Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.

Thanks Apple, Now I have iPad Pro Envy

8:59 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The smaller iPad Pro is like mine, but also kind of better

I already have an iPad Pro, but today Apple gave me a serious case of iPad envy when it introduced the... well... iPad Pro. The new model sports a 9.7-inch display, just like the iPad Air, but otherwise packs in the same features as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with a few nice improvements. And I want it. Or, at least I want the new model's features in my bigger-screen iPad Pro.

Apple’s New 9.7-inch iPad Pro Should Breathe New Life Into the Product Line

4:00 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The new iPad thinking,

At Apple's March 21st Event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It includes an innovative "True Tone Display," four speakers with better volume, a smart keyboard, a great 12 MP camera. wired Ethernet capability and support for the Apple Pencil. Apple is methodically altering the user proposition of the iPad away from the legacy iPad as we knew it into a solid productivity tool.

Apple’s March 21 Event Will Have a Surprise Announcement

4:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

March 21 Apple Event surprise

For several weeks now, most every Apple observer has written the same thing about Apple's March 21 event: A new 4-inch iPhone and a new 9.7-inch iPad. No new Apple Watch 2. But if that's all we get (and don't get), the event is going to be fairly boring. What might Apple have up its sleeve? John Martellaro thinks he knows.

What Happens If Key Apple Engineers Refuse to Write GovtOS?

10:00 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Coder Protest

Picture this hypothetical scenario: Apple ultimately loses its legal fight against the FBI's demand that it create a new operating system that bypasses iOS security—an OS Apple has dubbed GovtOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook already pointed out Apple will obey the law, but what would happen if key Apple engineers refused to do the work, perhaps going so far as quitting their jobs at Apple?

Microsoft OneDrive Drives Me Nuts

2:57 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Microsoft OneDrive

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has had it up to here with Microsoft OneDrive's poor Mac support after encountering a problem that simply shouldn't be a problem with a Mac app.

6 Powerful Quotes from Apple’s Newest Court Filing

6:44 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Powerful Words

Apple filed a major response in its ongoing legal fight with the FBI Tuesday. Overall the filing offers powerful arguments for why Apple can not be forced to weaken iOS encryption to allow the FBI to brute force attack the iPhone of a dead terrorist, but there were six passages that I found particularly powerful.

A Usable Stand-Up Desk for $25? Yes!

12:30 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Oristand cardboard stand-up desk for $25

There’s no shortage of controversy in the debate over whether sitting or standing at your desk is healthier. But if you'd like to try standing and would prefer not to spend $500 or more on a stand-up/sit-down desk, Dr. Mac found a cool new standing desk fabricated out of industrial cardboard that sets up in seconds and costs only $25! 

Apple vs FBI: Does the Government Have the Authority to Grant Itself Absolute Power?

3:40 PM, Mar. 15th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The current legal conflict between Apple and the FBI has proponents on each side. The issue seems almost impossible to resolve. However, John Martellaro has been pondering the larger problem and casts the current arguments in a broader perspective. The real question is not fighting terrorism; rather it's an issue of how much authority a modern American government has to grant itself absolute power.