May 29


Google Photos

My relationship with Apple’s hardware is simple: I’m happily locked in, and not changing platforms any time soon. But my relationship with Apple’s software is complex: I want to love it, but every time Apple decides to “throw everything away” and “start over” with an app, it’s disruptive — and for many users, unnecessary. From my perspective, users weren’t complaining that Apple’s popular photo apps iPhoto or Aperture were hopelessly broken or even deficient in major ways, yet Apple discontinued both of them last month to release Photos, a bare-bones alternative no one seems to love. On the relationship scale, I didn’t abandon Aperture; Aperture abandoned me (and a lot of other people).

So yesterday’s announcement of the free cross-platform photo and video storage app Google Photos couldn’t have come at a better time. Apple has struggled to explain why it now offers two separate photo syncing services, neither with the virtually unlimited photo and video storage Google is now giving users — notably all users, including Mac and iOS users. Moreover, Apple has offered no sign that it’s going to drop the steep fees it’s charging for iCloud photo storage. With WWDC just around the corner, Apple has a big opportunity to match Google’s photo and video initiative, thrilling its customers in the process. If that doesn’t happen, I’m moving my collection into Google Photos, and not looking back…

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May 12

When Apple was designing the Mac app iDVD, then-CEO Steve Jobs directed his development team to build a dead-simple DVD-burning application: instead of a mess of options and windows, Jobs wanted one window with one button marked “Burn,” which would be pressed once the desired video file was dragged-and-dropped into the window. Years later, when Jobs wanted Apple’s iOS devices to be even simpler, he dumped the Mac’s windows and drag-and-drop file system in favor of a grid of icons. There wasn’t even a trash can to worry about — instead, iOS would automatically discard unused files as needed.

While that’s great in theory, the reality is that iOS actually leaves bits of trash sitting around on your device, and there’s no easy way to clean everything up at once. iTunes aggregates various types of lingering files as “Other,” but doesn’t have a trash can, nor does it provide direct access to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch file system so you can purge trash on your own. Consequently, your device may be holding a large collection of junk that could be dumped to free up gigabytes of space.

Below, I’ll show you how to clean your iOS device for free using two apps, one of which you definitely already have installed…

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May 7

I’ve focused a lot over the last few months on helping readers to speed up and optimize Apple’s Macs — everything from adding RAM to recovering hard drive space and upgrading old hard drives to faster SSDs. Today’s How-To is focused on something very specific but with a lot of optimization potential: trimming down your Mac’s photo library.

Particularly after installing OS X 10.10.3 with Apple’s new Photos app, you might be surprised to learn that you’ve lost a lot of hard drive space, and that there are suddenly tons of duplicate photos on your Mac. After installing OS X 10.10.3, the new Photos app converted my 90GB Aperture library into a 126GB Photos library, and left both on my hard drive. That’s an incredible amount of wasted space attributable to duplicates, so it’s no surprise that a $1 utility called Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro has recently become the #1 paid Mac App Store app, while a superior alternative called PhotoSweeper ($10) is in the top 50. I’ve used both apps, as well as many others, and can help you choose the one that’s best for your needs…

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April 30

“My Mac used to be fast, but now it’s running so slow.” I’ve heard many versions of this complaint, and they’re always factually true, not just opinions: Macs do become sluggish over time, even if all of their chips and hard drives are working like new.

I’ve devoted several columns to hardware solutions — replacing old hard drives with fast new SSDs, adding more RAM, and increasing storage capacity using an external drive — but there are software solutions, too. Even die-hard Apple fans will admit that Macs typically run new OS X versions better (faster, and with fewer bugs) if you start with a clean slate: completely wipe your hard drive, do a fresh install of the latest OS X release, and restore only the files you need. That’s not as hard as it sounds, but it’s a radical and fairly time-consuming solution.

