Editorial

NSFW: In praise of Mac User Groups (MUGs)

Mac user groups used to be tremendously influential. There's no doubt their heyday has passed, but they're still great fun, educational and useful places for you to talk with people who share your interests.

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Here's why Apple can take on the streaming industry

The other week I was rummaging through my old audio CD library, and found a few discs that I don't remember buying. Classic Yo-Yo by Yo-Yo Ma. A Bob Dylan live album. Where did they come from?

Then I remembered. Oh, yeah—Steve Jobs bought those for me.

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Apple Watch and watchOS 2 FAQ: Everything you need to know

At WWDC, Apple previewed updates for all of its major operating systems—watchOS included. Yes, watchOS 2 is coming, and here's everything we know about it currently, for your reading (and salivating) pleasure.

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How would you change the App Store?

The App Store revolutionized software, creating a safer, more unified, more convenient way to get apps onto our devices. So what needs to be revolutionized about the App Store? We want to hear from you!

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The Apple Music dilemma: Who pays for a free trial?

Customers want free. Apple wants customers. Music industry wants money. From British indies to Taylor Swift, how do you make artists happy and Apple Music successful? (And hey, what about the labels?)

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Ask Rene: Watch locks, smaller iPhones, USB-C replacing Lightning, and more!

Rene gets sent dozens and dozens of questions a day. Since it's not even inhumanly possible to answer, let alone research, them all, we're starting a new column where he can post answers for everyone!

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What would you change about the Home screen?

The app launcher as home screen dates all the way back to the Newton, but where could Apple take it next?

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The Apple Watch: So far so good, but the sky's the limit

The Apple Watch has already had a net positive effect on my behavior and my well-being. And that's with the device still being fairly limited because of its nascent operating system. WatchOS 2.0 is coming, and I can't wait to see the effect it will have.

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Remember: "Find My iPhone" doesn't turn you into a superhero

A cautionary tale out of Canada this week reminds us that while Find My iPhone and Find My Mac can help you locate a misplaced Apple device, you should never, ever put yourself in danger to recover your gear. It's just not worth it.

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My favorite Apple Watch accessibility features

There are Accessibility features aplenty in Watch OS, but four in particular have become my favorites.

As part of my ongoing efforts to better use and understand Apple Watch, I've recently taken to looking at a few of Watch OS's Accessibility features in more detail. While my vision is good enough that I don't have to use every option, there are a handful that I often like to use because they're well done and are handy.

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