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  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Three if by FedEx

    The LTE-enabled iPad minis are coming! The LTE-enabled iPad minis are coming! Elsewhere, Apple lays down the law for its accessory makers, and announces its workshop closure for the holidays. The remainders for Thursday, November 8, 2012 are today’s headlines ... today.

  • 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: Remains of the Day: Two hands and a map

    Google's working on an iOS Maps app that may never see the light of day, Apple may soon let Siri buy your movie tickets, and Steve Jobs gets fully posable. The remainders for Monday, November 5, 2012 are up a creek.

  • 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: -ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

    Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go over the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.

  • Opinion: Limiting your Apple Remote

    Every so often my coworkers, in the course of other business correspondence, slip in an Apple-related question of their own. For example, Coworker A tagged on this little gem to a recent communique:

  • 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: Whispercast turns Kindles into viable business tools

    Amazon unveiled a new service this week--Whispercast. Whispercast is a tool for schools and businesses that allows them to centrally manage and deploy content for Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Whispercast could make the Kindle much more attractive as a legitimate business tool.

  • Opinion: App scanner tells you if a mobile app is safe—before you install it

    You know that Android app you're about to download? It could be a security risk.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: All the news that's fit to smell

    Foxconn is having a hard time putting the jigsaw puzzle of an iPhone 5 together, Apple enlists the help of Justin Timberlake, and pretty soon you’ll be able to smell what your friends are cooking via your iPhone. The remainders for Wednesday, October 17, 2012 have just a touch of vanilla, to freshen your day.

  • 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: How to organize, showcase, and share your out-of-control photo collection

    I’ve amassed more than 30,000 digital photos over the years. I shot most of them; others I scanned from prints gleaned from photo albums and family archives. I’d wager that 95 percent of them are junk—poorly composed, badly lit, over- or underexposed, people with their eyes closed, you name it.

  • 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: 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: Remains of the Day: Nothing but the truth

    Apple adds a totally non-controversial stipulation to its iOS developer rules; European citizens don't need anything more than a one-year warranty; and everybody's cool with the new Maps, especially Canadians. The remainders for Monday, October 1, 2012 are the god's honest truth.

  • Opinion: Recording your iPhone calls

    Reader Simon Concannon is interested in pursuing an activity that's considered illegal in many quarters. He writes:


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