Who Could Create Personal Robots Better than Apple?

3:50 PM, May. 8th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

A tremendous amount of science fiction lore has built up our expectations of personal robots. And today, a great deal of research is being poured into artificial intelligence and robot mechanics. But we're still nowhere close to the "Data" of Star Trek or "Ava" of Ex Machina. Which company is worthy to tackle that challenge? Might it be Apple?

Apple Will be Forced to Add 4K to its New Apple TV

4:15 PM, May. 6th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

There are indications that Apple will release a 4th generation Apple TV and a new remote control at WWDC in June. The question John Martellaro has (as always) is whether that new Apple TV will include 4K capability. He thinks it must.

Amazon PrimeNow Offers One Hour Delivery, Here’s How it Works

5:00 PM, May. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Amazon PrimeNow

Amazon has instituted a new service called PrimeNow that is available in some parts of the country. Austin, Texas being one of them. PrimeNow allows you to order products for delivery within the hour or in selected time slots. It was a bit rough setting it up, but the results were surprisingly good.

Scratching the Surface: Sapphire vs Glass Apple Watch

3:45 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

It's a tough decision. Pay more for an Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal. Or settle for Ion-X glass and hope it won't get too badly damaged over the next year. The fact is, people's wrists end up in the oddest places and can get banged about. Consumer Reports does the science and scratches the surface of this quandary.

How Smart is a Smarthome That Has to Phone Home?

2:10 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Smart home/Internet of Things devices sound great, and they are. But what happens if something goes wrong and it's outside of your control? Are you worse off than you were before your house got "smart"? Kelly had an incident this week that got her thinking about it.

Russian Politician Wants Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Investigated as Gay Propaganda

8:17 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Songs of Innocence Cover

Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album—The Age of Innocence—giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.

Apple’s Approach to Advanced TV Shifts Gears - Again

5:20 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple has gone through several stages in its approach to advancing the state of the art in TV viewing. The latest one is leveraging the quickly splintering industry as content providers seek, more and more,  to work directly with customers.

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

5:30 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

The Mac was eclipsed long ago by iPhone and iPad, but that didn't mean it stopped growing. Today's Mac is bigger than its ever been, a testament to the computer once billed as "for the rest of us." Bryan Chaffin explores the fall and rise of the venerable Mac.