Tag: os x


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. ...


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 ...


iOS 8 and Yosemite Tips in The Seattle Times

In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I enjoy that particular technological rush of using new software, digging into new and noteworthy features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (and also pointing out a few areas where the future needs to be held at bay for now, like OS X translucency). ...


New Article: iPhone 6/6+ and Continuity at The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I take the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a spin and also look at how this week’s expected announcements are making Apple’s devices more interconnected: Plus size iPhone too much, but device synergy impresses


Article: Prepare for Yosemite with a Good Backup System

New iPhones and iOS 8 have captured everyone’s attention, but Apple is only getting started for its run-up to the holidays. OS X Yosemite is expected sometime in October, and it will be a free update for Mac owners. In an article posted today at Lynda.com, I outline the components of a good backup system. ...


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: ...


Yosemite, iOS 8 in New Seattle Times Column

In my latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I look at OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and how they’re converging. Plus, I recommend a few ways to get the same features now that are coming in the new system releases. Read it here: Apple blurs line between Mac, iOS platforms and that’s OK


Devil-on-the-Shoulder Look at the WWDC 2014 Keynote

[Updated in places thanks to feedback from readers, and a fresh round of caffeine since I wrote this post late last night.] I almost titled this post “The Pessimist’s Look at WWDC,” but I’m not a pessimist. I think most of what was announced by Apple at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is exciting and ...


Latest Seattle Times Column Covers Security Update and Screens App

In my latest column in The Seattle Times, I talk about last week’s crucial security updates for OS X and iOS. I also look at Screens, my favorite iOS and OS X app for connecting to another Mac and controlling it. Read it here: You’ll sleep better after this update.


The OS X Mavericks Pocket Guide: It’s a Book!

Just in time for the holidays, my latest book The OS X Mavericks Pocket Guide is now available! I received my author copies last week, which means that the print edition is either available now or is about to be on the shelves at fine booksellers near you. The ebook is available now from Amazon.com, ...