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Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is a technology reporter and blogger at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written books about Twitter, the iPad, and mobile productivity. Keep up with him at ojezap.com.

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Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad through its paces and found its features to be flawlessly executed, fairly useful, and wicked cool. He is not yet persuaded to give up the mouse he uses at his office desk, though.

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Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Office 2016 for Mac

Long-suffering Office for Mac users finally have an updated version of the productivity suite, if only in preview form. Even so, the software achieves visual and functional parity with versions on iOS, Android, and Windows.

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FunBITS: Sling TV Is Made for Cord Cutters

The new Sling TV Internet service provides many basic paid channels for a low monthly fee, and makes them available just about everywhere. Is it enough to cut the cable cord or drop satellite TV? Yes, but not for everyone.

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Microsoft Outlook Arrives for iOS

Now iPhone and iPad users have a version of Outlook: Microsoft’s consolidated email, scheduling, and contacts app. The new arrival is crammed with useful features as well.

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Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic

In a high-stakes product keynote, Microsoft showed refinements to the upcoming Windows 10 (now on smartphones as well as tablets and PCs) and announced new products, including holographic headgear. Yes, really.

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Mac Podcast Client Showdown: Native Clients vs. Web Apps

Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares two podcast client approaches for Mac users: native apps such as Instacast and Downcast versus Web-based apps such as Pocket Casts and Overcast. Which is right for you?

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Ergotron Lets Mac Users Stand and Deliver

If you want to stand while working on your Mac, Ergotron provides clamp-to-a-desk workstations marketed directly to the Apple crowd. However, these setups have some stability issues.

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Microsoft Office Comes to the iPhone, and It’s Free

Microsoft has upgraded Office for iOS to include full iPhone support, and it has made core features in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint free for non-business users. This isn’t Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft anymore.

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The Retina iMac: It’s All about the Screen

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display is gorgeous and priced reasonably, but not necessary for ordinary Mac mortals. After spending a few weeks with a loaner, Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains why he won’t be buying one, while simultaneously recommending that anyone else who is interested go look at it in person.

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Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity.

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FunBITS: Hosting Backyard Movie Night

A MacBook Air, an iPod Hi-Fi, a projector, and a projection screen become the ingredients for two backyard movie nights attended by dozens of little “Frozen” fanatics. Follow along and you could host your own event!

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12.2-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tablets Bring Productivity to Android

With the release of extra-large Samsung Galaxy tablets and matching keyboard cases, Julio Ojeda-Zapata finally warms to Android as a productivity platform. The as-yet-unreleased Android version of Microsoft Office is the remaining piece of the puzzle.

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Microsoft Addresses Notable Complaints with Office for iPad Update

The first major update to Microsoft’s Office for iPad adds a number of high-profile and much-requested features, including PDF export, support for third-party fonts, image cropping, pivot tables, and Presenter View. Also updated was OneNote for iOS and OS X.

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Amazon Fire Phone Too Limited and Gimmicky

The Fire Phone smartphone is Amazon’s latest foray into consumer hardware, after its Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming video box. Phone buyers seeking maximum device versatility and flexibility should just get an iPhone or Android handset, though, because the Fire has too many limitations and pointless razzle-dazzle.

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Mac Thunderbolt Docks: Belkin Versus the Clones

Running out of ports on your Mac? Thunderbolt docks address this by replicating one Thunderbolt port into two, and adding an assortment of other ports. Belkin offers one unique model, while many rivals are working from a common Intel reference design.