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5 Easy Steps to Back Up Your Photos and Videos

Your photos and videos are valuable, irreplaceable…and fragile. Digital photography makes it possible to capture and store thousands of photos, but a malfunctioning disk or power surge can rip them all away in a moment. But that’s not going to happen to you. Not because the heavens favor your computer over all others (they don’t), ...

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My Look at the New Apple TV in The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I got to work from my couch: taking the new, fourth-generation Apple TV for a spin. My editors at the Times really nailed the headline, too: Apple TV is pretty great, but there’s one $#&%# thing. And already I’ve heard of a great shortcut that I wasn’t ...

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How to Use the News App in iOS 9

iMore has published another article of mine, this one detailing how to set up and use the new News app under iOS 9: How to use the News app on your iPhone or iPad. News is an interesting beast. It’s one way for Apple to get customers’ attentions in an area where they’re already looking: ...

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Photos for OS X Editing Extensions

The version of Photos for OS X that shipped with OS X El Capitan adds a new capability to Apple’s built-in photo management software: editing extensions. Although the adjustment tools in Photos are surprisingly sophisticated, they’re still fairly limited (and you still can’t edit an image in another application without exporting it first, a feature ...

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Review: MacPhun Noiseless and Noiseless Pro

Have you ever left your camera’s ISO setting at a high level from shooting dark situations the night before, and then forgotten to change it before shooting the next day? Guilty as charged. The result is a lot of excessive digital noise in the next photos. That’s what happened to me in the photo above, ...

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Photoshop Elements 14 or Photoshop CC?

Adobe released Photoshop Elements 14 this week, and over at Lynda.com I help to answer the question: Which Do You Need? Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop CC A lot of people think they need “Photoshop” to edit images, but Photoshop CC is usually overkill for their needs. The advantage of Photoshop Elements is that it uses ...

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How to Use Home and Lock Screens on iPhone 6s

Are you enjoying your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Or perhaps you or a friend are new to iOS? I’ve just published my first article for iMore, a how-to primer on everything related to the Home screen and Lock screen under iOS 9. Did you know that when you’re viewing the new Search ...

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Demystifying iCloud Photo Library

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library is a great service, but there are a lot of questions surrounding it. Do I need to buy more iCloud storage? What happens when I edit a photo on my iOS device and on my Mac? Does everything need to live in the cloud? Over at Peachpit.com, I’ve just published an ...

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How Pro is the iPad Pro?

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I speculate just how “pro” the upcoming iPad Pro will be. The hardware looks impressive, but will superior hardware be constrained by an operating system designed for consumers? Part of the issue is that loaded term “pro,” which means different things for different people. I’m looking forward ...

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and watchOS 2 Coverage at TidBITS

Today was a busy day: Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and announced release dates for iOS 9 and watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch (both September 16), and for OS X El Capitan (September 30). You can watch the keynote video here. I followed ...