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Make something wonderful

I’m a sucker for an Apple product announcement. Yesterday’s event inaugurated the Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple campus. The theater looks stunningly gorgeous, as you would expect from the world’s most prominent design-centric company. The products announced were almost overshadowed by the venue and by the touching tribute that opened the keynote. The […]

Ten years later: iPhone’s impact

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on this day ten years ago during his 2007 Macworld keynote. I remember watching the recorded keynote later at home on my beloved first Mac (the adorable white iMac G4*). I sat enthralled watching Jobs masterfully and with obvious glee unveil the never-before-seen features of this new device. I gasped along […]

Streaks App

Earlier today I downloaded Streaks, an app to track habits you want to keep. My habit-keeping habit has been abysmal this year, and I needed a fresh approach. I have used Habit List to good effect in the past, but I’m thinking a shiny new tool might rejuvenate my commitment to routines that make my life […]

My next computer: iPad Pro

I’ve been an iPad guy since the first version was announced in 2010. I loved it immediately and used it mostly for reading, but also for writing. It was just supplemental, though, to my iPhone and the two iMacs I had—one at the office and the other at home. The home iMac is old now […]

Beautifully empty

Our living room right now: We are not moving. We just had our floors repaired after our water heater died and tried taking as much of the rest of the house with it as it could. We’ve been in this house for thirteen years. In spite of the hassle of fixing the floors, it’s worth it […]

Apple’s new iPhone dock

A dock came with the first couple of iPhones. There was one in the box with my iPhone 3G in 2008.  It was a nice touch and gave the phone a home, a more definite sense of place. And it was more of an incentive to just put it away when you got home.  But […]

Becoming Steve Jobs: Adversity and failure before triumph

  The new, much-hyped biography, Becoming Steve Jobs, was released yesterday, and my pre-ordered copy was on my porch when I got home last night. This is the rare book that I’m choosing to purchase as a physical book instead of an ebook. The advance praise was sufficient enough and the topic is one I […]

Tim Cook on Steve Jobs and the values that drive Apple

Fast Company has an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook that is filled with quote-worthy insights. Cook, an Auburn University graduate from Mobile, Alabama, has always come across to me as a genuinely good guy. Very smart and driven and hard-working, of course, but a regular, unassuming nice person who just happens to run the […]

On wearable technology and the world as it might be

Ben Thompson has a great post today about wearable technology in light of Apple’s upcoming new device: How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market Thompson lately has been putting out a consistent stream of thoughtful analysis of Apple especially and of the direction of technology in general. In his most recent post about the Apple […]

Apple’s event: MacBook thoughts

I took a day off today. My kids are on spring break, and my wife is out of town for work. Daddy-daughter day included plenty of play time, a trip to the movies (Spongebob… meh), dinner out, and a grocery run. Yet, somehow, I was able to take in the entire live-stream of Apple’s product […]

Jony Ive and the moral purpose of design

It’s Apple Watch week with Monday’s event approaching rapidly and many eager to see just what the final details will be.* And the Jony Ive press tour continues. (Has Apple ever granted this much access to Ive or any of its top people? This is a new era of openness in Tim Cook’s Apple.) Here’s […]

Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and plussing your life

I’ve been immersed in Walt Disney recently. I’m reading a biography which is giving me a better appreciation of the impact one dynamic person can have on an organization and ultimately on society. And then today I found this article linked from ToolsAndToys.net. It’s a piece by Rolly Crump, a former Disney Imagineer who worked […]

Pre-ordered: Becoming Steve Jobs

I enjoyed Walter Isaacson’s massive, authorized biography of Steve Jobs. It was a big bestseller when it was published in 2011 so soon after its iconic subject died. The book was filled with sensational stories highlighting Jobs’s infamous temperament, and it was a decent history of the early days of the technology revolution. (Though, the […]

Alto’s Adventure: A great iOS game

I’m not much of a game player, but occasionally one will come along that is just delightful. The newly released Alto’s Adventure for iOS is that game. It’s two bucks and well worth it for its gorgeous design and satisfying, immersive experience. You ride a snowboard down a mountain and collect stray llamas. Really. I […]

The sacred status of design at Apple

The New Yorker profile on Jony Ive I posted about yesterday is rich with detail about the primacy of design at the world’s most valuable company. It’s such a long feature it took reading it over two days for me to finish it. I’m struck by the near sacred status of design at Apple. The […]

Jony Ive and upping our design standards

This New Yorker profile of Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, is a fascinating look at not just the man, but also into the mysterious, vaunted design lab he orchestrates inside Apple. Design has moved to the forefront of our culture in a way it never has been before, and Apple and Ive are at least […]

Daily apps: Useful and delightful

My current iPhone home screen. These are my most frequently used apps at the moment. I have six other screens of apps that mostly don’t get much use. Those apps that merit inclusion on my home screen are ones that serve a regular useful purpose and are a delight to use. They do their jobs […]

A daily app: Pedometer++

  We have daily carry items. Everyday I put my keys, phone, and wallet in my pockets before leaving home. Now, most of us have daily apps, phone apps we use every day. These are the apps that stay on your home screen or not too far from it. I’ve recently begun using Pedometer++ to track […]

A Dave Grohl Christmas: The gift of surprise and delight

Most gift-giving gatherings this time of year have a bit of an absurd quality to them. Family members make wish lists for each other of exactly what they want, and there’s an implied understanding that you need to stick with the list. But, then, what’s the point? You could avoid the hassle and all just […]

App sale: Day One is 99 cents till Dec. 26

One of my favorite and most used apps, Day One, is on sale now through December 26 for only 99 cents. It’s normal price is $4.99. If you’ve been holding out because you think five bucks is too much to spend on any app, here’s your chance. But, really, an app that brings value to […]

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