Cord Cutters Who Embrace Apple TV: Beware the Costs

4:45 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

New data from Digitalsmiths says that about 1.5 million households are planning to cut the cord in the next six months, citing excessive cable/satellite bills. But beware. The cumulative cost of OTT selections could equal or exceed current bills.

Apple’s New MacBook Has iPad Envy. That’s Good

2:30 PM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The pattern is becoming clear now. Apple knows better than to merge iOS and OS X, but there are other options for the family of products. First we saw interoperability with Yosemite and iOS. Now we're seeing similarity in connectivity options. It's back to the future. Meanwhile, some fret.

Apple TV Status Remains a Disappointment and a Mystery

4:15 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple must be working on something really big related to the Apple TV.  The last major release, the 3rd generation Apple TV, was on March 7, 2012. Three years is an eternity in the tech industry. John Martellaro expresses his disappointment that no new hardware was announced.

Apple Watch Pricing is Very, Very Reasonable

3:19 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

During Apple's Spring Forward event, Tim Cook finally announced the Apple Watch pricing, and it's eminently reasonable. Those who thought Apple would gouge us for the sake of status were off the mark.

One Fundamental Insight Predicts the Success of Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Mar. 6th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

One can flop about, being a surly curmudgeon and pronounce, with arrogance, the ultimate failure of the Apple Watch. But there is one key, fundamental observation that demolishes every Apple Watch naysayer. This week, John Martellaro found it and shares it with us.

China Forcing Apple to Choose: Customer Privacy or Revenue

3:30 PM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

In a pair of interesting articles at Quartz, the suggestion has been made that Apple is giving the Chinese government access to its iOS devices and source code in order to preserve its business there. The facts aren't all in because Apple won't talk about it. And the implied scenario sounds doubtful. However, the situation does raise important issues. 

Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

4:40 PM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Intuit crippling Quicken Essentials and then charging for the upgrade! Outrageous!

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac:  “Your connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered." But that's only part of the story... 

Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

3:30 PM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail?  John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.