Stories by Christopher Breen

  • iTunes Radio: Poor reception

    By Christopher Breen | 05 March, 2014 14:17

    With the approach of iTunes Radio's six-month anniversary, now seems as good a time as any to take a second look at the service.

  • Innovation and iteration: The two sides of Apple

    By Christopher Breen | 27 November, 2013 14:14

    If you're the kind of person who frequently peruses publications of a technical nature, you've undoubtedly seen the headlines: "Apple no longer innovates!" And although I know that these headlines and accompanying stories are generated largely to raise dander and attract clicks, I must agree with their main thrust. Currently, Apple isn't innovating.

  • Apple and the long campaign

    By Christopher Breen | 01 October, 2013 15:01

    You've seen the linkbait... er, headlines: "Apple loses ability to innovate"; "New Apple products tread water"; And, of course, the now-perennial: "Is a Jobs-less Apple doomed?"

  • When iOS 7 isn't really the worst thing in the world

    By Christopher Breen | 25 September, 2013 16:11

    Whenever an operating system or application changes appearances in a radical way, people can get lost. Such is the case with iOS 7. In the past week I've read complaints that can be addressed simply by having a better understanding of what goes where. Let's walk through a few.

  • Unhappy with iOS 7? Downgrade while you still can

    By Christopher Breen | 20 September, 2013 19:44

    Despite the many warnings that iOS 7 was going to have a radically new look and it was worth it for some people to take a slow approach to upgrading, many people ventured blindly forth and were unhappy with the results. While raging at the dying of the light is one approach, there remains another--downgrade to iOS 6.

  • Get to know iOS 7: Music and iTunes Radio

    By Christopher Breen | 19 September, 2013 19:53

    Some detractors criticised iOS 6's Music app for its reliance on album art. Cover art dominated its Playlists, Artists, Albums, Composers, and Genres screens, while its Songs screen eschewed any sort of art. The iOS 7 version takes a different approach.

  • 20 computer terms every Mac user should know

    By Christopher Breen | 04 July, 2013 12:49

    Throughout the life of Mac 101, we've talked a lot about Apple technologies and terms. But with the gentle persuasion of this column's readers, I've come to realize that--all too often--terms and acronyms that many of us take for granted leave users new to technology scratching their heads. Let's rectify that now with a meander through some common tech terms.

  • RIAA expands gold and platinum record awards to streamed music

    By Christopher Breen | 10 May, 2013 00:15

    In another sign that music listening is expanding beyond the limits of CDs and digital purchases, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced on Thursday that it would recognize music and music videos streamed from on-demand services as part of its Gold & Platinum award program. These services include Mog, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, and Xbox Music, as well as video streaming services such as MTV.com, Vevo, Yahoo Music, and YouTube. This is the first time that the program has recognized tracks in a non-sales format.

  • Why the iTunes Store succeeded

    By Christopher Breen | 26 April, 2013 16:49

    The traditional tenth anniversary gifts of tin and aluminum are appropriate for the iTunes Store. Both durable and somewhat flexible, the iTunes Store has become the preeminent place to purchase music.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 and the case for evolution

    By Christopher Breen | 14 September, 2012 19:38

    You may have heard grumbles of disappointment after- and in some cases before - the iPhone 5 announcement. Amid those guttural moans, you might also have heard such phrases as "user interface is the same", "same hardware", "safe, reliable, boring".

  • Microsoft offers some details on future of Office for Mac and iOS

    By Christopher Breen | 16 July, 2012 23:11

    Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, has unveiled the next versions of Microsoft Office for Windows. Versions? Yes, Microsoft is issuing two flavors of Office--Office 2013 and Office 365. Office 2013 is distributed and used very much like past versions of Microsoft's ubiquitous software suite--you pay once for a single license and install it on your Windows PC. Office 365 is a subscription version, with varying monthly costs depending on the number of licenses purchased and options desired.

  • First look: Amazon Cloud Player app

    By Christopher Breen | 12 June, 2012 20:45

    In a world dominated by Apple’s media efforts, other means of purchasing and consuming media are sometimes overlooked. One such means is Amazon MP3 and its accompanying Cloud Player.

  • Embracing the educational iOS device

    By Christopher Breen | 11 April, 2012 03:03

    I recently offered some advice on how to configure an old iPad for a child, and while the subsequent reaction was largely positive, there were the few (and expected) replies that suggested exposing a child to an iPad would lead to a machine-dependent future, devoid of fresh air, firm muscle tone, and true human interaction.

  • Eyes on the next Apple TV

    By Christopher Breen | 03 March, 2012 01:26

    When Apple calls a press event it’s always fun to speculate about what wonders the company intends to unleash. Next week’s March 7 event is no different. The smart (and obvious) money is on the iPad 3. But much as I’m intrigued by the idea of a new iPad with possibly better performance, a higher resolution screen, and improved camera, that’s not the only potential product that piques my interest. In the Department of Other Shoes, I’m also intrigued by the idea of Apple dropping a new Apple TV.

  • SHOWDOWN: Kindle Fire and iPad 2 - Comparing the incomparable

    By Christopher Breen | 30 November, 2011 05:38

    As you've undoubtedly heard, Amazon's Kindle Fire has been elevated - in the eyes of some who really should know better - as a device that can be fairly compared to Apple's iPad.

 

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