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.

How My New MacBook Speaks to Me

5:30 PM, Apr. 29th, 2015 · · Blogs

No, this isn't an article about speech synthesis. Instead, John Martellaro talks about his first, hands-on reactions to his new MacBook. And guess what?  It really is speaking to him—in a design sense.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · Blogs

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track for 4/24 Delivery

11:16 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · · Blogs

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.

James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 · · Blogs

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.