Recent Articles By John Martellaro [RSS]

Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

2:00 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Ipad Air will evolve

Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding?  John Martellaro reflects on the situation.

An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

2:20 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display.  John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.

Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi Network Without Revealing the Password

2:22 PM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the app. Users receive an attachment that they tap [iOS] or click [OS X], and the next time they are near your network, their iPhone, iPad, or Mac will automatically connect. You can also set expiration dates so the settings will be deleted [from] the device on the expiration date." The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or OS X 10.7 or later. The recipient will never see your network password.  You can set an expiration date, but if you want to provide  semi-permanent access, you set set an expiration in the far distant future. Using  Guest Pass provides finer control over who and how long access is allowed than the "Enable Guest Network" found in the Apple AirPort Utility.