Tag: practical mac

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Getting (i)Cloudy at The Seattle Times

My barber said, “I have too many clouds,” and I immediately sympathized. iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive…I have files stashed in all of them. What surprised me when I set about to write this week’s column for the Seattle Times, is that I’ve so effortlessly moved so much of my work and personal data to ...

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Notable Features in macOS and iOS Betas

My latest column for The Seattle Times looks at what’s just around the corner: a few notable features in the macOS Sierra and iOS 10 betas. I’ve been running both (as well as watchOS 3), and am impressed so far. The features I mention in the column are just a sampling, and I focused on how ...

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Looking at WWDC News at The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I look at Apple’s WWDC announcements with a mixture of excitement—some very cool things are coming—and cynicism—how will Apple make some things work well? Read it here: Apple offers a look at coming operating system updates. If you like the work I do, please consider signing up ...

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Paperless Is Only Half the Battle

In my latest Seattle Times column, I wrestle with keeping track of the various bits of digital data we need to store. Going paperless years ago was a relief, but the data I need to manage has increased since then. For a long time, I used Evernote, but found myself not turning to it in ...

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iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iOS 9.3 in Latest Seattle Times Column

My latest column for the Seattle Times covers Apple’s announcements from last week: the smaller iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and features of iOS 9.3 such as Night Shift: New iPhone and iPad Pro pack more in smaller sizes. I haven’t yet used either device, which are due to be released March 31, so ...

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Apple and FBI in My Latest Seattle Times Column

In this week’s Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I cover the Apple/FBI situation and make the case that the implications for forcing Apple to comply with the FBI’s demand is a dire security situation for everyone. I also include some practical advice for securing data on iOS devices. Apple-FBI fight has big implications ...

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Seattle Times Year-End Wrapup and Gaming Fun

   My last Practical Mac column for 2015 is up at The Seattle Times, where I wrap up the flurry of software and accessory releases that Apple pushed out this month. Then, I look ahead to some relaxing time over the holidays by recommending some games—on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV—that I’ve enjoyed. Read ...

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Essential tips, tricks for living with an Apple Watch

I’ve now had my Apple Watch for two months (here’s my review for the Seattle Times), and in that time I’ve gotten to know it very well while updating my Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course book (which is available now!). But don’t worry, this isn’t another “here’s my take on the Apple Watch ...

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Seattle Times: Keeping the Computer User in Mind

In my latest column for the Seattle Times, I relay a truth about computer users that many of us in the tech field overlook: the desire to reduce complication. My mother-in-law’s aging iMac died, and we almost just paid to repair it instead of getting a replacement. I explain why in the column, and add ...

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Exploring Photos for OS X in The Seattle Times

My latest column for the Seattle Times delves into Apple’s Photos for OS X application, looking at how some aspects will change customers’ behaviors. I also throw in a handful of tips based on questions and feedback from readers. Read it here: Exploring Apple’s new Photos app for OS X.