4K UHD TV: Samsung and Sony Are Passing on Dolby Vision - Why It Matters

5:00 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 ·

Competing HDR standards

Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference."  You've been warned.

Apple Music Paves Industry Pricing Path, Spotify Follows

4:43 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 ·

Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped their family pricing to match Apple Music's $15 per month for up to six users is yet more evidence that the music industry is continuing to march towards this reality.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With AquaMinds Co-founder Scott Love

3:45 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 ·

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Scott Love is the co-founder of AquaMinds, famous for its NoteTaker software. Like many successful developers, Scott got an early start with Steve Jobs at NeXT. One genesis of NoteTaker was their early fascination with thinking tools. A well designed notebook is not just a scrapbook—it's powerful personal software. Another inspiration was how Steve Jobs had a strong desire for visual fidelity on the display and an immersive experience with text. Finally, add the emergence of the Internet and more information to manage, and NoteTaker became the obvious, elegant solution. Later in the show we cover the tough decisions faced by a modern developer, betting on certain Apple technologies, being in Mac App store and dealing with yearly updates to OS X. Scott closes with an interesting prediction about future data storage.

Patent Lawsuit Targets iPhone for Making Phone Calls

2:37 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 ·

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over iPhone phone call support

Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.

Apple May Turn its Stores into Car Showrooms

9:50 AM, May. 23rd, 2016 ·

Apple Store doors are big enough for a car

The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.

MGG 606: The Palindrome Reviver

12:50 PM, May. 22nd, 2016 · &

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Logic Pro X, Hackintoshes and ghost calls are a few brand new topics for the show this week. Of course, some of your old favorites are here, too and, yes, OK, we'll talk a little bit about routers again, as well. All that plus a few Cool Stuff Found entries rounds out the show, brought to you by your two favorite geeks.

Purism Laptops to Protect You from Surveillance Capitalism

10:23 PM, May. 20th, 2016 ·

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SAN FRANCISCO - There's a new hardware company on the scene called Purism, and the name is a significant clue as to what the company is all about: pure software. At its heart, Purism is dedicated to providing computer hardware driven entirely by open source software so that users can "trust, but verify." Purism is putting itself in direct opposition to what it considers "surveillance capitalism." Bryan Chaffin has the low-down.

The Real Reason Apple Retail Stores Flourish

7:45 PM, May. 20th, 2016 ·

Apple Retails Store Success

One of the classic Steve Jobs videos is his introduction to the first Apple retail store in Tyson's Corner, Virgina in 2001. In that legendary video, Mr. Jobs lays out his vision for what those stores would do for customers. Because other similar stores had failed, pundits assumed the Apple store would as well. Here are some observations by John Martellaro why Apple flourished.