Apple Car Will Be Beautiful & Desirable, Not an Econobox

4:30 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple Electric car design

Many of the contemporary design concepts for the rumored (but almost certain) Apple electric car show a dorky looking econobox because, well, no one knows what it will look like and some kind of design that portrays an eco-attitude is an easy, comfortable premise. John Martellaro maintains that the Apple car will actually be quite beautiful and desirable.

Why We Should Be Very Pleased With Apple’s 2016 MacBook

4:00 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's 2016 MacBook

On April 19th, Apple announced an update to the 2015 12-inch MacBook. But the extent of the update didn't suit many observers. By some distorted logic, many didn't know what to expect (except Skylake processors), but when they finally saw it, they were disappointed. John Martellaro explores why we should actually be quite pleased.

Contradictory Rumors About iPhone 7 Create a Real Mystery

7:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Contradictions and Induction rumors

Earlier today it was reported that, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would return to an all-glass enclosure with the iPhone. But that the change will occur in 2017, not this year. In light of Apple's tradition and what we (think we) know about inductive charging, a really good mystery has surfaced.

Wondering When Apple’s WWDC Will Be? Ask Siri

6:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · News

WWDC announced by SIri

Apple appears to have introduced us to a new way of announcing when its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will be. We always i expect it June at Moscone West in San Francisco, but the exact date is generally unknown until Apple makes an announcement. Except...when you ask Siri.

Symply, Inc Unveils Desktop RAID Systems: SymplyStor and SymplyShare

4:15 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Product News

Symply, Inc., a new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, has unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Packed into a cylinder, reminiscent of the Mac Pro, the entry level SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 and 3, has a capacity of up to 64 TB, and can be managed with OS X, Windows, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview With ScreenCastsOnline Founder Don McAllister

2:45 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Don MacAllister is the creator of ScreenCastsOnline, subscription-based video tutorials on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch. But long before his current work, before people even routinely had computers in their homes, Don got involved with a UK government IT department and started learning about computers. His first personal computer was a Sinclair Spectrum. Don tells the story of how, years later, a Steve Jobs keynote in 2005 introducing the Mac mini sold him "hook line and sinker." After he learned home video editing with iMovie, he left Windows behind forever, and became immersed in everything Apple and started to share his knowledge. This is a great story about converting video expertise into internet screencasting.  Don fills in all the fascinating details of his career.