Smile Lowers Subscription Pricing for TextExpander 6

6:17 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Smile Software

Smile announced Tuesday lower subscription prices for TextExpander 6, including the decision to extend half price subscriptions for those upgrading to a lifetime discount. The move comes in the wake of a fierce outcry from customers and pundits after announcing that TextExpander 6 would be subscription-only. Bryan Chaffin explains.

A Dynamic Duo of Inexpensive Timesaving Mac Utilities

12:45 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

moom move and zoom windows from your keyboard

Dr. Mac has always been obsessed with finding the fastest, easiest, or most elegant way of doing things. So many of his favorite Mac (and iOS) apps are simple, inexpensive utilities that help him do one thing better, faster, or more elegantly. He recently added a dynamic duo of such utilities to his Mac productivity arsenal and says today he wouldn’t want to use his Mac without them.

Technology is Enabling New Levels of Sexploitation

5:00 PM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Modern technology and sexploitation

Sexploitation. It's a word that we like to think is constrained to unsavory websites and isn't approved of in polite society. And yet. Just as with many other technology developments that can be misused, 3-D printing and robot technology have enabled the construction of, if you will, android sex dolls. There are few legal constraints on this, and we can probably expect see it escalate quite a bit before social forces learn how to deal with it. Buckle up.

Is Blue Light Really Bad for Sleep?

4:50 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

f.lux is like Night Shift for your Mac

Apple introduced iOS 9.3 with the new Night Shift feature a couple of weeks ago and Dr. Mac has been obsessed with finding evidence that blue light does or does not affect sleep patterns. SO read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #169 and discover the thrilling conclusion…  

Bernie Sanders Says Apple Isn’t Destroying Fabric of America

7:54 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple and the American Flag

Wait, Apple was brought up in the campaign for U.S. president? Must be Tuesday. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D) said specifically that Apple isn't one of those companies he's accused of "destroying the fabric of America," but he had two things he wished Apple would change. The first is that he wants Apple to make some of its products in the U.S. (spoiler, Apple already does), and the second is that he wants Apple to pay "[its] fare share of taxes" (spoiler, it does).

Apple Turns Environmental Eye on Retail with Move to Paper Bags

5:52 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

A Green Apple

Apple has turned its legendary attention to detail on its own retail stores this week with a move to paper bags for customers who request them. It's a small thing compared to having 93 percent of its global energy coming from green production, and Apple is hardly the first company to use paper bags, but it shows that Apple's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint are ongoing.

The iPhone Security Flaw That Apple Intentionally Creates

3:45 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's iPhone convenience features are risky

Apple includes certain convenience functions in iOS that make life better. Then, as a result, inventive users find workarounds that expose private information using special techniques. This is often labelled a "Security Flaw."  Of course, it's nothing of the sort.  But the bigger question is, what is Apple thinking?

Dillan’s Voice: iPad Helps Autistic Teen See His Words and Hold onto His Thoughts

6:56 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Dillan's Voice Screenshot

Apple published a very powerful video over the weekend called Dillan's Voice. It tells the story of Dillan, a non-verbal autistic teen whose iPad has helped him connect with the world. The 2 minute video is one of those powerful messages Apple excels at—and funny enough, it allows us to connect with Dillan in a way we might not have otherwise.

The Most Important Thing to Remember on Apple’s 40th Birthday

6:05 PM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Appel's 40th Birthday

Apple turned 40 years old today. Yep. 40. It was April 1st, 1976, when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne formed Apple Computer. This is the stuff of technology legend, and the story has been told, retold, and then told again. Bryan Chaffin says the best present you could give Apple is to forget about that past.

How Can Apple Possibly Compete with the Tesla Model 3?

4:15 PM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Tesla Model 3 vs. Apple

Yesterday's announcement by Tesla of its Model 3 has ignited the industry. The company has received more than 200,000 pre-orders in less than 24 hours. Looking forward, Tesla's goal is to sell 500,000 cars a year in 2020. Suddenly, Tesla has poured on the coals, and Apple's rumored goal of 2020 (perhaps 2019), suddenly looks lethargic. In one fell swoop, the pure electric car is poised to explode onto the scene. Can Apple ever catch up?