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Stay Warm, Cold-Weather Friends

The cold weather today made me think of this photo from December when it snowed here in Seattle. It’s sunny and a brisk 31 degrees F outside now, but friends in Portland are digging out of a foot of snow from the last couple of days! Stay warm.

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Puget Sound Sunset

I live in an awfully beautiful place. On the way to my daughter’s piano practice the other day, the light was amazing. I dropped her and my wife off, then headed to Sunset Hill Park, a little grassy overlook that’s aptly named. I also took this opportunity to set up a 360-degree camera (the 360fly ...

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Dixon High School Fireworks—July 4, 2016

For July Fourth, my mom took me, my daughter, and my niece on a new adventure: the city of Dixon’s fireworks show. The parking turned out to be full at Hall Park, but a generous man directing traffic advised us to head down to the Dixon High School parking lot. The school is where the ...

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Independence Day

Happy Fourth, my friends! This year’s Independence Day seems to carry more weight, largely because it’s an election year (make sure you vote! It’s important), but also because I’ve spent the last eight months being captivated by Hamilton, the Musical and, in turn, the stories of the people who founded the United States. I’m still ...

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Dealing with “Telemarketer Bastards” on iOS

My pal Glenn Fleishman writes the Mac 911 column at Macworld, so occasionally when I run into a snag with my Mac or iOS devices, I shoot him a message with possible fodder for future articles. Today, he relays my frustrating attempt to block numbers from “Telemarketer Bastards.” At some point I read that you could ...

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Raw Support Coming to iOS 10

Well now, this is interesting. PetaPixel spotted a feature in one of the slides during yesterday’s WWDC keynote that reads: “RAW photo editing.” We don’t yet know the details, but if iOS finally supports raw images, that could be a giant leap for mobile photo workflows. Raw is typically where the iPad has thrown a ...

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I Talk iPhone Photography on Mac Power Users #324

Late last week I talked to David Sparks and Katie Floyd for the Mac Power Users podcast about iPhone photography. I’ve known David for years in the Mac world and from Macworld Expos past, and follow his great site MacSparky. David recently took a bold step: sold all of his camera gear and now uses the iPhone 6s ...

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Comparing Apple Watch Sales to iPad, not iPhone

The Wall Street Journal estimates 12 million watches were sold in its first year, compared to 6 million iPhone sales in its first year. That sounds pretty successful, but what does it mean for the next couple of years? (For the record, I think 12 million is a pretty good indicator that the watch isn’t ...

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New iPad Pro’s Color Accuracy Gets High Marks

Over at Macworld, Jared Newman writes about the findings of DisplayMate Technologies regarding the 9.7-inch iPad’s color accuracy, which is “virtually indistinguishable from perfect.” Soneira was especially impressed with the new iPad Pro’s color accuracy. While the 12.9-inch iPad Pro got edged out by Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 last year in terms of noticeable color differences, the smaller ...

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Apple Watch Crash Course 1.2 Update Now Available!

I’m excited to announce that Take Control Books has just published my update to Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. Version 1.2 is now fully updated to cover watchOS 2 and the various improvements rolled into the watch’s operating system (see below). Although the book required a fairly substantial refresh, we’re offering it as ...