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Steven Sande

Features Editor

blog http://transientspike.com
twitter stevensande

Steve was born two weeks before the start of the Space Age, and has been a fan of technology since birth. A lifelong resident of Colorado, Steve graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (1978) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (1983).

He began writing for TUAW in 2008, and is now the Features Editor for the blog. One of his passions is "The Internet of Things", so you can find him controlling his house from his iPhone most of the time ... except when his battery is dead.

When he's not blogging for TUAW, he's writing books for Pearson and his personal blog, Transient Spike

Steven Sande's Latest Posts

Blogo 2 brings a native WordPress app to OS X

For those who use the popular WordPress content management system for blogging, there are a lot of iOS tools. In the OS X world, however, you're generally content to use a Markdown tool that also happens to upload content to WordPress blogs. Blogo 2.0 (US$29.99, available at introductory price of...

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Cambridge Audio releases three new wireless speakers

Cambridge Audio creates speaker products that are usually quite well-received by the press and by users. Last year, the company released the Minx Go and Minx Air 100 speakers, both of which were given a glowing review here on TUAW. Cambridge Audio isn't resting on its laurels; the company today...

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Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac upgrade arrives, supports OS X Yosemite

Like the turning of the seasons, we can always expect an upgrade of Parallels Desktop about this time of year. 2014 is no exception, and Parallels announced today that Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition are now available for current users. As one would...

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Felix StretchWrite transforms any pen or pencil into a stylus

Despite Steve Jobs' dislike of styluses as pointing and writing devices for smartphones and tablets, a lot of people find the pointy sticks to be a necessity for accuracy. But there are still some issues with styluses -- they're usually more expensive than they need to be, and it's hard to find...

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Dr. Dre takes the Ice Bucket Challenge plunge [video]

The chain of Ice Bucket Challenge videos for Apple executives remains unbroken. First up was Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller, who sent the challenge on to CEO Tim Cook. Cook took the plunge in front of a huge crowd at an Apple beer bash last week, extending the challenge to Beats executive and...

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Security breach may be reason for Gatekeeper app signing changes (Updated)

A discussion has been brewing on Twitter today regarding the recent app signing changes that could leave some apps blocked by Gatekeeper if developers don't re-sign the apps. Apple had let developers know that "With the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, the way that OS X recognizes signed apps...

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PĒQ marks Best Buy's entrance into smart home market

All the big players are getting into the smart home/connected device market. First, Google acquired Nest, then came word last week that SmartThings was bought by Samsung. While Apple is staying away from connected device hardware, iOS 8 will bring a home automation framework to iPhone and iPad...

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Ten One Design Magnus Air: All iPad Air stand, no bulk

When an accessory PR rep says she's going to send me an iPad Air stand, I usually expect to receive a heavy package in the mail a few days later. That's why the new Ten One Design Magnus Air (US$39.95) surprised me so much when it showed up in a small padded envelope. Ten One Design touts the...

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Noke Bluetooth app-enabled padlock launches on Kickstarter

I was so excited about this Kickstarter campaign that launched this morning that I decided to forgo waiting until our usual Thursday crowdfunding roundup to write it up. The new project is from FÜZ Designs, the same team that brought you the EverDock last year. But the Noke (pronounced...

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Monitor OS X network, CPU and disk activity in the Dock

For those Mac users who love to push their hardware to its limits, the OS X Activity Monitor (found in Applications > Utilities) can be a handy tool. I often use it to find out if one process or another has suddenly decided to take over my iMac, to figure out if I'm redlining my network...

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