Texas BBQ and High Technology…

4:50 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Texas BBQ Technology Remote Thermometer

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week --  a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out. 

Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

2:55 PM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.

Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

10:10 AM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it. 

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

2:30 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mca

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, “If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?” This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive. 

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Watch Emoji

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

How to Use Apple’s Return Policy to Steal Money…and Get Caught

8:19 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Stop. Thief

Apple has a very generous return and repair policy on its devices. It turns out it's so generous it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to exploit it to make some illicit profit. Take the story of one Edward Hornsey, an enterprising young man of 24 years. He figured out how to make more than US$42,000, but he didn't figure out how to do it without getting caught.

Apple Watch Enters Presidential Politics

7:31 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Watch Enters Presidential Politics

Apple Watch is only a few weeks old, but it has already entered the world of presidential politics in the U.S. It's yet another sign of just how important Apple is becoming...to everyone.

iTunes Needs To Break Up… With Itself

5:20 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. 

Self-driving Cars Will Need a New Breed of Software

2:45 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

We've heard rumors that Apple is working on its own car. It's likely to be a standard electric car with, we think, a phenomenal battery. However, down the road, our attention will turn to self-driving cars, and one question to ask about autonomous cars is whether making them work very safely can be done to the satisfaction of the consumers. Can Apple take that leap as well?