We Need To Develop Even The Most Dangerous Technology

3:34 PM, Jun. 7th, 2013 · · Blogs

As always happens throughout human history — though perhaps moreso today — our lives see us constantly exposed to new technological developments. Our perspective on them taints our gut reactions, and it's often easy to forget that all of it is simply part of the iterative design process we as humanity share. Nothing we have today, not cell phones, not cars, not even a can opener, was created in a vacuum. Everything builds on that which came before it, and this is an easy fact to forget — and an important one to remember.

Drobo vs. Synology: Choosing the Best NAS

10:13 AM, May. 29th, 2013 · · Blogs

With all of us collecting more and more stuff (i.e. data!), having some sort of centralized, network-accessible storage is becoming common and even necessary in our homes. To that end, Dave Hamilton sets about answering the question of which NAS to get and, more importantly, how you can choose what's best for you.

Google Glass, SciFi, Robert Heinlein & the Fair Witness Effect

1:30 PM, May. 15th, 2013 · · Blogs

The science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, in his legendary novel, "Stranger in a Strange Land," introduced the concept of the "Fair Witness." A Fair Witness was an expert observer with a perfect memory whose testimony in court was unimpeachable. When you think about it, that's what Google Glass offers.

Evomail for iPad Aims to Re-Invent Email, At a Cost

10:00 AM, May. 2nd, 2013 · · Blogs

Evomail, an iPad-only email client that aims to truly "re-invent email," was released today. I've been testing the release candidate they submitted to Apple, and from what I've seen it's a respectable first volley of a product whose path will be, in the words of its founders, "a marathon and not a sprint." Part of the reinvention is UI-related, and part is functionality, specifically allowing full-time push notifications from a 3rd party client. This reinvention, however, comes at a cost: you need to provide Evomail access to your email account so their servers can log in to check for mail and deliver these push notifications.

Oh, What We Could do With a Mac That’s 1,000 Times Faster

3:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2013 · · Blogs

Future of super fast computing lost

Over the decades, personal computers have made enormous gains in speeds. But in the short term, not much has happened. On the other hand, the maintenance burdens on customers just kept increasing. That's why customers have moved briskly to the tablet.  In a sense, the PC industry failed its original vision, and customers moved on. Now what?

The Day my Wife’s Car Answered my iPhone

1:20 PM, Apr. 1st, 2013 · · Blogs

Bluetooth cascade failure. Or.  Success.

My wife pulled into the garage and turned off the car. As she was geting the groceries out of the back seat, the car started talking to her. She was taken aback, confused. What was going on? Don't believe anything you read today.  Except this.
 

Analysis of Andy Ihnatko’s Switch to an Android Phone

2:00 PM, Mar. 15th, 2013 · · Blogs

Recently, Andy Ihnatko announced that he had switched from an iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. He wrote a multi-part article about his experiences -- an assessment of the competing technologies and why the Galaxy S3 suited him better. What does his decision mean for those of us using iPhones?  John Martellaro weighs in with his own analysis of Andy's great adventure.

Studios Need To Replace BitTorrent, Not Punish Its Users

9:07 AM, Mar. 1st, 2013 · · Blogs

In response to the recent details of the movie studios and ISPs "Six Strikes" deal, Dave Hamilton posits that this isn't the right solution, saying, "It's not my job as the consumer to support the studios' business model, it's their job to change their business model to serve me." He says more than this, too, and you can read it all right here. 

An iPad Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Kindle Fire HD

9:05 AM, Feb. 21st, 2013 · · Blogs

Evaluation of Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD is not a general purpose tablet. Instead, it's a consumer tablet, an ecosystem designed to continuously expose the customer to Amazon's offerings. But for what it does, it does it very well.  John Martellaro takes a closer look at the KFHD and finds lots of things to like.

Stepping Outside the Box: Jeff Goes to Ignite Denver

12:54 PM, Feb. 19th, 2013 · · Blogs

The Mac Observer's Managing Editor Jeff Gamet spends a lot of time talking, and almost always about tech. Now he's trying his hand (or voice) at a very non-tech presentation at Ignite Denver, although his Mac was instrumental in putting together his talk.