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This list contains every Apple news-related blog post on this site.

Apple Event March 25th 2019 Apple’s Special Event March 25th, 2019- Update: the show’s over. You can watch a replay of the whole thing– one hour, 50 minutes– on Apple’s site. You can see a condensed version– six minutes!– at Thanks, MacRumors! Apple’s going to show something at 10 AM Pacific time on Monday March 25th, 2019. I’ve read a lot of rumors about this… Continue Reading Apple’s Special Event March 25th, 2019
March Madness calendar March Madness Calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad- Here's the March Madness NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament calendar in ics (iCal) format. It updates automatically (because I do it for you, at the server). Continue Reading March Madness Calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad
NFL Calendar logo NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac- Get the NFL Post-Season schedule into your iPhone or Mac's Calendar app. Calendar includes teams, times, and TV info. Updated with scores. Also works with Google Calendar. Continue Reading NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac
College Football on December Calendar page Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars- 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game calendar in iCal (ics) format for iPhone, iPad, Mac, & Google Calendar. Includes teams, times, dates, and tv stations. Updated every year. Continue Reading Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars
iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus Apple’s iPhone XR available for pre-order- The new iPhone XR (slightly cheaper version of iPhone XS) is available for pre-order. I prefer the XS for a few reasons. Ask me about it. Continue Reading Apple’s iPhone XR available for pre-order
iOS 12 iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice- iOS 12 is out, and even though it's the first version of 12, it's good enough to install right now. It's faster than iOS 11 and easy to get used to. My advice: if you're on iOS 11, upgrade to 12. Continue Reading iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice
Apple Special Event September 12th, 2018 How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event- Here's how to watch Apple's September 2018 announcements on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event
Christian Boyce on the radio- Hear me discuss Apple's new iPhones and the other things they introduced in their September 12th 2017 event. Should be an interesting talk. Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the radio
Red and blue Apple logo from invitation to September 2017 Apple Event Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017- Here's how to watch Apple's event on September 12th, 2017. It starts at 10 AM Pacific time and you can watch on your Mac, your iOS device, or your Apple TV. Continue Reading Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Beats Headphones 3 Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion- Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion
27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon- It took a few weeks but Amazon now has the 27-inch iMac with the Retina display. You can click this link* to go straight there. The warranty is through Apple whether you buy from Amazon or the Apple Store, or anyone else, so you can simply shop on price. Comparing identical models, Amazon’s price is… Continue Reading 27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter/dongle Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens- — Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens — Apple has cut prices on the USB-C adapters (or “dongles”) designed to connect your existing peripherals to their new, all-USB-C MacBook Pro computers. They’ve also cut prices on Thunderbolt 3 accessories. Discounts in some cases are nearly 50%. This is the time to buy (because… Continue Reading Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens
New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event- — New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event — Apple introduced new MacBook Pros today at a special event held at their Town Hall facility in Cupertino. Other than a preview of a new app for the Apple TV, there were no other product announcements– nothing about iMacs, nothing about the Mac mini, nothing… Continue Reading New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event
Your money or your JPEGs What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware- Executive Summary: Mac ransomware is here, and you need to protect your Mac. Mac “ransomware” is in the news lately, and many people have been asking me, “Is this real?” Sorry to say, “Yes, it’s real.” Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and your Mac. First, you need to know what ransomware… Continue Reading What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware
Intego Mac Internet Security X9 package Best Mac Anti-Virus Package: Intego Internet Security X9- Do you need Mac anti-virus software? Some people say that anti-virus programs slow down your Mac (true, at least a littl), and are expensive (depends), and basically a waste of time and money since there aren’t any Mac viruses (not true). Other people say that there are zillions of Word and Excel viruses (true), and… Continue Reading Best Mac Anti-Virus Package: Intego Internet Security X9
Blue and Gold footballs 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad- UPDATE: Looking for the Bowl Games calendar? I’ve created the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. Or click here and read all about it first. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That… Continue Reading 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Black Apple logo How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event- — How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event — UPDATE: the event is over. You can watch a replay of the event by clicking here. Apple’s going to show some new stuff on September 7th, 2016. I don’t know what they’ll announce so I’ll be tuning in at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time to find… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event
iOS 9.3.5 icon Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone?- — Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone? — Apple’s released another iOS update and this one plugs a hole that allowed someone to hack into an iPhone remotely and monitor activity. Text messages, emails, phone calls, location info– you name it. Pretty sophisticated, and pretty serious stuff. You can read about… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone?
WWDC Logo 2017 How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote- How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote UPDATE: The keynote is over. Here’s a link to the entire recorded keynote (139 minutes). Watch and enjoy! UPDATE #2: Here’s a link to a seven-minute condensed version of the keynote from our friends at MacRumors. Can’t get enough of Apple’s presentations? Neither can I! Here’s a link to… Continue Reading How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote
10.11.5 thumbs up Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?- — Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.5? — UPDATE: the Mac OS is up to 10.11.6 now. Here’s my article about the 10.11.6 update. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3, or 10.11.4. In those situations, the answer… Continue Reading Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?
Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?- — Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update? — Easy answer: yes, unless you are thinking of updating an iPad Pro 9.7 inch. In that case, don’t. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch can, in some cases, become “bricked” (completely unresponsive) when the 9.3.2 update is applied. UPDATE:Apple has recognized the problem and for now the… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?
Boom for iOS logo How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone- — How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone — No, not that Sound of Music. I mean the sound of songs that you buy from iTunes and play on your iPhone. UPDATE: Boom for iOS had an update 6-8-2016. Interface improvements, more options for shaping the sound, and a built-in Help page.… Continue Reading How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone
WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug- — WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug — An iOS bug can cause iPhones and iPads and iPods to essentially self-destruct under certain conditions. Contrary to some of the more sensational headlines (This iOS date trick will brick any device from 9 to 5 Mac, and Setting the date to 1… Continue Reading WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug
iOS 9.3 icon Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?- — Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3? — If your iPhone or iPad is already on any version of iOS 9, the answer is simple: YES, you should update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3. (Actually, you’ll be updating to 9.3.1 because Apple discovered a problem with 9.3 after it… Continue Reading Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?
10.11.4: I say thumbs up! Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?- — Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4? — UPDATE: They’re up to 10.11.5. Here’s my article on updating to 10.11.5. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.4?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3. In those situations, the answer is definitely YES. Upgrade to 10.11.4… Continue Reading Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?
