Amazon PrimeNow Offers One Hour Delivery, Here’s How it Works

5:00 PM, May. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Amazon PrimeNow

Amazon has instituted a new service called PrimeNow that is available in some parts of the country. Austin, Texas being one of them. PrimeNow allows you to order products for delivery within the hour or in selected time slots. It was a bit rough setting it up, but the results were surprisingly good.

Scratching the Surface: Sapphire vs Glass Apple Watch

3:45 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

It's a tough decision. Pay more for an Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal. Or settle for Ion-X glass and hope it won't get too badly damaged over the next year. The fact is, people's wrists end up in the oddest places and can get banged about. Consumer Reports does the science and scratches the surface of this quandary.

How Smart is a Smarthome That Has to Phone Home?

2:10 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Smart home/Internet of Things devices sound great, and they are. But what happens if something goes wrong and it's outside of your control? Are you worse off than you were before your house got "smart"? Kelly had an incident this week that got her thinking about it.

Russian Politician Wants Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Investigated as Gay Propaganda

8:17 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Songs of Innocence Cover

Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album—The Age of Innocence—giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.

Apple’s Approach to Advanced TV Shifts Gears - Again

5:20 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple has gone through several stages in its approach to advancing the state of the art in TV viewing. The latest one is leveraging the quickly splintering industry as content providers seek, more and more,  to work directly with customers.

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

5:30 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

The Mac was eclipsed long ago by iPhone and iPad, but that didn't mean it stopped growing. Today's Mac is bigger than its ever been, a testament to the computer once billed as "for the rest of us." Bryan Chaffin explores the fall and rise of the venerable Mac.

Mac Window Management Made Easier

3:50 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Manage windows with Hocus Focus, Optimal Layout, and Spectacle

Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...  

Tim Cook on Poor iPad Sales: ‘It is what it is’

7:15 PM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

During Apple's 2015 Q2 Financial Report, Tim Cook glossed over the poor state of iPad Sales with some interesting remarks. He doesn't appear to be very concerned about negative sales growth and remarked, "It is what it is."