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The Evolution of iPhone Means Cultural & Technical Trade-offs

31 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Link

The iPhone trade-offs

The iPhone evolution isn't just about technical advancements. It's also about technical and cultural trade-offs. Bigger displays create inconvenience. Smaller is inconvenient for others. There's a trade-off between law enforcement and consumer privacy, security and safety.  Electronic wallets trade convenience for potential problems in emergencies. As the iPhone evolves, these trade-offs will become more noticeable. Page two of Friday's Particle Debris looks at just a few.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Time, Fortune & Now Apple 3.0 Journalist Philip Elmer-DeWitt

3 hours, 36 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Philip Elmer-DeWitt worked for Time Magazine for 30 years as a technical editor and was, recently, a blogger at Fortune. In this interview, we go way back to find his early inspirations. In Philip's case it was a computer programming class in highschool in the late 1960s. It seems innocent enough, but when he later joined Time Magazine and was looking to make his mark, it turned out that he knew more about computers than anyone on the magazine staff. That moved him up quickly as a reporter-researcher. In the second half of the show, we spent some time discussing the iPhone 7, its future and more. Now, Philip has launched his new project, Apple 3.0, a website that delivers on his vast expertise as a technical journalist who has covered Apple for three decades.

It Could Happen - Universally Autonomous Cars Could Fail in the Marketplace

5:45 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Future of Autonomous cars

Companies that must employ drivers and pay them, even without customary benefits, would like to replace them with computers that can drive autonomously. This makes such vehicles candidates for taxis, buses, and trucks.  But what about customers who actually enjoy being in control of a car that they own?  Is that an enduring or dying part of American culture? John Martellaro looks at the issues.

The Display You’ve Always Wanted For Your Mac: HP Z34c

1:00 PM, May. 26th, 2016 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

HP Z34c Display review

The Hewlett-Packard Z34c is a 34-inch (diagonal) VA LCD display that is attractively curved.  It has a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 and sits firmly on a sturdy, detachable metal stand. It's drop-dead gorgeous, has an anti-reflective coating, stereo speakers, has a built-in USB 3 hub and multiple video inputs. It is a glorious display to behold, and will work with any modern Mac or PC. John Martellaro fawns over this display in his in-depth review.

4K UHD TV: Samsung and Sony Are Passing on Dolby Vision - Why It Matters

5:00 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · John Martellaro · Link

Competing HDR standards

Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference."  You've been warned.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With AquaMinds Co-founder Scott Love

3:45 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Scott Love is the co-founder of AquaMinds, famous for its NoteTaker software. Like many successful developers, Scott got an early start with Steve Jobs at NeXT. One genesis of NoteTaker was their early fascination with thinking tools. A well designed notebook is not just a scrapbook—it's powerful personal software. Another inspiration was how Steve Jobs had a strong desire for visual fidelity on the display and an immersive experience with text. Finally, add the emergence of the Internet and more information to manage, and NoteTaker became the obvious, elegant solution. Later in the show we cover the tough decisions faced by a modern developer, betting on certain Apple technologies, being in Mac App store and dealing with yearly updates to OS X. Scott closes with an interesting prediction about future data storage.

The Real Reason Apple Retail Stores Flourish

7:45 PM, May. 20th, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple Retails Store Success

One of the classic Steve Jobs videos is his introduction to the first Apple retail store in Tyson's Corner, Virgina in 2001. In that legendary video, Mr. Jobs lays out his vision for what those stores would do for customers. Because other similar stores had failed, pundits assumed the Apple store would as well. Here are some observations by John Martellaro why Apple flourished.