Tag: practical mac

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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

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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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My Report from Macworld/iWorld in the Seattle Times

I’m having a great, but very busy, time at Macworld/iWorld 2014 in San Francisco. In addition to appearing on a fun panel about creative technology with Serenity Caldwell (@settern), Chris Breen (@bodyofbreen), and Kyle Lambert (@kylelambert), I filed my Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times. In it, I note three Seattle-area products that caught ...