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The Apple Watch isn’t perfect and neither is watchOS. Third-party apps are pretty much unusable and the Apple Watch just feels underpowered overall. Many wondered if Apple has released a product that wasn’t ready for primetime. I think Apple’s release strategy makes sense and they knew exactly what they were doing…(Read More)

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling. FaceTime…(Read More)

Automator Encrypt PDF

In this post I’ll show you how to encrypt PDF files using Automator in OS X. More importantly, I’ll show you how to overwrite the original (unencrypted) PDF with the encrypted file. Before I get into the “how to”, I’ll explain why I started thinking about encrypting PDF files and what technique…(Read More)

Open or Save Dialog

Much of what I do on my Mac is working with files. That includes finding, opening, saving and organizing them. If you don’t have a good workflow you can easily waste time on each of those tasks, thus reducing your productivity. In this post I’ll show you how to save time by quickly…(Read More)

Day One Sync

I recently ran into an issue with Day One Sync and it took me a while to resolve it. In this post I’ll show you what steps I took to troubleshoot and finally resolve the issue. Day One is an incredibly well-built journaling app that both my wife and I have used for…(Read More)

Help Menu

Have you ever used the Help menu in OS X? Until a few weeks ago, I did not, missing out on a powerful feature I didn’t even know existed. Pretty much every application in OS X has its dedicated help menu. It’s usually the last menu in the menu bar, on the upper…(Read More)

From a consumer perspective, Apple News is a platform that hasn’t completely convinced me yet. I still open the WSJ app more often than I do the Apple News app. But as a publisher, I was intrigued and decided to get my feet wet with Apple’s publishing platform. To sign up as a…(Read More)

Organize your Home screen

There is an infinite number of ways in iOS you can organize your Home screen and the apps on it. I have tried various options over the years but ultimately settled on a strategy that I would like to share with you. How to organize your Home screen is a personal preference. I don’t…(Read More)

3D Touch

With the iPhone 6S, Apple introduced a new way of interacting with your phone called 3D Touch. It’s based on pressure sensors built into the iPhone’s screen that enable a new dimension of gestures, such as Peek and Pop. 3D Touch was hyped by Apple as one of the key features of the…(Read More)

Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Streaming issues can have various root causes. In this post, I’ll walk you through the most common streaming issues and explain…(Read More)


Spotlight is Apple’s answer to all your search needs in OS X. With the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has added additional capabilities to make Spotlight more powerful. In this post I’ll share some tricks that make Spotlight even better at finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotlight…(Read More)

Handoff between AirPort Extreme Base Stations

In this post I’ll explain how handoff works in a network with multiple AirPort Extreme base stations. With the influx of connected devices in modern households, good internet connectivity has become increasingly important. Many devices are pretty useless when they are not connected to the outside world. When that happens, productivity suffers. Just think…(Read More)

BMW makes great cars but until recently they failed miserably in the technology and entertainment area. I had major issues getting my iPhone connected to my 2013 BMW X5 as I described in an earlier blog post. Due to those issues and the lack of support for Apple’s CarPlay, I was hesitant getting another…(Read More)

Forté for Apple Watch

In this post I’ll review Forté for Apple Watch, a luxury stand and charging dock made by Twelve South. The first stand I bought for my Apple Watch Sport was a Spigen Charging Dock made of aluminum. It looked good and was light weight. Unfortunately, it could hold the Apple Watch only in portrait…(Read More)

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