The hot topic this week has been the CPU architecture flaws called Meltdown and Spectre. What are they, and what should users do?
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In older times, graduate students in physics and engineering spoke fondly of a unit of speed called furlongs per fortnight. (About a sixth of a mm per second.) Recently, I discovered that there really is a formalized (but playful and humorous) system, like the metric system, called the FFF system. The unit of mass is the firkin, time is the fortnight, and distance is the furlong. Many other derived units, sans electric charge, can be derived from these basic FFF units. As Mr. Spock would say: “Fascinating.” (I propose the unit of electric charge be called the frakkin.) Homework assignment: calculate the speed of light in the FFF system.
John looks at another interesting clear case for iPhone X — this time from Just Mobile.
In the early days of UHD/4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), it appeared that HDR10 would be more ubiquitous and that Dolby Vison would, while superior, remain rare. That has all changed.
So now you have an Apple TV 4K. John has some hints on how to get it set up and watch 4K/UHD content.
There are many signs that suggest Net Neutrality is not dead yet. The fight will continue because there’s so much at stake.
Dr. Gina Smith is a technical journalist and author. She’s well-known for her biography of Steve Wozniak: iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It which was a New York Times bestseller. And she’s written several other science books. She is also a former correspondent for several ABC News shows including Good Morning America. Gina also hosted a nationally syndicated talk radio show with co-host Leo Laporte for more than a decade. Recently, she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. We talked about her career which started in chemistry, how she was mentored and evolved as a tech journalist, the writing of the iWoz book, and what she disliked most about TV news. She also told me the famous “Gil Amelio” story which you don’t want to miss.
The new iMac Pro from Apple signals a new approach to thinking about the Mac lineup.
T-Mobile recently announced that, with some restrictions, it will pay for your basic HD Netflix account. Why?
TMO editors and some Apple customers are reporting random macOS lockups, especially after an extended period in a screen saver.
The iPhone X is a very special smartphone and deserves a very special case.
Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She’s a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show. This is her third appearance on Background Mode. In this episode, Kiki and I once again get geeky with science: an in-depth discussion of 1) Whether it’s a bad idea for our AI agents to have human names, 2) How attitudes about some science affects all science budgeting, 3) The wholistic system effects of climate change, 4) A fascinating discussion about the human microbiome and how the digestion of key nutrients affects whole body health and 5) How astronomers use Pulsars to detect gravitational waves. Kiki has a special way of inspiring one to learn about … everything, so don’t miss this very special guest.
Apple makes a big fuss about the iPad being the future, but the facts don’t bear that out. Yet. Apple Marketing is beating a dead horse for the sake of a cute gotcha.
Here’s what John thinks of his new iPhone X.
John has been taking his time to further ponder Apple’s High Sierra root access debacle and now shares his thoughts.
Christopher Caen is the Head of Marketing at Ecovacs Robotics, a company well know for its robotic vacuum cleaners and window cleaners. Christopher has a balanced academic background, being both accomplished in English as well as computer science. His first job was as an summer intern at Atari where he worked in marketing, something that immediately appealed to him. Later, at Paramount, he co-founded the Paramount Technology Group which developed interactive programming and games. Christopher’s career-long expertise in marketing took him to Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Informix and NEC. We talked a lot about internet of things (IoT), modern security practices, and how modern IoT products create a business model that requires a new understanding of and relationship to the customer. If you’re interested in robotics and IoT, this is a must listen.
There have been many articles about Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, but few remind us of his pervasive impact in our daily lives.
Several technical pieces must be in place before you can enjoy 4K/UHD as well as HDR content with your Apple TV 4K and Netflix. John shows how to do it.
The number of streaming services seems to grow every day. How can an Apple TV customer make sense of it all? John is here to help.
TMO’s John Martellaro joined MacVoices host Chuck Joiner and guests Mark Fuccio and Ken Ray to discuss the prospects of Apple becoming a major entertainment media company.