OS X Yosemite: thoughts

I have often complained that Apple’s lack of innovation is showing lately, and it is hard to argue with that: the company’s last trademark introduction was the first iPad back in 2010 — if you count the Newton MessagePad 100 as their first tablet, then their last introduction would be 2008’s original MacBook Air. From then on, everything was a fuzzy, confused release of hardware and software that consistently failed to impress.

It took them till June 2014 to give any further promising signs, but it is here at last — as far as software goes. OS X Yosemite, the eleventh iteration of OS X, brings in the concept of continuity to the iEcosystem, in effect strengthening Apple’s core business strategy — to craft an experience for its users.

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iPad in the classroom: aid, distraction or disaster?

As somebody who is fairly tech-savvy, I am surrounded by people who will take a stand against technology at a moment’s notice. This is especially true when technology seems to be successfully replacing more conventional methods — some even environmentally harmful, such as paper.

When the issue of using technology comes up, though, I would myself strongly back a minimum age requirement. I never had my phone until I was 17 or so. I think that 15-16 years is a good limit, not because of elitist adult thinking, but mostly because the Internet, to the unaware, can quickly become one of those forbidden dark alleys no ten-year-old is sent into at night. Or worse.

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iPad Air

I seem to have grown a closeness with all gadgets Air. After recently buying a MacBook Air, I gifted myself an iPad Air for my birthday recently.

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The silver iPad Air

The iPad Air is a beautiful device and I picked the white bezel (my first white device) based on my usage: I read more, and the walls in my house are white. Jokes apart, reading with a white bezel, in spite of the black vertical strip outlining the screen (which bothers some people), is simply a much better experience than a black screen.

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How to use Alfred on Mac — an introduction

OS X is certainly built around getting things done in a straightforward manner. The workings of the operating system, its user-friendly approach to everything and the clean interface makes working a pleasure.

However there is still room for speeding up interactions; not the system itself, but the way we go about getting things done. What takes several clicks and wading through window after window to initiate or terminate can be reduced to a handful of clicks.

Alfred is an extremely popular app on Mac that can help you get nearly everything done with just a few clicks, often just two. But a lot of people are either still unaware of it or hesitant to try it out owing to its slightly steep learning curve. That was why I wanted to go over Alfred in this quick introductory article, and share my own experiences of how I became a consistent user of the app.

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5 simple ways Apple could vastly improve iCloud

Apple took the world by storm when it rained on its users access to a thundering 5GB of lightning-fast storage space on the cloud. Now before I get ahead of myself using more weather puns, let us step back and see where Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud, should be standing, considering it led the cloud storage movement.

But it is simply not where it should have been: iCloud is nowhere near perfect, but unfortunately it is nowhere near useful either, especially if you use OS X and not iOS.

By contrast, Google’s Drive storage is not only superior, but it does not create a fuss about OS. It simply works, much like an Apple product is supposed to. It is the same case with Box, SugarSync, Copy, Dropbox (of which I have never been a big fan) etc. So what can Apple do with iCloud to to make people take notice of it?

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Blookist — not just another blogging platform

Visit Blookist and the most inspiring part of their website is in an obscure place — the address bar. “You don’t need an excuse to be creative”, it reads. Still in beta, Blookist is a new kind of publishing platform. That was how its co-founder and CEO, Adrian Zuzic, described it to me when he got in touch recently, asking if I would be interested in reviewing their startup.

Blookist is the content-appreciative publishing platform we had all been waiting for.

At first, I was confessedly disinterested: was this just another Obtvse, another Svbtle, or another Ghost? At a time when blogging platforms seem to be cropping up at every nook and cranny, why did I have to pay any attention to Blookist? Was this another ambitious platform started with enthusiasm that would lose direction halfway through?

As I looked around, however, it was hard for me not to realise this was not a blogging platform; it was something more, something unique, and, most importantly, something promising. I signed up for free immediately and over the next couple of days began to explore this further. It had caught my attention. Continue reading

Tissot Classic: watch connoisseurs’s Dream

As a watch connoisseur, a Tissot simply had to be part of my collection. This was especially after my older Tissot ran out of style with its spin bezel. There were a lot of choices to make among the company’s legendary catalogue, but few caught my eye as swiftly or as effectively as the Classic.

It is an unassuming piece with some impressive fitting and bold crocodile leather. Its stitch runs along the perimeter of its leather strap ending in a steel buckle with neatly folded stitches securing its lug ends.

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