Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.

An iPhone 6s That Can Record 4K Video Means a 4K Apple TV

5:15 PM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple, iPhone 6s & Apple TV

It's been reported, according to sources, that the iPhone 6s family will have the ability to record 4K video. Apple sells a 5K iMac. So why wouldn't a next generation Apple TV have the ability to display 4K video? John Martellaro makes the case.

Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.  

What You’re Not Doing with Your Mac Matters a Lot

5:30 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The power of personal computers & planet Earth

In the early days of personal computers, there was nothing to do with them but compute. Nowadays, computers have wrapped us in a worldwide web of consumer services that's most helpful but masks the kinds of helpful research that can be done, even with a desktop computer. John Martellaro points to a fabulous article that just might shake many out of their doldrums.

Apple Appears to Be Asleep at the Wheel

4:55 PM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple asleep at the wheel

It's been a steady-state phenomena of Apple for years. A small executive team of senior vice presidents has presided over Apple ever since Steve Jobs returned to power. As the company has grown from $8B in annual revenues in 2004 to $182B in 2014, the size of the core executive team, where all the real power is, has not changed significantly. Today, Apple is suffering for it.

How I Got all My Photos on all My Devices all the Time

12:25 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

all photos all devices all times

Dr. Mac has a first-world problem: He has too many photos — nearly 100,000 — to synchronize among his Macs and iDevices. That’s a tall order and until recently, an order he was unable to fill to his satisfaction.

Apple Should Release a New Apple TV Soon and Be Done

5:20 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Time for a new Apple TV

Apple has dragged its feet for years on a next generation Apple TV, and now the competition is really heating up. Instead of releasing the very best hardware it knows how to make and letting a subscription TV service sort itself out, Apple, it seems, delayed hardware when it had every reason to expect that negotiations with content holders would be difficult and protracted. John Martellaro thinks this was a very bad strategy.