An Enduring Apple Theme: Celebrating the Mac’s Inner and Outer Beauty

1:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2014 · · Blogs

The Mac's Enduring Design Theme

Back in 1986, the NeXT corporation was working to fit the best possible UNIX workstation into a black, one foot cube. To celebrate their achievement, using Surface Mount technology, NeXT developed a promotional video showing the manufacturing process.  It's probably no coincidence that the recent Mac Pro manufacturing video bears a remarkable resemblance.  John Martellaro compares the videos.

5 Features the Next Generation iPad Air and mini Should Have

3:15 PM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · Blogs

iPad AIr/mini wish list

There has been a lot of speculation lately about the so-called iPad Pro, filling out the 2 x 2 matrix of MacBooks (Air/Pro) and iPads (Air/Pro). However, for now, John Martellaro has his wish list of what he'd like to see in the next generation iPad Air -- including the iPad mini.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Blogs

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.

A Sad Tale of a Microsoft Surface RT Customer

6:29 PM, Jan. 20th, 2014 · · Blogs

John Martellaro was in a Staples store recently and heard a sad tale about a young woman, a college student, whose father bought her a Microsoft Surface RT tablet by mistake. And it was a big mistake.

3 Geeky Highlights from 2013, More On Deck for 2014

1:00 PM, Dec. 31st, 2013 · · Blogs

In our final Mac Geek Gab podcast of 2013, John (F. Braun), Pilot Pete and I collected and shared our thoughts about our favorite moments from 2013 and also what we're looking forward to as 2014 comes into our respective time continuums. I thought today was as good a day as any to highlight those here, too.

An Apple Geek’s Week with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX

1:45 PM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · Blogs

Dave Hamilton's been a fan and user of Apple devices for as long as you can remember, but he's never been opposed to using something else, Apple has simply been his preference. Recently, though, Dave decided to challenge his preferences and spent an entire week testing Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX as his only tablet. You may (or may not) be surprised at his thoughts.

A New Year’s Wish List for Apple

3:10 PM, Dec. 11th, 2013 · · Blogs

Apple wishlist for 2014

Technical predictions for the new year are passé. Suggesting what Apple ought to do is obnoxious.  But John Martellaro doesn't mind telling everyone what he hopes Apple will do in 2014.