iBank 5: Dr Mac Can Finally Say Goodbye to Quicken

3:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iBank 5 = no more Quicken! YEA!

I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.

Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

1:50 PM, Nov. 15th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Siri

Using Siri in iOS 8 gives users lots of choices to maximize their time - as long as you know your options. Nancy Carroll Gravley gives five more tips in this column.

The Impact of Apple Pay is Greater Than We Could Have Imagined

5:30 PM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects.  Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.

iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

4:23 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iMac with Retina 5K Display

When I first heard about Apple’s 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!

Firefox Continues its Privacy Crusade, Adds Forget Button

3:45 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Firefox 33.1 Forget Button

Mozilla's Firefox browser has been on a very explicit crusade for user privacy for a long time. On November 10th, Mozilla punctuated that commitment by releasing Firefox 33.1 with, notably, a privacy tour and a Forget Button.  John Martellaro, a big fan of Firefox, explains how he feels about it.

Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, GOP Attacks Plan as ‘Obamacare for Internet’

5:20 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Net Neutrality?

President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."

The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important About Apple’s Future

5:00 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.

CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet about It

6:00 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

CBSN

CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.

You May Not Need An iPad Air 2, But You’re Gonna Want One

12:12 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

You May Not Need An iPad Air 2 But You’re Gonna Want One…

Having spent some quality time with an iPad Air 2 lately I realize just how much I prefer it over my 4th generation iPad. Of course it’s thinner, lighter, and faster the first iPad Air, but it’s so much lighter, thinner, and faster than my 4th generation iPad that I’ll never be happy holding my 4th gen iPad again. As far as I’m concerned, it turned into fat, sluggish beast overnight.

Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8

10:30 AM, Nov. 1st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Siri

In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.