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Apple, U2, and a Painful End to a New Product Presentation

Apple yesterday announced a new iPhone, and a wearable, the Apple Watch. The presentation was fraught with difficulty, at least for those not attending live. The live video stream was a massive failure – apparently because of some errors in Javascript on the Apple web page hosting the stream. And the end of the event […]

iOS and OS X Need Private Photos Feature

Coming soon in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: “Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud.” As we’ve seen this week, this type of feature has been a problem for some A-list celebrities who had their photos shared. It’s likely that “store all your photos in the cloud” is no longer a […]

App Review: Shakespeare Pro

If you’re a Shakespeare buff like I am, you probably like having all of the Bard of Stratford’s works on your iPad or iPhone. It’s great to be able to dip into a play or poem when you have some down time, or when you’re waiting for an appointment. You can download free or paid […]

Why I Stopped Reading Magazines with Newsstand

When the iPad first came out, I was really excited about its potential as a replacement for paper magazines. Back in 2010, shortly before the iPad was announced, I wrote that “the most important feature it may contain will be the ability to save the press from its demise.” I was bullish about the future […]

The iTunes Guy Looks at Magic and More

It’s easy to forget that some of the technology we use is, to paraphrase a great author, nearly indistinguishable from voodoo. One reader wrote in asking for some clarification about lossless compression, and I explain the magic in this week’s column. I also look at a question about iOS device backups, and one about missing […]

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