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Photos for OS X Application Currently Missing at Apple.com

While Apple was announcing its record-breaking quarterly financial results (not just breaking its own records, but earning $74.6 billion, the most revenue of any company in any quarter in history), elves at the Apple site were busy. According to 9to5 Mac, there’s now no mention of the successor to iPhoto and Aperture on Apple’s Web ...

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Cull iPhoto Library of Duplicates and Bad Photos

Chris Breen at Macworld posted a useful article about how to remove duplicates and get rid of bad photos from an out of control iPhoto library. With the Photos for OS X app expected sometime this year, now’s a good a time as any to clean up before the transition. Read it here: Cull iPhoto ...

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New Article: MyPhotostream Review at TidBITS

Over the weekend I published a short review of MyPhotostream at TidBITS, a simple application on the Mac that lets you view your iCloud Photo Stream photos without having to open iPhoto or Aperture (the only official methods for viewing them on a Mac). I like the app’s approach, although it has some interface oddities. ...

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MacVoices Appearance about the Connected Apple Family

Last week I appeared on Chuck Joiner’s excellent MacVoices podcast to talk about my latest book, co-written with Dan Moren, The Connected Apple Home: Discover the Rich Apple Ecosystem of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV. As always it was fun to be on Chuck’s show, and we talked about how Apple’s devices are converging ...

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Apple Broadens Its Ecosystem by Pushing at the Edges

In my latest article for The Seattle Times, I write about how Apple is now taking full advantage of the ecosystem it has developed over the years. In doing so, it’s taking an awfully big gamble with the Apple Watch and Apple Pay—a gamble that I think it could only undertake now. Read it here: ...

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Slingshot in My Latest Seattle Times Column

In my latest Seattle Times column, I write about Slingshot, an application and service that makes videoconferencing a bit more interesting by adding the capability to share the screen of an iPhone or iPad during a call: Search is over: Slingshot is the way to go for videoconferencing I can see how small groups, startups, ...

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1Password Watchtower and My Latest Seattle Times Column

My latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times looks at what you can do following the Heartbleed vulnerability, with a focus on features in the new version of 1Password: Heartbleed fallout: It’s time to change most passwords. In it I mention Watchtower, a Web site that the developer, AgileBits, created to check if sites ...

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Link: How to Survive on 256 GB a Year

One of the more dramatic shifts we’ve had to deal with in recent years is working with less storage in laptops. Having 500 GB or 1 TB in a portable computer was no big deal, giving us plenty of breathing room. But the switch to SSDs (solid state drives) changed that metric. An SSD is ...

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Two Mac Articles to Share: Mac at 30 and OmniOutliner 4

Two Mac-related articles of mine were published this week: My latest Practical Mac column at the Seattle Times celebrates the 30th (!!) birthday of the Macintosh, looking back at the original model and how much of its appearance and influence have continued to the present: Mac is still with us, even thriving 30 years later. ...

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FruitJuice and laptop battery life in my latest Seattle Times column

Does your MacBook or MacBook Pro spend most of its time plugged into a power outlet? If so, you’re not exercising the laptop’s battery enough and are reducing its lifespan. That’s even more important now that MacBook models built since 2009 include built-in batteries that are not swappable. In my latest Seattle Times column, I ...