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.

Why Apple Should Be More Interested in Robots

8:00 PM, Aug. 10th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Ava of  the movie Ex Machina

In the modern discussion about Apple, we hear about iPhones, Macintoshes, iPads,  music, subscription TV, Apple Watches and even electric cars. Where's the discussion about Apple and robots?

How Apple Leaves Money on the Table and Still Flourishes

5:15 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple vs. Google's Android

One of the modern concepts in American business is that every technical decision should be made in such a ways as to maximize revenue, leaving nothing on the table for the often dangerous competition. Apple, however, has not, in general, thought that way and has left money and market share to others. Yet Apple has flourished. How has the company done that?

When Google Did Evil

6:20 PM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Turning points. If you look any person, company, or organization you'll find a key moment that sent that entity down a particular path, be it good or bad. Bryan Chaffin argues that Google had a turning point when it decided to promote its own content over the competition even when its own algorithms said that content had less value.

Backup Today or Suffer Tomorrow - You’ve Been Warned

2:12 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Bob

In technology there’s only one thing Dr. Mac is absolutely certain of: Your hard (or solid-state) disk is going to fail. He knows you've heard it all before, but apparently some of you weren't listening...so he's trying again with different words.