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.

My Sonos Setup at Home

3:52 PM, Feb. 13th, 2013 · · Blogs

Dave Hamilton has long been a fan of Sonos and, let's face it, music in general. His discussions about Sonos on the Mac Geek Gab podcast have led several folks to ask him exactly what his Sonos setup looks like these days. Dave, as always, is here to answer!

What is Sonos?

3:50 PM, Feb. 13th, 2013 · · Blogs

Dave Hamilton's been a long-time fan and user of Sonos's wireless hi-fi systems. And while he's explained what they are a few times in the Mac Geek Gab podcast, today marks the first time he does so for you in print. If you've ever wondered what Sonos is, wonder no more!

Can Smart Glasses Replace the Smartphone?

2:45 PM, Feb. 5th, 2013 · · Blogs

An expert explains smart glasses

APX Labs is at the forefront of smart glass technology. While Google has made a splash with Google Glass, that technology has many limitations. John Martellaro's namesake, the CTO of APX Labs, talks about the technology, how it works, the potential, how the U.S. military is already using it and speculates on whether this technology could, someday, replace our smartphones.

Pitting Parallels Desktop 8 Against VMware Fusion 5

1:45 PM, Jan. 31st, 2013 · · Blogs

Benchmarking Desktop 8 vs. Fusion 5

For many users, virtualization is an important capability on their Macs that allows them to run other OSes, for example, Windows or Linux, right along side OS X. The two leaders are Parallels Desktop and VMware's Fusion. MacTech Magazine has extensively benchmarked the two and has consistently found a winner. Here some details on their latest report.