Author Archives: AliciaB

Giving gifts from Apple: beyond MacBooks, iPod Nanos and iPad minis

Posted on 05 Dec 2012 by AliciaB

Although I reside firmly in the camp of those who believe in gift giving throughout the year, right about now I acknowledge that many many people are looking for gifts, for many price points and for many different types of people. Some think that Apple’s hardware and software offerings would …

iTunes 11 finally makes its debut

Posted on 29 Nov 2012 by AliciaB

  At their event this past September, Apple announced that a new redesigned version of iTunes would be coming in October. October came and went. Then we were promised the update in November. With November almost already gone, it did not take a genius to conclude that the new iTunes …

Tuning up iTunes using TuneUp: My Success Story

Posted on 17 Nov 2012 by AliciaB

Now that it is officially cold season in my corner of the world, I think it is the perfect time for some sorely needed cleaning up and reorganization of various things around my house and around my computer. Having now set up my new MacBook Pro as my main machine, …

Why I already pre-ordered my 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 by AliciaB

Going into this keynote I readily confess I had already half made up my mind to buy the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. You see I’ve been due for a hardware upgrade for a while now. My 2007 black MacBook has been a trusty companion but is beginning to …

Hipstamatic Rocks with New Update

Posted on 09 Oct 2012 by AliciaB

I don’t usually consider an app update worthy of a separate post but last week’s Hipstamatic update made a giant leap forward on the road to perfection.

iOS 6 has dropped, is dropping, will drop…

Posted on 19 Sep 2012 by AliciaB

Hear that? That’s the sound of millions of iDevice users monitoring their iOS6 downloads, sneaking peek on screens for any incremental progress of the blue bar, holding the promise of new shiny software, available today for iPad 2nd and 3rd generation, iPhone (from 3GS) and iPod touch 4th and 5th …

Apple improves stock earphones with new EarPods

Posted on 12 Sep 2012 by AliciaB

I was never a fan of Apple’s stock headphones. Each time I would open a new iPod/iPhone package, I’d always chuck em on ebay or give them away. I could never imagine using them. They hurt my ears after a few minutes of wear; I found the audio output thin …

Hello iPhone, iOS 6 calling!

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 by AliciaB

After all was said and done, Siri et al, yesterday Apple announced some very nice enhancements to its iPhone in the upcoming iOS6, designed to improve the user experience for the almost archaic and traditional means of communication – voice calls. At long last, a feature that has been available …

MacBook Pro with Retina Display: very tempting

Posted on by AliciaB

So what’s a geek to do after that epic 2012 WWDC Apple Keynote? Where do you go first? Peruse the iOS6 features page, listing the announced updates that will grace our reality later this year? Check out the Mountain Lion page, displaying all the innovations to OSX, dropping in a …

Opinion: 3 things Apple needs to fix in the iTunes Store

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 by AliciaB

Ah yes, Apple does so many things well. The iCloud integration between iDevices works well. Photostream works well. iPhoto, Garageband and Keynote for iOS work well. Find my Phone works well. I could fill a few pages with lists of things Apple does well. What does not work well in …

A Samsung vs Apple Argument

Posted on 22 Dec 2011 by AliciaB

I have been an Apple follower and believer for many, many years. But when it actually comes to evangelizing about Apple I am usually one of the coolest cats on the block. I never preach to friends or acquaintances about Apple’s products’ attributes. I simply use my devices, others see …