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I had great fun talking about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on Chuck Joiner’s MacJury podcast. Together with Jeff Gamet and Dr. Robert Carter, we discussed which aspects we liked about Apple’s latest laptop—more than I expected—and which things still warrant attention. One thing I learned was how great the Touch Bar can be for people with limited vision who use VoiceOver. Be sure to tune in at 36:30 to learn how Robert takes advantage of it!

MacVoices #17077: The MacJury Goes In Depth on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Following the publication of my guide to The Best 360 Degree Camera at The Wirecutter, I sat down with Chuck Joiner at MacVoices to talk all about it. We cover why someone would want a 360-degree camera in the first place, some background on how I went about making the final selections, and more.

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apple_watch_cc_cover_shadow.pngThe Apple Watch is now a year and a half old, and on its second hardware revision. (Technically, it’s on the third revision, since you can buy a Series 1 model that is identical to the original but with a better processor.) And watchOS 3 brings several enhancements and refinements to Apple’s wearable that show the company was listening to feedback from the first versions.

What better way to take advantage of those than with the latest 1.3 version of my book, Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course! If you bought a previous edition, you can get the update for free. If you don’t yet own it, grab it now while the Take Control Winterfest sale is going on to get 25% off the $10 cover price.

So what’s new in this version? That turns out to be an interesting question.

For this time around, my schedule didn’t allow me to work on this update to release it in the window we wanted, so Take Control enlisted the most prolific wordsmith Joe Kissell to do it in my place. I’ve worked with Joe on many projects over the years, and I couldn’t ask for a steadier hand to tackle the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3 information. And with Scholle McFarland as editor, I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything.

The update is great, and covers the new hardware, new features in watchOS 3 such as easily swiping to change watch faces and the new Dock, and contains 85 pages of densely-packed information and full-color illustrations.

For more on what’s to be found in the book, and some background on how it came about, check out this interview that Joe and I did with Chuck Joiner for MacVoices.

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The ever-gracious Chuck Joiner and I sat down to talk about Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course v1.2 recently, covering topics such as the strengths and weaknesses of the Apple Watch almost a year in, which important changes are in watchOS 2, and why I updated the book. Watch or listen to it here: MacVoices #16059: Jeff Carlson Updates His Apple Watch Crash Course.

To coincide with the release of Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac, Second Edition, I had a great discussion with Chuck Joiner at MacVoices about what’s new in this edition, how the Mac photo landscape has changed in the last two years, and what to consider when looking at online photo services.

Jeff Carlson has updated Take Control of Your Digital Photos On A Mac to the second edition, making it current not only with Apple’s Photos app, but also with the many other pieces of software and online services that you might be considering. Jeff goes over some of the best options that are out there right now, mourns a couple that didn’t make it, and talks about how to choose among the many options. Issues like privacy, data mining, photo accessibility and long-term storage/backup are among the factors that you should be thinking about as you revise your strategy for dealing with what can be some of your most precious possessions: your photos.

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Chuck Joiner invited me to talk about Apple’s Photos for OS X app and my new book, Photos for OS X and iOS. During a conversation where I think I forgot to give Chuck any chance to talk, we covered iCloud Photo Library, why it was time to move on from iPhoto, and how Aperture users can look forward to the next version of Photos that ships with OS X El Capitan.

Check it out here: MacVoices #15156: Jeff Carlson Discusses Photos for OS X and iOS.

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This week I had an excellent talk with Chuck Joiner for his MacVoices podcast about the Apple Watch and my new book Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. We discussed several topics in the interview, but one of the most interesting was how continued use of the Apple Watch shaped how we treat our devices and the flood of incoming data, and also how that affected the way I wrote the book. I think we covered some great ground.

Watch or listen to the episode here: MacVoices #15153: Jeff Carlson Talks Apple Watch and His Take Control Crash Course.

Following my appearance last week on Chuck Joiner’s podcast, he invited me back to talk specifically about the Apple Watch (have you heard of it yet?) and my brand-new book Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course.

We had a great conversation that went beyond just what the watch is good for and whether it will be a success.

Watch or listen to it here: Jeff Carlson Gives a Crash Course on Apple Watch.

I joined Michael T. Rose and Chuck Joiner to talk about Monday’s Apple event for the MacVoices podcast, covering the Apple TV, HBO Now, the new MacBook, and, of course, the Apple Watch.

Watch it here: MacVoices #15070: The MacJury Talks Apple Watch, MacBook, Apple TV and HBO Go

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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 with the latest releases of iOS and OS X.

I’ll have more to say about the book soon, but for a glimpse at what you’ll find, this podcast episode is a great introduction. Watch it here: MacVoices #14230: Jeff Carlson and Dan Moren Discuss The Connected Apple Family