iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred Vision

4:15 PM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The future: iPhone vs. Tricorder:

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.

The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X Throughout the Years. Part II

3:15 PM, Aug. 5th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what items in the past have been significant and were brought into daily use — and which ones ended up just being gimmicks. This is part II: Lion to Yosemite.

John Martellaro’s Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote

4:00 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be live streamed on June 2. Considering that Apple's hardware announcements of late have been sparse and there's a huge AAPL stock split coming right after, John Martellaro thinks something big is brewing.

7 Apple Initiatives that Will Kill the Competition

3:55 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple is systematically putting many initiatives together in a strategic way. Looked at in isolation, each is nothing for competitors to worry about because it just looks like another puzzle piece.  Taken as a whole, the effects will be lethal for the competition.

A First Reaction to Firefox 29’s Visual Makeover - With Video

3:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Firefox 29 first reaction

Mozilla has released Firefox 29 with a new, easy-on-the-eyes, more usable user interface. A new customization mode, easy access menu, sleeker tabs, and a consistent look across platforms have been introduced. John Martellaro, a long time advocate of Firefox, describes his first reactions.

Why 4K Streaming Isn’t Really 4K

1:55 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Why 4K Streaming Isn't Really 4K

Apple's Tim Cook has said that TV is "a market we have an intense interest in." All the tech giants are selling small devices to deliver custom 1080p content (for now) on the Internet, but the TV industry is moving steadily to 4K Ultra HDTVs. What are the realistic prospects for streaming decent 4K TV on the Internet? John Martellaro tells you what you need to know.

8 Good Reasons to Leave Apple’s OS X Utility Apps Behind

4:45 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.

6 Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane and Quiet

3:45 PM, Mar. 4th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane

Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way.  John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.