Skip to content
Thoughtful, detailed coverage of everything Apple for 28 years
and the TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals
Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten provides consulting services on Mac, IT, and productivity, and is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. His most recent book is Take Control of Your Productivity.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019: Health, Home, and Other Products at the Sands

Jeff Porten’s visit to the CES Home and Health show floor included a smart mailbox for your deliveries, a battery accessible to the blind, a smartwatch you never charge, and news of an embarrassing moment for the CTA.

Jeff Porten No comments

OmniFocus 3: What’s New and What’s Blue in Task Management

OmniFocus, the power user tool of choice for Mac task management, has reached version 3 on the Mac, the iOS version has caught up in features, and a Web version is in beta. Jeff Porten discusses task management in general, what’s new and great in OmniFocus, and where the trouble spots still are.

Jeff Porten 2 comments

CES 2019: ShowStoppers Demos Smart Ovens, Big Batteries, and More

One company lights the world, another proposes to cook for you, and Apple teases Google over privacy while an open-source voice assistant ups the privacy ante.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019: Pepcom Shows Off Futuristic Displays and More

As CES continues, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten covers the Pepcom Digital Experience, another of the breakout shows that offers a somewhat curated collection of gadgets, gizmos, and pie-in-the-sky services.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019: CES Unveiled Kicks Off the Annual Gadget-fest

Jeff Porten starts the CES tornado with a mere gale force wind at the kickoff press-only breakout show, CES Unveiled.

Jeff Porten 1 comment

CES’s 2019 Tech Trends: Big Data, 5G, AI, AR/VR, Autonomous Vehicles—and Bigger TVs

Our roving correspondent Jeff Porten is once again attending CES, and his first report comes from the Consumer Technology Association’s annual predictions of what’s coming for the year.

Jeff Porten 18 comments

Google Fi Comes to the iPhone… Mostly

Google's Project Fi phone service has become Google Fi, with official support for using the iPhone you bring to the plan. But the iPhone experience isn't the same as for Android phones using regular Google Fi. So for now, Google Fi is worthwhile only in select circumstances.

Jeff Porten 12 comments

No Snoozing Allowed: Better Ways to Deal with Email

Email management is, for most of us, a constant battle to deal with an uncontrollable number of messages in a finite amount of time. Many email apps try to “help” with tricks to hide email messages until later, but these are counterproductive. “Take Control of Your Productivity” author Jeff Porten suggests better methods.

Jeff Porten No comments

TechSoup: Get Deep Discounts on Technology for Your Nonprofit

If you’re involved in a nonprofit organization that has technology needs, TechSoup provides deeply discounted software and services. Jeff Porten is a fan, but he found that signing up for and making good use of TechSoup requires some effort. Here’s what he learned.

Jeff Porten 8 comments

Exploring Sinemia and Other Movie Subscription Service Alternatives to MoviePass

With the financial troubles at MoviePass making headlines, Jeff Porten reviews the competing service Sinemia, and rounds up similar subscription services offered by two theater chains.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

CE Week 2018: New Tech at “CES East”

Curious about what consumer electronics companies are up to in the months that follow the big CES show in Las Vegas? They’re not sitting still, as Jeff Porten discovered while attending two mini-CES shows in New York City. Read on for the latest in geeky gear, gadgets, and gizmos.

Jeff Porten 6 comments

Apple Announces Service Program for Butterfly-Switch Keyboards

Apple’s new service program won’t increase key travel for the butterfly-switch keyboards in the MacBook or MacBook Pro, but it does eliminate any worry about a $700 repair if your keyboard fails after the warranty expires.

Jeff Porten 5 comments

tvOS 12 Goes to 11 with Dolby Atmos

Apple TV 4K will rock your ears and eyes a little bit more starting this fall, alongside a collection of either nice-to-have or essential new features, depending on your living room.

Jeff Porten Adam Engst 7 comments

Agenda Offers a New Take on Note-Taking and Task Management

Momenta's Agenda provides novel ways of organizing projects and tasks within a note-taking system that can link to several other Mac apps. It offers a different subscription model that doesn’t expire purchased features. But it has been out only since the end of 2017, and still suffers from some bugs and limitations.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.