Apple Special Event Loop You In How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote- — How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote — Apple will hold a special event keynote Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 10 AM PDT. UPDATE: here’s the link for my June 13th, 2016 WWDC how-to-watch article. Watch the March 21st, 2016 keynote using your iPhone, iPad or Mac by clicking the big blue button.… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote
Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it- I’m seeing a lot of problems with Apple’s 10.11.3 update. If you’ve already installed the 10.11.3 update and everything seems fine, consider yourself lucky; if you haven’t installed it, play it safe and don’t install it. I’ve never seen a more problematic update. UPDATE: the 10.11.4 update is out and I’ve seen zero problems with… Continue Reading Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it
iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store- Hot on the heels of the Mac App Store’s 50% off sale on Productivity Apps, Apple’s put iPhone and iPad productivity apps on sale too. Choose from: Things: (to-do list/project organizer– syncs with Mac version) Clear: (another to-do list organizer– simpler than Things, syncs with Mac version) PCalc: (advanced calculator) … and several more. This… Continue Reading iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store
Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store- UPDATE: the sale is over. But, the apps are still great. Check them out and if you don’t get them now, put them on your wish list. Apple is discounting productivity apps by 50% for a limited time. Apps include: 1Password (best password manager– syncs with iOS counterpart) Magnet (tiles windows on your screen– neaten… Continue Reading Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store
1Password password manager half off- 1Password is the best password manager and you can get it at a discount. Continue Reading 1Password password manager half off
Pile of old phones How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card- — How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card — Apple is offering a trade-in program for old smartphones via this link. Just go online, click a few buttons, and see how much your old phone is worth. It doesn’t have to be an Apple iPhone (though it can be) and… Continue Reading How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card
2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac- — 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac — UPDATE: I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, click YES. UPDATE: here is the 2016 College Football schedule, for each team in America. The nice people at… Continue Reading 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac
The Clever Coffee Dripper- I think of The Clever Coffee Dripper* as an essential Mac accessory because it makes the coffee that fuels this here website (and a lot of other stuff that keeps me up all night.) The beauty of The Clever Coffee Dripper is the water doesn’t just run though the cone and into your cup. Instead,… Continue Reading The Clever Coffee Dripper
Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014- I will be on the Digital Village radio show tomorrow, September 13th, 2014, talking about Apple’s announcements from this Tuesday. The program starts at 10 AM Pacific time and my part will begin around 10:15. Should be about a fifteen minute interview. I’d tune in right at 10 AM as it is always interesting to… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014
Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch- The big day has come and gone, and the new iPhones and the Apple Watch are all anyone wants to talk about. I can’t count how many people have written to ask me “So which one do I get?” and “What do you think about the watch?” so I am going to answer the questions… Continue Reading Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch
Black Apple logo Apple’s Special Event- Apple will stream live video of its special event TODAY via this link. The show starts at 10 AM Pacific time. If you have an Apple TV look for a new “Special Event” icon on the main screen and watch the show from there. Here’s the fine print (from Apple):Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10… Continue Reading Apple’s Special Event
iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program- Maybe there’s something wrong with your iPhone 5’s battery after all. Apple has found that a “very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units (the 5, not the 5s, and not the 5c) “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” If that sounds like your iPhone, check out Apple’s serial… Continue Reading iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program
Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld, having spent three days searching for the newest and grooviest Mac, iPhone, and iPad stuff. Although Apple remained a no-show, I am happy to say that Macworld/iWorld appears to have found its post-Apple stride. The crowds were fairly large, the exhibition floor was full of interesting stuff, and almost everyone was… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014- It’s Springtime, and a young man’s thoughts naturally turn to Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco. The show starts Thursday, and I’ll be there, keeping my streak alive (I’ve never missed). On Saturday I’ll tell you all about it via the miracle of radio. All you have to do is tell Siri to remind you to listen… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014
Christian Boyce Speaking at Macworld/iWorld- Macworld/iWorld (formerly “Macworld Expo”) is coming soon to San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I’ve been selected as one of the speakers in the “RapidFire” session on opening night (March 27th, 2014), starting at 5 PM. Each RapidFire speaker (I think there are 15) gets exactly five minutes to impart some pearls of Mac or iPhone wisdom… Continue Reading Christian Boyce Speaking at Macworld/iWorld
Get at least $200 for any working iPad at Target- Target is offering at least a $200 gift card for ANY working iPad (newer iPads get more). The iPad can’t have any scratches on the screen, and it has to turn on. Do what you want with the gift card (though I recommend spending it on either the iPad Air or the iPad mini, or… Continue Reading Get at least $200 for any working iPad at Target
How to Find an iPhone 5s- UPDATE (November 5th, 2013): Apple’s legal department has asked that the Apple-Tracker website be shut down as it violates terms of use of the website. So now it’s gone. Too bad– it was rather handy. Thanks, Apple-Tracker. Looking for an iPhone 5s? Of course you are. And are you discovering that the iPhone 5s… Continue Reading How to Find an iPhone 5s
iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life- iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life UPDATE: Apple has found that the batteries in some iPhone 5 units drain too quickly. They’ll replace those batteries for free. Read all about it on my post “iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program.” My iPhone 5, with iOS 7, ran out of power today. I don’t know exactly… Continue Reading iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
iOS 7: Coming Soon, and Why You Should Wait to Install It- Yes, iOS 7 is coming soon. Very soon. Tomorrow, in fact. Assuming your iPad/iPhone/iPod can handle it (more on that later), you can download and install iOS 7 through the air— for free! The question is, should you install iOS 7? The answer is “probably.” But not right away. My advice: wait. Wait for others… Continue Reading iOS 7: Coming Soon, and Why You Should Wait to Install It
Another Flash Update- Once again a bug in Adobe’s Flash plug-in presents a serious security risk to Mac users, and once again Apple has disabled all but the very latest version of it. Which means that if you’re using Safari on your Mac and you try to load a webpage that requires Flash you’ll get a message about… Continue Reading Another Flash Update
Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld 2013, my 25th Macworld show in a row. Unless it’s my 26th in a row. Anyway, regardless, here’s a brief rundown of the best stuff at the show. Rage Software previewed “EasyWeb,” their website creation program for the Mac. It has a lot in common with Apple’s Pages and they are… Continue Reading Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013
Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’ll be speaking at Macworld as part of the RapidFire session. It’s a lot of fun for everyone: each of ten speakers gets 5 minutes to demonstrate something cool. I’ll be covering Moom, Desktop Curtain, and Typinator (and speaking very quickly). Here’s a link to my PDF handout. Macworld/iWorld 2013 runs this Thursday through Saturday.… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2013
Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013- It’s the most wonderful time of the year… That’s right, it’s time for Macworld/iWorld! The show runs January 31st through February 2nd, 2013 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I’ll be there all three days. Look me up. There are two parts to the show: the Expo, which is a giant space filled with software programmers… Continue Reading Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info- Apple released Mountain Lion today, also known as OS X 10.8. This comes less than a month after the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition deadline, which means less than a month after a whole lot of people converted to OS X 10.7 (Lion). My advice, based on over 21 years of full-time Mac consulting, is wait. Mountain Lion… Continue Reading OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info
What to do about the Flashback trojan- Bad news and good news about Flashback. First the bad news. There’s this thing called Flashback and it will mess up your Mac big-time. You could get it simply by visiting an infected website. Flashback will inject code into your browser and the modification lets the bad guys collect information as you visit various websites.… Continue Reading What to do about the Flashback trojan
Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, March 17, 2012- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio show at 10:30 this morning talking about the new iPad. In Los Angeles you can listen on your radio by tuning to 90.7 FM. If you’re not in Los Angeles, or you’d rather listen through the internet, you can click here. If you missed the show you can… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, March 17, 2012
What’s New in the iOS 5.1 Update- Apple released iOS 5.1 last week and if you’re already on 5.0 or 5.0.1 this update will come to you automatically, through the air. You’ll be asked whether or not you want it– the answer should be “yes.” Be sure your iPhone (or iPad or iPod) is connected to a charger, and on a WiFi… Continue Reading What’s New in the iOS 5.1 Update
The New iPad- Apple introduced the new iPad (and that’s what they call it– “the new iPad”) a couple of days ago. It looks a lot like the previous model, the so-called “iPad 2.” I think they could have called the new one “iPad 2.5” or something like that because of the many similarities. Basically, the new iPad… Continue Reading The New iPad
Black Apple logo Apple Event Predictions- As seemingly everyone knows, Apple has some announcements to make this morning. I don’t have any inside information about what they’ll have for us, but if you really want me to guess, here’s what I wouldn’t be surprised to see. A new and improved iPad. Personally, I find the iPad 2 so fabulously useful that… Continue Reading Apple Event Predictions
Don’t Fall for this Phishing Scam- Phishing refers to a technique by which someone or something pretends to be something trustworthy in an attempt to get you to voluntarily give up important information such as passwords. Here’s a story about a phishing scam that I’ve seen three times in two weeks. Don’t let it happen to you! But first: Take this… Continue Reading Don’t Fall for this Phishing Scam
Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld|iWorld, and apart from the awkward name change the show was great. This was the first show in the “Apple isn’t here” era where the feeling was more about who was there than who wasn’t. It’s not the same as it was when Apple had a giant booth but that doesn’t mean… Continue Reading Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up
Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio- I’ll be giving my annual “State of the Mac (and iPad, and iPhone)” address this Saturday on the Digital Village radio program, hosted by Ric Allan and Doran Barons. The show starts at 10 AM this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and in Los Angeles you can listen to it live on the radio, 90.7 FM… Continue Reading Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio
Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement- Apple’s out to fix another broken industry, same as they did with music and cellular phones. This time it’s textbooks, and I’ll let Apple tell you why it’s needed, and why the Apple solution is the right one. Here are a couple of links that tell the story: this one is a promotional video, and… Continue Reading Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement
iOS 5.0.1 update– I like it- Apple released iOS 5.0.1 today. It supposedly fixes the issues that the iPhone 4S has with the battery draining much too quickly. As such, it is just what I’ve been waiting for. I installed it through the air via Apple’s new iOS software update system: 1. Go to Settings2. Tap General3. Tap Software Update You… Continue Reading iOS 5.0.1 update– I like it
“He Cared the Most”- Apple’s posted a video of the company’s recent celebration of Steve Jobs’ life. It’s beautiful, and moving, and I recommend watching it all the way through. In it, Jony Ive (lead designer on Apple products including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad) absolutely nails what made Steve Jobs so great. Here are the essential four… Continue Reading “He Cared the Most”
Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs- Steve Jobs is dead, and the tributes are everywhere. I’ve read as many of these tributes as I could and at the end of this article are links to some of the best. I’ve especially enjoyed reading personal recollections from people who knew him, though I’m not sure that I’ve seen any from anyone who… Continue Reading Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs
iPhone 4S Introduction- In case you spent the day in a cave, let me tell you about the new iPhone that Apple introduced today. They call it “the iPhone 4S“. You could call it a disappointment because it’s not an “iPhone 5,” whatever that was imagined to be, but it would be better to call it a refined… Continue Reading iPhone 4S Introduction
Great Deals on New and Closeout Macs- MacMall is having a 72-hour sale on Macs (MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs). Check it out and save a pile of money. Contact me if you need help with choosing a model. If you’re choosing one for ME, I like the 21.5 inch iMac with the 3.6 GHz Core i5 for $1099.
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag– from Kensington- I bought this Kensington Contour Roller bag* in January 2006 to carry my laptop (at the time, a PowerBook G4 15 inch), and some CDs, and a bunch of floppy disks(!). It had pockets all over the place, so I also put in some pens, some business cards, some cables, and a bunch of other… Continue Reading Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag– from Kensington
Accept Credit Cards on Your iPhone, with Square- Being able to accept credit cards is good for business. It’s convenient for customers, and it’s fast for the vendor. Unfortunately, for the small businessman, accepting credit cards has been an expensive hassle. Not anymore– thanks to Square. Square provides, for free, a credit card reader that fits into your iPhone’s headphone jack. Use the… Continue Reading Accept Credit Cards on Your iPhone, with Square
Favorite Steve Jobs Links- I thought I’d put a few of my favorite Steve Jobs links here, all in one place. Enjoy. Playboy Interview, February 1985. Long, meaty, written interview with Steve Jobs, head of Apple (at the time). Fantastic reading. Three months after this interview was published, Jobs was out of Apple, fired from the company he started. MacWorld… Continue Reading Favorite Steve Jobs Links
Christian Boyce on the Radio September 3rd, 2011- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Saturday, September 3rd 2011 at 9 AM, talking with hosts Doran Barons and Ric Allan about Steve Jobs and his legacy. Should be an interesting program. Click here to listen live. If you miss the show, use this link to listen to a recording.
NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format- Here is an iCal calendar showing the times and teams for every prime-time NFL game for the 2011 season. The calendar is provided by Scott Crevier of South End Zone and if you’re a football fan I strongly urge you to visit his site. In years past, I’ve modified Scott’s full NFL schedule using AppleScript,… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts- This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone at MacWorld Expo in January 2007. This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPad three years later. I don’t know of another big-time CEO who so obviously loves his products. Look at his face. He can hardly contain himself. I can’t decide which picture I like more. So here… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts
HP Doesn’t Get It- Hewlett-Packard appears to be through as a PC maker. Their TouchPad (HP’s version of the iPad), introduced only six weeks ago, was recently discounted– and now it’s discontinued. Today, at HP’s quarterly earnings conference call, HP said that it was “exploring options” for getting out of the PC business altogether. Wow. There’s a lot of… Continue Reading HP Doesn’t Get It
Lion Update 10.7.1: Big Improvement- Today Apple released its first update to Mac OS X Lion: 10.7.1. You can read a little about it on Apple’s site. If you’re on Lion already, this update is a must. Here, 10.7.1 runs in glorious silence, quite a difference from my Mac’s “roaring” (get it? Lion? Roaring?) fans under the initial 10.7.0. That’s… Continue Reading Lion Update 10.7.1: Big Improvement
Apple 10.6.8 Revised Update- Apple put out a “supplemental” 10.6.8 update today (July 25th, 2011). Among other important fixes, it restores network printing functionality that broke with the original 10.6.8. Apple puts it this way: “resolves issues with certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete.” Sounds good to me. Go to Software Update under… Continue Reading Apple 10.6.8 Revised Update
Breakfast with the Lion- I installed Mac OS X Lion onto my MacBook last night. Once installed, Spotlight began indexing my hard drive, and that’s a pretty intensive process that really slows everything down (except for the fans inside the MacBook, which were going full-speed). Considering the “About 10 hours remaining” in the following dialog box……I thought it would… Continue Reading Breakfast with the Lion
A Brief Lion Update- At this very moment I am backing up my MacBook in preparation for a Lion install. I want to be able to go back to 10.6.8 in a hurry if I have to, so what I’ve done is purchase a 500 GB internal hard drive* (same size as the drive in my MacBook), stick it… Continue Reading A Brief Lion Update
Don’t Rush to Install Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)- We all like new stuff. With Apple’s new Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) coming out tomorrow and for only $29.99 it’s oh-so-tempting to download it as soon as possible. But I wouldn’t do that if I were you. You might end up with a better operating system, but you might also end up with a… Continue Reading Don’t Rush to Install Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)
Quicken for Mac Incompatible with Lion- UPDATE (March 8th, 2012): Intuit has built a Lion-compatible version of Quicken 2007! You can read all about it on their site, at this page. Unfortunately, they do not provide a link or any information about how you go about getting the Lion-compatible version. Come on, Intuit. That’s not very nice. I managed to find… Continue Reading Quicken for Mac Incompatible with Lion
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix!- — Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix! — We interrupt The iMom Project to bring you this news about the Mac OS X 10.6.8 update. If you have a networked printer there is a chance that the printer won’t work after you update to 10.6.8. 10.6.7 works perfectly but 10.6.8 has a… Continue Reading Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix!
Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up- I talked Saturday with with Digital Village, a terrific radio program based in Los Angeles, about Apple’s recently concluded World Wide Developers’ Conference. We talked about iCloud, iOS 5, and Mac OS X Lion. This link will take you to Digital Village’s archived audio page– my part is right at the top (or, if you’re… Continue Reading Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up
Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011- Steve Jobs will give the keynote speech at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference today at 10 AM. It is sure to be all over the news. I will post a link to the official keynote video as soon as it is available (it does not appear that we will be able to watch it live… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011
Apple Security Update 2011-003 and the Mac Defender Malware- There’s this bad thing called Mac Defender. It comes from bad guys (Russians, just like in the movies). Then there’s this good thing called Apple Security Update 2011-003. It comes from good guys (Apple, Inc.). You want the Security Update 2011-003 because you DON’T want Mac Defender. So, Step One: go to your Apple menu,… Continue Reading Apple Security Update 2011-003 and the Mac Defender Malware
Giant Email Security Breach- You are probably going to receive one or more emails, reading something like this: “Today we were informed by Epsilon Interactive, our national email service provider, that your email address was exposed due to unauthorized access of their system. We have been advised that the only information that was obtained is your name and email… Continue Reading Giant Email Security Breach
Scammers Everywhere, and They Know Where You Live- UPDATE: check out this great ScamWarners site. This post in particular exposes many of the common scams. I was in Round Rock, Texas last weekend and while there I used my MacBook to bring up the Los Angeles Times website. I noticed a couple of ads that mentioned a “Round Rock Mom” and wouldn’t have… Continue Reading Scammers Everywhere, and They Know Where You Live
How to Get an iPad 2- A friend sent me a link to a New York Times article called “How to Procure an iPad 2.” The article was very interesting and made it sound like you could get one at Best Buy with minimal effort. Unfortunately, the article is wrong. So, read it if you want, but with a grain of… Continue Reading How to Get an iPad 2
Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue- Facebook has a nice little security hole, and someone has already done a “proof of concept” hack to show that it’s easy to get into someone’s account. The hack involves “listening” as people log into Facebook using an open network (such as what you’d find at Starbucks) and capturing names and passwords. Once that happens,… Continue Reading Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue
Best Buy’s iPad 2 Availability Checker- Best Buy sells the iPad 2, and they have a handy online iPad 2 availability checker where you can tell it which iPad 2 you want, enter a zip code, and find out whether Best Buy has it in stock at a store near you. They are not currently accepting iPad 2 orders online so… Continue Reading Best Buy’s iPad 2 Availability Checker
QR Codes: the Next Big Thing- Qrafter icon (QR code reader). QR Codes: the Next Big Thing This is a business card. So is the black-and-white mess below. And the messy one is easier to put into your address book. That’s because it’s a “QR code,” and it turns out it contains all of the information in the card above– and… Continue Reading QR Codes: the Next Big Thing
iPad 2 Unveiled- No better way to find out about the iPad 2 than to watch Steve Jobs introduce it himself. Watch the unveiling. You’ll want an iPad 2 before the video’s anywhere near finished. Worth watching to the end though so you can hear Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, say “Aluminium” (1:04:15). Certainly nice… Continue Reading iPad 2 Unveiled
Introducing “The Daily”- From the press release: New York, NY, February 2, 2011 – Today Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation, unveiled The Daily — the industry’s first national daily news publication created from the ground up for iPad.   “New times demand new journalism,” said Mr. Murdoch. “So we built The Daily completely from… Continue Reading Introducing “The Daily”
Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought- I’m back from Macworld 2011 and as usual, it was a lot of fun. Also as usual, it was a lot of walking but this year I wore tennis shoes instead of cowboy boots. It took a while but I’m getting smarter. There was plenty of cool stuff to look and play with and you… Continue Reading Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought
Macworld Expo This Week!- Macworld Expo 2011 begins today in San Francisco. Historically the largest annual Mac-related love fest held near a large body of water, Macworld has evolved over the years to a smaller show, with iPods and iPhones pushing Macs aside. However, it is still held near the same large body of water. I think I’ve been… Continue Reading Macworld Expo This Week!
Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To- Steve Jobs is a lot of things, but he’s not a mind-reader. I mention this because article after article tells us: • “For years, and across a career, knowing what consumers want has been the self-appointed task of Mr. Jobs” (New York Times) • “Jobs’ greatest gift hasn’t been for invention as much his uncanny… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To
Just worry for Steve- Apple employees were sent this email on Monday January 17th, 2011, announcing that Apple CEO Steve Jobs would be taking a leave of absence to concentrate on his health. That’s all we know. We don’t know when he’s coming back. We don’t know that he’s coming back for sure. We don’t know what’s wrong. We… Continue Reading Just worry for Steve
iPhone on Verizon- Well well well. As predicted, you will soon be able to use an iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network. You can read all about it on Verizon’s website but they leave a few things out. Here’s the stuff they don’t come right out and say. Verizon’s version of “3G” is not as fast as AT&T’s… Continue Reading iPhone on Verizon
New Mac App Store- Apple introduced its Mac “App Store” today and I love it. I think you will too. First things first: your Mac has to be on 10.6.6 or later. Here’s a link to the 10.6.6 Combo Update. You can’t use the update unless you’re already on 10.6.something, FYI. When you install the 10.6.6 Combo Update you… Continue Reading New Mac App Store
Sneaky “Google” Scam- Google called us last week. At least, they said they were Google. Turns out they weren’t– instead, they were crooks, hoping to scam us. Luckily, we were a little suspicious and didn’t get suckered into handing over our money but it would have been easy to be fooled. Here’s how the scam goes– make sure… Continue Reading Sneaky “Google” Scam
Office 2011: Don’t Bother- Executive Summary: we waited three years for THIS?! Don’t bother buying it, unless you absolutely have to. And, keep in mind that in some ways it’s not even as good as the previous version. Microsoft’s Office, like McDonald’s hamburger, is very popular without being very good. Thanks to clever bundling arrangements on the PC side,… Continue Reading Office 2011: Don’t Bother
New Apple MacBook Airs- Apple introduced a new MacBook Air portable computer today— actually, two of them. One has a 13-inch screen and the other an 11-incher. They replace the existing MacBook Air and offer several improvements over the older model, including longer battery life, better screens, instant on, and a great big multi-touch trackpad. The biggest difference under… Continue Reading New Apple MacBook Airs
Top 3 iPhone Games- Note: I am honored to present this special Guest Expert blog post, written by my friend Zach, a Macintosh and iPhone gaming expert. — Christian BoyceTop 3 iPhone Gamesby Zach, age 9 First Place: Ancient WarPoint of the game: destroy a totem pole without your own totem pole being destroyed tooCost: $1.99 Ancient War is… Continue Reading Top 3 iPhone Games
NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010- Note: this is a repeat of a blog entry from last year, with updated data for 2010. Preseason games are not included. I wanted an iCal calendar of the prime-time NFL games (Monday Night Football, the Sunday night game, the occasional Thursday night game) but I couldn’t find one online. I did find the entire… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010
Pile of old phones How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards- — How to trade your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards — RadioShack’s Trade-and-Save program is no longer. But there are plenty of other options for trading in your old cell phones and computers and other electronic equipment, including: Apple’s Trade-in Program Amazon’s Trade-in Program Gazelle and It’s Worth… Continue Reading How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards
iPhone 4 Antenna Song- Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference is going on right now. They started it by showing this YouTube video.
Free Admission to MacWorld Expo- MacWorld Expo 2011 is six months away, but if you plan ahead a little you can save major buckos on admission. In fact, if you use this link before the end of the day on July 26th, you can get in for free. San Francisco in January isn’t exactly balmy but who cares, it’s SAN… Continue Reading Free Admission to MacWorld Expo
iPhone 4 FaceTime- People ask me all the time “What does the new iPhone 4 do that my old iPhone can’t?” Here’s one thing: FaceTime. Only on iPhone 4.
iPhone 4 signal strength- You’ve probably heard about problems with Apple’s iPhone 4— specifically, there’s something about the antenna that makes the number of AT&T signal bars go down when you hold the phone in your hand “in certain ways.” It turns out that “certain ways” includes the way I’d normally hold it (in the palm of my left… Continue Reading iPhone 4 signal strength
iCal calendar for World Cup matches- UPDATE: here’s a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, in ics format (for your iPhone, Mac, or iPad). In the “better late than never” category, here’s a calendar for your iCal with the time and date of every World Cup match. Click here to get the calendar. All you do is click… Continue Reading iCal calendar for World Cup matches
Free iPhones- Radio Shack will be selling the new iPhone 4, and will be offering $200 as a trade-in for iPhone 3GS owners. Since the new iPhone is $199, you’re basically getting it for free. Worth checking it out.
Free corn dogs!- Hot Dog on a Stick is giving away free corn dogs today, from 5 pm to 8 pm. One per customer. FYI.
