It’s new technology week, as TidBITS examines several recently released initiatives to see if they’re right for you. Michael Cohen kicks things off with an investigation of Dropbox’s new commenting feature to find out if it’s useful for collaborative work. Glenn Fleishman runs through the details of Google’s new Project Fi wireless service, which won’t work with an iPhone but may help drive down cellular plan prices. Julio Ojeda-Zapata evaluates Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook with an eye toward figuring out for whom the tiny but underpowered laptop is best suited. Will the Apple Watch make driving safer? Josh Centers took his Apple Watch for a spin to discover if it will improve on or detract from the automotive experience. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh looks at the App Camp for Girls Quiz Compendium, which we’re shoehorning into the theme in the sense that it was created by middle-school girls who are new to technology. Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1.
Dropbox has added a way to create and share comments among users for files stored in its cloud. However, you have to go through your Web browser to use it.
Google has launched its own mobile phone network in America called Project Fi, leveraging two different cellular carriers and the abundance of Wi-Fi networks. But why launch Fi?
To better understand the appeal of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks to his parents. They’re far removed from debates about the laptop’s single USB-C port, and just want a mobile computer that is simple, attractive, and easy to carry. The 12-inch MacBook is their dream machine. Might it be yours as well?
Thanks in part to the iPhone, distracted driving has become a 21st century epidemic. Will the Apple Watch change things for better or worse? Traumatized former commuter Josh Centers took it for a spin to find out.
Every summer at App Camp for Girls, teams of middle-school girls develop personality quiz apps to hone their iOS development skills. Now you can see their work for yourself.
Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1.
In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst discusses the Apple Watch on the Tech Night Owl Live, Apple confirms that tattoos can interfere with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensors, and the company offers an unexpected recommendation for Apple Watch owners suffering from sticky digital crowns.