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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.

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BusyContacts in the Seattle Times

My latest article for The Seattle Times looks at BusyContacts, a new Mac application from Seattle-based BusyMac that replaces the built-in Contacts app: “A contact manager you’ll actually want to use“.

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5K iMac Represents a Retina Tipping Point

In my latest Seattle Times Practical Mac column, I take in the beautiful screen of the new 5K iMac and wonder: Have we reached a Retina tipping point? Not all of Apple’s products offer Retina screens (the MacBook Air is the last holdout, and you can still buy non-Retina iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad models), ...

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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). ...

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OmniFocus 2 and Overcast in Latest Seattle Times Column

Simplicity is difficult, as any developer (or writer) will tell you. My latest column for the Seattle Times looks at two app examples that demonstrate how complex tools can be simply (and well) executed. OmniFocus 2 for the Mac will appeal to people who need more power than just a simple to-do list, while Overcast ...

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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