This How-To article offers a simpler alternative. First, find and delete enough files to leave your Mac at least 50GB of free storage capacity — enough room for the Mac to work without pausing to manage its hard drive space. Next, cleanse the cruft OS X builds up in the background as you use your computer. Below, I’ll show you how two completely free Mac programs, GrandPerspective and OnyX, will do all the heavy lifting for you. GrandPerspective offers a highly visual display of what’s taking up space on your Mac; Onyx cleans up the Mac files you’d be afraid to touch yourself…

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April 29

The developers behind Pixelmator have just released another free update to the Mac app, available in the Mac App Store ($29.99). Despite the bug-fix identifier, Version 3.3.2 packs some cool enhancements to support Apple’s latest technologies and hardware.

For one, as demoed in the screenshot above, Pixelmator brushes now support Force Touch so you can draw with multiple levels of pressure by pressing harder on the touchpad of your new Retina MacBook (or early 2015 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro). This is useful for quick adjustments although serious painters will still want to use dedicated drawing tablets. The update also adds support for the Photos app and a revamped Repair Tool …

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April 14


Apple has reportedly bought Israel-based camera technology firm LinX Computational Imaging Ltd, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the report, the acquisition may have been for an estimated $20 million.

LinX specializes in producing “miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices.” Apple’s motivation for purchasing the firm would clearly be to improve the camera technology on mobile devices including the iPhone. expand full story


April 9

April 8

Apple has just released OS X 10.10.3 to the general public. The upgrade to the operating system, which has been in beta since March, includes the all-new Photos app that was introduced alongside Yosemite last year. It also includes over 300 new emoji, including multiple races and designs for some icons, a revamped “look up” panel, networking and wireless improvements, and more.

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An Associated Press review of the new Photos app for the Mac suggests that OS X 10.10.3 will be available for general download later today. The first pre-release seed of the latest version of Yosemite was made available to developers and testers back in February, with the first public beta following at the beginning of March.

Apple’s new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures.

AP’s Anick Jesdanun was impressed with Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, saying that the auto-fix features were particularly impressive …  expand full story


April 5

Photos preview at WWDC 2014

Apple announced Photos last year during the WWDC. The Photos app along with iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all of your photos in the cloud with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, provided you upgrade your iCloud storage space to accommodate your iCloud Photo Library. Photos will end up replacing Aperture and iPhoto. You can upload your pictures to iCloud Photo Library via Currently this feature is in a public beta and this how-to article will discuss how to get a head start and upload your pictures to iCloud Photo Library before Photos becomes available for the Mac to the public.

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March 24

Ten One Design has released an updated version of its drawing plug-in, Inklet, adding pressure-sensitive drawing on the new Force Touch trackpad in all Mac drawing apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Illustrator. The new trackpad was introduced by Apple on the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

This means MacBook owners with the new trackpad will enjoy enhanced, highly-accurate pressure sensitivity when drawing on the trackpad whether drawing with a stylus or with a finger.

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March 23

Apple has released an updated build of the OS X 10.10.3 beta for both developers and public beta testers. The latest build is the same for both: 14D113C. Developers, however, also have access to Yosemite Recovery Update 3.0. OS X 10.10.3 includes the brand new Photos app which replaces both iPhoto and Aperture with support for iCloud Photo Libraries and an overhauled design. The first public beta for OS X 10.10.3 launched earlier this month, while registered developers have been testing the update due out this spring since early last month. expand full story

March 18

Apple’s iPhones became Flickr’s most popular camera phones in 2008 and most popular cameras overall soon thereafter, but even now, iPhones constitute only 9.6% of the photo-sharing site’s userbase. Despite the iPhone’s undeniable popularity, over 90% of photographers are using other cameras: Canon has a 13.4% share, Nikon 9.3%, Samsung 5.6%, and Sony 4.2%, with tons of other brands following close behind. While the cameras in phones continue to improve every year, they’re not the best tools for photography — they’re just the ones most people carry with them all the time.

