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Every iPad case maker uses a specific approach or two. It might be low weight, a high level of protection, attractive, artistic design, or the ability to be used in multiple orientations to name a few. Chil has taken its own approach which is novel and effective, but it may not suit everyone. John Martellaro sizes up this unusual but quality case called the Notchbook for iPad Air.
Back in 1986, the NeXT corporation was working to fit the best possible UNIX workstation into a black, one foot cube. To celebrate their achievement, using Surface Mount technology, NeXT developed a promotional video showing the manufacturing process. It's probably no coincidence that the recent Mac Pro manufacturing video bears a remarkable resemblance. John Martellaro compares the videos.
There is no end to the criticism of Apple. It comes in all shapes and forms. The real question, however, is not why Apple takes risks and makes mistakes. The real question is, what are journalists contributing to our understanding of Apple? A sour minded embrace of doom is a common approach, but it won't serve the readers in the long run.
The LaCie Fuel is a small, battery powered, good looking terabyte drive that augments the storage of iOS devices and is focused on the Apple customer. It acts as a Wi-Fi source, and can transmit HD video to up to three devices simultaneously. Its storage is easily accessed with the Seagate Media iOS app. John Martellaro reviews it, in-depth.
CruxCase is developing its new CruxEncore Case derived from a Kickstarter project. With the look of a Macbook Pro and focus on the light weight and feel of a Macbook Air, the CruxENCORE uses Bluetooth connectivity as well as a raised, full-sized QWERTY keyboard. Unique with this product is the hinge that allows the keyboard to swivel and act as a stand. The anodized aluminum case and keyboard weighs 1.45 lbs (658 g), just slightly more than the Brydge for iPad 2,3,4. Inside is a 360 mAh battery that will power the Bluetooth system for an estimated 30 days. This Kickstarter project currently has more than 265 backers, and the funding deadline is Sunday, March 23, 2014.
There is objective truth in the form of human body chemistry. Then, there is the lure of advertised food. Apple's apparent move into personal health and fitness could put the two on a collision course.
If you ordered an item from Apple's online store recently, you may have found that the sales tax computation interface has changed, and you may have been overcharged. John Martellaro describes how to get your money back.
It's the story of our time. Smartphone displays are slowly getting bigger. Phablets abound. Apple seems to be holding back. The question is, do we really need larger iPhone displays? John Martellaro weighs in with a "yes."
There is no doubt that Apple can make an iWatch that does all the right things: works as a standalone device and helps us monitor our health and upcoming events. Plus all the other cool stuff we know an iWatch can do. However, the biggest challenge may simply be good old-fashioned ergonomics.
There has been a lot of speculation lately about the so-called iPad Pro, filling out the 2 x 2 matrix of MacBooks (Air/Pro) and iPads (Air/Pro). However, for now, John Martellaro has his wish list of what he'd like to see in the next generation iPad Air -- including the iPad mini.