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TripMode Keeps You Under Your Data Cap While Traveling

When I was co-leading a photo workshop in May, we spent several days at a hotel that had meager (to be polite) Internet access. Fortunately, my cellular-equipped iPad picked up an LTE signal easily. So, using the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, I connected my MacBook Pro to the iPad… …and swiftly burned through my cellular ...

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How to Tell Photos to Buzz Off for Now

I like the new Photos for OS X application on the Mac (I just finished writing a book about it!), but not everyone is ready to switch from iPhoto or Aperture. However, Apple is certainly ready, because it opens Photos automatically whenever you connect a camera or a memory card. In my most recent column ...

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Essential tips, tricks for living with an Apple Watch

I’ve now had my Apple Watch for two months (here’s my review for the Seattle Times), and in that time I’ve gotten to know it very well while updating my Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course book (which is available now!). But don’t worry, this isn’t another “here’s my take on the Apple Watch ...

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Take Lightroom on Your Next Photo Shoot

Knowing that I was away on a photo workshop in Northern California, an editor I’ve worked with for years contacted me with an interesting assignment: to write about how I use Adobe Lightroom in the field. I’ve spent a lot of time (and three editions of my book The iPad for Photographers) thinking about how ...

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Seattle Times: Keeping the Computer User in Mind

In my latest column for the Seattle Times, I relay a truth about computer users that many of us in the tech field overlook: the desire to reduce complication. My mother-in-law’s aging iMac died, and we almost just paid to repair it instead of getting a replacement. I explain why in the column, and add ...

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Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X

While I was away on my photo workshop, I put the last touches on an article that’s now at TidBITS, Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X (which enabled me to include some photos on location, like the Yoda statue at Lucasfilm headquarters). After writing the review of Lightroom CC for Macworld ...

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My Apple Watch Review in the Seattle Times

My review of the Apple Watch appears in today’s Seattle Times: Apple Watch impresses, amuses even though it’s the 1.0 version. My editor wanted a tight review in 700 words, which was hard to do because there’s so much to say about the Apple Watch and because writing shorter is always more difficult than writing ...

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What’s New in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6, My Article at Lynda.com

It’s been a busy week! After reviewing Lightroom CC for Macworld, I turned around and wrote a general what’s new article for the great folks at Lynda.com: What’s New in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6? Right now I’m working on another related article for TidBITS while seated at my dining room table, listening for the ...

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10 Things to Know Before Enabling Apple’s Family Sharing

Apple’s Family Sharing feature, new in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, shows a lot of promise for handling Apple media and software purchases among several people. In an article supporting my book The Connected Apple Family, I write about 10 things you should keep in mind before turning the feature on. Go read it ...

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Lightroom CC 2015, My Macworld Review

Adobe released Lightroom CC today, and you can read my review of it at Macworld right now: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015 review: New features and major performance gains. There are a few very cool features—like in-app HDR merging to create raw DNG files—but what I find most interesting is that Lightroom now takes advantage ...