iPhone 4- yes please- When the first iPhone came out I got one, but I didn’t really “get it.” Now, though, I get it– and I’ll be getting the new iPhone the first day (June 24th, 2010). Here’s a link to Steve Jobs introducing the new iPhone (“the iPhone 4”) at the World Wide Developers’ Conference two days ago.… Continue Reading iPhone 4- yes please
National Office Manager Appreciation Month- June is loaded with holidays: there’s Flag Day and Fathers Day, of course, but there’s also National Donut Day (on the 4th– free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts if you follow that link), Donald Duck Day (on the 9th), and Waffle Iron Day* (on the 29th). To that, add National Accordion Awareness Month and National Turkey… Continue Reading National Office Manager Appreciation Month
About That Stolen iPhone…- It sounds like a joke– “Guy walks into a bar…”– but it’s pretty serious stuff: Apple engineer loses prototype iPhone in a bar, someone finds it, leaves the bar with it, and sells it to tech/rumor/news site for a cool 5 G’s. Gizmodo takes it apart, writes about it, gets lots of attention. Apple… Continue Reading About That Stolen iPhone…
Putting It Another Way- I’ve thought quite a bit about this Apple, Adobe, and Flash issue. I think it comes down to this: Adobe is saying “Hardware doesn’t matter.” They have an idea for an app (for a smartphone) or an idea for a desktop application (for a Mac or a PC), and then they try to make it… Continue Reading Putting It Another Way
Apple, Adobe, and Flash- You may have heard that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch do not run Flash. Flash is Adobe’s plug-in software, used by web designers for animations and video. Apple doesn’t like Flash because it’s buggy and slow, and– I suspect– because it leads to sloppy, cheesy websites with gratuitous rollover action. Adobe gives away the… Continue Reading Apple, Adobe, and Flash
iPhone OS 4 Coming Soon- Apple showed off its upcoming iPhone software update, the so-called iPhone OS 4. It really looks great but to most people, it won’t “look” at all because it’s mostly under the hood, which is how it ought to be. All you’ll know is your iPhone (and iPad) will be easier and more fun to use.… Continue Reading iPhone OS 4 Coming Soon
Apple’s Sold 300,000 iPads- 300,000 iPads sold so far. Pretty impressive for something that no one thought they wanted or needed– really, an extra device, not a replacement for anything else– until Apple showed it to us in January. Correction: it’s 300,000 iPads as of midnight Saturday April 3rd (the first day they were available). That’s even better.
Nice iPad Video- reviewed the iPad and produced this very nice video that tells you all about it. Yes, the narrator speaks too rapidly, but you’re in control– put your mouse over the video and pause it if you need to (I did). Or grab the time (above the little stripe showing how much you’ve watched) and… Continue Reading Nice iPad Video
First iPad Review(s)- David Pogue reviewed the iPad. Actually, he reviewed it twice. Worth a quick read.
iPad Video Tutorials- You may not have heard but Apple has something new called the iPad and it’s coming out April 3rd (this Saturday). They’ve made some sales tools, I mean instructional videos, and you can watch them via this link. Warning: the videos are very well done and you may find yourself ordering an iPad after watching… Continue Reading iPad Video Tutorials
Apple’s first iPad ad- Apple showed its first iPad ad last night, during the Academy Awards. (I think they showed the first iPhone ad during the Academy Awards three years ago– that worked out pretty well.) Here’s a link to the ad. I’m not sold on the iPad, nor on the ad. It’s a bit noisy for me– I… Continue Reading Apple’s first iPad ad
Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive- Radio station KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angeles had me on their show March 6th, 2010. Here are links to the audio archive: one link for the first half hour, and another link for the second. It’s an interesting show so I recommend you listen to both. However, the interview with me is in the… Continue Reading Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive
iPads coming soon- (from Apple’s press release) Apple today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the… Continue Reading iPads coming soon
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010- There’s a terrific radio program called “Digital Village” on Saturday mornings in Los Angeles. The hosts (Ric Allan and Doran Barons) discuss technology and its impact on communication. It’s always interesting. You should check it out. This Saturday, March 6th, I’ll be Digital Village’s featured guest. I’ll be talking about last month’s Macworld Expo, and… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010
Macworld Expo Report- I’m back from Macworld Expo. I spent about a day and a half there, plenty of time to see all of the exhibits once and many of them twice. The show was much, MUCH smaller than last year. We knew in advance that Apple wouldn’t be there, but we were all wondering how many others… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report
Macworld Expo is this week!- The big Macworld Expo show starts this Thursday in San Francisco. For the first time in Macworld’s history, Apple will not be there. (In case you didn’t know, Macworld Expo is put on by the people who own Macworld magazine. Apple was never the host of Macworld, only an attendee.) It should be an interesting… Continue Reading Macworld Expo is this week!
Apple iPad Info- You may not have heard but Apple introduced something called the iPad today. There are plenty of places for you to read about the not-shipping-for-two-months iPad, and I haven’t had my hand(s) on one yet, so rather than write about it myself I’m just sending you a few links. Apple’s iPad pages Engadget’s iPad pages… Continue Reading Apple iPad Info
Save Time and Trouble with You know that feeling you get when you suddenly discover that there’s a much easier way to do things? That’s the feeling I got when I “discovered”, because Tripit makes one of my more tedious tasks go away. Which task is that? The one where I type flight information into my calendar so I… Continue Reading Save Time and Trouble with
Apple’s new i-thing- Everyone’s asking me about this new “thing” from Apple, so I thought I’d answer all of you at once. First of all, no one outside of a select few at Apple know anything about Apple’s not-yet-announced thing. We don’t know what it’s called, we don’t know what it looks like, we don’t know when it… Continue Reading Apple’s new i-thing
Blog from anywhere!- There’s a nifty little iPhone app called BlogPress and it lets you add and edit Blogger and Blogspot blog entries. If you have a blog on either Blogger or Blogspot you simply must try it. I’m using the free version (there’s a fancier not-free version) and it works like a charm. Another couple of great… Continue Reading Blog from anywhere!
Lower Prices for AT&T’s iPhone plan- This just in: AT&T is cutting the price of their unlimited voice and data plan for the iPhone to $99. The old price was $129. There is no word (yet) about whether they will cut the price on the other, not-unlimited plans. Existing iPhone users can switch to the cheaper plan by going to AT&T’s… Continue Reading Lower Prices for AT&T’s iPhone plan
Missing the Steve Jobs keynote- In years past, the first week of January meant “incredibly cool and awesome” new products from Apple, presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his keynote speech at MacWorld Expo. Apple’s not going to MacWorld this year, and MacWorld’s been moved to February anyway, and gee it feels like something’s missing. This video– a condensed… Continue Reading Missing the Steve Jobs keynote
Hardware and Software Money-Savers- Amazon has Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition* quite a bit below the list price (The Apple Store sells it for $98). This is an especially good deal because you get three installation serial numbers in the package, meaning your purchase covers installing on three machines. Microsoft Office is a little on… Continue Reading Hardware and Software Money-Savers
Happy Thanksgiving 2009- We’ll be back next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the turkey and pumpkin pie, and check out our older posts. Answer our poll question too, if you have the time.
Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse- There it is: Apple’s Magic Mouse (held by someone else’s nicely manicured hand). I have one (a Magic Mouse, not a nicely manicured hand) and so far, so good. I’ve used it for a week and I’m happy. It’s super-precise, it’s wireless (yay), and there aren’t any parts to get gummy and quit working. Plus… Continue Reading Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse
Time to Upgrade to Snow Leopard- Apple released the 10.6.2 Snow Leopard update and it fixes a whole lot of issues (click the link and start the download while you read). I had been waiting for this update before moving to Snow Leopard, and I’m glad I did. Apple had already put out the 10.6.1 update, but that didn’t address the… Continue Reading Time to Upgrade to Snow Leopard
Free Mac Software- The people at MacHeist put together bundles of software at a low price. This time it’s VERY low: $0. All you have to do is visit their site and sign up. For FREE you get… ShoveBox (for storing information snippets, though I prefer Evernote) WriteRoom (a nice little writing program) Twitterific (very useful if you… Continue Reading Free Mac Software
Introducing Managed Service from Christian Boyce- We’re introducing something new today: Managed Service from Christian Boyce. In a nutshell, you get the same great service as always, but you get it sooner and it costs you less. Click this link to read all about it.
New Apple Stuff, Today!- Actually, some of this stuff isn’t really “new.” It’s more like “revised.” But hey. And most of this stuff wasn’t in the stores today, though it will be in about a week. I found that out by visiting a few Apple Stores this afternoon, in search of a Magic Mouse*. I’ll get one, and when… Continue Reading New Apple Stuff, Today!
Anti-Glare Film for the iPhone- Power Support Anti-Glare Film is the best $14.95 you can spend on your iPhone. It does a great job of cutting glare, it protects your iPhone’s screen, it cuts down on fingerprints, and it feels great as you tap and drag. You ought to get some. They come two to a package so find a… Continue Reading Anti-Glare Film for the iPhone
A Boyce in the Wilderness- Fifteen months and 120 blog entries ago I started writing this blog. One of the reasons I did it was to experiment with the blogging concept, in particular how a single person’s writings– a voice in the wilderness– would be discovered out on the web. How long would it take? Who would the readers be?… Continue Reading A Boyce in the Wilderness
iPhone 3.1.2 Update- Apple released updated iPhone software, version 3.1.2, this very afternoon. The previous version was 3.1 and no I don’t know what happened to 3.1.1. This update takes a lot less time than the 3.1 version and it is supposed to help the iPhone to wake up from sleep more reliably, to connect to the AT&T… Continue Reading iPhone 3.1.2 Update
Buying an iMac? Wait a week- All signs point to a revised/renewed/refreshed iMac coming very very soon. If you can wait, wait.
MMS iPhone Update- MMS: noun. Abbreviation for Multimedia Messaging Service, an enhancement to the SMS (Short Messaging Service). In English: with MMS, you can still “text” someone, but now you can send a picture, or a video, or a sound. This feature was part of Apple’s 3.0 upgrade a few months ago, and lots of people have been… Continue Reading MMS iPhone Update
Great Deal on Microsoft Office 2008- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition If you need it, you need it. Amazon usually has it for a lot less than anyone else does. Yes, you’ll have to wait to get it delivered, but there’s no shipping charge, and what’s a couple of days? Use this link* to go straight to… Continue Reading Great Deal on Microsoft Office 2008
iPhone 3.1 Update- Last Wednesday’s iPod/iTunes lovefest marked the introduction of the iPhone 3.1 update. I installed it on my iPhone 3GS without a problem though the process was very time-consuming. Figure on at least an hour to get this done. Of course it’s completely automatic: connect your iPhone to your Mac, and when iTunes launches click on… Continue Reading iPhone 3.1 Update
Great deal on iWork ’09- You already know that Apple’s iWork ’09 is a lot more fun than Microsoft Office. Recently, I gave a demonstration of iWork ’09 at the Cap Mac user group in Austin, Texas and after the show everyone wanted to know how to get it for less than the $79 list price. Well, here’s how. Click… Continue Reading Great deal on iWork ’09
Apple Special Event Recap- Apple’s special event came and went yesterday– pretty interesting stuff, especially if you spend your time rearranging your music. The highlights: a new version of iTunes, and iPod nanos with video cameras. Details follow. The new iTunes (version 9) is easy to navigate if you’ve used any previous version. New features include the ability to… Continue Reading Apple Special Event Recap
Apple Event September 9th- Apple will hold a special event, centered on iPods and iTunes, Wednesday September 9th in San Francisco. The event is called “It’s only rock and roll, but we like it.” As usual, there are plenty of people guessing at what Apple has up its sleeve. I can guess too, but why bother? We’ll all know… Continue Reading Apple Event September 9th
Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.”- Wish I could say “Go get it, install it, you’ll be very happy” but I can’t. I installed Snow Leopard on my MacBook yesterday, had a few problems, and went back to 10.5.8. My advice: wait until Apple has a 10.6.1 update before installing Snow Leopard. That’s what I’m going to do. There are plenty… Continue Reading Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.”
