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Friday, July 18
Apps offer useful complexity with simple interface | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

A to-do list and a podcast player. It’s harder than you think to make them work well. But these two apps offer a clean interface and belies the thought put into them.

Friday, June 20

Apple blurs line between Mac, iOS platforms and that’s OK | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Apple is bringing the OS X and iOS platforms a bit closer to each other in their next iterations. Users can get a taste of what’s to come this fall when the software for each is released.

Friday, May 23

Search is over: Slingshot is the way to go for videoconferencing | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

After trying different options, a search for an effective videoconferencing system settles on Slingshot. Among other things, it allows users to share the screen of an iOS device with a group in a shared conference.

Friday, April 25

Heartbleed fallout: It’s time to change most passwords | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

The big question is which passwords to change. Mashable has put together of major services, like Facebook and Tumblr, noting whether they were affected and if a fix is in place.

Friday, March 28

iPad Office not the only local hit at Macworld | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Microsoft, with its new Office suite for the iPad, wasn’t the only Seattle-area company with a new product getting attention at this week’s Macworld/iWorld conference.

Friday, January 31

Mac is still with us, even thriving 30 years later | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

It’s amazing how much the original Mac still affects what we do today, writes Jeff Carlson. With January’s anniversary, lots of longtime users have enjoyed remembering the models they’ve owned over the years.

Sunday, January 5

FruitJuice app keeps MacBook batteries in shape | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

FruitJuice app also tracks battery history, so you can view a chart of how much time you spent fully charged, charging and on battery going back a full year.

Friday, December 6

Beyond data backup, maybe a backup machine? | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Computing catastrophes happen, and besides backing up your data, Jeff Carlson has found that it pays to also have a backup computer available just in case.

Friday, November 15

Celebrated Apple design far beyond ‘shelf appeal’ | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Apple is focused more on physical feel and user interaction with its new Retina iPad mini and the thinner, lighter iPad Air. The latter seems to Jeff Carlson to have achieved all that the company must have envisioned with its original iPad.

Friday, October 11

Nature plus technology can focus on improving our lives | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

The iPhone is now the camera of choice for impromptu moments and shots we want to share quickly on Facebook, Twitter or email.

Friday, September 13

iPhone debuts with focus on what’s inside | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Dramatically innovations in the inner workings of Apple’s new iPhone 5s flagship model are a sign this phone is one you’ll actually be able to use for the duration of your two-year contract.