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How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the MacBook Pro

Talking about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on the MacJury podcast last week brought up battery life and how initially the new machines suffered from a problem where the discrete graphics processor (GPU) was running when it shouldn’t. A system update fixed that problem, but sometimes an application might be forcing the GPU ...

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View iOS Better with Accessibility Features

The ol’ eyes just aren’t what they used to be. After getting a new eyeglasses prescription and noticing how my mother’s iPhone text is permanently larger than normal, I decided to write my latest Seattle Times column about the many ways anyone can make their phone screens more legible. That ranges from simply enlarging text ...

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Start 2016 with Apple Tips

If history is a guide, Apple won’t start announcing new products for a couple of months, so in the meantime, I’ve offered a host of tips for Mac, iPhone/iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch in my latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times: Start the year with these Apple polishing tips.

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TripMode Keeps You Under Your Data Cap While Traveling

When I was co-leading a photo workshop in May, we spent several days at a hotel that had meager (to be polite) Internet access. Fortunately, my cellular-equipped iPad picked up an LTE signal easily. So, using the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, I connected my MacBook Pro to the iPad… …and swiftly burned through my cellular ...

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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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Apply Styles from the Keyboard in InDesign

A quick, in-the-weeds-of-book-production post: I’m an oddity among book authors in that most of my books are written directly into layout. Most people write a manuscript in Microsoft Word or Scrivener or some other word processor, then hand it off to design and production folks who lay it out with styles and artwork in an ...