I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

5:10 PM, Dec. 31st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

system info software showing safe boot

A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick.  

How Kids Can Learn to Code on an iPad, Part I

6:10 PM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Kids, iPads and Programming

The dominant computing device of the last 30 years was the PC (or Mac). Almost every family had one, and any kid who wanted to learn to code could do so. Starting in about 2010, there was a distinct shift to mobility, smartphones and iPads. The very design of these devices weighed against software languages and learning to code. There are signs this is harming our youngest.  However, help is on the way.

It’s Time for Apple to Convert Dollars to Leadership

4:30 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple, dollars & leadership

Apple has been enormously successful in developing products that solve customer problems by elegantly merging its software to amazing hardware. And so, in 2016, it'll be about time for Apple to start converting all that revenue and cash on hand into some serious, visible leadership roles, not just me too products, incrementally upgraded.

You May Be Buying a New 5th Gen Apple TV Sooner Than You Planned

4:45 PM, Dec. 18th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Next Apple TV

The 4K UHD TV industry is a mess right now. Consumers are faced with treacherous technical decisions. Amidst the chaos, Apple is trying to improve and simplify the TV watching experience. Because the TV technology is changing so fast, it may be necessary to buy a new Apple TV every year, from now on, just to keep up.  Don't blame Apple for this.

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

Samsung Files Appeal on Apple Patent Case with U.S. Supreme Court

8:49 PM, Dec. 14th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Samsung Copier

Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.

Apple’s Grand Unified Theory of Products Has a Beautiful Explanation

3:30 PM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's Grand Unified Product Line

Apple's product line has greatly expanded in the last five years to be, as one might say, grand. In fact, the explanation for Apple's Grand Unified Theory of Products has now been analyzed with the clarity of a physics presentation and in a way that's not been approached before. John Martellaro explores a remarkable analysis article that sheds great light in how Apple executives view their present and future products.