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NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

I'm an unabashed fan of mechanical keyboards, so you might assume that I don't like the new tech in the MacBook, but you'd be wrong. I love it. I want to see it everywhere, especially on the desktop. I'm smitten with two parts of the new MacBook: The keyboard and the new trackpad. I'd love to...
The part of the Apple TV experience that really sucks

The part of the Apple TV experience that really sucks

The Apple TV channel authorization experience is horrible, and it's all the content providers' fault. Setting up an Apple TV for basic streaming and iTunes access is ridiculously easy: Plug it in, turn it on, then hold your iPhone or iPad to the top of the Apple TV. The Apple TV copies Wi-Fi and...
NSFW: Why Mark Zuckerberg needs to shut up about Apple

NSFW: Why Mark Zuckerberg needs to shut up about Apple

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome. Mark Zuckerberg apparently thinks...
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Saying no to 1,000 things

Saying no to 1,000 things

Can we please focus on Apple's actual strengths and weaknesses, instead of what the company might theoretically, possibly, one day do? The big news earlier this week was that Apple had reportedly punted its plans to make a television set. The report suggested that the company had worked on it...
NSFW: Microsoft doesn't suck, and you don't have to hate it

NSFW: Microsoft doesn't suck, and you don't have to hate it

Microsoft's stumbles with Windows in recent years has created millions of new Mac users. But that doesn't mean you should turn your back on Microsoft. About half the people I sell Macs to in my weekend job at an Apple retailer are new to the Mac platform: They're PC users looking to make the...
NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

A new Mac app shot to the top of the App Store charts by selling fewer than 100 copies. What does that say about the state of the Mac App Store? Sam Soffes recently released Redacted, a $4.99 Mac app that makes it easy for you to pixelate, blur, or add black bars to images. If you already have...
NSFW: Learning and unlearning, Taptic panic

NSFW: Learning and unlearning, Taptic panic

Something interesting happened to me this past year: My Mac ceased to have any use for me as a document scanner. The iPhone took it over. Now, in fairness, I don't do any really high-resolution scanning. For me scanning is pure utility: Needing to legibly digitize real-world documents. But it's...
NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

I'm an unabashed fan of mechanical keyboards, so you might assume that I don't like the new tech in the MacBook, but you'd be wrong. I love it. I want to see it everywhere, especially on the desktop. I'm smitten with two parts of the new MacBook: The keyboard and the new trackpad. I'd love to...
NSFW: Putting things in perspective

NSFW: Putting things in perspective

We're only a few hours into Apple Watch pre-order day, and already I want to put my fist through a wall. New Apple product releases have become a sadly predictable affair in watching people desperately trying to get their place in line, only to be disappointed when things don't go their way. I'm...
NSFW: For the love of old things

NSFW: For the love of old things

I like to surround myself with old Apple gear. There's something to be said for having a sense of history. I like to surround myself with older computer parts. The keyboard I'm writing these words on was manufactured 20 years ago. My last mouse lasted me nigh on a decade. When I have a few free...
The part of the Apple TV experience that really sucks

The part of the Apple TV experience that really sucks

The Apple TV channel authorization experience is horrible, and it's all the content providers' fault. Setting up an Apple TV for basic streaming and iTunes access is ridiculously easy: Plug it in, turn it on, then hold your iPhone or iPad to the top of the Apple TV. The Apple TV copies Wi-Fi and...
NSFW: 'Power Users' need to shut up

NSFW: 'Power Users' need to shut up

I've had quite enough of "power users" who think they're too good for the new MacBook. I've been using a Mac for 30 years. I got my first one in 1985. I sell Macs on the weekends and write about them during the weekdays. I am, by any definition, a "power user." Yet I detest that term, and I...
NSFW: Don't throw out the Aperture baby with the bathwater

NSFW: Don't throw out the Aperture baby with the bathwater

Just because Apple's pulling Aperture from the Mac App Store doesn't mean you have to pull it from your workflow. Apple sent out an email to Aperture owners this week reminding them that as soon as Photos for OS X goes into general distribution, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase...

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