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iOS8: Apple Debuts HomeKit at WWDC

3:45 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · John Martellaro · WWDC

Apple introduces HomeKit

During Apple's Worldwide Developer conference, Craig Federighi Senior Vice President of Software Engineering introduced HomeKit.  It's not a new piece of hardware. Rather, it's a framework for makers of home automation devices to integrate with iOS.

Let’s Leave Apple’s Tim Cook Alone for Awhile

7:30 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Can We Just Leave Tim Cook Alone?

The poor guy. Everyone writes about him day and night. This and that.  He's no Steve Jobs. Maybe, but he must be his own man. Lamentations: he's just an operations guy. Praise: He sat next to Steve Jobs for over a decade and had Jobs's trust. The reins of Apple were handed over to him, but (tearfully) he doesn't know anything. His hair is funny. He's saving Apple. He's destroying Apple. Can we have the madness stop?

Apple Home and TV Automation Concepts: Thinking Outside the Puck

2:45 PM, May. 28th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Apple home automation & TV: thinking outside the puck.

Tomes have been written about Tim Cook's interest in TV
and what Apple might be doing with a next generation TV system. So far, the discussion has been around a next generation Apple TV black puck or maybe even a full UHDTV. However, when cast in the light of a home automation system, many doors seem to open right and left.

Modern Kids React, Try to Operate an Old Apple II

2:50 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

There's a lot to be discovered by putting some current day 6 to 13 year olds in front of a functioning Apple II from the 1980s and watch them try to operate it. The things that we adults took for granted when using our own Apple IIs back in those days utterly mystify a modern kid who's never known anything but iPhones, iPads with multi-touch and Macs with mice. This is a stellar presentation, filled with both delicious technical amazement as well as charming reactions by some very smart kids. It is OMG sensational. If only Art Linkletter could have lived to see this.

How Would Apple’s World REALLY End? Compromise Our Credit Cards

4:10 PM, May. 23rd, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Many Apple observers like to talk about how Apple has lost its innovative edge, how Tim Cook can't carry on without Steve Jobs, how Apple has lost market share in tablets and smartphones and other various and sundry items of complaint. But what would really damage Apple is a breach of the company's Apple ID accounts and credit card data. The planet would rock on its axis.