Slices of Apple episode 12: The 105% solution

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Brett Murray, who worked at A...

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MacTech Conference special this weekend

If you've never been, MacTech Conference is an event for IT Pros, consultants, and techs. This annual event has been fantastic each year since its 2010 inception - and I and others on the TUAW team have been a part of it first hand as media, attendee or speakers. Not only does the event have worl...

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Jon Taffer's BarHQ app wants to increase your profits

Jon Taffer took the business of bar consulting to a new level when SpikeTV decided to run the show Bar Rescue, featuring Taffer as the irascible host. Since then he's had season after season of showing the public how sharp he is at turning around even the most hopeless bars (when the owners actu...

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Aces Conference coming next year

Former TUAW contributor Justin Esgar is launching Aces Conference in New Orleans next year, and it's designed to help you build your consulting business. Justin is an ace when it comes to building businesses, particularly consulting, and has been a Mac IT guy for many years. He branched out with...

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Apple changes App Store "Free" button to say "Get"

Back in the day (as in yesterday) you could go to the App Store and tap a button that said FREE to download a free app. Today, you'll be tapping a button that says GET. Why? Speculation is that issues regarding in-app purchases and litigation overseas may be to blame. I guess it makes sense, ...

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Slices of Apple episode 11: Making it great

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Matt Drance, a developer who w...

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The iWatch mockups from yesteryear

Old smartwatches don't die, they just need new batteries. I was going through some old bookmarks last night and I ran across a site called Wrist Dreams, which had a sad but funny list of smartwatches from 7 or more years ago. Listed among the fish finder watch and "thinking" watches, there's a link ...

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.NET Server Core to go open source, will run on Macs

There's no question .NET is a popular option for developers, but if you wanted to run .NET applications your server had to run Windows. Microsoft is in the process of making its tools even more accessible, and open-sourcing the .NET server stack is one way the company is hoping to win over more ...

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Sunrise calendar, Things productivity apps updated

Sunrise calendar has always been a 3rd choice for me, behind Apple's and Readdle's excellent Calendars 5 (I use Fantastical + BusyCal on my Mac). But after hearing a lot of smart people rave about Sunrise, I've decided to give it a try. Lucky for me, a new update adds some great features and a gr...

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Is your iDevice screen unusually dim after installing iOS 8.1?

Over the weekend my son came to me with a curious issue. After updating his 5th generation iPod touch to iOS 8.1, the screen was suddenly much dimmer than usual, and no amount of resetting, re-installing or futzing with settings seemed to fix it. That's because 8.1 seems to introduce something t...

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