Category: Tips

Seattle Times: iPad Pro and Finder Tricks

In my latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I share my thoughts after using the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro for several weeks. I also share some practical tips for working in the Finder on the Mac.

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How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the MacBook Pro

Talking about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on the MacJury podcast last week brought up battery life and how initially the new machines suffered from a problem where the discrete graphics processor (GPU) was running when it shouldn’t. A system update fixed that problem, but sometimes an application might be forcing the GPU ...

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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 ...

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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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iOS 8 and Yosemite Tips in The Seattle Times

In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I enjoy that particular technological rush of using new software, digging into new and noteworthy features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (and also pointing out a few areas where the future needs to be held at bay for now, like OS X translucency). ...

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How to Turn Off Cellular Calls on the iPad

One new feature in iOS 8 is the ability to answer incoming phone calls on your iPad if it’s in range of your iPhone and both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. When OS X Yosemite ships, most likely later this month, you’ll be able to answer calls on your Mac, too. It’s great ...

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Tips for Making Photos on Airplanes

Flying home after the holidays? Grab your camera from your bag under the seat and point it outside. Scientist and photographer Bryan Jones offers 11 great tips for capturing good photos while on airplanes. (Photo by Bryan Jones. Some rights reserved.) Shortly after I published this, Sam Grover chimed in on Twitter with two other ...

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OS X Mavericks Mail and Gmail

[Update, November 7, 2013: Apple has released an update for Mail that sounds like it fixes a lot of problems. Open the App Store and click the Updates button to get it.] In the last 24 hours I’ve heard from several friends complaining about problems with the Mail application under OS X Mavericks not playing ...

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New Article: Making the most of multiple screens

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2021053268_ptechpracticalmac25xml.html

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Add a timestamp in iMovie

My latest Macworld Create column looks at a relatively simple feature: adding a timestamp to your footage. It’s much better than the old days when cameras would burn the date and time directly onto your footage (and the typography is much better now). I also reveal how to fix footage that has the wrong date ...