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iPad/iPhone Apps Should Run as ‘Desk Touch Apps’ in OS X

5:27 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · jkheit · Editorial

Mock Up

Remember desk accessories? Before there was multitasking on the Mac way way back—30 years ago—we had desk accessories. Cute little calculators, puzzles, scrapbooks and other neat-o do-dads! They were great. So why hasn't Apple considered letting users run iPad/iPhone apps on the Mac in their own windows akin to the desk accessories of yore?

Tech Press Gets It Wrong on iPhone 4S

5:26 PM, Oct. 7th, 2011 · jkheit · The Devil's Advocate

iPhone 4S

Much of the mainstream tech press was critical of the iPhone 4S when it was announced, and John Kheit argues that they got it wrong. From the physical properties to Siri, John believes that this device will be a huge success.

Steve Jobs, A Revolution Every Other Year [Updated]

12:00 AM, Aug. 25th, 2011 · jkheit · Analysis

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs

With the news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO, it seemed a good time to look back at the many innovations that the man has been a part of since he first rose to prominence with the founding of Apple Inc. John Kheit counts 16 revolutionary products and services, which works out to not quite one every other year. [Update: Added Desktop Publishing/LaserWriter to the list.]

Steve Jobs Should Step Down from Apple

1:19 AM, Jan. 15th, 2009 · jkheit · The Devil's Advocate

Steve Jobs should step down as CEO and quit.  It would be the best thing he could do for himself and Apple. The mentally challenged tech press, pundits and analysts covering Apple are going to give him and Apple no peace, and most every single article regarding the company and its CEO, from here on out, will harp on, allude to, and/or call into question his health...

Apple Applies for Metadata Management Patents

3:00 PM, Dec. 29th, 2005 · jkheit · News

Apple Computer has applied for patents covering metadata management, according to Bill Slawski, who uncovered a series of Apple related patent applications in commenting on this reporter's most recent column.?Two of the patents in particular seem to provide broad coverage.

New Apple Speech Patents May Increase Security, Ease of Use

3:00 PM, Mar. 24th, 2004 · jkheit · News

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued Apple two patents relating to speech. Apple has been granted a patent for a "Combined dual spectral and temporal alignment method for user authentication by voice." Apple has also been issued a patent application for "Assigning meanings to utterances in a speech recognition system"

Two More Apple Patent Applications; One Shows Rotary Scroll Device On Keyboard

5:00 PM, Apr. 24th, 2003 · jkheit · TMO Scoop

In addition to Apple's patent application on dial-enabled mouse described in today's Devil's Advocate column, two other Apple patent applications have been published by the USPTO on April 24, 2003. Apple filed for a patent application for an "Intelligent interaction between media player and host computer" on October 21, 2002. On September 26, 2002 Apple filed a patent application for a "Method and apparatus for accelerated scrolling"

Debunking Dvorak With Napkin Math For OS X On Intel

5:00 PM, Apr. 7th, 2003 · jkheit · Editorial

John Kheit debunks John Dvorak's latest pitch for Mac OS X for Intel by applying some simple "napkin math" to the scenario. Though many will wish otherwise, basic economics just don't support the idea of Apple licensing Mac OS X to Wintel vendors