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iOS 8 Features You May Have Missed

My favorite iOS 8 features, big and small | A few good ones, but most I knew about. One of the previously unknown: One of my favorite minor details of iOS 8 is that whenever you touch the brightness slider in Control Center, the "real" screen behind it is temporarily restored to normal brightness, […]

Monument To Apple's Jobs Removed In Russia After CEO Comes Out Russian media reports say a big mock iPhone meant as a monument to the late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been taken down in St. Petersburg after his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay. The monument, with an interactive screen displaying […]

Since installing Yosemite, my "Share" menu has failed to show many of the built-in sharing possibilities, including some of the Apple-supplied ones. These items would also not appear in the System Preferences ("Extensions" -> "Share Menu"). I've fixed it several times (steps below), and am adding it here so I can find it more easily. […]

1Password Keyboard Shortcuts

1Password for Mac Tips: meet 1Password mini and its not-so-mini list of shortcuts Cmd-O is nice.

Save Documents Locally by Default

Saving locally by default: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false Reason for this: Yosemite Uploads Unsaved Documents and Recent Addresses to iCloud

MapsConnect from Apple Cool.

My Next Desktop May be an iMac

Assuming I can find the storage space I need1, it's being reviewed quite favorably. Full review here. I have four 3-TB drives on my Mac Pro. Only two contain original content. One is the Time Machine backup, and the other is a cloned nightly bootable backup drive. At any rate, a simple Thunderbolt multi-drive dock […]

CVS, Apple Pay, and CurrentC

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay So… Retailers are banding together to: Keep more money for themselves Limit choices for consumers (you can still pay with your VISA, at no extra cost to the retailer, but you can't do it by waving your phone in front of a machine?) Directly withdraw […]

Yosemite’s Look and Feel

Thoughts on Yosemite's Look and Feel In the meantime, though, I find Yosemite lacking in polish, full of awkward decisions and unresolved tensions. Safari, in particular, seems to have trouble balancing theory—the idea that the same software on iOS and OS X should share a structurally similar user interface—with execution—its symmetrical arrangement of interface elements […]

SMS Forwarding Rocks

Worth the price1 of Yosemite alone. Seriously. Even if it was still $29 [↩]

Apple Pay Available… Kinda

None of my four credit cards (three are debit, one of which is PayPal) support it yet. Bah. Get on the ball, PNC. Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what's behind the secure payment system

OS X Yosemite Annoyances

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review Safari Tabs - I preferred the old way. This "scrolling" view is stupid. Safari Page Titles - Who needs 'em? Oh wait, I do. A tab is simply too small a space for important information like the name of the page (or an image's dimensions, etc.). iTunes […]

OS X and iOS Software Rushed, Buggy

Many, many Apple folks seem to believe Apple should slow down and fully bake their OS X and iOS software released before releasing them to the world. I concur. Apple's Software Quality Decline There are a few counter-arguments in the comments, including: Software development is a process, not a product. Perfection is impossible. Why? Because […]

Family Sharing in iOS 8

Thinking about switching to iOS 8's new Family Sharing? Here's what you need to know I didn't read that, but I did add Family Sharing to our accounts. The bummer? My kiddo has $50+ in credits. Purchases will have to be made under her "account" in order to use that $50. So, anything that we […]

iOS 8's Health App I really like that iOS 8 can supply first responders with an "Emergency ID" card with your blood type, emergency contacts, allergies, etc. I suggest everyone fill this information out right now. If you don't do it now, you'll probably forget.