Snow Leopard Highlights- Based on Apple’s “Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements” page, we have some nice stuff to look forward to in Mac OS X 10.6. Here’s a quick list of what matters most to me. Rewritten Finder. Finally, after all these years, Apple has rewritten the Finder, in Cocoa. They’ve been telling everyone else to use Cocoa… Continue Reading Snow Leopard Highlights
Snow Leopard, available August 28th- Looky here– Apple finished Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) early! The software, which costs $29 for Macs with 10.5 already installed, will be available this Friday. If you want to know more about Snow Leopard, click here. If you want to buy a copy of Snow Leopard, click here*. I will install Snow Leopard… Continue Reading Snow Leopard, available August 28th
Bigger Wednesday- Long-time readers may remember “Big Wednesday” (July 30th, 2008) as my blog’s first 50-visit day. You can scroll down and read all about it. In case you don’t scroll down, the gist of the blog entry was “Today 50, tomorrow 100. Tell a friend.” Well, it took a little longer than I thought it would… Continue Reading Bigger Wednesday
Snow Leopard is coming- Apple’s next version of the Mac OS is called Snow Leopard. It’s not out yet, but it will be soon, and I am already getting questions about it. Here are the answers. What’s Snow Leopard? Snow Leopard is Mac OS X 10.6. Rather than introduce hundreds of new features, Snow Leopard is focussed on being… Continue Reading Snow Leopard is coming
It’s “iPhone 3GS,” not “iPhone 3G S”- I don’t know if it’s official or not but it appears that the new iPhone– previously known as the “iPhone 3G S”– is now known as the “iPhone 3GS.” The space between the “G” and the “S” has disappeared. Not sure when this happened but I’m glad of it, as it was awkward to type… Continue Reading It’s “iPhone 3GS,” not “iPhone 3G S”
Newspapers Around the World- Here’s a website that shows you newspapers from around the world. Point to a city and see the front page of today’s paper for that city. Click on a city and you’ll see the front page zoomed in. Look around (top right) for links to that newspaper’s website etc. Really fun. Thanks to my friend… Continue Reading Newspapers Around the World
Palm Pre– not for me- No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot about Palm’s new “Pre” phone, made by a new team at Palm that looks a lot like the old team at Apple. Jon Rubinstein heads the group (and now Palm itself) and he used to be in charge of the iPod division of Apple. (Click the link to… Continue Reading Palm Pre– not for me
WWDC Keynote Speech- Apple’s Phil Schiller gave the keynote speech at the World Wide Developers Conference. Click the picture to watch the show. In a nutshell: Updated MacBook Pro laptops Updated iPhones (some cheaper, some faster) iPhone software 3.0 coming this month Mac OS X 10.6 coming in September– for $29! No, they did NOT come out with… Continue Reading WWDC Keynote Speech
Rumor Roundup- Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) starts tomorrow in San Francisco. WWDC is an annual gathering of programmers who create applications for the Mac and the iPhone, hosted by Apple, and it’s a very big deal. It costs $1000 to attend, which is also a very big deal, and that explains why I’m not there… Continue Reading Rumor Roundup
Two ways to get a free iPod Touch- Apple’s giving away an iPod Touch with purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac. Actually, it’s a rebate thing, so you have to pay for it first, then submit the receipt, and wait for your money to come back. And, you can only take advantage of the deal if you’re going to… Continue Reading Two ways to get a free iPod Touch
iWork ’09 Missing Manual- After months of hard work the iWork ’09 Missing Manual is now available. Here’s a modified version of the cover: Frankly, I think it’s fantastic, and not just because I was involved in it. Josh Clark has written a superb book and you are going to want to read it cover to cover. Click here… Continue Reading iWork ’09 Missing Manual
Stuff I Like, part 2- It’s taken nine months but here, finally, is Stuff I Like, part 2. (Stuff I Like, part 1 was about PowerSupport Anti-Glare Film— now called “Tru Protection”* Anti-Glare film.) You can read all about these programs at their websites, so I’m not going to go into great detail here. I will give you a short… Continue Reading Stuff I Like, part 2
Billion Apps contest- Apple’s iPhone App Store is closing in on one BILLION downloads. From now until the billionth download, everyone who downloads anything from the App Store will be entered into a drawing for a gob of cool prizes ($10,000 iTunes gift card, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro, lunch with C. Boyce, etc.). Click here for the details.
Apple’s still in business- By now everyone’s written about Steve Jobs taking a little break for health reasons. Two themes have been repeated: Is Steve OK? Is there life for Apple after Steve Jobs? The answer to number 1 is “we don’t know.” Rumors have him considering a liver transplant. No truth to the rumor that Apple is developing… Continue Reading Apple’s still in business
Macworld Expo Report 2.0- Macworld Expo’s over-– hopefully, just for this year, but possibly forever. Rumors are swirling that Apple will go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year (which means that I might get to finally attend that show, since it’s always conflicted with Macworld). In fact, some sources say that Apple’s already paid for… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 2.0
Macworld Expo Keynote- Well, it’s come and gone– the 2009 Macworld Expo keynote speech. You can watch all 90 minutes of it, including a couple of songs by Tony Bennett, including “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Here’s the link. I have to say that Phil Schiller did an admirable job, considering what he was up against.… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Keynote
Macworld Expo Report 1.0- Coming Soon (January 10th, 2009 at 10 AM): it’s the Christian Boyce Macworld Expo Report, live from San Francisco. I’ll tell you all about the groovy stuff I saw at Macworld and I’ll tell you what I found out about Steve Jobs and I’ll tell you whether there will be a Macworld Expo next year… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 1.0
Website of the Day- If you have a Mac, you have a copy of Apple’s iCal calendar. It’s a nice little calendar, and it syncs with the iPhone, and there’s almost no reason not to use it. Especially when someone else types in the information! That’s where MarkThisDate comes in. MarkThisDate has zillions of calendars that are yours for… Continue Reading Website of the Day What a cool website, and gee don’t I wish I’d found it before I took apart that iBook and couldn’t put it back together again. Click the picture and have a look. How-to manuals. Parts. Friendly tips. cboyce says “Check it out.” (Here’s the manual I should have read before taking apart the iBook):
Macworld Expo news- Macworld Expo is still three weeks away and already there is plenty of news, and all of it’s bad. First, as you’ve surely heard by now, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will NOT be giving the keynote speech this time. That’s bad. Jobs’ keynotes have been a big part of Macworld Expo, often the best part.… Continue Reading Macworld Expo news
AppShopper website- Here’s a handy website for you iPhone users. It’s called “AppShopper.” With more than 10,000 iPhone applications available it’s getting harder and harder to find just the one you want via the iTunes Store. AppShopper makes it easy. Here’s a screen shot.
Uncle Steve says “We’ll fix it”- I hear that Steve Jobs sent “someone” an email saying he knows about the iPhone problem reported here– the one where all applications (except the default Apple ones) open for two seconds and then slam shut. He says the problem will be fixed in September, via a Software Update. Yahoo!
New iPhone Software! Yahoo!- Apple put out iPhone software 2.0.2 last evening. I of course installed it, and I of course am still having problems. If you were hoping (as I was) that everything would be fixed the next time Apple put out new iPhone software, you will be disappointed. Apple doesn’t say much about this release. All they… Continue Reading New iPhone Software! Yahoo!
Living in a Modern World- In the olden days, you watched the Olympics on TV and you only got to see what they wanted you to see, when they wanted you to see it. If you were away from the TV you didn’t get to see it. Life was hard. But NOW, you can watch the Olympics on your computer,… Continue Reading Living in a Modern World
Big Wednesday- Wednesday July 30th, 2008 was’s biggest day ever in terms of “site visits.” We had 50, which means that someone came to the site 50 times. Now, that could be ME going to the site, closing my browser, coming back a little later, etc., 50 times… but it wasn’t. I like to think it… Continue Reading Big Wednesday
Groovy new search engine- There’s a new search engine– It’s really cool. In fact, that’s how you pronounce it. Give it a whirl. UPDATE: they’re out of business.
Blogging His Way to Millions- I’ve been hearing (from everyone) that the guy who runs Mac Rumors has quit his doctoring job and is now supporting himself via his daily blogging. Incredible. The key, of course, is traffic– you need to have lots of people coming to your site so you can get advertisers interested in paying you to display… Continue Reading Blogging His Way to Millions
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