Editing Photos on Your Mac Without Breaking the Bank

3:45 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Adobe Photoshop CC, Acorn, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13, image editors

Listen up! If you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to master Photoshop CC, you’re not out of luck. I know of at least two less-expensive yet full-featured Mac applications that do much of what Photoshop CC can do but cost significantly less...

I Know Apple. And You, Xiaomi, Are No Apple

7:20 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Original Copy

You may have heard of Xiaomi, a company many are calling the new Apple.  They're also calling the Xiaomi Mi Note an iPhone killer. Well, I know Apple. And Xiaomi is no Apple.

Mac Experts Weigh In: OS X Quality is Declining

4:45 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

More and more Mac experts are weighing in on the idea that OS X quality has declined and has become noticeable and annoying in Yosemite. This is a new, uncomfortable feeling that Macintosh customers are unaccustomed to. That OS X no longer "just works" is an emerging meme.

Key Smarthome Vendors Hint at Upcoming Official Apple HomeKit Launch [Update]

2:11 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

HomeKit

Some key vendors in the smarthome space have suggested Apple is planning an official HomeKit launch, and sooner rather than later. Apple announced HomeKit as part of iOS 8 back at WWDC, and hasn't said anything since. That might be about to change. [Update: This article was updated with new comments from Philips. - Kelly]

Can Tony Fadell Save Google Glass? Probably Not

6:23 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Father iPod and Google Glass

Good Ol' Google Glass is "graduating" from an experimental project at Google[x] Labs, according to a blog post from the Glass team. Though that team didn't directly announce it, reports say that the product is being taken over by Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the creator of Apple's iPod. Can he save it? Bryan Chaffin doesn't think so.

British PM Promises to Outlaw Encrypted Private Messages

7:04 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

iSpy

British Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrated both a commitment to enabling terrorists to erode civil liberties and a dangerous ignorance of technology. In a speech geared towards elections in May, Mr. Cameron promised to outlaw messaging services that encrypt messages unless they give his government a back door.

The Two Big Tech Hits of 2015 Will be UHDTV and Apple Watch

4:55 PM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The two big hits of 2015

The two biggest tech things in 2015 will be UHD/4K TV and the Apple Watch. The TV industry is working hard to make sure it doesn't have another "3D" debacle, and Apple will use its enormous resources to make sure the Apple Watch is successful as the best and most famous wearable, propelled by Apple Pay. This week's Particle Debris looks at both.