James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.

How I Changed My Mind About Apple’s MacBook

3:45 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

My first reaction to the new Apple MacBook was that it's too small and underpowered. But if I did get one, I'd surely get a gold one. Now that I've handled a MacBook at my local Apple Store, everything I thought before has changed. Here's what I discovered. 

Here’s 5 Things Apple Could Do Better in 2015

5:30 PM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

5 things Apple could do better in 2015

Apple does most things right, but here are the five things that press John Martellaro's hot buttons. He'd like Apple to fix them in 2015 once and for all. Come along for the ride. (Warning: it gets bumpy.)

Mac Owners Should Hold Off on New Samsung T1 Flash SSD

4:30 PM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

First experience with Samsung T1 Flash SSD

On January 20, Samsung announced what appears to be an exceptional new storage product, a one ounce USB 3 external Flash drive, essentially a portable Flash SSD, called the T1. John Martellaro did some testing and explains why Mac owners should defer a decision on this new product until more details are sorted out.

My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part II

4:35 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Searching for a new display, Part II

John Martellaro has completed his search for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. In the first installment, he described how the Apple Thunderbolt display was not a strong candidate and was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part II, the final verdict comes in.

My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part I

2:20 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Searching for a new Mac Pro display

John Martellaro has been hunting for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. The Apple Thunderbolt display would normally be a strong candidate, but it was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part I, John explains the research he did in preparation for a new display.

How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From the Trash

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

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly.  John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.

Apple Publishes iOS Security Guide with Apple Pay Details

3:15 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple has published a 48 page PDF entitled "iOS Security," dated October 2014. Not only does it have a broad overview of iOS security in general, but it was also recently updated to include details of the Apple Pay technology and transaction security.

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.