Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

10:53 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple and Amazon

Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.” While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.

Is Amazon Setting the World on Fire? Or to Itself?

5:30 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The recent revelations about the NSA, the endless parade of online hacking and theft of credit card or personal information, and the desire by Amazon to seduce customers into ever more purchases has created a strong pendulum in the direction of the erosion of human dignity.  There may be money to be made and unexpected success to be found as the pendulum swings in the other direction.

Free Red Cross Apps For Emergencies Near You

8:35 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Vern Seward points out some stellar apps from Red Cross, including Red Cross Earthquake app, Flood, Hurricane, Wildfire, and Tornado apps. These you MUST have. They're free, and they might be just what you need if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

The Unexpected Way Apple’s Growth is Exploited by Competitors

4:40 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris for June 9

When a company grows too large too fast, there's a temptation to do too much.  On the other hand, simplifying for customers opens windows of opportunity for competitors. At WWDC 2014, we saw a glimpse of how Apple tries to strike a balance. Sometimes, the company wins dramatically and sometimes it falls short.

How Apple’s WWDC Keynote Blew Away All the Editorial Nonsense

3:15 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

There is nothing like a WWDC Keynote, a two hour glimpse into the psyche of Apple, to provide a solid picture of what the company is up to. Observers may or may not like the personality of Tim Cook or the current product line, but last week's keynote illustrates how the efforts of thousands of Apple engineers have come to fruition. It obliterated the Apple hysteria.

OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

4:40 PM, Jun. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

As with all OS X releases, Apple has added plenty of new features to Yosemite. How do these features rank in terms of usefulness and likely wide adoption? Which ones will become signature features?  John Martellaro sizes them up.