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Friday, November 7

Upgrades that bring the future into focus | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Here are some aspects of Yosemite and iOS 8 that pique the feeling of experiencing the future now — and even a few cases where the future needs to be held off.

Friday, October 10

Plus-size iPhone too much, but device synergy impresses | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson looks at new and upcoming product releases from Apple, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, what’s new with Touch ID, and how devices are communicating with each other in better ways.

Friday, September 12

Apple broadens its ecosystem with its watch, payment system | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

It’s not unusual for Apple devices to work together, but its latest products and announcements accentuate a change in Apple’s attitude: it’s time to really put the Apple ecosystem to work.

Friday, August 15

Tap into Apple’s future with Yosemite beta program | Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson

In a rare move, Apple is running a public beta program of OS X Yosemite, open to the first 1 million people to volunteer.

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.