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Contradictory Rumors About iPhone 7 Create a Real Mystery

7:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Contradictions and Induction rumors

Earlier today it was reported that, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would return to an all-glass enclosure with the iPhone. But that the change will occur in 2017, not this year. In light of Apple's tradition and what we (think we) know about inductive charging, a really good mystery has surfaced.

Wondering When Apple’s WWDC Will Be? Ask Siri

6:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · News

WWDC announced by SIri

Apple appears to have introduced us to a new way of announcing when its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will be. We always i expect it June at Moscone West in San Francisco, but the exact date is generally unknown until Apple makes an announcement. Except...when you ask Siri.

Symply, Inc Unveils Desktop RAID Systems: SymplyStor and SymplyShare

4:15 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Product News

Symply, Inc., a new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, has unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Packed into a cylinder, reminiscent of the Mac Pro, the entry level SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 and 3, has a capacity of up to 64 TB, and can be managed with OS X, Windows, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview With ScreenCastsOnline Founder Don McAllister

2:45 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Don MacAllister is the creator of ScreenCastsOnline, subscription-based video tutorials on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch. But long before his current work, before people even routinely had computers in their homes, Don got involved with a UK government IT department and started learning about computers. His first personal computer was a Sinclair Spectrum. Don tells the story of how, years later, a Steve Jobs keynote in 2005 introducing the Mac mini sold him "hook line and sinker." After he learned home video editing with iMovie, he left Windows behind forever, and became immersed in everything Apple and started to share his knowledge. This is a great story about converting video expertise into internet screencasting.  Don fills in all the fascinating details of his career.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Astrophysicist/SciFi Author Dr. David Brin

3:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Dr. David Brin is an astrophysicist and well-known science fiction author. He's perhaps most famous for his Hugo Award winning Uplift SciFi series. He is also a famous futurist and public speaker who consults with the intelligence and defense communities. We chatted about his early career and how his first SciFi novel, Sundiver, financed his Ph.D. work. In the second half of the show, we got into the Kardashev scale of planetary civilizations, technical means to deal with climate change, "Brin's Corollary" which is related to iPhones, cameras and UFOs, possible interactions with extraterrestrial life and, finally, how human beings might partner with artificial intelligence agents to assist and literally leapfrog each other to new levels. If you're into space, astronomy, alien life and AI, you're in for quite a ride.