Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment System

3:49 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Blogs

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Over the past week Apple has staged a worldwide rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.

Apple Doesn’t Need to Be First to Home Automation; It Needs to Be Best

12:45 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · Blogs

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Last week at WWDC Apple quickly announced HomeKit, the company's home automation framework for developers. Many folks have been asking if Apple is too late with this; if the market is already saturated such that there's no room for Apple (or any other new "platform"). It's possible that Apple is late to the party, but I will offer this: Apple is rarely first at anything, but Apple is often the best.

John Martellaro’s Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote

4:00 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Blogs

Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be live streamed on June 2. Considering that Apple's hardware announcements of late have been sparse and there's a huge AAPL stock split coming right after, John Martellaro thinks something big is brewing.

Podcasting How-To Video: Creating a Noise Gate on Your Mac

8:38 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · Blogs

One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!

7 Apple Initiatives that Will Kill the Competition

3:55 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Blogs

Apple is systematically putting many initiatives together in a strategic way. Looked at in isolation, each is nothing for competitors to worry about because it just looks like another puzzle piece.  Taken as a whole, the effects will be lethal for the competition.

Podcasting How-To Video: Sending Multiple Audio Sources Over Skype

9:49 AM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Blogs

Sometimes when hosting a Skype call – especially for a podcast – you want the other parties on your call to hear not only your voice but perhaps some audio from you, too. Since Skype only allows one audio input at a time, things get a little tricky. Don't worry, it's not too bad, and this video shows you exactly what to do.

A First Reaction to Firefox 29’s Visual Makeover - With Video

3:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · Blogs

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Mozilla has released Firefox 29 with a new, easy-on-the-eyes, more usable user interface. A new customization mode, easy access menu, sleeker tabs, and a consistent look across platforms have been introduced. John Martellaro, a long time advocate of Firefox, describes his first reactions.

Why 4K Streaming Isn’t Really 4K

1:55 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · · Blogs

Why 4K Streaming Isn't Really 4K

Apple's Tim Cook has said that TV is "a market we have an intense interest in." All the tech giants are selling small devices to deliver custom 1080p content (for now) on the Internet, but the TV industry is moving steadily to 4K Ultra HDTVs. What are the realistic prospects for streaming decent 4K TV on the Internet? John Martellaro tells you what you need to know.