I come not to bury email, but to praise it

Email is an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.


Ways in which having an iPad just makes life better

The iPad is a great time management and optimization tool.


Should you buy your iPhone 6 case now?

It’s not a terrible idea, but you do need to watch for one key item.


MacBooks and iPads: To AppleCare or not AppleCare?

I simply am not convinced AppleCare coverage is a worthwhile expenditure for me. Had I purchased AppleCare for each of the Apple computers I’ve owned, I’d have spent the price of a new loaded MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and then some. Still, there are also Apple hardware users who sing its praises after experiencing catastrophic hardware failures that were repaired under the service.

Converting from Aperture to Lightroom: Starting the process

Adobe has just released a starting process for Aperture users to start using Lightroom. The bad news is this is not really a formal migration process, but rather an opportunity for Aperture users to start using Adobe’s software. The good news for Aperture users, and all photographers, is that Adobe recently formalized their Creative Cloud Photography Plan that provides both Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge, Behance, and 2 GB of Creative Cloud storage for $9.99/month (annual plan paid monthly).


Now that the iPad’s all grown up, it needs to decide what it’s going to be

First, let me say I don’t think the iPad is in any danger of disappearing any time soon; Apple still sold more than 13.3 million of the critters in its 2014 fiscal Q3. However, my guess is that the iPad is suffering a bit of a late-adolescent identity crisis at the four year mark, in that it remains unclear just what its mission and purpose are in the not-really-post-PC era.

Why does any personal computing form factor have to die?

Yahoo Finance’s Shawna Ohm explains in a recent column why “the PC just won’t die,” but why does any computing platform have to die? After all, it doesn’t have to be a zero sum equation. Tablets didn’t kill off PCs, and phablets won’t kill off tablets; as long as people need to go to work every day, personal computers are here to stay.


Do memory costs make the iPhone “the biggest rip-off in tech?”

LAPTOP mag Editor in Chief Mark Spoonauer says that according to Michael Yang, a senior principal analyst for market research firm IHS, smartphone makers pay a princely eight dollars for 16 GB of mobile device RAM, which he contends makes 16 GB iPhones (and by extension iPads) “the biggest rip-off in tech.” Perhaps a trifle overstated, but as a 16 GB iPad owner, I get where he’s coming from.


The iPad passé? I think not

The latest meme circulating, gathering momentum after Apple’s fiscal 3rd-quarter financials were announced showing a second consecutive quarter of negative sales iPad sales growth, is that tablets—our beloved iPad included—are passé. The IT market is once again proving to have the attention span of a fruit fly.

Would a 30% thinner iPad mini “Air” revive sales?

I’m not sure the world really needs a 5.25mm thick iPad mini. It would be interesting technologically, but he current mini seems comfortably small, light, and thin enough for me. However, if Apple indeed does launch an iPad mini Air, I hope enough people will disagree with me on that point to make it a success for Apple and secure the mini’s future.

Could you do 80% of your computing on an iPad?

Last week, Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal that he does 80% of his computing work as Apple CEO on his iPad, and he thinks you should too, maintaining “There’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t be like that.” But it’s that last 20% that’s the sticking point, preventing the iPad from displacing a laptop or desktop PC as a completely satisfactory general work platform.


Texting while driving is worse than driving drunk, so why no equivalent social stigma?

While 4x increased crash risk with cellphone-gabbing drivers is plenty bad enough, texting while driving raises the risk ante by factors between 6x to 20x (depending on whose metrics you’re reading) more dangerous than driving over the legal blood alcohol limit. Logic would dictate that if people driving drunk outrages you, to be consistent, driving while cellphone gabbing and driving while texting should outrage you 4x and 6x to 20x more, respectively.