How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone you might have noticed that your Other category is taking up more storage than before. I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, although it seems like the Other category grows as you upgrade from one model of iPhone to another. My spouse and I own 16 GB iPhone 5s, and we’ve recently been looking to free up more space to store music. Normally, I’d remove apps to free … [Read more...]

The Nest Screwdriver

My new Nest Learning Thermostat arrived yesterday. So far, I love it. But I’m not going to talk about the thermostat right now. I want to use it for a few weeks before sharing my thoughts on it. Instead I want to talk about a screwdriver. Installing the Nest requires two screws. Instead of heading to the garage to search for my toolbox, Nest includes the tool I need. Few companies sweat … [Read more...]

My Windows Experience

I bought my first PC in 1994. It ran both DOS and Windows 3.1. Over the next few months, I’d install more RAM, a modem and a CD-ROM. Although I justified my purchase by telling myself I’d no longer have to rely on the computers at the library at the University of Utah, my computer wasn’t used for much outside of a playing Links Golf and Doom. Until Windows 95. The … [Read more...]

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps

I’ve wanted to compare Google Maps to Apple Maps for a while but never got around to it. But a couple of weeks ago I made four trips between St. George and Las Vegas. The trip covers about 130 miles each way or two hours of drive time which would provide me the chance to test both apps in and around a small and larger city. On my first trip to Vegas I ran both Google Maps and Apple Maps … [Read more...]

The Computer in Your Hands

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Resale Value

I pulled this data from the January 2014 edition of Consumer Reports. Although they review dozens of phones this month, they don’t account for why the iPhone is worth two to three times as much as the popular Galaxy phone after two years. Probably just an anomaly. … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Ads

Steve Wildstrom for Techpinions comparing the different approaches Apple and Microsoft took with their latest ads: I have worked with both companies for many years and can assure you that while they are very different from each other, both are fiercely competitive, touchy, and as huggable as  hedgehogs. But there can be big difference between what you are and the persona you choose to … [Read more...]

Making of the Mac Pro

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