If you shoot photos with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera, you probably aren’t sending images directly to the Internet from the camera itself. You probably come back home, transfer your photos to your computer, then edit and share them with Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom or one of Apple’s three photo management apps — iPhoto, Aperture, or the beta version of Photos.

For around $30, your iPhone or iPad can change the way you shoot, edit, and share photos. Using the right accessories and apps, you can easily publish DSLR-quality photos a minute after snapping them. I’ve been doing this for years, and it works incredibly well; today, it’s actually better than at any time in the past, thanks to recent iPhone and iPad hardware improvements. This new How-To guide will walk you through everything you’ll need to know to use your iPhone or iPad as a photo editing and sharing station, looking at photo transferring accessories, editing software, and sharing options…

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February 19

February 6

Apple yesterday released a preview of its upcoming all-new Photos app for Mac, which replaces iPhoto and Aperture with a simpler all-in-one photo editor and library manager. Most of the discussion of Photos focused on the huge number of changes from iPhoto and Aperture, burying one very important detail: Apple is changing the way it handles cloud-based photo storage.

Before Photos, Apple offered free storage of photos with limitations in a feature called Photo Stream, which didn’t count against iCloud storage. But the new Photos app uses Apple’s beta iCloud Photo Library feature, which was recently added in iOS 8.1. iCloud Photo Library promises to let you synchronize your entire photo collection including edits and albums across all of your devices… but you have to share your iCloud storage with photos, and album syncing and edits don’t apply to the free 1,000 – 25,000 image storage of Photo Stream.

As most long-time iOS users know, the free 5GB of iCloud storage Apple offers is often not enough to store much more than a single device backup, and for many that will mean no spare room for a photo collection. Consequently, Apple is suggesting that users should buy additional iCloud storage, paying monthly fees to store and sync their photos. As the Photos app is rolling out, Apple is allowing users to stick with the old Photo Stream feature and continue using the new Photos app without turning on the iCloud Photo Library. But it remains to be seen if that will be an option long-term once Photos is released publicly and how users will respond when they find out their free 5GB iCloud storage isn’t cutting it for their photo collection…

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February 5

Apple is rolling out the first pre-release seed of OS X 10.10.3 to testers and developers today including the all-new Photos app with support for iCloud Photo Library beta. Previously, iCloud Photo Library was only available for desktop users through using a web app. The new Photos app replaces iPhoto while Aperture is also no longer being developed. Apple first announced the new Photos app at WWDC 2014 and later added that development would no longer continue on either iPhoto or Aperture. Adobe released a tool last fall to help Aperture users migrate photos to their pro app Lightroom. expand full story


The newly launched iphone 6 has been a long awaited and one of the most desired phones of the year. The new iPhone 6 is turning up as a device to get in love with. When it comes to a new launch, Apple has again surprised people with goose bumps and successfully turned the tables. The new iPhone 6 is the topic where mesmerizing experience starts from the very first look to all the way to its performance. iPhone 6 has become the most searched gadget on Google 2014. It won’t be wrong to say that people went insane for owning the iPhone 6. The waiting in long queues in front of the stores after months of pre-ordering, is justified by the arrival of whole new experience. The iPhone 5 and 5s users are wondering the worth to upgrade to the new iPhone 6. When it comes to new features integration, Apple shows up very well with a pretty impressive work on the long enough list.


 Display –The first look of the iPhone 6 says all about “The Change”. Apple has now finally movedfrom its small screen customs to bigger screen phones. The screen size of iPhone 6 is stretched from 4 inch to 4.7 inch. Now the resolution of iPhone is 1334*760 pxwith 326 PPI density. Where as the iPhone 5s has resolution of 1136*640 px with a much small screen of 4inch.

iPhone 5s is slim with 7.6mm but the Apple has pretty well managed to make the new iPhone 6 much slimmer to 6.9mm. The placement of physical buttons are also re-positioned (lock button) from top to right side; and the edges are also curved.

