Category: Handhelds/iPhone/iPad/Palm

iPad Pro Is Now a True Photographer’s Tool

Has the iPad Pro finally become a true photographer's tool? At Macworld, I explain why the answer is yes.

Picking Up the Slack in The Seattle Times

No, this isn't a critique of the Seattle Times. In this case, I'm talking about Slack the communications software.

Talking New Digital Photos Book Edition on MacVoices

I talk to Chuck Joiner at MacVoices about what's new in Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac v2.1, including how the book almost didn't happen.

Version 2.1 of Take Control of Your Photos

The latest edition of my book makes managing your photo library even easier by taking advantage of new artificial-intelligence features in Apple's Photos and Google Photos.

A Lightroom mobile HDR Experiment

While shooting the sunset the other night, I tried out the fairly-new HDR capture mode in Lightroom mobile on my iPhone 7. Consider me impressed! The app snaps three photos and merges them together right there, creating a DNG (Adobe’s “digital negative” format) with lots of image information for editing. I’m generally wary of in-camera ...

AirPods Review in The Seattle Times

When Apple announced AirPods, the wireless earbuds, I thought they looked cool, but they didn’t really catch my attention. I already owned a pair of Bluetooth headphones, and regular earbuds have generally worked just fine in my ears. And then people started to rave about them. As I mention in this week’s Practical Mac column ...

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Talking Twitter and More on Clockwise 172

I appeared on Clockwise again this week, a great 30-minute podcast where four people offer their opinions on four technology topics. I love Clockwise because it’s so easily digestible, and the topics are always interesting. For this episode, 172: Serial iPhone Killer, we discussed the upcoming Nintendo Switch gaming platform, Twitter security challenges for the ...

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iPhone, 10 Years Ago

Ten years ago today, I was in the audience at Macworld Expo for the unveiling of the first iPhone. Steve Jobs’s lead-up to it during the keynote is classic Steve, and yes, it was an exciting moment. My first thought was, “Finally, someone is doing a mobile phone right.” I was happy just to see ...

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Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course v1.3

The Apple Watch is now a year and a half old, and on its second hardware revision. (Technically, it’s on the third revision, since you can buy a Series 1 model that is identical to the original but with a better processor.) And watchOS 3 brings several enhancements and refinements to Apple’s wearable that show ...

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Sticking Close to HomeKit at The Seattle Times

I dipped my toes into HomeKit recently, and now I’m waist-deep into smart home technology. For my latest Practical Mac column at The Seattle Times, I look at several devices that are making my home better, as well as the effect it’s had on my family and I: Making a smart move with HomeKit smart-home ...