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More Apple Opinion

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Workarounds for two preference bugs

    Apple tends to underplay any admission of bugs in its software. It doesn't even like to use the word "bug." Rather, it refers to fixing "issues." For example, in its support article on OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 Update Apple notes that "an issue in which Keychain may not be accessible" has been resolved. As in this case, such admissions typically do not get posted until after Apple has released the update that fixes the bug.

  • Opinion: Any phone in a storm

    I live in New Jersey, in an area hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Before the storm hit, my family took the traditional preparatory steps: We bought non-perishable foods, stocked up on water, took in our lawn furniture, and so on. But we also prepped our electronics for the coming storm—chiefly, by charging up our iPads, iPhones, and laptops.

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: The iTunes Store and Apple IDs

    In this week’s Ask the iTunes Guy column, we look at a number of questions related to the iTunes Store and Apple IDs, and one question about a problem with iTunes launching at startup.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: The world is flat

    Apple executive Eddy Cue gets a flattering write-up, Motorola gets a flat take-it-or-leave-it offer from Cupertino, and how to turn your older Mac's drives into a Fusion Drive in twenty-seven hours flat. The remainders for Wednesday, October 31, 2012 are flat broke.

  • Opinion: Review: Great Pumpkin delights but doesn't soar

    I’ve loved It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown—the 1966 TV special—since I was a kid, and I always look forward to my yearly viewing. But even as a child, I didn’t yearn for repeats: once a year was enough. The program, and its December counterpart, A Charlie Brown Christmas, are both warm and cozy.

  • Opinion: Would Steve Jobs have allowed Apple to launch the iPad mini?

    Steve Jobs was extremely outspoken and dismissive in his opinions of seven-inch tablets back in 2010. If he were around today, would Apple still have launched the iPad mini?

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Ice, ice, baby

    Apple’s leaks are coming from outside the building, the original iPad may not get left out in the cold on Tuesday, and one government agency is playing it as cool as iOS. (See what I did there?) The remainders for Monday, October 22, 2012 are just cold chillin’.

  • Opinion: One month in, iOS 6's Passbook barely passes go

    In just four short weeks, iOS 6’s Passbook feature has totally revolutionized the life of you, me, and everybody we know.

  • Opinion: Playing iPhone media through iTunes

    Reader Adam Spelbring is unsure of exactly what limitations the Lightning connector places on iOS devices, particularly in their relationship to iTunes. He writes:

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Default ringtone bug and the 'force close' apps debate

    With iPhones running iOS 6, some users are unable to change their default ringtone selection. To see if you have this bug, start by going to Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtone. From the list that appears, tap the name of the ringtone you want to be the default. A checkmark now appears after the selected tone. The next time you receive a phone call, your selected ringtone should play. If it does, all is good.

  • Opinion: Mountain Lion's Calendar: Your questions answered

    Today’s Calendar application is more than a simple date book. With it you can view your life’s doings in multiple ways, enter events in nearly natural language, receive alerts to events by unexpected means, and add multiple bits of information to your events. Not everything about OS X's Calendar app is obvious, however. Here are answers to some of the questions I hear the most.

  • Opinion: 17 famous mini things to join the iPad mini, S3 mini

    iPad mini! Galaxy S3 Mini! We look at a bunch of legendary Mini things with often tenuous links to Apple.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Deja vu all over again

    Apple may be having a busy month as it reportedly ramps up production for the iPad mini, supposedly marshals its retail store employees to fix maps, and maybe even has to take on Samsung all over again. The remainders for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 are going back ... to the future.

  • Opinion: Chips off a new block

    Time was when the processor wars raged between Intel and AMD. New skirmishes are now breaking out in the smartphone and tablet mobile world, with Intel determined to make its presence known by doggedly reducing the size and power requirements of the ageing PC chip architecture.

  • Opinion: My day with Siri

    I admit it: I love Siri. It helps that I work from home, so I can talk to my phone without inhibitions. It doesn't hurt that I generally crave pseudohuman contact. But the real reason is simply that I find Siri so useful. And in iOS 6, Siri has become even more useful than it was before.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: SlideShark Puts PowerPoint in Your Pocket

    If slide decks are part of your daily routine, you know what a hassle it can be to show them from a laptop.

  • Opinion: How to Sync Your iDevice When the Case Gets in the Way

    Reader Jed wrote in with this problem:

  • Opinion: Galaxy S III Sales Spike After Patent Verdict

    Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone have increased following Apple’s legal victory over the South Korean manufacturer in a patent infringement case.

  • Opinion: 10 ways Apple could spend Samsungs $1 billion

    Don't bank it, Apple. Spend it! What Apple should do with Samsung's billion bucks.

  • Opinion: Sorry Apple, but I was rooting for Samsung

    Shock horror. Apple fanboy admits he wanted Samsung to win in court.



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