The Challenging Ergonomics of an Apple iWatch

4:29 PM, Feb. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iWatch ergonomics

There is no doubt that Apple can make an iWatch that does all the right things: works as a standalone device and helps us monitor our health and upcoming events. Plus all the other cool stuff we know an iWatch can do. However, the biggest challenge may simply be good old-fashioned ergonomics.

Samsung Requires Olympic Athletes to Cover Apple Logos in Opening Ceremonies

3:24 PM, Feb. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

You can't handle the truth!

When you're trying to convince the world how awesome your smartphone is, nothing can be more frustrating than that world seeing the Olympic athletes your sponsoring using someone else's device. Samsung's solution for this problem at the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies is to deny reality and require athletes using iPhones to cover the Apple logo.

Hybrid Macs and iPads Aren’t Going to Happen

5:45 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

It seems as if there's always some discussion of an Apple hybrid device going on. Perhaps it's a MacBook Air with a touchscreen that boots into iOS. Or maybe it's a supercollider smashup of iOS and OS X.  John Martellaro speculates why this discussion starts and aims to put an end to it.

iPad/iPhone Apps Should Run as ‘Desk Touch Apps’ in OS X

5:27 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Mock Up

Remember desk accessories? Before there was multitasking on the Mac way way back—30 years ago—we had desk accessories. Cute little calculators, puzzles, scrapbooks and other neat-o do-dads! They were great. So why hasn't Apple considered letting users run iPad/iPhone apps on the Mac in their own windows akin to the desk accessories of yore?

Lenovo Plans to ‘Surpass’ Apple and Samsung in Smartphones

9:42 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Lenotorola

Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang's plan for buying Motorola is nothing less than "surpassing" not only fellow Android OEM Samsung, but iPhone maker Apple. In an interview with Fortune held right after Mr. Yang addressed Motorola employees in Chicago, the Chinese executive said he believes his company can pass up both companies "over time." Good luck with that, sir.

Apple’s Tim Cook Should Develop More Investor Patience

2:50 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook and Investor patience

Apple's CEO Tim Cook is a precise speaker, a low-key kind of guy. Sometimes what he says has to be examined very carefully for content, what we call Cook Code.  If not done, that can lead to missed clues by investors who desperately need more confidence in Apple's ability to deliver. John Martellaro ponders this Tim Cook paradox.

Spending the Night with Mac Legends—the Mac 30th Celebration

9:46 PM, Jan. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Lots of Awesome

On Saturday, I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the amazing Mac 30th Celebration, a gathering of some of the amazing people who invented the Mac. Held at the Flint Center—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced the Mac 30 years before—it featured two panels of Apple legends, a great presentation by advertising luminary Steve Hayden, a panel of 3rd party developers, six songs by the Macworld All Stars, and it was MC'd by Apple employee #4, Bill Fernandez.

3 Free iOS Tools You’ll Want To Use

6:52 PM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Your iDevice is more than just external storage for your brain. This week in Free on iTunes Vern Seward takes a look at 3 tools that make you device really useful. Simbol, Real Simple: No Time To Cook, and Symple.

Jeff Gamet: My Long Path to the Mac

6:43 PM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The Mac has been a very important part of my life for years, but it took me a little while to get there because, it turns out, it didn't yet exist when I was first exposed to the world of personal computers. Once I got my first taste of the Mac, however, there was no looking back. OK, that's not true. But I knew the Mac would be something special and eventually I had one just for me sitting on my desk.