Dark mode: better on the iPhone than the Mac?
In the most recent release of iOS, Apple added dark mode, and I’m a fan. At nighttime, dark backgrounds seem less glaring; they’re also less likely to disturb my partner sleeping beside me on the bed. But I’ve actually taken to “running dark” all the time—day and night—on my iPhone. I spend most of my…
“And you can preorder it… today!”
With both the Apple Watch Series 5 and the AirPods Pro, Apple offered preorders on the very same day they introduced the product. With a turnaround that short, customers face a dilemma. You can preorder the device, but you have no guarantee that the bauble will live up to Apple’s hype. There are no third-party…
Will cutting the “Ribbon” finally fix Office for Mac?
Yesterday, at its annual conference for IT pros, Microsoft revealed a new version of Outlook for Mac. The Verge published a glimpse of the app’s revamped interface, and it looks promising—simultaneously cleaner and more useful. We’ll see more of that refined UI tomorrow. Meanwhile, let’s examine why Microsoft might be eager to dump an interface…
Does the Series 5 have worse battery life than every previous Apple Watch?
I wouldn’t give up the Series 5’s always-on display, but it comes at a high price: significantly worse battery life than its predecessors.
AirPods Pro observations (that I haven’t seen elsewhere)
I resisted the temptation to buy the AirPods Pro… for an hour or two. Oh, I still resent the fact that my three-year-old, first-gen AirPods last barely an hour before the batteries die. And I hate adding yet another device to my list of frequently upgraded technology. Most of all, I feel guilty about dropping…
Thoughts on ‘Hamilton’ and theatergoing in the age of the smartphone
Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to see Hamilton live in Pittsburgh. We had decent enough seats—ten or so rows back in the left-hand orchestra section. While the view was partially obscured (we couldn’t see the elevated balcony at stage right), we were close enough to see the actors’ facial expressions clearly.…
Putting screen time to better use
We claim that we’re “too busy” to launch a new project, read more, or exercise. But what about the time spent thumbing through Facebook, playing Clash of Clans, or binging on Netflix?
An antidote for smartphone “zombie syndrome”?
Meditation can quell our appetite for distraction and prevent “screen zombie” syndrome.