Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

3:30 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point.

Important New Features Make OS X El Capitan Not Just a Tune-up

4:00 PM, Jul. 17th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

OS X El Capitan under the hood

OS X Yosemite has been a bit of a problem for some users, especially with networking, and so the WWDC announcement of El Capitan was greeted with enthusiasm. Apple's stated focus was on the experience and performance, but, in time, we've learned that important changes under the hood will also contribute to security and better networking. Here's a look at how El Capitan is going to affect you for the better.

The Not-so-Obvious Design Feature of Apple Watch That Everyone is Missing

4:30 PM, Jul. 10th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

When a revolutionary new product is launched, the first instinct is to understand it by relating its most obvious features to what we already know. In time, it becomes apparent that the analogies we formed, to understand the device, failed to properly inform us of the new way of doing things. That's the Apple Watch in spades.

Apple Earns a Black Eye for Apple Music

5:00 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Any sufficiently large software project will have significant failure points. This is a lesson Apple has steadfastly refused to learn. It's not as if there weren't any warning signs.

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

The One Thing We Need in OS X El Capitan (And Didn’t Get)

4:30 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Have OS X users become overwhelmed by terabytes of data? Are they bored or over burdened by the idea of backing up? Is iCloud a simplistic, lame answer to a much more complex question? OS X El Capitan does nothing to address this emerging issue.

Retailers Who Refuse to Embrace Apple Pay Face Grave Risks

4:35 PM, Jun. 5th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

When merchants say they are reluctant to embrace Apple Pay, the reasoning, amazingly, doesn't rest on sound technical ground. Instead, there seems to be a pattern of self-delusion, denial, foolish frugality, excuses about lack of customer demand and even downright ignorance. In time, this strategy is destined for major disasters that will drag their customers down with them.

Hope Springs Eternal: a New Approach to OS X at WWDC

4:50 PM, May. 29th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

For the past few years, Apple has introduced a new version of OS X at WWDC. The demos have been presented with wit, charm, and enthusiasm, but, in practice, customers have found the initial release wanting, even with public beta testing. Can Apple change its routine to surprise and delight us in a more fundamental way?

Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

2:55 PM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.