Category: Macintosh

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Why I Ordered a 2016 MacBook Pro

While Apple was introducing the new 2016 MacBook Pro during its recent media event, I was ready to place my order. My workhorse 2010 MacBook Pro, which I’ve Frankenstein’d in various ways to eke out more life, is now enough behind the curve that it’s time for an upgrade. (It’ll make a great Mac for ...

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MacBook Pro Event Writeup at The Seattle Times

Following Apple’s media event last week where the company introduced the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wrote up the news and some initial impressions for my Seattle Times column: Apple’s latest Mac upgrade news is intriguing and perplexing. There’s been a lot of kvetching and hand-wringing about this new update from Apple, reaching ...

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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 ...

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Photoversity Presets in Aurora HDR 2017

Over at Photoversity, I created a free set of presets for Aurora HDR that apply pre-cooked looks when editing images in Macphun’s impressive HDR application. However, when they released Aurora HDR 2017 last month, my presets disappeared! After a bit of sleuthing, I discovered that Macphun changed the filename extension used by the presets. They ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

This is no longer a new idea, but I still feel a twinge of amazement when I can run Windows on my Mac. In the dark ages, the divide between Mac and Windows computers was almost too wide, and we relied on methods of sharing data that were like running across fraying rope bridges. Now, ...

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Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon Review in Macworld

Looking for an image editor on the Mac but don’t need the full power (or cost) of Adobe Photoshop? In Macworld, I just reviewed Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a great $30 alternative. This new version focuses on the application’s selection tools, adding a Quick Selection tool and a Magnetic Selection tool to make it easier to ...

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Macworld on Upcoming Photos App Features

Glenn Fleishman at Macworld does a great job running down the new features in the Photos app under the upcoming macOS Sierra and iOS 10 (both available in beta to developers and via public beta). Read it here: Hands on with the new Photos features in macOS Sierra and iOS 10.

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Looking at WWDC News at The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I look at Apple’s WWDC announcements with a mixture of excitement—some very cool things are coming—and cynicism—how will Apple make some things work well? Read it here: Apple offers a look at coming operating system updates. If you like the work I do, please consider signing up ...