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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 ...

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New iMovie Doesn’t Open iMovie iOS Projects

Serenity Caldwell at Macworld digs into a curious omission in the new iMovie 10.0 for Mac: It no longer opens projects created on the iOS version of iMovie (which itself was also updated last week). She talked to someone at Apple who confirmed that the feature will return in a future update. Also, iMovie won’t ...

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How to Make a Bootable OS X Mavericks Install Drive

OS X Mavericks is now available—for free!—and one of the most important tasks you can do is to create a bootable install drive. Now that OS X arrives only as a download, there’s no backup DVD to use if your Mac goes south. Yes, the Recovery HD is there (hold Command-R at startup), but what ...

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New Seattle Times Column: Nature and Technology

I’m still on a fantastic photography workshop (led by Mason Marsh), so I took the opportunity to write about the collision of technology and humanity among the participants. Nature plus technology can focus on improving our lives

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Article: Adobe Photoshop cloud subscription a step up

My latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times appeared this weekend: Adobe Photoshop cloud subscription a step up. Although I didn’t set out to focus on the subscription aspect of Adobe’s Creative Cloud—the newest apps are available only via monthly or yearly subscriptions, not as a standalone price—I couldn’t help but dig into it ...

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New article: New MacBook Air’s battery puts in a full day of work

My MacBook Air battery observation the other night was in service of writing my latest Seattle Times column: New MacBook Air’s battery puts in a full day of work. I look at the new MacBook Air, which is a curious model of computer for Apple because it’s simultaneously a pro machine and also the company’s ...