Tag: mac

How to Be Smart about Applying Apple Updates

After two friends were bit hard by Apple updates, I wrote about best practices to help ensure iOS and macOS updates go smoothly in my latest Seattle Times column.

Strategies to Free Storage on Your Mac

In my most recent Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I write about storage: what happens when your Mac starts to get filled up? You don’t have to reflexively start deleting files or find another location for them. With enough iCloud storage, the Mac can do a lot of the space-saving for you. I ...

A Look at Privacy Features at The Seattle Times

Apple has been in the news a lot lately regarding privacy, from the now-fixed Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on audio before the other person picked up to tussles with Facebook and Google. You’ve probably also noticed that you need to click through more privacy-related dialogs lately. In my latest Practical Mac ...

Backups for Busy Creatives at CreativePro

It may not be an exciting topic, but it’s a necessary one: backups. You know you need them, and maybe you have some pieces of a backup system in place, but it can take a lot of figuring to come up with a good plan, so you may have put it off. (Speaking from experience, ...

Mojave Features that Stand Out

My previous Practical Mac column focused on features in iOS 12 that I recommend, and now that macOS 10.14 is out, my latest column looks at Mojave improvements to try first.

What APFS Does for You, and What You Can Do with APFS

By necessity, a sizable chunk of my new book Take Control of Your Digital Storage talks about file systems, and Apple’s new APFS (Apple File System). APFS is installed automatically on Macs with solid-state storage (SSD) when upgrading to macOS High Sierra. But what does APFS do? Why would Apple change the fundamental technology behind ...

Take Control of Your Digital Storage

Now available! I've just published Take Control of Your Digital Storage, a new ebook that answers your questions about disks, NAS, RAIDs, Disk Utility, and more.

New MacBook Pro and Menu Bar Sanity at Seattle Times

The newest update to the MacBook Pro looks like the model I wanted in 2016—even though I’m happy with mine. It answers the main limitations of the 2016 model, and tosses in a True Tone display. In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I look at what’s new this time around. I ...

Control Center Tips and More in The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I take a closer look at something that most of us probably use in the most limited way possible: Control Center on the iPhone and iPad. It’s the set of controls that appear when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or from the top-right ...

Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind Review at Macworld

What happens when a company has a successful product, but thinks it can do better? The folks behind Pixelmator made a surprise announcement last year when they introduced Pixelmator Pro. I review this new venture at Macworld.