Category Archives: Technology

Album covers as seen through a shower door

When you play music from your iTunes library, the Remote app on the Apple Watch shows the album cover behind the controls. However, a translucency effect renders the cover an unrecognizable blur. I applaud Apple’s attempt to give the user some additional visual … Continue reading

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“It‘s a goddamn piece of hardware”

“This isn’t a vision quest or zen retreat. It’s a goddamn piece of hardware.” So said a friend of mine as he expressed his frustration with using his new Apple Watch. And he was right. It is just a piece of hardware. … Continue reading

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A Matter of Time

When I placed my pre-order for the Apple Watch, this is what I first saw: It continued to show the delivery date range of 4/24-5/8, even after the initial date of 4/24 had passed. That was somewhat distressing because it … Continue reading

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Apple Watch—First Impressions

My Apple Watch, a 42mm Space Gray Sport, is still in the Apple Store’s “processing” phase and hasn’t yet been shipped, but because everyone else is already posting their first impressions, I would be disappointing my massive fanbase if I … Continue reading

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I don’t need those stinkin’ badges!

I’m delighted that Apple’s iBooks app can display an update badge  to alert you when a book that you have purchased from the iBooks Store has been updated. It would be more delightful if the alert mechanism worked. For example, here is … Continue reading

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Bad Hovercraft

You see this thingie up there ↑ ? That’s the Apple Mail interface that appears when you hover over a message header in Mail’s messages pane so you can reply to the message, forward it, or delete it. Except that the thingie doesn’t … Continue reading

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Mmmm…mystery meat!

A day or so ago, Apple updated its iWork Web apps (just as I was finishing Take Control of Pages—thanks !!). One of the new features in the updated Pages for iCloud app that Apple touts is the ability to … Continue reading

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A Yosemite Success Story

A few months back my agéd mother said, “I need a new computer.” This is what she always says when her iMac misbehaves in some small fashion, but in this case it was misbehaving in a big way. Like many … Continue reading

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Smooth Ride

The other day, I went to breakfast with a friend. On the drive back, I shot a short video from the side window of his Porsche 911 to try out my iPhone 6 Plus camera’s auto-stabilization feature. While the car … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Way to Carry an iPhone 6 Plus

A link to this was included in a Mac Observer piece titled “9 Alternative Ways to Carry Your iPhone 6 Plus Other Than Your Pockets”, which just confirms the Macalope’s assertion that “web journalism is a gigantic link machine seemingly … Continue reading

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