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Tuesday June 27, 2017. 09:00 AM
Just days after Apple released the second developer beta of iOS 11, it was time for the public to get involved. It’s part of Apple’s Public Beta program, where brave customers have their chance to try out beta operating systems. In the past, all the action revolved around...
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Monday June 26, 2017. 09:00 AM
Let’s talk of perceptions first. The Amazon Echo is considered to be a highly successful product, although, last I heard, only 12 million have been sold since 2014. The Amazon Kindle tablets have also been regarded as successful, although they have had better years, where...
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Friday June 23, 2017. 09:00 AM
Apple has made huge progress in using its own silicon to power its mobile gear. The A-series processors, based on ARM silicon, are capable of performance that rivals traditional notebook personal computers with Intel Inside. Recent benchmarks of the 2017 iPad Pro reveal...
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Thursday June 22, 2017. 09:00 AM
So eight years ago, Macworld columnist Rob Griffiths decided to take a stab at building an unofficial Mac clone. With Apple’s switch to Intel processors in 2006, it seemed logical that you could do such a thing, take generic PC parts and somehow induce them to run Apple’s...
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Wednesday June 21, 2017. 09:00 AM
When Steve Jobs demonstrated the first iPhone at a Macworld Expo on January 9, 2007, I was only half listening. To me, a cell phone was all about making phone calls. Their web browsers and email tools were clunky, clumsy, and how can you type quickly on a telephone keypad?...
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Tuesday June 20, 2017. 09:00 AM
So Consumer Reports has finally issued its verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Both score 82 on the current ratings scale, placing them at the top of the heap. Plenty of praise was heaped on the phone, except for its lack of a removable battery, a...
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Monday June 19, 2017. 09:00 AM
Over the past few months, I’ve written chapter and verse about why I do not use an iPad very much. In contrast, my wife, Barbara, sticks to hers like glue. She is never far from it, and often has it in her hands when she’s walking around the house doing various chores. Or...
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Friday June 16, 2017. 09:00 AM
Apple spent a surprising amount of time talking about Macs at last week’s WWDC. No, not just macOS High Sierra, but in introducing new hardware, and talking about forthcoming products. While Apple normally doesn’t say much about future gear, this time they couldn’t stop...
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Thursday June 15, 2017. 09:00 AM
I’m often amazed how polarizing the issue of Apple’s pricing policies can become. The conventional wisdom is usually that anything with an Apple label on it is overpriced. It has to be, considering the company takes huge profits from sales. So where are the cheap iPhones, iPa...
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Wednesday June 14, 2017. 09:00 AM
A key reason why the pace of Mac hardware updates has slowed in recent years can be placed in the hands of Intel. As they fell behind releasing new silicon, Apple was left without the parts they needed to do proper refreshes. True, Apple did allow the Mac to languish way...
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Tuesday June 13, 2017. 09:00 AM
I’ve written from time to time about the difficulties in making money from online ads, and it only gets worse. When banners didn’t do the job, they became animated. When animated banners didn’t do the job, they became full-blown multimedia presentations. But in the endless...
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Monday June 12, 2017. 09:00 AM
When Apple began to make a few alterations to the macOS to adopt features from iOS, you can bet that some Mac users howled. So being able to switch the direction of scrolling to the “natural” direction used on iPhones and iPads, and other minor interface alterations,...
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Friday June 9, 2017. 09:00 AM
Apple’s OS schedule this year is pretty much the same as last year’s. Developers have already received real early beta versions of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. A few weeks later, regular Apple customers should be able to share in the joy; well, except...
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Thursday June 8, 2017. 09:00 AM
Let’s not forget that Apple Inc. used to be known as Apple Computer Inc. But in 2007, with the launch of the iPhone, the word “Computer” vanished. What changed? It’s not that Apple suddenly stopped making Macs, or didn’t built other products over the years. Don’t forget that...
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Wednesday June 7, 2017. 09:00 AM
You may not remember this, but Siri debuted on the iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011, the day before Steve Jobs died. While it became a sort of cultural icon right away, it wasn’t necessarily all that accurate. All right, Siri would certainly pay attention to actor Samuel L....
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Tuesday June 6, 2017. 09:00 AM
You can essentially sum up the WWDC keynote as many of 2017’s predictions about Macs, the iPad, and operating systems being realized in one place. My own humble predictions were actually more conservative than I expected. So let’s begin: Some time back, in wishing and hoping...
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Monday June 5, 2017. 09:00 AM
The introduction of the original Apple LaserWriter, with the Adobe PostScript page description language, went a long way towards making the Mac a credible personal computer. It wasn’t just about having a pretty point-and-click interface. It was about having a genuine tool...
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Friday June 2, 2017. 09:00 AM
Within days, the wraps will be lifted from the next version of macOS at the WWDC. After little or nothing appeared on the Apple rumor sites, the chatter has increased some in recent days. I’ll avoid most of the suggestions of possible new features, since it’s so close to the...
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Thursday June 1, 2017. 09:00 AM
There’s one thing that’s certain about Apple, and that is the penchant for attacking someone else’s product before their own solution appears. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s still a potential clue that something is afoot. Take the comments in October 2004, at a quarterly...
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Wednesday May 31, 2017. 09:00 AM
So let’s recap: In a meeting with a handful of tech journalists in early April at Apple headquarters, a new version of the Mac Pro was promised. But it won’t arrive this year, and the speculation as to when assumes it’s 2018. All we know is that it will be “modular,” which...
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