Category: Handhelds/iPhone/iPad/Palm


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 ...


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 ...


Yearly WinterFest Sale on Take Control Books & Software

A quick note: The annual WinterFest sale is on, with discounts on lots of great software and Take Control books—including mine! Nisus Writer Pro, Scrivener, TextExpander, PDFpen… all 25% off (or better) for a short time. Go get them here: WinterFest 2016.


6 Pro Tips for Taking Better Pictures With Your iPhone 7 Plus

Following up my appearance in Adobe Create with tips for holiday low-light shooting, I’m happy to share… another tip for low-light shooting! In a total coincidence, Jackie Dove contacted me the other day wondering if I had any advice for shooting with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. You can read my tip in ...


Seattle Times Column: MacBook Pro, Calendar Spam, AirPort Flight

In my latest Practical Mac column in the Seattle Times, I outline (in a more concise version than what I posted previously) why the perceived MacBook Pro limitations—RAM, price, etc.—didn’t stop me from ordering one to replace my aging 2010 MacBook Pro. I also offer a solution for stopping iCloud calendar spam and note Apple’s ...


Why Your Next iPhone Won’t Be Ceramic

This topic came up with a friend over the weekend: Now that Apple is making a ceramic Apple Watch, how long before we see a ceramic iPhone? The always-excellent Greg Koenig of Luma Labs explains not only why we likely won’t see one for a while, but also gets across the sheer scale of manufacturing ...


Getting (i)Cloudy at The Seattle Times

My barber said, “I have too many clouds,” and I immediately sympathized. iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive…I have files stashed in all of them. What surprised me when I set about to write this week’s column for the Seattle Times, is that I’ve so effortlessly moved so much of my work and personal data to ...


Photos Crash Course for macOS Sierra

Sometimes, it feels as if I’m a lone defender of Apple’s Photos app under macOS. Many people find it too different from iPhoto, or think it’s too basic (even though it’s actually quite sophisticated), or… I don’t know, they just don’t like change. Except for Aperture users who were abandoned by Apple—their discontent is understandable. ...


Quoted in B&H Photo Article

With so much focus on the iPhone 7, which started trickling into customers’ hands today, more people are thinking about mobile photography. Jill Waterman at B&H Photo wrote an article containing tips that go beyond the typical rules of composition and lighting. I’m quoted talking about the software behind the lens (a topic I’ve found ...


Notable Features in macOS and iOS Betas

My latest column for The Seattle Times looks at what’s just around the corner: a few notable features in the macOS Sierra and iOS 10 betas. I’ve been running both (as well as watchOS 3), and am impressed so far. The features I mention in the column are just a sampling, and I focused on how ...