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.
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.
Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.
Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.
Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way. John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.
Apple's "late 2013" 21.5-inch Haswell powered iMac is compact, fast and runs very, very cool. John Martellaro has just received one and talks about his very positive out-of-box experience.
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.
If you ordered an item from Apple's online store recently, you may have found that the sales tax computation interface has changed, and you may have been overcharged. John Martellaro describes how to get your money back.
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.
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.
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