From a fastcodesign.com article: “Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing smart photovoltaic windows that can shade you and generate electricity at the same time ... This coated glass is about 82% transparent when it’s at room temperature ... At 7% efficiency, they’re still under the minimum of 10% that the team led by Professor Peidong Yang believes would be adequate for commercial purposes. Dou told me that they hope to reach that mark in the next three to five years ... They also face a manufacturing roadblock: the color. Right now, Yang’s team can get the glass to turn orange, red, and brown ... But the main problem, right now, is the glass’s temperature threshold, which they’re working to reduce to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, the typical temperature of glass exposed to a typical sunny midday.”
Android 7 comes with a cool new “split screen” feature where you can look at two apps running at the same time. This little pictorial/tutorial shows how to use this split-screen feature.
IBM says the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Macs is lower than that of PCs. You can read more about it at MacRumors and other websites.
PC World reports that Gartner reports the smartphone sales shown in the chart: Android dominates worldwide sales units with 80.7%, iOS has 17.7%, and Windows is there at 1.1%.
Summary: This article shows a solution to the Android File Transfer app “not working on Mac” problem, where you get the error message, “Can’t access storage device.” (This solution probably also works on Microsoft Windows systems, though I don’t know for sure.)
Yeah, go ahead and insert a Windows disk into something there. (image from twitter)
Okay, Parallels Access looks pretty cool: “Parallels Access ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac applications, letting you remotely access and experience them as if they were made for iPad. Tap, swipe, pinch and scroll any Mac or PC software application – even if they were not optimized for the iPad.”
Apple's recent announcement that Mac Java support is deprecated inspired me to look at the so-called "Apple Tax" -- the premium price tag you're going to pay when buying an Apple computer, whether that be a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro instead of a Windows PC.
I just ran a comparison of a base model Apple MacBook versus two different Dell Windows notebook PCs, and the numbers are pretty scary:
The Apple Tax on a base MacBook is a whopping $219 to $299
more than faster, better-equipped Dell notebook models.
iPad backup/restore FAQ: How do I make an iPad backup? Also, how do I restore an iPad backup?
When it comes to making backups, the iPad is a curious device. The iPad isn't like a traditional computer where you say, "I want to backup folders X, Y, and Z." Curious about Apple's thinking, I've dug into the iPad backup and restore topic, and here's what I've found.
Mac Office apps FAQ: I just made the switch from Windows to Mac; what Mac Office software can I use?
One of my family members just wrote and said that despite having a firewall, anti-virus software, and spybot software installed, their Windows computer appears to have been infected for the third time in six months. She asked what they'd be facing if they made the switch to a Mac system, particularly from an "Office" applications standpoint. Here is my reply: