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Google and Microsoft moves that signal opportunities for Apple (Macworld)

vrijdag 18 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

In the fall, a technology company’s fancy turns to new products. As we pass the midpoint of October, the holiday buying season has started to solidify, and we’ve gotten our requisite annual announcements from not only Apple, but from Google and Micr…

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Luna Display adds Mac-to-Mac mode ↦

donderdag 17 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Luna Display, the utility that lets iPads act as a display and control a Mac via USB or Wi-Fi (disclosure: they’ve sponsored my podcasts in the past), released a new Mac-to-Mac mode Thursday that will let any Mac running Mountain Lion or later act a…

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Would Apple make its own Surface Neo? (Macworld)

donderdag 17 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced the Surface Neo, a strange device that looks like two iPads stuck together, or alternately, a laptop in which the keyboard has been replaced with a second touchscreen. Upon first seeing the Surface Neo, I imm…

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How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared

woensdag 16 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

[Content warning: Baseball.] ESPN’s 3-D strike zone animation was great. Ever since Fox introduced the status box overlay in NFL games a couple of decades ago, I’ve been paying attention to how televised sports imparts information to viewers. My…

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(Podcast) Rebound 260: Hardcore Metaphor Podcast

dinsdag 15 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week, on the irreverent tech podcast that is all about the metaphors, we discuss Apple’s recent woes in China, plus our continuing experiences upgrading to macOS Catalina. Then there’s still time for games, games, games, as we mention a few tha…

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(Podcast) Upgrade #267: The Quiet Death of the Newton

maandag 14 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

James Thomson joins Jason to discuss converting an app from iOS to Mac via Catalyst, the prospects for using Catalyst on his most profitable app, and the end of an era as his app DragThing and all other 32-bit Mac apps fade away. We also sort out Ap…

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(Podcast) Clockwise #315: Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!

woensdag 9 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week, on the tech podcast that can’t go over 30 minutes or it explodes, Dan is joined by cohost emeritus Jason Snell and special guests Casey Liss and Brianna Wu to discuss whether we’re making the jump to macOS Catalina, which hardware and sof…

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James Thomson on using (and not using) Mac Catalyst ↦

dinsdag 8 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Developer James Thomson has written a blog post about a bunch of issues around Mac Catalyst, the new Apple-created method of bringing iOS apps to Mac. James is in a rare position to write about these issues, as he is the developer of PCalc, an app t…

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Siri is more open than ever, but it still has room to grow (Macworld)

vrijdag 4 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Ever since Siri’s introduction on the iPhone 4s, third-party developers have clamored to integrate their apps more closely with the virtual assistant. And while Apple has relaxed its strictures over the years, Siri has largely—with a few handpicked …

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BBEdit 13 arrives, with new grep features and dark mode support

donderdag 3 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Bare Bones Software released BBEdit 13.0 on Thursday. I spend more time in BBEdit than any other Mac app, as it’s my writing and text munging tool of choice. This update adds a whole bunch of pattern-matching search-and-replace (or grep) features th…

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(Podcast) Rebound 258: I'll Customize Your Face

donderdag 3 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week, on the irreverent technology show where we talk about Apple Watches and, uh, watch about Apple talks, we discuss the Apple Watch Series 5, explore the nuances of our favorite watchfaces and bands, examine the barrage of Apple software upd…

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Apple's watch faces are slowly improving. Is it time for third-party faces? (Macworld)

woensdag 2 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Last year, when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4, I was surprised that the company didn’t bother to update most of its watch faces, and expressed some hope that the company would place more emphasis on faces in the Series 5. Thanks to the ne…

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(Podcast) Clockwise #314: Get a Real Computer, Jerk

woensdag 2 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week, on the 30-minute tech show that’s going to back to school, Dan is joined by special guests Anže Tomić and Jean MacDonald, as well as co-host emeritus Jason Snell, to discuss Amazon’s cavalcade of new Alexa devices, ultrawide vs. telephoto…

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13 Features of iOS 13: Files improvements

dinsdag 1 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Funny how something as basic as inserting a thumbdrive can feel like a colossal victory. The Finder places files and folders at the center of the Mac, but on iOS, apps are at the center. Still, managing documents is a fact of life in many cases, …

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Apple expands new Maps to Northeast ↦

dinsdag 1 oktober 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Great in-depth look by Justin O’Beirne of Apple’s rollout of its new mapping data, which now covers the Northeast. O’Beirne has impressive side-by-side looks at the old and new maps; some of the differences are easily apparent, while others are more…

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(Podcast) Upgrade #265: Nothing But Canned Answers

maandag 30 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Jason finished his iPhone 11 review nearly two weeks after the fact, Myke is back in the Apple Watch game with a new Series 5 model, and we hear from a bunch of Apple Store employees.

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Is the writing on the wall for the Apple TV? (Macworld)

vrijdag 27 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

Of all of Apple’s platforms, tvOS seems to have gotten the least attention in this year’s annual round of updates. When you think about it, that’s a little surprising. After all, Apple is on the verge of launching a major new video streaming service…

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(Podcast) Rebound 257: Welcome to Late-Stage Capitalism

donderdag 26 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week on the irreverent tech show that carries two phones, we discuss our latest purchases: Dan and James have both gotten only limited use out of the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode so far, but John is really enjoying his Apple Watch’s always-on dis…

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(Podcast) Clockwise #313: These Deals are Just Too Fresh

woensdag 25 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

This week on the 30-minute show that clocks the watches, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests John Voorhees and Kelly Guimont to discuss our cloud storage solutions, why Apple News+ is among the priciest of Apple’s subscription services, which…

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(Podcast) Upgrade #264: Beautiful Breakable Glass Objects

maandag 23 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

We’ve got the new iPhones and it’s time for our first hands-on impressions. How has Apple improved the upgrade experience? Could the Apple Store pick-up experience use a little more attention? Are the battery and camera improvements worth the upgrad…

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13 Features of iOS 13: CarPlay improvements

maandag 23 september 2019 in Six Colors (Mac algemeen)

If you want to know how sold I was on CarPlay, you needn’t look any further than my experiences installing a new head unit in my car in order to get it. A few months later, this has proved to be an altogether excellent choice, with no real downsides…

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