An iPad Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Kindle Fire HD

9:05 AM, Feb. 21st, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Evaluation of Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD is not a general purpose tablet. Instead, it's a consumer tablet, an ecosystem designed to continuously expose the customer to Amazon's offerings. But for what it does, it does it very well.  John Martellaro takes a closer look at the KFHD and finds lots of things to like.

Can Smart Glasses Replace the Smartphone?

2:45 PM, Feb. 5th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

An expert explains smart glasses

APX Labs is at the forefront of smart glass technology. While Google has made a splash with Google Glass, that technology has many limitations. John Martellaro's namesake, the CTO of APX Labs, talks about the technology, how it works, the potential, how the U.S. military is already using it and speculates on whether this technology could, someday, replace our smartphones.

Pitting Parallels Desktop 8 Against VMware Fusion 5

1:45 PM, Jan. 31st, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Benchmarking Desktop 8 vs. Fusion 5

For many users, virtualization is an important capability on their Macs that allows them to run other OSes, for example, Windows or Linux, right along side OS X. The two leaders are Parallels Desktop and VMware's Fusion. MacTech Magazine has extensively benchmarked the two and has consistently found a winner. Here some details on their latest report.

Designing the New Mac Pro: An Awesome Design Concept

3:10 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Mac Pro Design Concept

Many people have great hopes and aspirations for Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro, promised by CEO Tim Cook.  We tend to express our very best hopes for the spirit of Apple in the Mac Pro, and recently TMO explored that topic.  In Part 2, John Martellaro looks at an amazing concept by Peter Zigich that brilliantly expresses those hopes.

Why I Won’t be Buying Apple’s New iMac

5:00 PM, Jan. 10th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Storage Options for 2012 iMac

John Martellaro reports that he's been shopping, thinking about replacing an older 27-inch iMac. The late 2012 iMacs are sleek and beautiful, but they have one major problem.  Apple has jumped the shark on storage options. Our TMO editor explains.

Google Nexus 10 Tablet: First Impressions

2:45 PM, Dec. 14th, 2012 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The Nexus 10 tablet is Google's biggest and boldest tablet. It has amazing resolution and technical specifications. John Martellaro has been testing one for a few days, and here are his first impressions.
 

Fixing an iTunes Authentication Infinite Loop

4:56 PM, Oct. 15th, 2012 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

iTunes Authorization infinite loop

Recently, the iTunes app on our family server got out of whack and cast me into an infinite loop, requesting endless authentication before my iDevices could sync. It was turned out to be an interesting problem that not even Apple tech support could solve.

The Lamest Apple Software

12:30 PM, Sep. 7th, 2012 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple TV

The Apple TV is a joy to use. It’s easy to navigate to content with just a few clicks. However, one of the test functions is infuriating and is about the lamest thing Apple has ever done.