Sonos’s New PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition: None More Black (or White)

9:20 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Blogs

Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.

Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

9:38 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · · Blogs

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery — that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think that’s only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a service’s users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.

Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

7:15 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · · Blogs

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.

One Month Report: Why I’m Loving my Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · Blogs

The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.

ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

6:09 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · Blogs

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

2:30 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · Blogs

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.

How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

3:15 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · Blogs

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it.  It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes. 

Ruthless Gatekeeping is the Key to Apple Watch Bliss

11:48 AM, May. 13th, 2015 · · Blogs

The Apple Watch defaults to installing and activating every App and Glance available. This can be a problematic scenario because proper management of the Watch requires ruthless gatekeeping of both of these types of add-ons.