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…
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…
Should we feel bad for loving Apple keynotes?
Today is the “high holiday” in Apple’s liturgical calendar: iPhone keynote day. In a few hours, Tim Cook and his cardinal executives will unveil the new devices designed to drive Apple’s business during the upcoming year. Apple devotees around the world will attend (virtually), eager to heap adoration on the innovations heralded from Cupertino. That…
AirPods after 18 months
I’ve owned AirPods since soon after their release in late 2016. After a year and a half of daily use, I jotted down some thoughts.
Is it too late to switch to the Mac?
After a quarter-century using Windows, I’m finally getting a Macintosh. Did I miss the Mac’s golden era?
Why Apple’s retail stores make me nervous
I grew up shopping in dingy, cavernous, fluorescent-lit warehouses. But Apple outlets resemble high-end, big-city fashion boutiques, more than they do the Rust Belt K-Marts of my youth.
Apple Watch as shower speaker?
I want the Watch to show up as a system-wide audio target any time it’s connected to the phone—just like standalone Bluetooth speakers and headphones do.
Thoughts on Apple’s fired engineer
I doubt that the vlogger aimed to sacrifice her father’s job to boost her YouTube subscriber count. But that’s what happened.
iPhone X and the Apple “access economy”
The “Apple access economy” incentivizes problematic journalism.