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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 ...

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15 Secrets of iMovie ’11

There’s a lot more going on with iMovie ’11 than movie trailers and audio editing. In this TidBITS article, I reveal several tips, trivia, and otherwise unknown aspects of Apple’s video editor: ”15 Secrets of iMovie ’11“. Here are a couple of items to tease you: Made with Morse — Speaking of trailers, you can choose ...

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iMovie ’11 Supported Cameras

Apple has updated its list of cameras that work with iMovie ’11, now with a pull-down menu interface that lets you locate your camera model (versus scanning a long list): http://help.apple.com/imovie/cameras/en/index.html?lang=en_US

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iMovie 1.1 for iPhone/iPod touch App Tips

I’ve been enjoying iMovie for iPhone/iPod touch. It’s a nice implementation of video editing on the small screen. Macworld has just published an article I wrote that includes a bunch of iMovie tips: iMovie is fairly easy to use, but it also carries expectations based on what iMovie for Mac (or really any video editor) ...