Category: Cool Stuff

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Take Control of Slack

If you’re not using Slack, there’s a good chance you will soon. Slack is a service for exchanging messages and data among groups. It’s not the first attempt at this type of software, but it’s certainly one of the most popular. Small businesses use it so employees can stay in touch no matter where they ...

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Image Rotation Is Complicated

My pal Glenn Fleishman bit off more than he was expecting when a Macworld reader asked why some photos weren’t correctly oriented after importing them into his photo software. It turns out that rotating image files is a lot more complicated—and interesting—than you’d expect! Read about it here: How to solve incorrect photo rotation after sync ...

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ColorSync Support in iOS 9.3 (!)

Shortly after Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, I wrote a very quick take on the new True Tone display feature. True Tone automatically adjusts the color temperature of the iPad’s screen to complement the ambient light of your surroundings. For example, have you ever been in a room with warm light and checked ...

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Take Control Books 50%-off Spring Sale

Take Control Books is having a 50%-off sale through March 21! This is a great opportunity to pick up my latest Take Control books as well as titles from some of the best writers covering the Apple and technology fields. Select any of the titles below, and then browse the Take Control catalog for more: Take Control ...

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Kehinde Wiley at the Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum is showing a large collection of work by Kehinde Wylie—and by “large collection” I also mean large in size. These hyper-colorful paintings of black men and women in traditional (white) poses is best viewed in person where you can get the full effect of the giant canvases. I went with my ...

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Trader Joe’s Pour-over Coffee

When I saw this on a design blog last week, I knew I had to give it a try. Trader Joe’s sells a self-contained pour-over coffee with very clever packaging. The coffee is stored in a bladder inside the package, which expands to rest upright while the coffee brews. All you do is provide the ...

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New York Times on Apple User Groups

The New York Times published a great article about Mac User Groups, including a video feature about Lonnie Mimms, a computer collector who’s built his own Apple museum in an abandoned CompUSA building. The video opens with the sound of an Apple ][ floppy disk drive spinning up, which transported me to my uncle’s study ...

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Giving Away 3 Free Copies of Photoshop Elements 13 Classroom in a Book

Congratulations to Fuad K., Johnny S., and Agnes O., who each received a code to download the ebook! When I recently gave away five free ebook copies of my Photos for OS X and iOS book, I discovered some codes I’d overlooked for Photoshop Elements 13: Classroom in a Book. I can’t just let them ...

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Apple Ad about iPad Filmmaking Shot Using an iPad Air 2

Apple introduced a new commercial during the Oscars that touts the iPad as a video capture and editing platform. A voiceover by Martin Scorcese talks about being creative in a practical, this-is-work way. I never like the inspirational value of that phrase. Dreaming is a way of trivializing the process, the obsession that carries you ...

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Clockwise Podcast: Light at the End of the Pipe

I joined hosts Jason Snell and Dan Moren, and co-guest Christina Bonningham, on this week’s episode of the Clockwise podcast. We talked about workspaces, the Microsoft Band and other wearables, VR goggles (will VR ever break into the mainstream?), and my topic, the uncanny valley of personal digital assistants like Siri making human-like expressions. I ...