Reachability – iPhone 5s hasaddicted userswith the comfortably operable iPhone 5s average sized screenbut a thing to be thought will be for accomplishing the same comfort after migrating the user to the BIG screen phone.With increasing the screen size, Apple has made a remarkable move with integrating a new feature for single-handed use. Reachability is a new astonishing aspect to empower the users of the iPhone 6. Users just need to double tap on home button, and with a blink of an eye the whole screen is shifted downwards for easy access to the options that were showing at the top of the screen. Despite of the 4.7-inch screen of iPhone 6, the glamorous feature has made the access and use very smooth and reachable. That is one wonderful thing to be thought of and Apple has done justice with it.

NFC –Apple pay is here. Although previous versions including iPhone 5s did not had any NFC (Near Field Communication) but it was always on the radar of Apple. Apple has now embedded the NFC chip iniPhone 6 for the users to pay without taking out their wallet and getting the card swiped. The whole process can now be done by just putting the phone in front of the device and then pay by touch ID only. Users have to just enter the credentials of the card and complete the process of using the phone to pay only once. The details of the credit card and credentials are not anywhere saved on the database of Apple, which is a fabulous thing. The security has been the one of the major concerns these days which is made sure to be taken care of in iPhone 6. But the chip is closed for the third party developers since now. According to the resources, Apple is looking forward to expand the use of NFC for public transit tickets, building security and on some other different commercial levels.

Camera – Not a big change has been noticed in the front side and the rare side camera as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 both have 8 mega-pixels. Apple has though made some changes and tweaks in iPhone 6. Now the iPhone 5s users can enjoy a lot more features by upgrading to iPhone 6 integrated inside the camera of iPhone 6.

Autofocus of the phone is re-touched with the new “Focus Pixels”.  Autofocus of iPhone 5s was great but now it is twice as fast as the previous one. One can easily autofocus and that too very quickly. The rear camera is one that does “Digital Image stabilization”, which means that the photos will be much clear and crispier. One of the really awesome things about the rear camera is the slow motion video capturing at 240 FPS that is a fantastically sharp experience. The front camera is also of the aperture f/2.2 as of the rear camera. Now the front camera can capture much better photos in low light as well as offers a burst mode too.

Processor and Wi-Fi – Peeking inside, iPhone 5s posses the A7 processor where as in iPhone 6Apple has introduced the new A8 processor which 13% small in size than the previous processor A7. And additionally is designed to be 50 percent more efficient. The new processor is tremendously fast.

The A8 processor is accompanied by M8 co-processor, which tracks the user’s activity such as walking, cycling, running for the records and use of health kit.

Speed is not only limited to the processor as the WIFI 802.11 ac is 3 times faster. 4G LTE is supported by both iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 but the iPhone 6 has now an extra support on 20 LTE, which makes iPhone 6 a better option in performance terms as well.

Battery – Apple has broken the myth of more battery consumption by a big screen phone that drains by lunchtime and prompts to charge. Talk time of iPhone 5s is 10 hours and Internet surfing is 8 hours. Although iPhone 6 is a BIG screen phone but the battery life as claimed by Apple for iPhone 6 for talk time has improved from 10 hours to 14 hours. Adding on, Internet use has increased10 hours from 8 hours.

Apple has now moved to the large screen segment and justified the new look as being elegant that makes it standout. Not just the looks, but also its inside is built strong and proficient for the flawless performance. Apple iPhone 6 is a good option for those who want a bigger and better iPhone in terms of performance, looks, and some big and small tweaks.


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December 25, 2014

Let’s assume you unwrapped a brand new Mac this year (awesome!) or scored a ton of iTunes/iBooks/App Store credit (still awesome!) and you need ideas for awesome apps to buy and check out for your new MacBook or iMac. Tons of new apps have launched on the Mac this year and even more have added new features and remain essential. Below are some of my favorite Mac apps that I’ve used needed from time to time or even use daily and should give you a solid place to start whether your a brand new Mac user or Mac veteran looking to do more with your machine. expand full story

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